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Old 10-18-2019, 06:55 PM #16
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interstates are not very good & way overpriced... ive had 2 of them die in 5 years or less, not driven much & kept in climate controlled garages during peak of summer & all winter. i keep my batteries charged & do a few discharge cycles as well.

ive got close to 10 years on an autozone gold brand battery & 11+ years on an oreilys brand battery & its still going strong! all used in the same circumstances on 3 classic cars i own.

your treatment of the battery may not be helping & high heat or super cold when not kept fully charged will shorten the life a lot. buy a real battery charger & charge it for a few hours if it sits for more than a few weeks, & if you listen to teh radio for a long time charge it up afterwards. or buy a tender if it sits for a month or 2. driving it will charge the battery too. & if its not a maintenance free type, check the water level periodically & top off with distilled water.

ive heard of OEM toyota batteries lasting 10+ years... adjust your battery care procedure & you should be able to get a lot more than 5 years out of a battery.
I can't speak to the longevity of Interstate batteries as I've only had mine for a year or so. But I got mine at Costco for about $40-$50 less than any other price I could find. So I don't know about good, but they aren't overpriced if you get them at Costco.
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I can't speak to the longevity of Interstate batteries as I've only had mine for a year or so. But I got mine at Costco for about $40-$50 less than any other price I could find. So I don't know about good, but they aren't overpriced if you get them at Costco.
The older Costco Interstate used to be a 5 year prorate warranty battery and they switched to a 3 year and dropped the price. It’s not as good, but again, the price is in line with what it is. They also handle issues and warranty related claims VERY well.

Walmart – EverStart Maxx Yellow is a 5 year Johnson Controls battery. Its available at a lot of other places as well, I just don’t care to research it. Again, price is right, and it’s a good battery as well.

Most all places sell various grades of battery… I usually go by the prorated warranty duration. The ones with longer warranties are physically built better and tend to last longer.

The only advise I can give is don’t go out of your way to spend on a premium battery ($200-500) unless you know why you are buying it and for what application. If you just need something to start your car, it REALLY doesn’t matter that much. Shop at a vendor you like, and based on the warranty duration as that is generally a good enough indicator.

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You are paying for warranty or pre paying your next battery.
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You are paying for warranty or pre paying your next battery.
Interesting... I never considered looking at it that way… I guess that is a valid risk/reward tactic for a manufacture.

I do believe that all batteries are NOT equal in quality and physical construction, but I also believe there is a limit to what you get in a standard battery. I guess its really up to the end user to decide or validate if what they are buying is any different than the cheaper option.

I have found less problems or longer service life from batteries that typically had longer warranty durations. That said, it was the bottom dollar lowest grade batteries that were usually the absolute worst.
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Interstate. Get it at.costco.
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My recently acquired 04 came with duralast gold, it died while listening to music on low volume for an hour or so, I do have jbl synthesis though. I have not had any troubles starting the truck, not sure if I'l need one soon or if it was user error?

On a side note, can you guys advise on following? Craigslist has a interstate mt-65 listed for $50, mfg date June 2018, the guy stated that it's a backup and it's been on a trickle charger for the last 6 months, consider it or pass?
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I start my car a few times a day and has a commute time of 6 miles. That's not enough to fully charge the battery. So what I do is recharge it every 3 months or so. I have an exide agm. 24f size.
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I found buy the best battery at Walmart around $90 US is the best choice for my needs, have a problem Walmart's are everywhere.
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For What its worth I have had good luck with toyota true start batteries. The first one lasted 7 years and the second one is going on 8 years.

Of thats not affordable then go to walmart. They have a 3 year unconditional return and a 5 year warranty. Costco is only as good if you have a membership which costs 50.00 or 60.00. So if you dont have a membership and you sign up for one that 90.00 battery just became 140.00.

There are alot more Wal-Mart's out there than costco( I do love Costco though).
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I start my car a few times a day and has a commute time of 6 miles. That's not enough to fully charge the battery. So what I do is recharge it every 3 months or so. I have an exide agm. 24f size.
A six mile commute is plenty of time to charge your battery after an engine start. A start draws maybe 300 amps for 2 seconds if everything is healthy. That's .167 ampere-hours of draw on the battery. Assuming your commute takes 10 minutes, the alternator only has to supply 1 amp for that time to replenish the battery.

I have a 5 mile commute, and have never had battery issues because of it. I'll venture that 5 mile or less trips are the norm for a great number of people who don't even know what a battery charger is, and who get along just fine.
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I start my car a few times a day and has a commute time of 6 miles. That's not enough to fully charge the battery. So what I do is recharge it every 3 months or so. I have an exide agm. 24f size.
same here but i havent had to jump mine in the year ihave owned it. i should probably test and charge it because same situation here.
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Starting a car does very little to actually deplete a batteryÖ itís just a large load for an brief moment. Charges back up pretty fast.

The real problem is when your battery canít deliver the cranking amps required to start.
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I found buy the best battery at Walmart around $90 US is the best choice for my needs, have a problem Walmart's are everywhere.
Walmart ones work good for me. Have used some from Advanced Auto when Walmart didn't have a particular one. Walmart usually has the best price but when I have to buy from Advanced I search for discount coupons. Without the discount coupons you pay a lot more.
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Walmart ones work good for me. Have used some from Advanced Auto when Walmart didn't have a particular one. Walmart usually has the best price but when I have to buy from Advanced I search for discount coupons. Without the discount coupons you pay a lot more.
Yeah, I think Iím going with Walmart. I never considered that they are everywhere.
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That's good to know. Thank you. I guess that's probably why my original Panasonic battery lasted 8 years.

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A six mile commute is plenty of time to charge your battery after an engine start. A start draws maybe 300 amps for 2 seconds if everything is healthy. That's .167 ampere-hours of draw on the battery. Assuming your commute takes 10 minutes, the alternator only has to supply 1 amp for that time to replenish the battery.

I have a 5 mile commute, and have never had battery issues because of it. I'll venture that 5 mile or less trips are the norm for a great number of people who don't even know what a battery charger is, and who get along just fine.
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