Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Spangdahlem AB, Germany
Car: 2003 Outback Legacy Wagon, 2.5 H-4 normally aspirated engine
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well, having worked for Interstate Batteries for a while, I just figured I would chime in here.
The red tops are great starting batteries. They last forever and have a great warranty on em. They deliver about 800 CCA. There is a common misconception that optimas are gel batteries, like wheel chair batteries. They actually use a pack of glass mesh coils (hence the round tube shapes) that absorb the acid. They will not leak, period. We put a fork off our fork lift through one, covered the hole with some silicone, and they actually still have that battery in a delivery truck one year later. Optimas can also be transported on airlines. The neatest thing, I think, is they can be mounted anywhere. My old jeep, I had two yellow tops, mounted on their sides on the rear of my frame rails. You can even mount them upside down. You have to be careful with the red tops though, if you drain them down more than two or three times, they are toast.
If you like to run your stereo for a long time w/o the car running (like me) or you have a lot of lights that you might be running, go with the yellow top. It is a deep cycle type battery, which means it can be consistently drained way down, and still have the jucie to start your rig, and also be recharged. The warranty is about half of that on the red tops. In a year working at interstate though, when ever we got optimas back, we would test them, recharge them, test them again, and find out they were fine. (check with your local interstate distributer, they usually sell these betteries for about 30 bucks w/ no warranty. It must be the main shop though, not a satalite distributor)
They have a blue top, but it is a full marine battery, and way over priced for it's usefulness.
Anyway, that is the extent of my useless knowledge, hope this helps out.
2003 Outback, Bone Stock