Re: [DML] Optima Batteries?
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Re: [DML] Optima Batteries?

My Optima batteries weren't sitting in my DeLorean.  My DeLorean is  
used on a daily basis and both of the Optima batteries failed under  
normal use.  I believe they are manufactured and poorly designed  
internally and the failures are of the spiral plates and/or the cells.

The Optimasare stronger than the standard lead acid batteries when  
they do work which is the reason why many were lead to believe that  
they are excellent batteries in the beginning.  As time marches on,  
the failure of the Optima batteries mounts up as many of the DMLers  
have expressed.

I find that their pro rated program doesn't merit the usage time when  
calculated, for the amount calculated usually end up costing almost  
the same as a new battery discounted on an outright purchase. That is  
the reason why I brought the Yellow one and hoping that it will serve  
my DeLorean's needs better -- Wrong again!

I personally don't like the hassle in dealing with any of the  
product's warranty program.   I have approached the idea to purchased  
the best battery with the attitude as "price is no object" as long as  
it is efficient and the Optimas batteries were indeed advertised to  
be just such.  I want a product that works and not to be fail me in  
the time when needed and as well as putting me to the aggravation to  
return the failed product.

I also don?t understand the reasons why there is a need in charging  
them periodically when Optima boasts the greatness of the new modern  
?spiral gel cell? technology.  Now the other issue is that the  
alternators fitted in our DeLoreans may not have the high output that  
is suggested in charging them, so could this possibly be adding to  
their early demise?

One of the factors in my decision in the purchasing of the Optima  
batteries for I was also told that they are used in the NYC EMS  
vehicles to supply the necessary power to run all the many medical  
equipments that is on board.  I wonder how many failed batteries the  
NYC EMS vehicles have or what is their percentage of failure, for the  
Optima batteries don't seem to last in our DeLoreans' by all of the  
many DMLers who wrote in.

A Sears Gold Label in my DeLorean for thirty months and still going  
strong...... and if it dies, I can go to the nearest Sears for a pro  
rated adjustment or buy a new one at a little more then half the cost  
of the Optimas.....

Kayo Ong
Lic  9D NY

On Jun 25, 2006, at 4:02 PM, Ryan Wright wrote:

> Curious, I wonder how many of you drive your cars regularly and  
> still have
> problems with the Optimas? Is it possible the batteries just don't  
> like to
> sit? Do they discharge more quickly when not in use, or are they  
> otherwise
> less tolerant of being discharged too low?
> Does anyone really know the actual reason so many have had problems  
> with
> them?
> -Ryan

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