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My battery is about due for replacement.

Which brands are Aussie made? I want a really good one that will last.

I'm looking at the Exide Extra its a Ag9 silver calcium.

Not sure if i can get one to fit in my HQ battery tray.

Anyone know much about car batteries?

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I had exide orbitals in my HQ. They're dry cell batts with 750cca

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Exide and Century were still Aussie-made last time I checked - hopefully they still are. The only advice I'd give is to get the biggest one you can fit in the tray. I've got a "NS70" in my HQ. At 585 CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) it's probably overkill, but my last 2 batteries each lasted over 6 years. If they're not working hard, they last longer. Good for camping too.

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Of the two Aussie made brands I would choose the Century over the Exide. BUT I personally use my companies own product BOSCH. They're not made in OZ but in Korea. They are sold world wide as DELKOR, BOSCH and AC DELCO. The DIN85 unit in MYEH is 800CCA and works a treat..

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I've been using Exide for decades and had 6 years out of each of them across 2 Cars.

550 CCA's fit in the standard HZ, UC or VK Battery Tray fine.

Ben Simpson alerted the site that late technology Batteries don't recharge as easily as Lead Acid if they go very flat, so be aware of the fact.

From what I've seen he's right.

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Hi All

As a rule expect 3 years from a daily driver in a a modern car that uses plenty of electrical power - think air con and radiator fans

On my 2 weekenders, the camaro is hardly used , say every 2 months it starts up, this car chews batteries every 12-24 months mainly due to lack of use, i use a small 4amp charger to recharge when its low, but in the end i cant get it past say 12.3v and it has a dead cell by then due to the lack of use

The HJ same story but that may get started anywhere from each weekend to once a month, some times it may be 2 months between starts - but on this car i have a isolator switch as it has a factory old school mechanical clock in it.

Sometimes if a battery is low you can recharge with a large output charger, if that fails then i just use the little 4 amp and let it run up to 3 days - i test it every 12 hours ( b4 going to work and coming home )

Some info claim you can restore a dead cell by charging and flatening and recharging, it may restore the cell as it is now being worked but i have never had that success

Ps i use the most expensive bosch from supercheap, the HQ can take a 4WD battery easily the camaro funny enough is limited due to the inner guards and the radiator and the overhead guard to radiator brace get at least 440-460 CCA

regards
george

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I use a 950CCA Marine Battery in my Rodeo.. ridiculously over the top. But marine batteries are less prone to failure as the plates are much tougher (boats take a pounding, and car batteries don't last in boats) Biggest failure in car batteries is cracks in the plate bridges, marine batteries don't have that problem.
I have had my marine battery in my car now for 3 years. I can leave the radio on all day long and it doesn't go flat. It's the same size as an N70 (standard large 4X4 battery size) I would suggest a marine battery if you want something thats going to last for years and years, they are available in standard car battery sizes (N40's and so on) As an added bonus they usually have crazy cranking amps... (My mate had a 1300CCA in his Cruiser.. But my "little" 950CCA is rated to start boats up to 400HP, so it does the trick nicely in a 80HP Diesel Rodeo!

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DO NOT BUY A SEA MASTER MARINE BATTERY! They are crap, bought one for a four wheel drive (salesmans advice) its used daily and didnt last 10 months, so i took it back, the guy said it must have been a bad one which was sitting on the shelf for a while, so he replaced it with one he ordered in, same thing happened again after about the same amount of time, so i took it back again only to be replaced because i couldnt get a refund. Its now in the boat, been there 2 months and to my suprise still working (dont know what itll be like in another few months)
Sorry for the rant but they are crap
I have an exide battery in my ute and couldnt be happier, it cranks the v8 like the day it was bought 4 years ago.
Mark

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I use these in my cars that I don't use often, they are also available in 6 volt.

http://www.odysseyba...

I found them by accident looking for a small battery to fit under the seat of an FJ. Can get them in very high cca in a very small size.
They are expensive but well worth the money in my opinion. They are apparently used in military vehicles and are considered by some to be the best you can get.
I have one mounted on it's side, under the rear seat of my supercharged v6 Fj. The battery would be one third the size of a regular car battery, it's been going strong for four years with no problems.
I have the 6 volt version in a 1938 320 cube straight 8 Buick and it's fantastic.

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I sold Exide for some years...always thought they were ok.
The last work shop I worked in sold AC Delco..I have been realy happy with that product and have been changing over to AC as my other batteries cark it.
I have also used Caterpilar bateries in the race car....these were fantastic at standing up to the "rough and tumble" of speedway. I had one the same size as a Holden V8 battery that went into 3 cars over 4 seasons (and a roll over), never gave any trouble.
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i like century. theyre made in brisbane.

when i worked on breakdown service, we sold century and they had less than a 1% warranty rate. it was not uncommon to find many batteries 5, 6 years old in cars, despite "low" cca ratings compared to overseas batteries.

this was a good job as far as seeing the trends in what batteries lasted and which were rubbish.

several years ago the car clubs became greedy, and bought a battery company so they could make more profit.
these batteries were made overseas and rated much higher cca than the century's were, and we thought they would be a good thing. well time rolls on and it appears that the warranty claims are through the roof, they are rubbish and my mates still in that job hate them, they have to replace batteries all the time that have failed early.

i dont like exides for similar reasons, seen too many fail around warranty period to make me want to buy one. however the large factory fitted batteries in a lot of the korean and japanese cars seemed quite common to last for 6 years.

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I agree on the Exide Batteries. I used to sell spare parts for a Forklift Company. We used to buy HUGE exide batteries for the electric reach trucks. We had high failure rates (we're talking batteries worth upwards of $6K, thats just not good enough) But the boss wouldn't be talked into switching brands, as he was a cheapskate and Exides were cheaper than the other brands... I stay away from them.

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If I need a battery, I wait for Kmart's 25% off sale and buy a new one. I normally pay about 40bux for very basic one. For my HR with a 161 no power steer, or air-con etc, it's lasted about 6 years and stll going strong.

Our VY, RACV fitted one for $150-odd. Wonder how long that'll last..

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be careful of non-automotive specific stores like k-mart, i know of quite a few situations where people have bought batteries from there and they have been sitting on the shelf there WAY too long.

one bloke rang breakdown thinking he had a starter problem, replaced one battery with a new one from k-mart, and it had 0 volts in it. the manufacture date was over 12 months old!

another one i went to was a similar story, but so old, the manufacture date showed it almost out of the 2 year warranty period, yet was purchased the same day!

batteries should be typically recalled every 6 weeks if not sold. usually the old ones get sold cheaper and often stamped "blemished" on the case.

ps anyone can check the manufacture date of any battery, on the case or on one of the terminals will be stamped a letter and a number. read this like a casting date:
a = jan,
b = feb
c = mar etc etc.

often I is left out so not confused with 1.

so D1, for example, would be april, 2011 (as a 2001 battery would likely be out of service by now!)

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My 12J6 wont take charge, it was a CHAMPION. 5 years old.
guess i cant complain too much.

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She was just a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.

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think champions are exide...

if so, a better than average run, well done!

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If you buy a battery from Kmart then it would be pretty easy to just whip out your multimeter and measure the voltage of all the batteries of the type you want and just take the one with the highest reading.

As for cars that just sit around most of the time, just make sure the battery is fully charged then stick a charger on it and put one of those 24 hour timers on the power lead. Have it come on for say 30 minutes per day. Should stay good for ages with no real risk of overcharging. Some of the newer fancier chargers you can leave connected 24/7 without any problems.

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The only battery failures I've ever had was our factory Tarago battery which died after 12 years. Kylie was out shopping and the NRMA put one of their batteries in which lasted about 3 weeks longer than the 12 month warranty. Kylie was out with the car when it died and told the NRMA bloke to put one of his good 3 year warranty batteries in. This battery was slowly losing it's efficency when we sold the car 3 years later.
For the other cars I've always had Century batteries bought from an auto electricain. The youngest Century battery I have is in the EH. It's five years old and still going strong. The Century battery in my old 300SEL was ten years old when I sold the car.
David

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What ratings were your Batteries?

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Not sure about the exact ratings of the batteries but I've always bought the strongest battery to suit my needs rather than the cheapest. My reasoning is that if you buy a good strong battery it won't have to work hard therefore it will last longer.
David

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Old is good.

That's the way a CSIRO Scientist explained it to me.

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Go for a hybrid battery (like calcium not like the cars) I have had huge success with them and they are true maintainance free.have a bigger CCA than the outside dimensions would suggest.

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