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Hot Rods How long did your optima red top last?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 48ford, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. 48ford
    Joined: Dec 15, 2001
    Posts: 412


    i May have a record,
    I got a new one in 2001,it finally gave up on me this morning!
    I don’t know if the new ones are as good, we will see.
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  2. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,405

    from New York

    When ever I replace a battery in one of my cars I mark the date with a paint pen. I purchased my Red Top on 5-18-2001 and had to replace it last year, in June, 2017, so about 6 years. I replaced it with a Yellow Top. From what I understand, they are supposed to last longer but who knows.
  3. New math?
  4. I think 48ford meant 2011 :cool:
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  5. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,588

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    I’m at 6+ years,no problems. Battery tender on it all winter.
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  6. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,132


    I pull my batteries in the winter and store them in the storage room its heated.i average about8 yrs on them,red tops
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  7. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,723

    from Iowa

    Still have one I put in a dirt late model in 2005. Then when we switched to dirt modifieds we kept the battery and used it in those cars until 2012. When we retired from racing winter of 2012/13 we stuck the Optima in the new trailer to run the winch. Still there and doing fine. I just stick it on a charger a couple times a year since 2012.
  8. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,405

    from New York

    Sorry, anothercar guy I meant 2011.
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  9. I had a red top that was 16 years old (yeah, I couldn't believe it either). It was still good, but out of caution I replaced it. I kept it on a tender all the time, but I guess I should have kept using it just to see how long it would have lasted. Somehow I don't think I could ever have that kind of longevity out of a new one. Seems I heard the quality isn't quite what it used to be.
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  10. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 833

    from Indiana

    Can you use a regular old battery tender on the Optima batteries? Don't they take a special charger?
  11. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,262

    rd martin
    from indiana

    I use a regular tender on mine, I also have a power kill switch on car to kill any draw. if you have a radio with memory ,or any kind of small draw, it will kill a battery fairly quick, if its not on a tender.its really hard on the optimas.
  12. Pat Thompson
    Joined: Apr 29, 2012
    Posts: 170

    Pat Thompson

    I use the small tender on mine. Bought it in 05 and just replaced it as a precaution. Still tested good.
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  13. ............I used a regular Battery Tender Plus on my Red Top for 16 years. If I was doing something wrong nobody ever told the battery.;)
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  14. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,558

    from Ioway

    Sounds like they were just a little too good, but they've fixed that, natch.
  15. A friend gave me one he had used for a few years didn’t what it anymore! Put it on a charger. Have been using it as a starting battery. And now using it in my T.
    When I first got it I read you had to charge them different. Can’t remember but i worked for me, it was dead. Still working great

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  16. Joe H
    Joined: Feb 10, 2008
    Posts: 766

    Joe H

    We have some blue tops at work that are 10 years old and still going. They are used on a electric truck to run the lift gates.
  17. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 4,362


    13 years on my first one, 8 years so far on the current one. I'm sold.
  18. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    11 years before it died, replaced it with another red top.
  19. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,431

    Bandit Billy

    Had 2 failures on 2 red top batteries in 2 different cars in the last couple of years. In 2012 it is my understanding they moved all production to Mexico, interested in seeing how everyone does with the new batteries they are purchasing. Always had good luck prior. Last few have been Odyssey. Keep us posted.
  20. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,211

    from Oregon

  21. wheeltramp brian
    Joined: Jun 11, 2010
    Posts: 770

    wheeltramp brian

    Had one for 10 years in a 31 hotrod and sold the car.another in my daily 64 elky for bout 7 and still going strong.another in the girls daily 63 c-20for about 5 also and still going strong.i put em in every customer's car that will let me
  22. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,576


    2.5 years, replaced by optima, that one did ok for the remaining 3 months I owned the car.
    No more for me.
  23. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,600

    Corn Fed

    The US made red top in my Model A is 14 years old.

    My 57 Ford is on it's 2nd Mexico made red top in probably the past 6 years. Unless this newest one lasts quite a while, I will probably not buy another Optima.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2018
  24. aircap
    Joined: Mar 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,457


    I don't know. I used it in my '49 Studebaker Champion sedan for 4 years, then sold the car to another club member who moved to another state shortly after. One thing I can tell you - it never failed me, winter or summer - day or night.
  25. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 16,170


    USA-made blue top and a yellow top, both going strong at 10-years when sold.

    A litany of Mexico-made red tops, all failed inside of 6-months.
  26. 1940Willys
    Joined: Feb 3, 2011
    Posts: 403


    DSCN6826.JPG I do believe that charging requires a different type of charger/ maintainer than those used for a lead acid type battery. I purchased a Optima's 12v performance maintainer/charger. Word of caution using this in the cold weather! The wires rubber insulation will crack and split when ya wind them up for storage around the unit when yer done. Don't ya just love off shore auto parts.
  27. 48ford
    Joined: Dec 15, 2001
    Posts: 412


    Nope, 2001
    I remember that’s when I put the battery in the trunk
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  28. Sinnful
    Joined: Aug 13, 2014
    Posts: 14


    The newer Optima batteries suck in my opinion. The old school ones were really good. For me if I spend a lot on a battery it's Odyssey

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  29. Sully007
    Joined: Feb 7, 2019
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    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,851


    When I built my convertible I put one in and took 3 to get a good one, so in 2004 I installed the last warranty battery. I had to replace that one and replaced in in 2016. So I got 12 years out of that one. I have the battery on a battery tender, so I attribute that time to the use of a tender

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