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Old 1st March 2006, 11:19   #16
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OEM batteries are exide in most cases and last 2-3 years at the most. But due to 1 year warranty, even a battery going kaput after 1.5 years will mean buying a new one.
I replaced my battery with a panasonic one due to 3 years warranty.
this ensures peace of mind, and also there is a live indicator on the battery telling its condition(charged, discharge, defect)
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Old 1st March 2006, 13:39   #17
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Yes, even my second battery in my ikon (Amaron) has this indicator which tells the condition of the battery.
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Old 1st March 2006, 15:54   #18
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So what exactly do we need to check? The distilled water level in the compartments? I can not think anything beyond this. Also, in Exide Freedom batteries how often do we need to do this?
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Old 1st March 2006, 15:56   #19
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Actually you need to check the specific gravity. On maintaince free batteries you should not need to do this unless you run into problem
normally these batteries go kaput due to alternator problems. But when you have 3 years warranty you are saved the expense.
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Old 1st March 2006, 17:17   #20
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I suppose all cars use lead-acid type of battery. Apart from checking the fluid level/gravity, the most important trick is to keep them as much charged as possible. Use of electric devices should be restricted to bare minimum when the engine is not running. These batteries can get damaged if left in discharged state, thereby reducing the life. In case there is any problem in charging circuitry, it should be fixed at the earliest (I think all cars have some kind of indicator for such fault).
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Old 1st June 2006, 18:42   #21
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I have a maruti 800 1998 model carbureted.Mine lasted for about 5 nd half years
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Old 1st June 2006, 20:37   #22
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something in the tune of 2 - 2.5 yrs!
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Old 1st June 2006, 21:28   #23
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Anyone had any experience with Yellow top or red top's life cycle ?
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Old 2nd June 2006, 01:18   #24
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hello guys .. i own a optima yellow top...
yes this even i wanna know... anyone with long experince with the yello wor red top from optima please do mention your feelings here tooo
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Old 3rd June 2006, 01:24   #25
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Earlier I had a zen the average life of the battery was nearly 10-12 months. It was because I used to play my system loud. And many times there used to be no water in the battery. So no service of battery no long life.

But now I have installed yellow top till now man no complaints.........
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Old 5th June 2006, 19:37   #26
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super sweet !!! good to know... heheh see 1st smiley... and approximately how long have you had the yellow top for bro ?
but thank you for your information.. highly appreciated..... makes me feeel goood
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I would vote Amaron as the best battery currently available in the market for its build quality and battery life. Comes with a 1 yr replacement and additional 2 yrs Pro-rata warranty.

The real juice in a battery is determined by the CCA (cold cranking amperes) output. Heavey duty vehicles like skoda diesels have 400-450cca batteries... normal midsize sedans have 300-350cca rating.

I use an electronic battery tester (which i bought from the us) to check the cca rating. When checked upon, new batteries an amaron 350cca rated battery actually had upwards of 450cca (thus more life)... while that was not the same case with exide or any other manufacturer.

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Old 6th June 2006, 20:56   #28
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"prevention is better than cure" holds good for battery. I have seen, once getting dammaged it does not return to its normal operation even after fully recharging it. The cure is to live with its poor performance or get a new one. Is it possible to get them repaired?

To add to my post #20, I would say you should be aware of the capacity of your battery and power requirements of various accessories. 100W+ each headlights or audio player with thumping active subwoofers can drain the battery quite faster.
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Old 6th June 2006, 21:34   #29
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the rellow tops reputedly last for 8-10 yrs.... however not met any one who has first hand experience.

But yes... if one is a Battery abuser you need to go for a Deep Cycle Battery... only those ones will last..
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I would also rate Amaron as the best. Although the OEM (which is also Amaron) on my bolero gave up at 26 months. I've tortured the poor battery left right center. I have a 5.1 DVD Home theater in my car which sucks juice like anything. And there are times where I have seen a movie for 1 full hour without the engine running. Man I mean its just more than amazing work.

I just replaced my OEM battery today with a slightly higher amperage 80A again Amaron (OEM was 75A). The warranty was 18 months replacement + 18 month pro-rata compensation. Too early to comment on the replacement now.


[quote=autopsyche]I would vote Amaron as the best battery currently available in the market for its build quality and battery life. Comes with a 1 yr replacement and additional 2 yrs Pro-rata warranty.
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