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Old 02-17-2018, 05:01 PM   #15
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Just my 2 cents here.
Been in the battery business 20+ years, the last 20 for Exide. We manufacture our own batteries and sell some under private labels. Way too many to list here.
When I started with the company, we manufactured one of the Diehard lines for Sears and another battery company made Wally World's. We also made all of NAPA's batteries.
I happened upon a Consumer Reports issue that compared automotive batteries, all national private labels.
The batteries that we manufactured tested better than most of the competition, some were even with another manufacturer. They tested cranking amps, cold cranking amps and one or two other things. Sorry, it's been over ten years!
The Walmart battery tested better than the Sears one. Guess which one we made? That's right, the EverStart was rated better the Diehard!
Several years later, I looked up ratings on the same batteries, now manufactured by other companies.
The Walmart is now made by a different company and had lower ratings. Sears has the same company making theirs, and still isn't a good battery!

I forget who posted it, but someone said to look at the date on the side. If it's been on the shelf longer than 6 months or so, give it a pass. The voltage has dropped and the plates are starting to sulfate. Not good!
I raised Cain at a Sears about 5 years ago over a battery. The battery in my pickup had died in the heat after 6 years and I needed a new one. The closest place was a Sears about a mile away. The nearest parts place was 2 miles away.
The battery I wanted was 14 months old, so I bought a lower amped one for only $10 less. Wasn't happy about it either!
They were wanting me out of there, so they didn't charge me a core charge! But I still took the old one back to them and told them to get their stock rotated properly!

It cracks me up when I go to Walmart or someplace that sells the competition and I see old batteries on the shelf. I've even talked people out of buying the old batteries!
Of course, I send them someplace where ours are sold!
Thanks for letting me rant!
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Old 02-17-2018, 06:55 PM   #16
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I got mine (2 group 27) last fall at Advance Autoparts. Ordered online with coupon (20-30% off typically) and came out about $35 cheaper than Wallymart.

https://www.retailmenot.com/view/advanceautoparts.com
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Phil,
Thanks for your input on this subject.
Coming from someone that was working within the industry, your comments about private label batteries were exactly what I expected to be the case.
I also appreciate your point about checking dates, and definitely will on my next battery purchase.
We all have budgets to work with, but knowing more about the product we are purchasing could actually make a more expensive item a better choice over the long term.
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And Walmart has a great return policy.....any problems they take it back and give you a new battery......no problem.

Also another place to buy batteries, I have purchased a few batteries from Home Depot, some of there store have an automotive section. If your a vet, you get your discount.
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take a look at Napa... they have a decent battery and stand behind their warranty.
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Far as I know they are.. Not sure who makes 'em but I use 3 Wall mart 12 volts as part of my house bank. no problems. decent life.

The only issue I have with Wal*mart batteries is the amp hour rating for RV use. and this does not apply in your application.

They rate them at teh "1 amp" rate. (how long the battery can put out one amp) so a 75 hour Group 24 (At the 20 hour rate) holds over 100 amp hours at the one amp rate... Long techniical explanation not included here since Amp Hours does not apply to starting batteries Cranking and occasionally COLD CRANKING amps do. And those they are honest about.
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And Walmart has a great return policy.....any problems they take it back and give you a new battery......no problem.

Also another place to buy batteries, I have purchased a few batteries from Home Depot, some of there store have an automotive section. If your a vet, you get your discount.
The batteries at Home Depot are Exide. We started selling them there about 3 years ago. We were like, yeah. Car batteries at a home improvement store. Thatís gonna sell well. We were surprised when they did!
Tractor Supply sells our batteries also. They donít carry a group 24 deep cycle, but there is a group 27. Itís a little bigger than the group 24, but if you have the room it has a larger reserve capacity.
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Good info. I'm about to go buy DW a battery for her little car. Wally will save us $30. I've used them before and never had a problem. (yet)
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I was told years ago that Flooded Lead Acid batteries have been around so long that the designers can pretty well built to specification. Few surprises in how long they last or how well they will perform. Along with what has been already mentioned, service life will be within a few months of what you buy. You buy a 48 month battery then don't expect 60 and don't whine at 45. Other than that take a close look at the specifications if you can find them. Often they are not on consumer data sites.

One other thought is that we often worry too much about what is best. Is the criteria to maximize life or capacity without regard to cost or minimize cost while getting a functional product? Somewhere in between? What is needed may not match what is wanted in either direction...
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In need to get touch up paint for the cream/tan color on my 2017 Montana high country boy hauler. Any idea as to where I can get?
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In need to get touch up paint for the cream/tan color on my 2017 Montana high country boy hauler. Any idea as to where I can get?
Think you accidentally posted in the wrong forum. Try the Thor Owners forum, you'll probably get an answer there.
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Just replaced 2, f150 and expedition. Got 7 years on them. To me that is very good.Both cars sit outside so have all types of weather her in NJ.Also if they go bad a lot of Walmart's to exchange them at.
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Just replaced 2, f150 and expedition. Got 7 years on them. To me that is very good.Both cars sit outside so have all types of weather her in NJ.Also if they go bad a lot of Walmart's to exchange them at.
Yeah, not surprised. Those were ours.
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