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Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by 95exploresport, December 8, 2017.

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      I put a walmart maxx 65n in mine. Best value at a little under $100 unless you figure you're going to roll the vehicle so an AGM has a clear benefit.
       
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      I do not recommend Motorcraft batteries. I have seen a few only 3-4 years old leaking acid around the posts. I just had to replace a terminal and battery on a 2013 f150 w/65k because of this issue. Funny thing is it still would fire right up without issue.
       
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      The Diehard Advanced (AGM) Gold's are rebadged Deka Intimidators. Sears stopped selling the Diehard Platinum/Odyssey because they had side-post issues and were getting too many returns/warranties as per the manager at my local Sears Auto. If you bring in a Platinum for warranty they will give you a Gold AGM as a replacement. I bought my AGM Gold on sale for $160.

      The top post Odyssey's are still one of the best for sure along with Northstar and XS. Optima used to be a 6-8 year battery (like the ones mentioned) but now I feel are not any better than a 3-5year AGM like the Gold. You can either pay $160-240 for a a battery you can get 5+ years out of or $260-300 for one that you may get 8+ years. Unless you really need the power the "higher tier" batteries provide, I think you get what you pay for either way when it comes to the AGMs. Six of one or half dozen of the other. In my opinion anyway.

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      Motorcraft 850CCA from a distributor. You can usually get much better prices. You can find them on the Ford website. They sell to shops and even the dealers.
       
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      I have a AutoZone duralast agm in my ranger and its been good at 2 years old and I actually got it from the junkyard 2nd hand for $35.

      I run the advance auto agms in my f250 (2 group 65s). I had a draw from my livewire tuner and ended up running them dead after not driving the truck for 2 months. Their 3 year warranty was easy to get me 2 new ones at no cost. I think they would of charged back up but it was easier to swap new batteries in then jump start a dead cold diesel.

      Autozone and advance use pretty much the same batteries through each series.
       
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      I've read that O'Reilly's batteries are re-badged Dekas, or at least their AGM ones are. Haven't looked into it too much though.
       
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      I've only used the Walmart Everstart Maxx because they last long and the warranty is great. My battery died a week short of three years and changed it for free. I live in vegas where these batteries take a beating with extreme heat and then pretty cold winters.
       
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      Who's going to be the first to try a lithium car battery, for $1000+, that weighs maybe 15 pounds?
       
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      1 lithium battery - 1 year warranty - years of service ??? - $1000

      4 agm batteries - 16 years of combined warranty - proven 5-8 years of service life each - $1000


      Lithiums are more suited for racing where weight is a factor and money isn't or off grind power banks where they can be kept in a controlled environment and there inherent properties are more useful.

      I really wouldn't trust a light weight lithium battery to get me through one Michigan winter. 4F for the low tomorrow night, not including windchill and it's not warming up any time soon. You also can't charge a lithium below freezing. If my new agm dies (which it's not) I can jump it or go right down the road and get it warrantied for free and be up and running without it ruining my day. Depending on where you live, a lithium batt will be a mail order deal and I think we all know how much a pita that can be when it comes to returns and warranty while in the mean time you still need to find another battery until a new one shows up.
       
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      Agreed. I have found one use for a lithium motorcycle battery - my kid's jogging stroller. Powers the headlights for a couple of hours at a time with no problem and doesn't add significant weight. For any normal use in a car or a bike, traditional batteries are the way to go. They'll last longer and operate properly in cold temperatures, and cost a fraction of the amount.
       
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      You mean one of those Braille batteries? I didn't think they were that expensive!
       
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      I was just joking, poking the bear. There are many brands, and another popped up when I searched yesterday. They have a limited amperage charge capacity, 60 amps is typical, and that's too low for a car. They aren't practical right now, but they have lots of promise.

      The LeFe I think it is, are the closest to a possibility, but you'd have to run about three in parallel to get the capacity to work with a car alternator. At $250ish and up, that's still way too much right now. But they do only weigh about four pounds apiece.
       
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      I don't know what battery Don was thinking of but for a group 34 Braille Lithium, how does MSRP $2466.45 sound? :eek: You could buy every battery your local parts store has on the shelf for that. Come to think of it, I bet that's more than most of us paid for our explorers!

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      Here's the one I had in my Amazon wish list, to another site. It's among the better brands, for features etc, but due to the 60amp charge limit, it would take about three to be able to survive, and that would be enough to start a car. The sizes are small, using three together could be done, but as said the lifespan is unknown, untested for anything but small motorsports engines.
      EarthX Lithium Batteries for Watercraft
       
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      Speak of the devil...my Kirkland battery (bought 11/2012, Mfg date 11/2012) died a few days ago. I replaced my Duralast Gold alternator a few months ago because it was acting flaky (while running, lights and gages would flicker), and I have to wonder if that did some damage to the battery. I went to Thailand on Dec. 10, returned on Dec. 21, drove the Explorer around town Dec 22-25 without issue, had a slow first crank/start on Dec. 26, and it dropped dead Dec. 27.

      What I like about Costco is that they don't even have the equipment to test batteries, so there's no "we gotta put it on the tester" baloney. I got a replacement battery (Interstate, Mfg 12/2017) at Costco for $60 after tax and warranty credit for 40% of the price of the battery I brought in.
       
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      Home depot sells Exide brand batteries. I had one last 10 years they are US made.
       
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      I didn't know they sold batteries. My local Menards sells Exide. Slightly cheaper than the local Home Depot.
       
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      Who wants to try this odd new brand? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075R6QHVF/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I3PSFDTNJYJH5A&colid=246RRPWYWS26&psc=0
      It's a small 11x7x7" battery weighing under 15lbs, 65Ah rated. They make various sizes with similar cost per weight, up over 20lbs(but too long).

      They've got many various sizes, none of which seem to be made to bolt down in stock applications. But the promise of longer life, lower weight, and supposedly less cost in the end, it's a good step, if they work out in normal applications. I'm waiting for something like this that seems to be believable to survive, for well over five years.
       
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      They don't last longer in real world usage. I suspect you'd be lucky to break two years. I've got smaller LiFe battery like that in the jogging stroller. It's got plenty of power to start a motorcycle (the original reason I bought it) but they're finicky on recharging and don't like being left unused for long periods. As I recall there's also some weird voodoo about how the amp hour capacity is rated and it's not really a direct correlation to the same rating on a traditional battery.
       
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      Ditto, yes, but the real issue I learned is they have hard limits on charging current, and with little resistance, they pull the maximum amps the alternator can make(as I read it). So only relatively larger LiFePo4 batteries might survive in modern vehicles. That odd new brand I linked to, has no information about their battery management systems, or the current max limit. I'd bet they are counting on real world testing by consumers, outside of their country. I'm not ready to be their guinea pig.
       

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