Readme

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Conventional batteries not lasting as long?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Conventional batteries not lasting as long?

    I've noticed that over the years, conventional car batteries' lives have been getting much shorter. I remember in the early 2000's you could get a battery with a 5 year warranty. Now you're lucky if you get 2 years. I've had to replaced the battery consistently every 2 years now, because they fail rather quickly, no matter what brand. This is on both of our Integras. Has anyone noticed this too?

    I know I'm in a colder climate now which negatively affects their performance, but still. I think the warranty reduction itself states volumes.
    NEIL B. - 1991 DA945. Owner since 1997.
    May 2017 ODOMETER: 605K km / 376K miles.
    ANYONE CAN BUY A NEW CAR. IT TAKES A TRUE ENTHUSIAST TO BREATHE LIFE INTO AN OLDER ONE.

    SUPPORT G2IC BY VISITING THE G2IC STORE TO GET OFFICIAL G2IC CLOTHING AND DECALS

  • #2
    You should look into sealed gel cell optima batteries.

    Comment


    • #3
      Interesting. Not something I'd noticed but I've been using Optimas in my street cars for decades now with great success. Although I have heard that the quality on these have gone down (I just haven't experienced it). I wasn't too familiar with battery warranties previously but I just looked now and autozone sells a ton of 3yr and I see one 5yr (didn't check specific fitment for G2's though). Personally I refuse to run anything but sealed batteries anymore, I just don't see the point in not doing so.
      Track Project DB2 #896
      LeMons Project DA9
      My OG DA9, Wrecked, Stripped, R.I.P

      Comment


      • #4
        Buy one from Costco. They have a 3 year warranty with a return process that is basically a no questions asked thing. Just bring it in every 2 years and 11 months and say it won't hold a charge anymore and walk out with a fresh one.

        Comment


        • #5
          walmart and call it a day

          Comment


          • #6
            I would opt to Optima, I bought them for my previous cars and loved it! its pricey up front but worth the cost, if that's a concern.

            Comment


            • #7
              When i worked for pepboys along time ago as mechanic, i did replace numerous batteries that were towed into the shop that was 2 years old or less. Of course it was covered under pepboys warranty but not the tow. So yeah i do agree. Todays batteries seem to be designed to go dead right after warranty or before if your lucky..
              B18CR
              190whp 131torque
              12.8@104mph

              Comment


              • #8
                delete
                B18CR
                190whp 131torque
                12.8@104mph

                Comment


                • #9
                  Thanks for the input everyone!
                  NEIL B. - 1991 DA945. Owner since 1997.
                  May 2017 ODOMETER: 605K km / 376K miles.
                  ANYONE CAN BUY A NEW CAR. IT TAKES A TRUE ENTHUSIAST TO BREATHE LIFE INTO AN OLDER ONE.

                  SUPPORT G2IC BY VISITING THE G2IC STORE TO GET OFFICIAL G2IC CLOTHING AND DECALS

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I actually have a AGM Optima battery and still going strong after 7 years, no I say that and it I'll die in a few days or so. I better keep my fingers crossed. The battery got discharged to like 4 volts a few years ago (ouch) so I took it to an AGM specialist and he was able to bring it back to life within a day. Since I don't drive the teg that much anymore (reason why it got discharged) he recommended that i buy a 1-2 amp battery maintainer which I did, now it's inside my home and no worries cause it's a sealed unit plus it stays a lot cleaner inside, that is till I start using it again. All in all the battery maintainer was well worth the investment cause I can bring it back as long as it doesn't go below ten volts, the maintainer is a 1.5 amps so it's gonna take a while to charge it but that's how your supposed to charge agm batteries, a slow charge rather than using those quick battery chargers that they use in conventional batteries. You certainly get your money's worth and some more with agm batteries.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I actually have a AGM Optima battery and still going strong after 7 years, no I say that and it I'll die in a few days or so. I better keep my fingers crossed. The battery got discharged to like 4 volts a few years ago (ouch) so I took it to an AGM specialist and he was able to bring it back to life within a day. Since I don't drive the teg that much anymore (reason why it got discharged) he recommended that i buy a 1-2 amp battery maintainer which I did, now it's inside my home and no worries cause it's a sealed unit plus it stays a lot cleaner inside, that is till I start using it again. All in all the battery maintainer was well worth the investment cause I can bring it back as long as it doesn't go below ten volts, the maintainer is a 1.5 amps so it's gonna take a while to charge it but that's how your supposed to charge agm batteries, a slow charge rather than using those quick battery chargers that they use in conventional batteries. You certainly get your money's worth and some more with agm batteries.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I have had a yellow top fail early, but it was more than likely due to self discharge and poor maintenance. They are awfully heavy, but good batteries. I bought an icharger battery charger a while back to handle my higher voltage lithium batteries, and found out that it can do wonders for all types of batteries. I have saved a handful of batteries from being tossed by using the icharger on them first. It is a solid state charger that datalogs, can charge and discharge all the battery types I could see myself owning, and allows you to change charging modes, cutoff cell voltages, and charge rates. I replaced a 6 year old battery in my truck because it was going bad, but then I ran it for a couple cycles on the charger where I brought it up to a higher cell voltage, and its been in my integra now for the last year and a half working fine. That said, when I get time to work out a basic integrated BMS for a 3/4s battery, then I am going to build a lightweight lithium battery for my integra.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          That sounds like quite a project! Keep us posted.
                          NEIL B. - 1991 DA945. Owner since 1997.
                          May 2017 ODOMETER: 605K km / 376K miles.
                          ANYONE CAN BUY A NEW CAR. IT TAKES A TRUE ENTHUSIAST TO BREATHE LIFE INTO AN OLDER ONE.

                          SUPPORT G2IC BY VISITING THE G2IC STORE TO GET OFFICIAL G2IC CLOTHING AND DECALS

                          Comment

                          Working...
                          X