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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 18:36 pm 
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Just fitted a 6v Optima battery to my Ford GPW. What an amazing bit of kit. It has transformed the starting from cold. It cranks over and starts almost immediately. Last time I bought a battery I got the usual tar and rubber kind which was never that good. These are different and are gel filled. They can be used any way up.

Looks a bit weird though.

Anyone else using them?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 20:14 pm 
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Some photos of the battery.

I scooped out the guts of an old 511 battery and have had to make a new top to replicate the original battery.
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Doesn't look too bad but I think i can do better.

They are supposed to hold a charge better than conventional batteries. I see they've been using them in the States for a while and report good results.

They cost about £20 more than conventional hard rubber batteries.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 17:24 pm 
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Monty Stubble wrote:
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Some photos of the battery.

I scooped out the guts of an old 511 battery and have had to make a new top to replicate the original battery.
Attachment:
Batt1.jpg


Doesn't look too bad but I think i can do better.

They are supposed to hold a charge better than conventional batteries. I see they've been using them in the States for a while and report good results.

They cost about £20 more than conventional hard rubber batteries.



I use them and have for years on the Jimmy and Dodge they are great never had any issue and always loads of power to crank things over, highly recommended

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nice job with the false case. very well done.

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According to their site these 6 volt batteries are only manufactured in 50 AH (Amp Hour) format which make them a little underpowered for anything other than a jeep or car size vehicle.

A Bren Carrier which I own requires a 115 AH battery so I am surprised they are working so well on a Dodge and a Jimmy if they are still in their original 6 volt configeration.

Tony - can you confirm please if your vehicles are still in 6 volt or 12 volt where a larger range of Optima AH ratings are available?


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REME 245 wrote:
According to their site these 6 volt batteries are only manufactured in 50 AH (Amp Hour) format which make them a little underpowered for anything other than a jeep or car size vehicle.

A Bren Carrier which I own requires a 115 AH battery so I am surprised they are working so well on a Dodge and a Jimmy if they are still in their original 6 volt configeration.

Tony - can you confirm please if your vehicles are still in 6 volt or 12 volt where a larger range of Optima AH ratings are available?



Hi yes my Jimmy is 6v and turns it over like made think its 180 cranking amps but would have to check, they guys my village has a business selling them so he sorts me out

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that is a nice job. well done you


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Monty Stubble wrote:
Just fitted a 6v Optima battery to my Ford GPW. What an amazing bit of kit. It has transformed the starting from cold. It cranks over and starts almost immediately. Last time I bought a battery I got the usual tar and rubber kind which was never that good. These are different and are gel filled. They can be used any way up.

Looks a bit weird though.

Anyone else using them?



Are these Optima batteries available here in the U.K. and if so, who???


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Good old google

http://www.optimabatteries.co.uk/en/

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