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Old 03-08-2013, 07:45 AM
 
Location: USA
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Battery went dead in my sister's 2010 Toyota Rav 4. Here in Florida, finding a battery is easy, all you do is get one rated for a warmer climate. She lives in a part of the country that commonly sees 40 below in the winter, and 120 degrees in the summer. I hear Costco Kirkland is a good battery, and Auto Zone's duralast platinum is also good, but can they handle such extremes of hot & cold?


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Old 03-08-2013, 07:59 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Something with a replacement warranty and high CCAs (cold cranking amps). Optima batteries have a loyal following.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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Where the hell does she live that it gets to 40 below and 120 in the summer???
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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My cars and farm tractors with a CCA of 700+ never failed me in MN winters.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:20 AM
 
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Given the extreme variability of conditions, the only real choice is a dry cell battery. Optima used to be the "go to" choice, but they are not as good as they used to be, at least according to the "battery nerds". However, the Optima's are still one of the more affordable and readily available dry cell options and would be an upgrade over any regular battery. I've heard that Stinger and Odyssey are currently two of the better choices in dry cell batteries, but I have no personal experience with them.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:25 AM
 
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two things to look for when buying a battery, other than if it fits your application, and that is;

1: cold cranking amp

2: reserve capacity.

for cold cranking amps you want as much as you can afford. for reserve capacity you want as long as you can get. i prefer batteries in the 700cca and 90min reserve capacity range. regarding the optima, they are good batteries new, but if you get a red top optima, NEVER let it discharge completely as it starts the batteri down the road to an early death. the yellow top is a better battery as it is designed to "deep cycle" meaning you can discharge it completely with out hurting the battery. it is more expensive though.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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If you want your car to always start and you live where it gets to be -40 do what most Canadians do. Get a block heater and plug in the car when it will sit more than a few hours.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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Contrary to popular thinking there is not a outlet behind every current bush in the north-land.
Good batteries is key along with using the right weight oil up north.

We see those cold temps but it never has reached 120*F+, 100*f, yes.

optoma batteries are over priced and they may not last as long as a wet battery.

Most batts are made by Johnson controls.

A rule of thumb , get the biggest (most CCA) batt that will fit in your battery tray.

batts don't last forever and they don't last as long in extreme conditions.

Find one with a good warranty at a decent price.




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If you want your car to always start and you live where it gets to be -40 do what most Canadians do. Get a block heater and plug in the car when it will sit more than a few hours.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Contrary to popular thinking there is not a outlet behind every current bush in the north land.

We see those cold temps but it never has reached 120*F+, 100*f, yes.

optoma batteries are over priced and they may not last as long as a wet battery.

most batts are made by Johnson controls.

A rule of thumb , get the biggest (most CCA) batt that will fit in your battery tray.

batts don't last forever and they don't last as long in extreme conditions.
Yes,we have them everywhere. When out hunting in the Canadian wilderness just look on the southeast side of the trees and you will find a plug in.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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I've been looking on the North, West side.
thanks.

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Yes,we have them everywhere. When out hunting in the Canadian wilderness just look on the southeast side of the trees and you will find a plug in.
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