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Old 10-15-2018, 03:59 AM   #1
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So i tried to search for a while and couldn't find a thread under like 8 years old. My optima red top, while starting the car fine, is over 3 years old and tested bad. I live in michigan so it would see potentially below 0F. What options are there for a good battery that would survive under the hood in hot and cold enviroments? No aftermarket stereo system or anything like that. I was looking at the odyssey pc680mjt, but it says 170 CCA? That seems extremely low to start a car reliably. Id prefer the battery be below 20lbs, even lighter if possible, and have no issues starting in the cold. What do you guys run in your cars that see cold winters like mine? I searched for hours and cant find any recent information, maybe i suck with google and the search button
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:51 AM   #2
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I have a 680. It starts the car fine, but I kind of doubt it would be enough in cold weather.
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:42 PM   #3
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PC680 is fine for where you live. Just make sure you get a good one - you'll know within 2 days. Odysseys are great when they work... but many fail right out of the gate in my experience.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the imput guys. Thatll actually start the car at 170CCA? Most batteries i see are over 450CCA, but if it works hey, it works
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:41 AM   #5
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There is some sort of higher burst crank amps for 5 seconds on the PC680. Mrsaturn, were you commenting that it is fine for me down south where I don't have a true winter or it would be ok for SpartanCP in detroit?
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I don't think that battery is going to cut it for you. Not enough CCA. I'm just using a FVP battery with 585 CCA. Bought it last year and haven't had any problems with it yet. I live in Nebraska and we do get cold winters.
If you want to get a good battery you should look into a good AGM battery. I've always had good luck with Interstate batteries.
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:09 AM   #7
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I don't think that battery is going to cut it for you. Not enough CCA. I'm just using a FVP battery with 585 CCA. Bought it last year and haven't had any problems with it yet. I live in Nebraska and we do get cold winters.
If you want to get a good battery you should look into a good AGM battery. I've always had good luck with Interstate batteries.
You might not think it will cut it for him, but I know it will as I've been running PC680's for years without issue (including freezing Winters).

I was talking about Detroit - even in Winter, the only issues I've had with Odyssey batteries is having a few duds on day 1 or 2.
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:53 AM   #8
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The PC680 will be fine IF you have it on a charger on really cold nights. Ive had my 680 in my cars for 5 years going and its only failed to start twice, both times the car sat for 2+ days in single digit weather. Its never given me a problem in 20-30* weather, but if i have to let my car sit for more than a day or two i run a battery tender out to it.
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Old 10-18-2018, 03:33 PM   #9
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To be fair, 0-10 deg weather for 2-3 days will probably give issues with anything beyond deep cycle marine batteries.

Random thing to note but relevant - I just returned from HK/China after about a week. PC680 fired up the Subaru just fine and a 1 year old, full-size battery in my beater Civic was deader than a wedge.
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Old 10-21-2018, 09:54 PM   #10
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GrimmSpeed battery holder and Odessey PC680 is what I have and I’ve had no problems. If you’re going to be away any vehicle should be on a trickle charger but your DD you’ll have no issues.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:22 PM   #11
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Thanks guys, right now my battery is still showing 100% charge while testing as a bad battery so im currently running it until i figure out if i need a new shortblock next week. If my engines good, ill likely go with the odyssey. I have a charger/portable jump starter on hand incase
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:31 PM   #12
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Get it from Batteries Plus if you've got one local with the 680 in stock (preferably 2-3 in-stock).

They have a no questions asked swap-out policy if you get a bad one and again, in my experience, there's a lot of bad Odyssey batteries just sitting on shelves. When you get a good one, it'll last - the bad ones will let you know in a day or two.
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