What model# Yellow top battery for 2008 Prius-Where do I buy it?

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  1. ski.dive

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    1=Looking to buy a yellow top battery for my 2008 Prius
    2=What model number yellow top battery do I buy?
    3=Where do I buy it?
     
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    A lot of folks have bought from here.
    Including myself 5 years ago.

    Optima DS46B24R Optima battery direct fit replacement for Prius 2004 to 2015 , Prius V & Plug-in Prius with Instructions

    Optima has raised its prices quite bit over that time though. IIRC I paid $139 ish back then from elearnaid.com and was the cheapest deal at that time. One thing to note, If you don’t need the battery right away, you should consider waiting till April. April is the month most manufacturers offer rebates on tires and batteries. The year I bought my optima they were offering a free optima 4 amp charger or $100 off the 10 amp optima charger. I took the later since I already had the 4 amp unit. Those chargers are awesome, but pricey.

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    yes major price increase.
     
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    Plenty of other brands, why Optima? Internet price on a Toyota factory is 200.60. I think that’s cheaper than an Optima.
     
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    Piece of mind knowing its a deep cycle battery and can tolerate accidental dead battery discharges that it was designed for. (3 times) for me thus far

    It also depends if the other cheaper offerings include shipping or not.


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    Maybe they've improved? I believe several members here have got the Bosch, no problems or cable mod's. As far as I know it's the proper post sizes, vented, dimensionally correct.

    Third gen is the same battery I believe; I can't find the Bosch up here, but Canadian Tire has a somewhat similar, conventionally shaped AGM, correct posts, dims, vent. I went Optima a little over 3 years back, but will likely try the CT battery if there's a next time.
     
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    So.....you are going to condemn an entire national company just because someone (apparently) got a bad piece of advice from ONE of it's employees ??

    I don't necessarily think that is good advice.
     
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    There are still local bricks-and-mortar stores. Just do the swap in the parking lot, get your core charge back, done in an hour.
     
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    I did not condem the entire company but I would not trust them either. If the battery was not exact fit I would return it. At least I’m not ranting and raving about how bad Optima battery’s are.
     
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    I just got mine from local auto parts store...they did not have Gen2 Prii version (thin terminal posts) in stock but I already had the eLearnAid terminal post mod kit from before they had the Prii version yellow top, so I went with the fatter terminla posts.
     
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    Regardless of the battery you go with, I'd really recommend picking up a battery minder ( search for it on Amazon, etc.. ).

    I was skeptical at first but they really do keep your 12V battery in top shape. In fact, it completely revitalized the *original* 12V battery in our 2012 Hyundai Sonata that I thought I would need to replace.

    Edit: here is the one I got :

     
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    next time I get a battery I will get the factory battery its very long life think mine lasted 7+ years till one day it just died. My bought new Optima lasted exactly 3 years almost to the day before it died. This is with almost monthly maintenance charges. I was friends with the auto parts manager I bought it form and he just gave a me another new optima. If not I would have gone with the factory battery.
    Approaching 3 years on that battery.

    Its a PIA to install that battery if you have a bad back like I do.
     
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    Speaking of fit: battery height is critical with the Toyota style hold-down clamps. All the Hondas we had, there was a flat bar across the top, maybe with some clips for a cable, and there's a hole at both ends of the bar, and long rods, threaded with a nut at the top, and a hook at the bottom. You snake them down, hook through lugs at the bottom, and tighten the nuts snug.

    With the Toyota system there's more-or-less zero tolerance for height variation. When I dropped a replacement (Optima Yellow Top), supposedly exactly the same dimension, a slight height difference had the hold down bar teetering: I had to employ a single spacer washer to make it sit flat and solid.
     
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    Toyota prius battery is now 84 mo battery and they eliminated the vent hole. Picked one up for 190.00 out the door. Fully warranted 1st year prorated for 84months after that . Racine Toyota (WI).
     
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    No vent hole?
     
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    Nope, spent at least 7 or 8 mins trying to push in vent line, pulled battery back out and took a closer look. Called dealer to ask Wth, u sell me a wrongun? Assured me that's the new battery for prius, thus far only thing I smell in car is my own farts.
     
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