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Old 02-16-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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I just installed 4 Optima "Blue Top" batteries to run the house function. Does anyone have any experience doing this?
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cedkim, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to you being an active participant on the forums. I personally have not but I am sure some of our members have and give them a little time to respond. My Interstate U2200 six volt batteries are 7 years old and still performing very well.
Here are some links that will give you lots of battery info:
http://www.usbattery.com
http://www.dcbattery.com/faq.html#1
http://www.windsun.com/Batteri...m#Battery%20Charging
http://www.rvsolarelectric.com/sources.htm
http://www.batteryfaq.org


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I am getting ready to replace my 2 house batteries with the Optima Blue Tops. I am interested also in what others have to say.
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I replaced two 6volts with two blue tops. The batteries have held their charge without the converter on and we have had some real cold weaather the pass months.
I'll be happy no more tray to keep clean.
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I am going to take pictures and tag every cable before starting.
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I havn't tried the Optima's, but I used a simular battery (AGM), and found out never let them go dead. I used one on an electric gate in a rural area with two 15 watt solar panels and a 30 amp controller. During the winter months, the sun hits the panels only about 6 hours a day. eventually demand overrun supply. The gate is designed to shut down at 11.5 volts (which is pretty much dead for a 12 volt battery) After reading many conflicting posts on the internet, I discerned that once there dead, throw them away. So do not allow them to be fully discharged. Overvoltage also kills them, do not use the equalize setting on your charger if it has one.
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I installed four Optima batteries for house batteries at the beginning of last spring and so far I really like them they seem to be always charged up even after sitting a few months in storage. If you do a lot of dry camping you may want to look at another AGM battery like Lifelines which have more amp hour capacity. Since we do not dry camp it made no difference to us.
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I would choose another good brand of AGM over the Optimas, which I feel are overpriced and over rated. Lifeline or Trojan would be my choice.

However, I've had stores offer to cut me a deal on Optima Blue Tops if I would buy 2-4 at a time, so the price may be comnpetitive.
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Our Costco sells the Blue Tops for about $150, I can't but Lifelines for that around here. You can't beat Costco's return policy and they are everywhere you travel.
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Price was the reason that I went with the Optima's. I really wanted to buy Lifelines but, Lifelines would have cost me around $1400 for four and I got the Optima's for $600 with a $25 rebate so the final price was $500. They replaced my Penn/DEKA marine AGM's that lasted close to 3 years. I do notice that the Optima's do not discharge as quickly and hold their charge for a long time in storage.
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I purchased my Optima Blues from N.A.P.A. store.
Good people to deal with and no problem with
warrantee (If you need to use it).
They seem to hold the charge longer and I,ve had no problems.
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Thanks for all the great posts. I had never heard of Lifeline Batteries, so maybe I will try those for the automotive batteries. I did get my Optimas at Costco (about &700 for 4)so I think I made out ok cost wise. So far, no problems.
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I just replaced my 2 house batteries today with the Optima Blue Tops. Coscto has them for $159.99 with a $20 rebate until April 1st. Cleaned out the battery compartment, I was surprised at how much corrosion there was in about 18 months of use.
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