Prius 2nd Gen 12 V Battery Replacement Exide vs Optima Yellow Top?

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  1. wirelessjava

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    Which 12V battery last longer over 10 years

    Exide vs Optima Yellow Top
     
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    no one knows, a study has never been done. and it wouldn't reflect real world conditions anyway
     
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    Don't know, never had either one. My 2004 is on its 3rd 12 V battery, but I honestly could not tell you what brand any of them were. Just "whatever the dealer put in".


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    Probably neither, even with additional maintenance/care (periodic external charging), it seems that 8 years might be doable, but with no extra care and regular driving of 1 hour or more a day 5 -6 years. Short drives and lots of sitting idle 2-3 years. A lot also depends on the original condition of the new battery, the use environment, whether you do a forming charge to start with, and whether the battery is fully charged when put into service.

    But who really can tell the future?
     
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    Hey Bisco

    Optima Yellow top is easy to get at Auto Zone if you needed something right away but it is 283 bucks vs exide ??
     
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    $283 rivals the OEM Yuasa thru dealership parts dept?

    When I bought one almost 5 years back, it was $220 CDN, free shipping, thru SaskBattery.
     
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    yellow tops are fine. that's a little steep, how much is the exide? i picked up an oem for $200. plus tax
     
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    In CA? I doubt any will.
     
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    Anyone have the record for the longest lasting 12V battery?
     
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    Check dealer prices. Possible OEM Yuasa may have the lowest price and longest warranty. It was for me.
     
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    As one data point, my Yellow Top from eLearn Aid, is coming up on 9 years. Installed for $170 with conversion kit as the YT did not have the thin posts at the time.

    I had even completely flattened it shortly after installing it.


    iPhone ?
     
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    My Yellow Top lasted just a bit more than 3 years on one and just a bit more than 2 years on another 2nd gen. Whereas original one had last 7-8 years on both of our priuses.
     
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    The spiral style yellow tops have higher Cold Cranking Amps but lower Amp Hours. I have a YT currently, had it for over 5 years, but will likely go with a Canadian Tire conventional case AGM (ABSorbent Glass Mat) next time. I have coddled the YT with charging.
     
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    Original battery was nursed by previous owner for 15 years. Wouldn't hold a charge for more than a few days though.
     
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    My 2013 Avalon is going on 8 years and still has the original Panasonic battery.
    My 2006 Prius also has a Panasonic battery, but I have my doubts that it's the original and that it's 14 years old, although I guess it could be.

    But I cheat. I live in a cold area so I've had even cheap batteries last for way longer than they do in other parts of the world.
     
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    I cheat big-time: ours practically LIVES on a smart charger.
     
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    My 2010 has original 12 volt. I drive it 1 hour 5 days a week. Garaged every night. I get the batt. tested every year at Walmart. Still good!!
     
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