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Old 01-01-2014, 05:03 PM   #15
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Absolutely. Lifelines are good but pricey. Consider this though- Almost 5x the cost $285/Class 24, 12 mth full replacement warranty, five year pro rated warranty, 80 AH.

JC Maxx (Walmart) $94, Two year full replacement guarantee, 92AH
That's OK, they are cheap for a reason. NO ONE gives away resources like lead, just like there are no bargains on gold purchases. Do you have any data on how many of these (more than likely Chinese batteries, like just about everything else from Wal*Mart) have actually lasted more than 2 years.

I see many folks buying batteries there and simple returning them just prior to the expiration of the warranty for replacement after they have failed. Lifelines are expensive because:

• they are built in the USA to the highest quality standards
• other that the lead, the separator materials are much higher quality and thicker than found in other AGM batteries (if they are found at all)
• Lifeline's workers are actually paid a living wage that allow them to be productive members of this country

Need any more reasons? To paraphrase a line from a famous movie: "CHEAP IS AS CHEAP DOES"

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Old 01-17-2014, 08:42 AM   #16
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Anyone familiar with Optima batteries?

I certainly agree that there are cheap products but consider too that performance and warranty comparison is key. Hyundai was considered a cheap choice at one time as was LG. Now look at their products overtaking other brands at various levels. Are there higher quality products? Absolutely. It is a consumer choice. Johnson Control makes some of those walmart batts and they are the same as particular other batts with a different branding. One of the diehards is the same batt for more $$$$ and I do not know all the variants but there are several.

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Old 01-17-2014, 08:58 AM   #17
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While I can't speak to current stock The Walmart battery in my "beater" truck is starting to show signs of failure. It is 8 years old.
I use Walmart batteries in my older diesel truck. After 4 years I would rotate them out as a maintenance item and use them several more years in my tractors. I have never has a walmart battery fail during the warranty period and at last count I had 13 automotive batteries in service.
The Exide golf cart batteries in my trailer will be 11 years old in june. They came from from sams club.

That being said, while I can see some advantages to AGM batteries I don't see any financial advantage to using them
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Exactly. Now when I purchased my Airstream it had walmart batteries that had a sticker showing replaced a month or so before I got it they failed a year and a half later. It they were the cheapest ones. So it is all about performance warranty and price. I would only buy AGM for an inside battery system due to the gassing potential leakage etc of other types but the application for me dictates particulars.

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