Starter Battery recommendation

smitty_r51

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After some good recommendations for a decent starter battery under the bonnet.

Current battery is a no brand cheapie I picked up from the local electric place in Strathalbyn about 5 years ago... Been brilliant for the price and size but can't get the same one now being interstate. 620cca

So after some ideas.

Cheers Smitty
 

Swaggie

Moderator
Five years for a cheapy is a great run...

SSB or Optima are great batteries but $$$$$... Do you drive your vehicle regulary.... Mine does around 6k a year now...

There's a special on Aussie direct batteries in the deals thread...

Stay away from Century leakers...
 

smitty_r51

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Five years for a cheapy is a great run...

SSB or Optima are great batteries but $$$$$... Do you drive your vehicle regulary.... Mine does around 6k a year now...

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Not as a daily, but when it is going out it is big km to remote. Sat in the garage on a trickle charge most of the time with a run out once a month to keep everything moving
 

Petunia

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Stay away from Century leakers...
I would be interested as to why?

I would recommend them [century] .... yes any manufacturer can have a bad batch, or be a cheap/nasty product? Anyone can be hard on a product too, number one to longevity of a basic lead acid start battery, is always charged [or full] as much as is possible, a day round town stop/start can take a 3 hour hiway run to put back what was taken out.

Current century is approaching the 5 to 6 year mark, with one unfortunate severe flattening which had a detrimental affect ...it went from holding 12.7 to 12.4 constant, the previous century was changed at the 5 year mark as it was showing signs of being tired, it lived out its life in retirement starting a fergy tracktor.

35+ years as a century stalwart, and in the last 5years using another brand as a house battery [hybrid start/deep cycle] I am so impressed with it, I would buy 2 more IF I could ^%$#@! find them, typical the stockist had to import so many to sell so few, so discontinued importation. I live in hope these 2 are near the end of life, that DOA is coming.:cool:
 

Swaggie

Moderator
I would be interested as to why?

I would recommend them [century] .... yes any manufacturer can have a bad batch, or be a cheap/nasty product? Anyone can be hard on a product too, number one to longevity of a basic lead acid start battery, is always charged [or full] as much as is possible, a day round town stop/start can take a 3 hour hiway run to put back what was taken out.

Current century is approaching the 5 to 6 year mark, with one unfortunate severe flattening which had a detrimental affect ...it went from holding 12.7 to 12.4 constant, the previous century was changed at the 5 year mark as it was showing signs of being tired, it lived out its life in retirement starting a fergy tracktor.

35+ years as a century stalwart, and in the last 5years using another brand as a house battery [hybrid start/deep cycle] I am so impressed with it, I would buy 2 more IF I could ^%$#@! find them, typical the stockist had to import so many to sell so few, so discontinued importation. I live in hope these 2 are near the end of life, that DOA is coming.:cool:
There's been a couple of threads on here regarding Century ,I've had deep cycle and starter Century's and while 4wdriving they leaked acid inside the engine bay.... NEVER AGAIN.

There's a few members that have experienced the same issue....
 

boobook

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I thought my battery was dying, I went to an Autobarn where a guy really does know electrics. He said they stopped selling Century and advised Bosch or Supercharge. He even had a Century N70 4wd in the size I wanted and refused to sell it to me. In the end, he said my battery looked fine and to give it a good charge overnight. It has been fine since.

He said that the warranty claims for Century had gone up, and to make it worse, Century now insists on returning a battery to their depot for checking which takes 3 days. Other brands are happy to take the word of the retailer with a printout on the CENTURY PROVIDED test machine.

I have had several Century batteries and to be honest happy with them but this guy had no reason not to sell me a Century there and then. I'd be interested if the warranty claim thing is correct. That would be enough to strike them off the list for me.
 

barcher

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It's a few years ago now, had century leak, acid ate its way through an air conditioner pipe.
A fleet of small trucks at work all had century's, most leaked. Brown stains on the new concrete.
I won't be risking another one.
 

Triton14

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After reading a lot of battery threads on here I just bought a Optima D34 for $330.
They are an AGM cranking & deep cycle combination which was a deciding factory in my choice.

Its not on the car yet as my factory one if still hanging on after 5 & 1/2 years but I don't think I am going to trust if for an upcoming trip so will be changing out before I go.

It is the most I have ever spent on a battery but if they are as good as everything I have read about them then I will be a happy camper
 

shaun0

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I use an Optima D27F never had any issues with it and it flat a couple of times when I was overseas but its still fine didnt seem to suffer from it.
 

Petunia

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ok, people have had problems, I have never had a problem? maybe I'm doing it all wrong? must find rougher roads? I did however have a marshall carp itself on the 12month mark, [about 1770 just as Cook set sail] the manger talked it up like it was the last battery I would ever own it was so good.
 

dno67

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ok, people have had problems, I have never had a problem? maybe I'm doing it all wrong? must find rougher roads? I did however have a marshall carp itself on the 12month mark, [about 1770 just as Cook set sail] the manger talked it up like it was the last battery I would ever own it was so good.
Here's two leakers, l just took the pics of out in the shed a few minutes ago.
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Both spew there guts out.
 

Petunia

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top one looks like a fault in manufacture failure to glue screw or fuse the top on however it's done, similar happened after the chooks knocked one off the shelf and it landed on a corner, split similar to that yet a totally older style to that one. [i swear it was the kid, not the chooks] The second one looks to be over charge boil off?? as in too long at full charge?

I have seen what logistics does to freight, I live in the shadow of the century factory, and only bought the batteries from the local warehouse or in latter years when they no longer serviced the public, i purchased from suppliers i knew had their batteries delivered, in a careful concise mannor from said warehouse.

I can pluck feathers out my shiney metal dot, and make excuse for why I like them, I just do, because I have yet to experience a bad one. I was peaced off many years ago after an accident, excess was half the new battery, the case was bent, the positive shorted on the body ... I got the car back with a pushed out case and recharge on the same battery, I said century must be ok? Times have changed since then.
 

dno67

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Second one leaks on the side where the top is bonded to the caae also. Today is the first day l've ever connected and charged it with a battery charger. Has been connected to a 10w regulated solar panel for the last 2 years.
 
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