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Cranking Battery

Postby buddy brown » Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:49 pm

About time for a new cranking battery. What do you reccomend. I'm thinking about the optima blue top d-34 batt

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby Gene Buchholz » Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:57 pm

Go with a AC Delco C24hp it has 1035 cca.

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby mark poulson » Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:19 pm

Whatever brand you choose, stay with a deep cycle, so running your livewell all day won't draw it down.
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby Guy Williams » Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:32 pm

buddy brown wrote:About time for a new cranking battery. What do you reccomend. I'm thinking about the optima blue top d-34 batt


Good choice!!
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby baitfish » Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:47 pm

Sears Diehard Platinum 31. 1150 cca 205 min RC. It is made by Odyssey and is a battery Mercury recommends for their 3 liter engines. There is a nice list of batteries on bbc receommended by Mercury.

I am impressed so far as it really turns over my 250 pro xs. I have 3 Optima D31's coming for the troller.

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby MIKE TREMONT » Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:55 pm

I seem to always plug the Interstate. Mine will be 8 years old in March. I know I'm on borrowed time, but I just want to see how long it goes.

Hey who's the Interstate Rep around here? I've been plugging your products for years and just bought 3 more for the trolling motor. Throw me a bone, I'm hurting :) !
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby ash » Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:18 pm

Mike,

FYI Les Schwab brand batteries are OEM by interstate you can order group 27 deep cycle batteries through your local Les Schwab dealer, or give me a call for the Antelope Contact. :wink:

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby fishbonz412 » Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:33 pm

Where around Folsom or El dorado hills can you get that AC Delco battery?
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby twister » Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:56 pm

Maitenace free battery suck because the water drys out and you cant fill them. Autozone makes a large marine cranking battery that can power your livewell, radio, fishfinders, ect.
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby macinckirk » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:38 am

tom just don't do what I did and try and use the 31-m for your cranking batt :oops: its not working out to good in trnys were i need to run everything
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby WishinIwerFishin » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:53 am

The blue top optima works great as a crankin battery. I can run everything(stereo,livewell,sonar's) and still have plenty of power all day long. Before I had an onboard charger I would go out 2-3 times before charging it and had no problems.

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby tunaman » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:15 am

twister wrote:Maitenace free battery suck because the water drys out and you cant fill them.


That shouldn't happen... can't say I've ever seen one dry out myself. I've gotten 5 years out of my original AC Delco (THANKS ANGLERS!), so I'd say that is definitely not a bad choice at very least.

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby macinckirk » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:02 am

WishinIwerFishin wrote:The blue top optima works great as a crankin battery. I can run everything(stereo,livewell,sonar's) and still have plenty of power all day long. Before I had an onboard charger I would go out 2-3 times before charging it and had no problems.


4hrs max is all i'm getting out of a 31-m blue top right now with everything running
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby tunaman » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:36 am

macinckirk wrote:4hrs max is all i'm getting out of a 31-m blue top right now with everything running


:shock:

That sucks!

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby scottsweet » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:56 am

macinckirk wrote:
WishinIwerFishin wrote:The blue top optima works great as a crankin battery. I can run everything(stereo,livewell,sonar's) and still have plenty of power all day long. Before I had an onboard charger I would go out 2-3 times before charging it and had no problems.


4hrs max is all i'm getting out of a 31-m blue top right now with everything running


I have experienced the very same thing with the blue tops. I used them once several years ago and never used them again. I am sold on Odyssey and have been for a few years now.

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby WishinIwerFishin » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:17 am

tunaman wrote:
macinckirk wrote:4hrs max is all i'm getting out of a 31-m blue top right now with everything running


:shock:

That sucks!

Roger


Yes it does, I have only had one and it's been good to me for the last year and a half. If I got that kind of run time out of it I would definitely be looking for something different.

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby Jim Moulton » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:53 am

I run the Deka AGM's and am very satisfied with thier performance. AC Delco's are also a good choice. Any GM dealer or parts house that sells GM Products should have them in stock as does the Hook Line and Sinker. Jim
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby macinckirk » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:12 am

Yes it does S*CK I had a Interstate cranking 27 that was 3 years old that was doing better then this batt, that Aaron now has in his boate.

I got 1000.00 in 4 batts and will never do this again, the 3 optima 31-m blue tops on the trolling motor do work well. The thing I do like is the power stays the same allday. But they are Not Worth the Double in price UNLESS I get 6 years out of the set. Or unless your just looking to get away from wet cells like I was

They don't charge any faster then my old Interstate's dc27's I had or any 31's I have owned (everstarts)

Now for the Optima 31-m blue top for the cranking batt, I had got 3 batts for the trolling motor before oct/aba toc mead and after a month deieced to change out my cranking batt, so I got 1 more for the cranking batt, this batt has never seemed right from the 1st time I tryed to charge it (charger never went off by it self) but got it 2 days before the NBW Charity Event on dvl. well dale and I had got a small keeper within 5 mins so that meet the pumps would run allday on low auto.

well within 4 hrs my lowrance units were showing 11.6 volts and died the batts seem to still have power to start my motor but does not hold on the top end, also on my yammie I need as close to 12 v to start it, so every 45 mins or so I would have to start my yammie and run it for 5-10 mins.

Well after that trny I was thinking maybe it was just a bad day, so i have watched it and when I'm just fun fishing it does fine but then when Isaac and i fished that last NBW DVl trny I seen were if we didn't move as much as we did I would of been in the same spot

So I'm less then pleased with them as a cranking batt
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby mark poulson » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:29 am

Kirk,
I think you have a problem with your cranking battery charger, or a bad connection somewhere.
I've had blue top 34's for both my tm and my big engine for six years.
No problems, ever.
If I were you, before I spent another $ on a battery, I'd have someone who know how check out my entire electrical system.
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby buddy brown » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:39 am

macinckirk wrote:tom just don't do what I did and try and use the 31-m for your cranking batt :oops: its not working out to good in trnys were i need to run everything


Kirk are you using the dual purpose blue top or the one specifically made for cranking. The crank one has gray sides. Thanks for the all the opinions. I had the same maintenance free batt that came with my boat for 4 yrs with no probs, but I don't want any probs during any tourneys this year.

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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby macinckirk » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:53 am

tom
i'm using the dual purpose, I was thinking the same as you and was going to try the cranking optima, but I KNEW I neeeded all the batt I could get

Tom also this maybe just my 1 batt, I'll see what happens tomorrow and if I still have the problem (i have batts charging and will not take them off till I leave around 3:30am) I'll take this 1 back and try a new 31-m

mark
everything is working ok because the cranking batt never had this problem before I changed out the interstates

since i'm not really to into trny fishing this year i was just going to get 6 months out of this batt before b*tching/taking it back
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Re: Cranking Battery

Postby baitfish » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:21 am

Kirk,

You should swap one of your trollers with the cranker since they are all the same and see what happens.


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