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Ok guys, time to put a new battery in the truck and I wanna make sure I get something that will do what I need it to do and last me a while. I am running a 10K Smitty Built winch so the battery needs to support that and my other accessories. I don't know much about batteries as far as technology or what is better. I just know cranking vs cold cranking amps and that more is better. I hear people talk about Optima all the time(are they really that good?) and how since they are gel they are better than standard lead acid batteries off road? I also know the red top has more cold cranking amps than the yellow so would that make it better for winching? If remember correctly, my winch draws like 415 amps at max load so in theory any modern battery would be OK but I just wanna hear what you guys consider the best battery for what I need.

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i have heard of people not liking optima over the last few years but im not 100% sure why. maybe pre mature failures?
i have an optima red in my frontier and a standard AGM in the raptor and i cannot tell the difference between the AGM technology. although they are about the same price.



everytime i have used a winch i always just make sure my truck stays running. currently dont have a winch so i dont know lol, but before when i used to use one. i kept it on.
 

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i have heard of people not liking optima over the last few years but im not 100% sure why. maybe pre mature failures?
i have an optima red in my frontier and a standard AGM in the raptor and i cannot tell the difference between the AGM technology. although they are about the same price.



everytime i have used a winch i always just make sure my truck stays running. currently dont have a winch so i dont know lol, but before when i used to use one. i kept it on.
Yeah i've only winched once and kept the truck running but I could only winch for about 5 seconds at a time before it sounded like the stock battery was struggling.
 

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I run Optima batteries in both my Frontier and my Dodge.
Only problem if they discharge below a certain point.
They won't come back with a regular charger.
You need a charger designed for AGM batteries.
Not too long ago, I thought the Optimas were ruined . I bought a charger from Odyssey and the batteries are fine now.
If I had to do it over again, I would probably buy Odyssey batteries but they are a lot more expensive. The only reason I don't want to switch is the Frontier is set up for Optimas.
 

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Easy install and fit in the flimsy OEM box:

Odyssey 35-PC1400 Battery - Free Shipping: BatteryMart.com

EDIT: here's a 12% off coupon code that expires tonight: 6OR12OFF - to be used at checkout.

Good time to switch out the passenger side headlamp bulb since battery removal is necessary.
 
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From what I heard, yes.
 

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54 lbs of battery...free delivery.
 

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The Odyssey battery is a hybrid of sorts. My goal is to have it last 2x+ as long as my usual battery change interval. Pretty sure it will go longer than that. I'm on day 10, so... :)
I'm no battery expert either, but I had shared the 99.9% pure lead statistic w/ a Chem/Petroleum Engineer friend and he was impressed. Sounds like a versatile battery w/ forgiving capabilities if it does get run down. Impressive stats all around to say the least.
 
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The Odyssey battery is a hybrid of sorts. My goal is to have it last 2x+ as long as my usual battery change interval. Pretty sure it will go longer than that. I'm on day 10, so... :)
I'm no battery expert either, but I had shared the 99.9% pure lead statistic w/ a Chem/Petroleum Engineer friend and he was impressed. Sounds like a versatile battery w/ forgiving capabilities if it does get run down. Impressive stats all around to say the least.
I am done with Optimas. Bought two Odyssey batteries for my Dodge. $598! Ouch!
My Odyssey battery charger died. Bought it in June of 2017.
Called customer support and they are sending me a new one.
I upgraded to the 20 amp charger and will give the 12 amp they are sending to a friend.
Odyssey customer support is a pleasure to deal with.
 
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Coming up on a year w/ my Odyssey...it is still eager as hell to start my truck when prodded.
whistler, that's good to know that Odyssey's customer support is solid.
 

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I also had a bad experience with Optima batteries. Replaced my Frontier with a Duracell AGM for less than 1/2 price of the others. But you need a Sam's Club card to get one. Perhaps Costco has something similar. Mine has been in for almost 4 months and the motor still spins over better than with the OEM plus NO corrosion. Going to install one in my wife's car also! My 2 cents.
 
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