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Ok guys need some major help: I getting ready to buy some batteries for the superduty. Im mounting them in the bed so size doesnt matter. I gona be installing a new revised stereo in the summer...Some 2000+ watts plus I have (4) 9" lighting force Hid lights on a light bar up front. I need battery power. What Optima do I buy:shrug:

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i would say screw the optima and go with kinetics
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ive got optima yellow tops in my truck and absolutly hate them! if the truck sits for like a week or so the batterys will be dead, there not even a year old yet eather. the only thing i like about them is there sealed so you can put them in any postion with out leaking. i think im going to try the optima red tops and see how they do?
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I have optima red tops, and have never had a problem with them.

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Optima and ALL other "Dry Cell" or "Gel Cell" type "spill proof" batteries take a TOTALLY different charging rate than the standard flooded lead batteries we have use (with great success) for many years.

Now, if you off-road and get tipped, or run at a track where "spill proof" batteries are required, THEN these types of betteries are a good bet.

Optima claims to combine starting with reserve capacity. Not really. You get a high quality STARTING battery, DEEP CYCLE battery, or MARINE Starting/Deep Cycle, but NEVER more than one of those three options in the same battery.

Starting is how many amps the battery can supply for a SHORT time. This requires a fast electrochemical process and lots of surface area for the reaction.

Deep Cycle is how long a battery can supply a constant and modest load of 25A. This requires slower chemistry, larger thicker plates with a modest surface area.

Marine Starting/Deep Cycle gets away with combining starting and deep cycle properties because they NEVER have to "COLD" crank (defined as 0*F), so these specific batteries can get away with medium fast chemistry, modest plate area and still provide decent cranking. This is because all current batteries rely on chemical processes that occur faster with warmer temperatures.

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very good right up John_G.
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I have run red top optimas for a few years, and have had good luck with them as long as I never let them become severely discharged. It seems that once you let it deep discharge, it never has the same capacity again.

I have a couple of Blue-top Optimas powering my camper's inverter, and have been very pleased with them. They are the marine starting version, and they seem to give decent amperage while allowing deep cycling without damage.

BTW, what is different about Kinetic batteries? I hadn't heard of them before (but also haven't been researching them).

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I got the red tops no problems here! I will buy them again!!

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