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Question Cold weather Batteries

Hey all you folks that live in a cold conditions , what is the best set of battieries that you have found give ya the most power on cold starts with the best bang for your buck

32 below here in The Big Hole of Montana
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Damn that's cold. I have motorcrafts but we sometimes see the low 20s. So we don't get that kinda cold. I've heard good things about Diehard but I have not used one in my F250.

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Optima batteries are what I have always used. My car sat in -20 last week and fired right up.
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Optima batteries are what I have always used. My car sat in -20 last week and fired right up.
I had to replace both my Optima Red Tops less than a year old because they wouldn't hold a proper charge and bled down almost immediately. The replacements have been in for a year and seem to be doing ok but I haven't checked them with a meter for quite a while.
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I had to replace both my Optima Red Tops less than a year old because they wouldn't hold a proper charge and bled down almost immediately. The replacements have been in for a year and seem to be doing ok but I haven't checked them with a meter for quite a while.
Interesting. I have never had an issue with them, however, if you want virtually the same battery for half the price, NAPA sells a battery that is virtually identical with the separate cells with a different brand logo. Thats what's in the race car and its never been an issue.
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Interstate Megatrons here in MN. You know we see the below zero temps all the time. This is what we use in our fleet vehicles and its what I bought for my truck when they needed replacing. I've routinely used them on cold starts below zero when I couldn't plug it in.

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Functional-Rotella T-6 5w-40, Ford 135amp alternator and a new pair of Interstate Megatron Batteries275/70/18 BFG AT's.

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have the OEM motorctaft's, and we see -40's and -50's most of the winter, of course I've got battery pad heaters under both of them, and I haven't had any trouble!
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I've had good luck with my Sears Diehards also.
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Sears Platinum..same as a Hawker Odyssey..best battery you can buy period.

Optima...used to be good till they moved the factory to Mexico now IMO their junk.
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