Please hear me out: If you buy the least expensive battery and maintain it, it will outlast the most expensive battery.We have 2014 Touring Elite. The van won't start this morning. Got jump start and looks like the battery might need replacement. Any recommendations on a brand? What are the good specifications on battery we should be looking for in new one?
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Me too. Had one for 11 years in my muscle car. Helps if you never drive it lol. But yeah that's all I run is the never start maxx. They are also made by Johnson controls.For those who are not Costco members, I've done very well with Walmart's Everstart Maxx. Under $100, full 3 yr warranty.
Lots of electronics in these vans, when used on many short trips adding a battery tender may be good investment.We have 2014 Touring Elite. The van won't start this morning. Got jump start and looks like the battery might need replacement. Any recommendations on a brand? What are the good specifications on battery we should be looking for in new one?
Snehal H Rana
It’s very weird, the Interstate site... they told me the one battery I wanted, but it was never available in any store, not even the ones registered as the official distributors.Appreciate all the responses. I am going to try Costco first. On Interstate site, it looks like unavailable. I will try calling first to see if any available at other locations. If not will go with Walmart.
Just curious, if Die Hard Platinum AGM any good at Advanced Auto Part:
Yes! That’s what I do. The hassle and danger of not being able to start just isn’t worth struggling to get the extra two years out of them.THERE IS NO GOOD TIME FOR BATTERY FAILURE
Whether it fails one morning in your garage as you were about to go somewhere alone, or dies hundreds of miles from home with several people aboard in 110 degree heat, battery failure is terrible.
Simply replace it every 36 months. Replacing it at home is easy, shop and buy a new one at your convenience, install it at your convenience (along with cleaning, replacing cables, etc.) in your own garage with refreshments nearby. No muss, no fuss. I have 5 cars and never keep a conventional battery beyond 36 months.
Optima or Odyssey are the best. I plan maintenance on a large fleet of generator sets. We use Optima batteries in our fleet, generally red top for starting. Its an AGM battery, VRLA, a bit more expensive than flooded lead acid, they self discharge much slower than flooded lead acid, typically last a few more years than flooded lead acid, should be less damaged by leaving the lights on and draining the battery, and they don't off gas so the terminals stay cleaner for a long time and they have very low internal resistance which gives them great cold cranking amps for starting. It was one of the few batteries that would start my equipment at -50F. We've tested at high temps too where they fail sooner, but every battery suffers in the heat. The batteries store more energy per unit volume so a physically smaller battery compared to flooded lead acid will provide the same starting capacity as the larger battery. The low self discharge means a 6 month old optima sitting on the store shelf will be less discharged than a flooded lead acid battery. I figure the performance advantages and longer life are worth the extra cost. The Optima and the Odyssey batteries both use a pure lead plate design that provide even better performance than a standard AGM battery. The Odyssey batteries have a rectangular plate design similar to a flooded battery which the optima has a spiral plate design so the odyssey can pack even more energy into the same battery size form factor compared to an optima, but the Odyssey batteries have been significantly more expensive than the Optima batteries when I priced them to put in my ford. Just pay attention to the optima battery starting performance and reserve minutes and it should start your vehicle. Optima batteries are not manufactured in as many sizes as flooded lead acid batteries. I haven't replace my Odyssey van battery yet, but when I replaced the battery in my ford I could not find an exact fit in Optima. I chose a battery with the starting power required and it was actually smaller than my prior flooded battery so a fashioned a clamp extension to secure the Optima with the car battery clamp. It's been going for enough years that I don't remember how long ago I purchased it. the Optima batteries are also durable and will work in any orientation making them a favorite of the off road 4 wheelers. My brother uses them in his Jeeps.We have 2014 Touring Elite. The van won't start this morning. Got jump start and looks like the battery might need replacement. Any recommendations on a brand? What are the good specifications on battery we should be looking for in new one?
Snehal H Rana