Replace OEM 12V battery with Group 25 AGM

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by cproaudio, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. mrstop

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    It looks like there is a new lower cost group 25 replacement from Pep Boys under the Champion Brand. It is normally $159.99, but right now it is $119.99 core and 25% off online ordering (ebates gives another 3% rebate). I took a look in the store and it appears to be manufactured by Johnson Controls. There is a port on both sides which looks to connect to our vent tubes. I couldn't find a great deal of information, but it uses a stamped grid system rather than the Optima Spiral technology. I'm not sure about country of origin, but apparently Johnson Controls has invested to increase AGM production in the US and China over the past couple of years.

    Reserve isn't quite as robust as the apparently discontinued Exide, but still more than the factor replacement and on par with Optima or Odyssey.

    Specs:
    Height (in.) 8.88
    Cranking Amps @ 32F 685
    Terminal Type A
    Width (in.) 6.94
    Reserve Capacity (minutes) 100
    Length (in.) 9.06
    Group Size 25
    Voltage 12
    BCI # 25
    Weight (lbs) 40
    Height (mm) 225
    Length (mm) 230
    Right Or Left Hand Positive Right
    Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) @ 0F 550
    Width (mm) 176
    Wet or Dry Wet
     
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    What brand/model is currently the best (or among the best) AGM replacement for the 12v battery? Reading the Optima reviews on Amazon it seems they have an extremely high early failure rate and horrible warranty support, so it looks like their quality is not what it used to be. Is OEM the best choice at the moment?
     
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    The Champion worked fine if you have a Pep Boys near you. Only had it about a year, so I don't know about how well it will hold up long term.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. The Pep Boys web site won't show me the champion, only the optima, maybe I have to go in the store to see it. I found an AC Delco model ACDB24R on Amazon with tomorrow delivery for $165 + tax that got good reviews, the local dealer wants full retail ($217 + tax) for the OEM battery. Reading the reviews online, it seems battery warranties are worthless if bought online, so I'm debating if it's worth $55 for a really good warranty vs. no warranty...
     
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    Spend the $55 on a smart charger, and/or an electronic load tester.
     
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    I swapped an Optima Red Top 34/78 from another car into my 2012 Prius v, working just fine. I know a yellow or blue would have been better, but I already had this red in my garage queen 911 and thought I'd see if it helped my Prius. BTW, the Prius battery can start my 911. LOL

    The fit is very snug, with a few cardboard pieces around it. The bracket over the top is connected only in the front, not in the rear, and that receiving piece (tray, etc.) was removed (and saved, of course). Given how snug the overall fit is, and being held by two cables, I have no fear of the battery moving anywhere in a crash, even with the rear (outboard) end of the bracket not connected.

    Cables required a little work - swapped in an SAE negative cable. Positive SAE clamp, with a little customization required since the post is further in-board than on the Prius battery.

    Regarding vent tubes, Optima confirms that they do not typically vent, as some do. They only vent in a fault condition. I used some hose to build a custom manifold feeding both vent outlets from the battery to the Prius hose exhaust.

    Anyway, so YES, my Optima Red Top 34/78 fits like a glove.
     
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    Would love to see pictures of the battery installation on the Prius V.
    As of now, the only group 25 AGM battery around is the Odyssey group 25 which has similar capacity as a group 24F. Odyssey confirmed that their batteries are safe for in cabin install without vent.
     
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    I'm not sure what the threshold is before I can post pics, but last time I tried, whatever it is, I'm below it. PM me, and I'll try to message you a photo so you can post, if you want.
     
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    Maybe technical difficulties at your end? What are you posting on, phone, Windows PC, MAC?
     
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    Win10, Chrome. But I am running adblock plus - could that be it? I just assumed that I was being limited for being new, never tried to work around. So are you saying it should work?
     
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    When you're in the text editor, composing a message, do you see the "upload a file" button?

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    That's what I had been doing. I did a quick test just now, without saving, and it looks like it works. Doing nothing different on my end vs. before, so maybe some limiting window timed out. Now I just need to go and take some pics of the battery.
     
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    Here are the pics for the setup as described above in post #66.

    I know an Optima yellow top would be more appropriate in this application, but I had the Red top in my other car, and figured I'd swap it in. Not optimal. But I think if anyone wants to put a yellow top Optima 34/78 in their Prius v (2012 at least, like mine) it should fit.

    I did not want to push my luck with the old original Prius battery being able to start my other car, so with a great deal at Pep Boys, I bought a replacement AGM group 34 for that car. Specifically, it was the Champion AGM 34-740CHAGM, made by Johnson Controls. Figuring it was the same group size as the Optima 34/78, I tried to see if it would fit in the Prius and ... NOOOOOOOOOO. Although the overall dimensions match with the Optima, it is the curved corners in the Optima due to their spiralcell thing that allow it to fit so well in the Prius. The sharp rectangular corners on the Champion AGM (and I expect any rectangular battery) make it not even close to fitting.

    Summarizing findings here:
    • In my 2012 Prius v (the v is known to have more room back there, I believe) ...
    • Optima 34/78 fits really well, enabled by its rounded corners
    • A rectangular group 34 battery was tested and is not even close to fitting
    BTW, when I built that little adapter for the positive terminal (from 1 mm thick copper sheet), it was just because I wanted to get something built and in there. I have since bought the proper pencil post to SAE post adapters, in case I ever want to re-do that. Cheaper and easier to do it that way if one has the foresight to see the problem with the post being too far inboard.
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    Great prius v info on gen 3 section.
     
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    I did mention on post # 35 that a larger battery might be able to fit the prius V. I'm just glad that he confirmed it for me.
     
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