If you're needing a battery for heavy 'draw', the Optima Yellow Top (deep cycle) is a reasonable choice. I've had bad luck with the Optima Red Tops (starting version).
It seems that those of us who've had bad experiences with Optimas are mainly running Red Tops. Folks with Yellow Tops seem to stay more pleased with their Optimas.
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i've been running a yellow top (deep cycle) for close to 4 years. It is my only battery, has more CCA than most 'starting' batteries...I have a small sub, and 2 Viair 450C compressors (~23 amps each) drawing off of it, and it has never given me an issue....i personally am super pleased with the yellow top
Are any of the Optima batteries really worth the purchase? I am running a single sub and soon to be aux. lights and I don't want to worry about the battery and its time for a new one anyway.
If its not worth it, could anyone suggest another durable battery?
Not to me. My original battery lasted slightly longer than 5 years, and I've replaced it with a considerably higher capacity battery from Autozone for under $80. On a recent camping trip, I ran a 500 watt inverter off of the battery for hours, powering a fluorescent light and a couple of cell phone chargers, with no issues. I really don't see a reason to pay that much more money for essentially the same thing. Unless you really need a deep cycle battery of course.
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sealed battery..great idea. optima battery is the biggest pos ever. ive got one in my tacoma, and one in my 4runner. tacoma is a red top, it goes "numb" after about 4 days in the cold with no start. it'll start, but it takes 'er a bit. The 4runner has a blue top in it, and if it sits for a week or so, the clock drains it and its dead.
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i've been running a single optima yellow top for about 2 yrs now and it never failed me and offroad the hell out of my truck and never had any problem with it. but now i'm running dual yellow tops with the battery switch just so i can have the radio full blast without worrying about not being able to start it up and drive somewhere
I've been pretty happy with the Blue top I got 3 or 4 years ago. It has been drained to a no-start condition a few times from prolonged periods of sitting (like over a month or so), but it has recharged just fine. As long as I drive it every couple of weeks it stays charged up. I swapped in a newer regular starting battery from another vehicle to see if it would do better and it also got drained, so I decided I must have a current leak somewhere (other than the clock and ECU). I'm swapped back to the Blue top now and its doing great. On trips I run this mini refrig on it 24 hours a day without a problem.
I sometimes run my winch with it with the engine off and it will do a full 100 foot pull just fine.
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