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Whats the best battery for my car that stores carry?

i know ac delco is probably the best, but does store carry them. if so, which ones? any alternatives?

PLEASE ONLY SUGGEST ONES THAT YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED NOT HEARD ABOUT THANKS.
 

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I would go with AC Delco, that's what I got and I am happy.
 

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Well I went on AC Delco Website. They have a battery section. In the battery section is “Locate a dealer”. Provided my postal code (or ZIP code for US) and start calling (10-15 or so and went to the one with the best price/distance/hours combination).
 

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Its a AGM/Spiral battery as well.
Higher stored power/reserve and CCAmps

Certainly will be kickn the Delco's ass around the moon. :thumbsup:

# Delivers higher peak amps faster than conventional batteries
# Provides up to twice the life of conventional batteries
# More consistent voltage across the discharge curve
# Superior cold and hot weather performance vs. conventional batteries
# Available in models with SAE posts, stainless threaded studs, or both
# Spill-proof, even if the case is physically ruptured
# Will not off-gas in normal operation, eliminating fumes, odor & corrosion
# Over 14x more shock and vibration resistant than conventional batteries
# Provides more power from a smaller package
# True zero maintenance
# Holds charge better during periods of nonuse
# Operates in any position without spilling
 

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Its a AGM/Spiral battery as well.
Higher stored power/reserve and CCAmps

Certainly will be kickn the Delco's ass around the moon. :thumbsup:

# Delivers higher peak amps faster than conventional batteries
# Provides up to twice the life of conventional batteries
# More consistent voltage across the discharge curve
# Superior cold and hot weather performance vs. conventional batteries
# Available in models with SAE posts, stainless threaded studs, or both
# Spill-proof, even if the case is physically ruptured
# Will not off-gas in normal operation, eliminating fumes, odor & corrosion
# Over 14x more shock and vibration resistant than conventional batteries
# Provides more power from a smaller package
# True zero maintenance
# Holds charge better during periods of nonuse
# Operates in any position without spilling
What does the term spiral mean.
 

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im suprised no one has mentioned Interstate Batteries
Its the only battery that cant be store bought but its a good batter and the shops that do have them dont always charg an arm and a leg for them
but they are not that cheap also
But i think they are one of the best
yeah Optima or oh shoot what was the name of the other one Odyssey yeah they are great also

only reason i have not changed is becouse im happy with mine that the car came with no reason to spedn 75 or 100 on a new batter when the one in there right now is fine
 

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creeker, Go to the Surrette/Rolls and Optima battery sites. Read up on battery construction.

Our normal, everyday lead-acid battery uses a series of plates and separators hung in a sulphuric acid/water electrolyte solution. This is called "flooded cell" or "wet cell" construction. Many other considerations, but that's basic.

The Optimas and several others are AGM - Absorbed Glass Mat - construction, which means that the plates are very tightly packed between glass mats which are soaked in a gelled acid electrolyte. Because the technology is not liquid and requires no venting, the battery may be mounted in any position. Again, a basic difference.

A third variant, the gel-cell battery, runs at a slightly lower voltage and is generally more suited to long term deep discharge work, such as warehouse loaders and golf carts. (BUT, good ol' deep cycle wet cells are still better for those applications.)

The Optima uses six spiral wound AGM cells of 2.2 volts each to make a battery. A battery is composed of a number of cells connected in series. A fully charged "12 volt" battery reads 12.6 volts, unloaded for 4 hours. A dead battery reads 11.8 volts under the same conditions: there's some surface voltage, but not enough amp hour current to accomplish anything.
 

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Interstate Batteries are reall good and consumer reports did a bunch of test and auto zones duralast good did every well
 

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I am happy with the battery that I bought at Wal Mart
Personally I would stay away from any battery sold at Wal-Mart. For a couple years Dad was replacing the batteries on the farm trucks and smaller equipment with Wal-Mart batteries and everything from lawn mower, pickup, small tractor to large 8D size that weight 100 pounds and every battery failed at the advertised lifetime.....if it was a 36 month battery you could count on it failing at 36 months, as soon as the pro-rated warranty expired. We switched to Interstate, mostly because they have a plant about an hour away with an outlet store that we could buy blemished batteries for half the price and they always outlive their warranty by at least 20%, and they were all 5 year batteries and even if we would've bought the non-blemished batteries they were cheaper per month than the Wal-Mart grades.....their is a reason they're cheaper at Wal-Mart....and not just because of the buying power.
 

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I haven't had any problems with automotive or lawn mower batteries from Wally, though I bought their top tier models.
 

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I haven't had any problems with automotive or lawn mower batteries from Wally, though I bought their top tier models.
Well part of our issue was we run our batteries hard.....they get cold starts thanks to KS weather, are often on large equipment that requires more cranking power and time, and the batteries did last to their scheduled life....however not a month longer. Once we went back to Interstate we were easily getting 20% longer lifespan than advertised, which is important when changing the batteries can be a several hour task riddled with lots of choice words.
 

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Gould and Exide used to make diesel submarine cells. 1.5 volts each, 6 feet tall, one ton apiece with 128 cells in each of two batteries. Wet cell construction, deep cycle. Stupendous amperage capability. The bus bars were pure copper, 3 inches in diameter. Had to water batteries every two weeks. A diesel boat distilled their own battery water. A dirty, acidic, messy job. Main Power Electricians were issued 4 pair of Navy dungarees a quarter because they would literally be eaten away by the acid and vapor. Because of the tremendous amounts of hydrogen generated during charge cycles, a very, very, very strict set of ventilation and charge rate procedures was religiously followed. A battery explosion in a submarine is instant death.
 
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