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I was shopping around for batteries today and I found this battery. They have two sizes. one that has 1000CA at 32 degrees farenhight and 800CCA. then a size that is a lil smaller. The big one is $69.99. This bat has more CCA than the Optima yellow top if i can remember correctly and its jsut a fraction of the yellow tops battery. So my main question is. Is this Duralast batterie worth the price? Bills

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My general rule of thumb is, you get what you pay for. It seems to work that way in alot of cases. My $.02
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ya. i'm just not 100 percent sure. i know what you mean. but its got like a three year warenty. so should i try it? or say screw it? Bills

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hey. guys. please help. i'm lost like a blind mouse in the dark. haha Bills

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My general rule of thumb is, you get what you pay for.
It seems to work that way in alot of cases.
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but i am on a fixed budget. i'm a highschool student that don't make that much. haha. but ya. i don't know. i could get this duralast and if it goes bad or not work great i can save up and get an optima or kinetiks or somehing like that. i don't know. Bills

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you can discharge a optima a grip load of times, but i don't know about that durashit
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you can discharge a optima a grip load of times, but i don't know about that durashit

The duralast DEEP cycle means you can drain it down to zero volts and recharge it just fine...assuming you don't "abuse it".
It will however be OUTPERFORMED (i.e. more cycles per battery life, and quicker recharge/discharge time) compared to an Optima.

It's a "regular" deep cycle and is not inteded for ABUSE.

The Optima is a much more "over-engineered battery" much like a Stinger/Kinetik/Odyssey/Powermaster etc. Those batts are designed to PERFORM under ABUSE...therefore, they are overkill in your standard battery role (some folks live by overkill) and would be a better idea for someone planning on adding a lot of strain on ONE under hood battery (i.e. a large amp drawing mucho current).

The Duralast Battery would be fine "for now" ....but despite having MORE CA/CCA than an OPTIMA, it is not neccesarily "the better battery" for your application, especially in the LONG RUN/battery life.

Most over-engineered "overkill" style batteries that are better suited to an audio setup BECAUSE they are capable of PERFORMING even under extreme strain (high or Low temps, High or low voltage/massive drops, slow recharge rate via a stock ALTERNATOR, High resisitence "systems" with undergauged wire, etc) whereas the Duralast battery will show more CCA's...it is more likely to fail under "abnormal strain" (i.e. what I mentioned above)

The other issue is the Duralast is a Lead acid battery. The kind that have thick lead plates inside surrounded by sulfuric acid. They ARE NOT maintenance free...whereas OPTIMAs ARE maint. free AND you can mount them in any position you want without fear of SPILLING the acid out.

Not to mention, if you allow the acid level of a lead acid battery to drop too low (it will evaporate out over time and BOIL out under strain), when the battery is in USE the Lead PLates inside that are "exposed" HEAT UP more than normally ( plates not surrounded by the acid due to it being lower than normal and leaving the top part of the plates EXPOSED and DRY) and the acid inside the battery will boil, turn into Vapor... acidic vapor that will VENT OUT of the battery (they are designed to do this) and these gases smell like a NASTY egg fart due to the "sulfur gas". The gasses can cause headaches/nausea and just plain smells nasty.

I would say the DL deep cycle would be OK as a "for now" fix AS LONG AS IT'S UNDER HOOD OR IN THE BED OF A TRUCK....Not in the cabin with you...YOU DO NOT want to be breathing that sulfur gas all day.....but if you are going to be using it as the MAIN under hood batttery, I would recommend a DUAL PURPOSE battery or a decent starting battery under hood AND a deep cycle, along with an upgraded Alternator, that can keep up with charging them both.
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how much do you have to spend on a battery?

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how much do you have to spend on a battery?

Enough.
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Enough.

wasnt talking to you, was talking to OP

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well that answer isnt enough for anyone to help search for a better battery..if you have enough then go ahead get a power master d3100 for $299 instead of that duralast and call it a day..

Exactly.

Get THE BEST you can afford.
Next, don't force that battery to perform past its limitations and it should last a long time (4-5yrs is avge)
For the most part I agree that you get what you pay for (with exceptions of course, and only UP TO a certain point)

I have a Stinger battery in my car.
I would run a Kinetik or Optima Yellow or 2 or 3 as my next additional batteries.
I would look in to Paowermaster but I'm under the impression they are more $$ and thus out of my $$$ range.
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Ok, at the moment, i have no money for a new batterie. i am budgeting $160 for a Kinetic HC800 to put back with my amps. i'm only going to be running about 2400 wats rms and i'm only going to go full tilt when i'm in a comp or i'm showing off the setup. but since i don't want stuff to get stolen. i'm not going to blast them all the time. the place i was looking to put the duralast bat was up under the hood to use as my main batterie. then after that i'd pry go up to the high dollar kinetik one like the 2400 modle or somthing. but since i'm on a tight budget. i was just looking to use this as a temp fix. i will be doing the Big 3 and i have a 105amp alt(upgraded when the 80 amp one died). i'll upgrade that alt to a 200 amp by the end of the summer. but right now money is tight since i'm still in shcool. but ya. Bills

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Ok, at the moment, i have no money for a new batterie. i am budgeting $160 for a Kinetic HC800 to put back with my amps. i'm only going to be running about 2400 wats rms and i'm only going to go full tilt when i'm in a comp or i'm showing off the setup. but since i don't want stuff to get stolen. i'm not going to blast them all the time. the place i was looking to put the duralast bat was up under the hood to use as my main batterie. then after that i'd pry go up to the high dollar kinetik one like the 2400 modle or somthing. but since i'm on a tight budget. i was just looking to use this as a temp fix. i will be doing the Big 3 and i have a 105amp alt(upgraded when the 80 amp one died). i'll upgrade that alt to a 200 amp by the end of the summer. but right now money is tight since i'm still in shcool. but ya.
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i suggest a power master d1200 model for $150 it puts out more power then the kinetik hc800

hc800
# Ah: 36
# Amps: 950
# Dimensions: 7.6" x 5" x 6"
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pm d1200
# *AH: 44
# Max Amps: 1200
# 7.76"x 6.5"x 6.69"

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can i get a link for ware i can buy it at that price. the video kingdom here in town sells them but they are way way over priced. i bought the smallest one yesterday. the box said 69.99 on it. and it said it had the batterie and the mount. when the total came to $240.72. i shat a chicken. took it back two hours later and got my money back. pissed me off. but ya. the seventy bucks was for the mount. but ya. can i get a linnk? Bills

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thanks alot. i'll buy that after i buy my amps. Bills

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The D925 actually performs better than it's ratings, and is only $129. It would save you a few bucks and still outperform a Kinetik 800.

It's not up right now, but www.mechman.com is doing a free shipping promo on Powermaster batteries. You might have to call him on the phone though.



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