Optima Red Top
4X4 ICON 2000 - 2008 The DVD!
This is the
battery in our Wrangler (Above)
I had done a
fair amount of research and concluded that my replacement battery would be
an Optima Red Top. I needed something that would hold up to
the abuse it gets off road and the fast charging capability that my winch
use would necessitate. What I didn't plan was the circumstances
leading up to the replacement of the factory original battery.
years and 83,000 miles, my factory battery decided to
abruptly during a trip to Massachusetts. I suppose having it
quit on the trail would have been a lot worse, but it still pretty much
sucked. Long story short, I was stopped at a donut store and when I
came out and tried to start the Jeep, it just blew up! My wife came
and jump started me and I went to the store and bought the Optima.
I was lucky not to be standing over the battery when it blew up; lucky
that the store had Optima batteries, and lucky that my wife was around to
get me started long enough to get to the store. I highly recommend a
regular check of your battery condition and swift replacement before
something nasty happens...
Here is the
skinny according to Optima:
Inside this unusual
battery is a six-pack of SPIRALCELL TECHNOLOGY®. Traditional batteries
have a stack of thick lead plates surrounded by acid. But OPTIMA®
batteries feature two thin lead plates wound into a tight spiral cell,
with an absorbent glass-mat in between to hold the electrolyte
solution.This unique design allows for more power and increased energy,
resulting in quick, reliable starts. OPTIMA batteries are the first and
only batteries to feature SPIRALCELL TECHNOLOGY.
- It'll last up to 2
times longer than other batteries.
- It can sit unused 3
times longer than other batteries.
- It is over 15 times
more resistant to vibration than other batteries.
- It's nonspillable and
can mount in almost any position.
- It provides constant
performance quality keeping your battery running at the same level
even as it's being discharged.
- It provides more power
in the inital 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds of the vehicle starting process
than comparably rated conventional lead acid batteries.
Here is a PDF
file with the technical specs for this battery:
Dual Terminal Red Top™
|Hold Down and Height
OPTIMA® GROUP 75/35 |
The OPTIMA® 75/35 battery
may be shipped with a height adapter installed. It may be needed in one of
2 ways for installation:
- In vehicles with a top holddown where more
height is required, it should be used in its original position.
- In some Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury
installations (replacing a group 65 battery) the bottom holddown of the
battery must be made wider. For these installations, remove the adapter
and detach the two strip adapters which are located inside. Snap these
strips into the openings on either side of the battery base and discard
the remainder.If the adapter is not needed for installation, it may be
OPTIMA® GROUP 34/78
The wing adapters
available for the OPTIMA® 34/78 may be needed for some Ford, Lincoln, or
Mercury applications (replacing a group 65).Attach these wing adapters by
snapping into the openings on either side of the battery base.
OPTIMA® GROUP 34/78
The optional puck
adapter is required for most GM installations where the side terminals are
used.Position the puck against the center cylindar of the battery and bolt
to the battery tray as shown.
OPTIMA® GROUP 34/78
The optional red or
yellow height adapters may be used for installations where a group 24 is
required. Place the battery securely on top of the adapter until the clips
snap into place.
July 7, 2007
I was close to
finishing a trail run when our group stopped to wait and help diagnose a
vehicle problem. I turned off the Jeep and then put the key on to
allow the CB radio to stay on in case we got called. When we
finished working on Alan's Jeep, I got in my Jeep to go. I turned
the key and it made a brief noise like it would start and then
everything went dead. I mean DEAD! Not GPS, No CB, No
lights, NOTHING. We checked the battery with a meter and it too
was dead. The alternator was working fine, so I concluded that one
long hot drive and several weeks of sitting in the driveway baking in
the sun had probably finished off the battery. It was on it's
third life - having been drained down to nothing twice at work from
leaving lights on all day, and once at home for leaving the dome light
on all night. That combined with running the
winch hard twice in
the last month, and it's age (4 years, seven months) and it was due to
I drove to the nearest
AutoZone, picked one out, installed it in the parking lot and took the
old one in for a test. DEAD. No charge. Not holding a
charge, and could not load test it because there was no power to do so.
RedTop®; Battery; Group 75/25; Cold
Crank Amps 720; Crank Amps 910; Reserve Capacity 90; Ampere Hour 44;
Dual Terminal; L-9 5/16 in.; W-6 13/16 in.; H-7 5/8 in.;
Given the hard life
this battery has endured, I have no regrets, feel it owed me nothing,
and that I got my money's worth. I would still recommend one
August 18, 2008
The charging system was
problematic earlier this year, and
after replacing the
alternator (not the problem but bearings were going so needed to be
done) and the "computer" (Power Train Control Module) because the
integrated (stupid idea) voltage regulator was bad, I thought everything
was OK. Perhaps it was, perhaps it was not. I left the Jeep
parked for an extended time with a solar panel attached to the battery
to prevent it from draining from the power consumed by various
"stand-by" devices that consume small amounts of energy. I even
made sure the solar panel did not drain the battery at night (it has a
diode in it to prevent the flow of power from battery to solar panel
when it's dark outside).
When I returned from my
travels the kids told me the
hands-free unit had
been on for some time. I was not at first concerned, thinking the
solar panel had probably kept up with it. Alas the battery was as
dead as a door nail. When I put the charger on it in the vain hope
of bringing it back to life, the ground wire on the charger started to
smoke! Clearly there was something wrong with either the battery
or the charger, I quickly disconnected the device. It was a good
thing I had not simply connected the charger and walked away as I
believe the Jeep would have gone up in flames.
After another spell of
being away, I removed the battery from the Jeep and together with the
receipt from the purchase, took the battery back to
AutoZone to call in
the 36 Month Free Replacement guarantee. They told me they would
have to charge the battery before they could test it to see if it was
bad. I passed on the warning about my experience trying to do the
same thing. He told me to come back in an hour, so I left and had
some lunch. When I returned the guy told me the battery got red
hot when he tried to charge it (DOH!) and here was my new battery (no
charge). I thanked him and went on my way. It only took a
minute to install it in the Jeep and then Ted and I took a ride out in
the woods to get reacquainted with the Jeep and each other, and perhaps
to put a little charge on the battery. It went well and the Jeep
started several time with no hesitation. Good to go!
The Jeep sees less
frequent use. I put it on a battery tender to keep the battery
charged even though the vehicle would sit for weeks unused.
Finally the battery, having been drained dead twice, gave up the ghost.
Fortunately it was still in warrantee and a replacement was free.
I brought it to
AutoZone and swapped
it for another. The guarantee is good until June. Hopefully
this battery will last well past that time.
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