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Old 01-23-2013, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Time for a new battery for the Elise

The cold weather has finally taken my battery to the grave. Any suggestions on a good, better, best option?
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If price is no object then I would go with Chimera

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I agree, Chimera is the best battery on the market.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The Chimera is the best way to go.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Time for a new battery for the Elise

Odassy pc 680 is a good choice if you have a more modest budget as well

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If you want light weight but don't want to spend several hundred dollars, you can get a Deka for less then $100.

I went with smallest, the EXT14, and its barely enough CCA. But it works.
Places in DFW that sells Braille batteries?

The Chimera probably doesn't have that problem, but get what you pay for I guess.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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whatever you get, make sure you have the right bracket to secure it to the car.
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I went with Deka ETX20L equivalents from local stores just few days ago.
Bought sector111 Xtender to go with it for the time I have to be away for weeks.
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[QUOTE=aschen;1839715]Odassy pc 680 is a good choice if you have a more modest budget as well

The PC680 will work if you drive your car every day. If not, the parasitic drain will flatten it in a few days unless it's disconnected. The PC925 has much better reserve (but weighs 10 pounds more).
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a battery disconnect switch and battery tender can help with that.
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No question... Just wanted the OP to go in eyes-open.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Here's my thread on PC925 installation:

Odyssey PC925 Installation

Even though it has more cold cranking amps than the smaller Odyssey models, you will still need to keep it plugged into a battery tender. If you don't have access or keep your car outside in really cold weather, you may want to go another route.
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My lithium-iron battery was cheaper than that. Including a dedicated charger.

Another Lithium Battery: Shorai
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PC680, bracket and Deltran battery tender.

We discuss all of these details over in the batteries topic.
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A battery that is too small for the application is like a 100 lb piano mover. Sure, the 100 lb piano mover can carry a piano from time to time, but he isn't going to last very long.
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