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First off, I've owned OPTIMA redtop batteries ever since my 2nd car back in 2004. I'm currently on my 5th vehicle now so ive had them on 4 of my daily driven cars already. Of course, I've owned more than 5 cars but the others were mainly beater cars (play-around cars I should say) or cars that I bought to resell.
Anyways, for some reason, I've always had problems at some point with each vehicle. Of course batteries don't last forever, but I can say some of those times that my battery went dead was because of me! Most of the times it was because a light was left on in the car overnight, or, because my car just sat for awhile without me starting it up and driving around or having it hooked up to a trickle charger to keep the battery "charged" and "maintained" while it sat.
Anyways, at those times, you'd probably just find someone to jump start your car for you and you're good to go right? True, but, if it keeps happening or you had an older battery to start with, the battery may not able to hold its charge and will eventually drain down till one morning it won't even turn over.
Some people just like to change out their battery before it gets to that point. So, whenever I'm in need of an OPTIMA battery, I go down to a local car stereo shop called SECURITY & SOUND here in Honolulu. They're actually the only shop that has worked on my car as far as car alarms, stereos, led's, etc from 2001!
I only trust them to touch my car. I've seen so much "butchered" jobs in the past with shops just shoving all the wiring up under the steering wheel in hopes that the customer will never see it. Well, I've seen several jobs that security & sound had to re-do due to customer complaining that something isn't working properly. Shops should do a good job the first time, and security & sound does top notch work.
I'm getting off track a bit lol. So, I've always ran OPTIMA REDTOP batteries in all of my vehicles. You can say that it's a better replacement battery than the standard automotive battery that comes with your car. It does have higher cranking amps andOPTIMA batteries are sealed and leak proof.
BUT, my car has been down for the past 2 months due to a bent rim which couldn't be fixed so I was waiting to save up $550 to purchase another rim. Yes, that's the price for just 1 rim! So while it was sitting in my garage, I would start it up here and there and it was fine. Of course, my OPTIMA redtop wasn't getting fully charged just by me letting it run for 15 minutes once a week. So eventually the battery started losing its ability to hold its voltage until 1 day it wouldn't start up. No problem I thought, I'll just hook up my SCHUMACHER battery charger to it. Well, after about 6 hours or so, the charger indicated that it was fully charged. I decided to leave the charger on the battery as it was also a maintainer and would keep the battery charged while it sat. The day comes when I'm finally able to drive my car by installing the stock rims! I couldn't install them earlier because I was looking for good used tires to purchase for them. It's a lot harder since I'm in Hawaii and a lot of sellers on ebay and amazon wont ship to me since I guess it does cost a lot more. So anyways, I take the charger off and try to start my car. Nothing. No lights on whatsoever. I take my voltmeter to check how much volts my battery is giving off. 5 volts?!?!?! My charger said it fully charged it! I kinda had an idea that the battery was no good But I decided to charge it again. After about another 6 hours or so, the charger indicated that the battery was fully charged. So I check the volts again. 10 volts??? That's still not enough to start my car! I then accepted at that moment that I needed a new battery. The next day I call security & sound to check to see if they have my battery in stock. One of the workers ask me if I wanted a yellowtop instead. "Hmm" I said. I thought about it for like 5 seconds and told him, "yeah, let me get the yellow top this time."
For someone like me, the yellowtop is the way to go. It's a "deep cycle" battery which means it can handle being drained down and charged back up many many times without losing its overall life. It does cost a little bit more than the red top but it'll be worth it in the long run for me, and maybe you?
I went down the next day to pick it up and went back home to install it. My car started up super fast! Now I'm able to drive my car again and just now as im writing this blog I get a message from the shop I ordered my rim through that my rim just came in today! Now I have to see when I can go down to pick it up.
Overall,OPTIMA redtop and yellowtop batteries are my go-to automobile batteries.
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