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Old 30-09-2012, 01:58 PM
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Battery recommendations

I was sure there was a thread here on batteries, but I can't find it.
My battery is virtually dead.
Second battery in 4 years, they are not lasting too long

Anyone got any recommendations for a battery for our SBC Camaro?
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Old 30-09-2012, 02:27 PM
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I've always trusted AC Delco, not cheap, but seem to last 5 years or more if not run flat a few times, that will F-ck any battery after a while.
Holden sell them BTW
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Old 30-09-2012, 02:42 PM
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Wasn't Steve selling some AC Delco's with the logo top? or was it just the replacement top?

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these were them: http://www.usmuscle.com.au/Forum/showthread.php?t=7393
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Old 30-09-2012, 02:50 PM
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Wasn't Steve selling some AC Delco's with the logo top? or was it just the replacement top?
I meant, just the standard "maintenance free" type Holden sells, but those are good too, especially if you want "correct looks"
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Old 30-09-2012, 03:40 PM
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Are they failing perhaps to lack of use?

I had a similar problem with my cars, until i bought a half a dozen small trickle chargers, and wired up a cable from the battery to a quick connect that hangs down behind the grille.

The chargers are screwed to the wall in my garage and I wired up some nice long two core cable with a quick connect so when i park up it takes 30 seconds to just reach up under the grille and plug it in.

Havent had a battery fail in years now.

The chargers were under 50 bucks each and are fully automated and turn on and off on thier own, and have little digital display i can see when i walk past to make sure they are working.

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Old 30-09-2012, 03:54 PM
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Whether you buy a Delco Energizer repro or not, I recomend an AGM.
Optima batteries are AGM and so are the "maintainance free" Delco Energizers. They have heaps more cranking amps and amp hours of capacity.
They're more expensive, but it's easily justified.

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Old 30-09-2012, 05:42 PM
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I've always used Optima batteries - seem to out perform everything else I've tried and just doing a quick search on google, you'll find alot of other people agree.

Also definitely agree with PGM regarding the trickle chargers. I talked to a few battery shops when looking at them and they said it will definitely help with the battery life.
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Old 30-09-2012, 06:19 PM
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when I park the 'bird up I just disconnect the terminals from the battery just in case of stray leakage, mind you I was only driving it a couple of times a month, better safe than sorry, but after the motor and box is sorted I will be looking around for an AGM. I always use rubber matting on the base of the battery tray too!
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I always use rubber matting on the base of the battery tray too!

What's that suppose to do?
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Old 30-09-2012, 06:44 PM
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What's that suppose to do?
I don't know whether its like storing a battery on bare concrete or a steel shelf without something underneath to stop pre-mature draining...someone else might be able to set me straight....been doin it for years
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Old 30-09-2012, 08:15 PM
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Are they failing perhaps to lack of use?


Possibly, but I have a Ctek electronic charger so I thought the battery should be in good order.
I was wrong.
Just went through my receipts today and this battery has a 3 year warranty so Tuesday I'll go back and see what we can sort out.
Doesn't help me today or tomorrow though.

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I've always used Optima batteries - seem to out perform everything else I've tried and just doing a quick search on google, you'll find alot of other people agree.

Also definitely agree with PGM regarding the trickle chargers. I talked to a few battery shops when looking at them and they said it will definitely help with the battery life.
Thanks Jordan,
I had a look at the Optima website today, not sure if they can be secured by the stock Camaro battery clamp.
Can you confirm?
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Old 30-09-2012, 09:03 PM
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Im unsure of the brand of my battery,but it wasnt a ultra cheap one.I only drive mine once or twice a week......but usually fully charge it every 2 or so months or,when it starts to sound abit sluggish,when starting.Nothing worse than getting the urge to go for a drive,and "no go,batteries dead"...unless youve got a jumper pack of course,then all good.
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I had a look at the Optima website today, not sure if they can be secured by the stock Camaro battery clamp.
Can you confirm?
Yes they can..
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I've always trusted AC Delco, not cheap, but seem to last 5 years or more if not run flat a few times, that will F-ck any battery after a while.
Holden sell them BTW
Yeah I used to recommend AC Delco (maintenance free, sealed) , but I don't think they're what they used to be anymore.
I reckon they've outsourced them (probably to China) to be made now.
I only got 3 years out of my last one, the previous 2 before that lasted 9 years and 11 years respectively, and that was with lots of sitting around and hardly being driven, which as already mentioned kills batteries.
I using Supercharge batteries now, got one in my 1971 Firebird that's lasted 7 years now.
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Old 30-09-2012, 10:16 PM
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Yes they can..
Thanks for the confirmation Steve.
Depending on what happens when I return the battery I think I 'll look at the Optima.
I can't see any local suppliers that have the Energizer R59, and not sure about costs of importing one.
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