Today we going to discuss about why not to buy optimal car batteries.
Unless you have a time machine and going back into the past when they made them well.
Original they were designed and built in the United States. They are very interesting technology.
Now technically an Optima battery is a spiral cell absorbed glass mat battery.
So, it’s not a regular flooded battery like I have in my car, where the lead plates inside are flooded with electrolyte of the battery solution.
It’s not a pure gel battery like those batteries of people using their house burglar alarms that look like small car batteries they have a gel inside.
They don’t have any kind of vents in them, So they can be placed at any angle. You’re not too worried about the liquid leaking out of them and the vibration doesn’t bother in that much, that’s why motorcycles often use these gel batteries.
Now in the Optima spiral cell battery turns out that, that’s the most efficient use of space like snails have a spiral cell.
When you combine the spiral efficiency with the use of absorbed glass mat they can be very efficient batteries. The absorb glass mat ones were first made for aircraft in the United States, so the absorbed glass mat system was great for military aircraft.
Now optimal they took that technology they use 99.99% pure lead. Which is a much higher quality than most plain old flooded batteries have.
So here’s Scotty singing the praises of the technology behind these Optima batteries, but why am I telling you not to buy them today.
Well here’s why because the original Optima batteries, they were actually excellent batteries.
I had customers who bought them, now it wasn’t all that many because they are much more expensive than regular batteries. But to go back to the late 90s and the early batteries that could last a really long time and have a lot of power.
But these batteries were all made in the United States.
In the year 2000 Johnson Controls big company they bought them out and immediately started to make a factory in Mexico to produce these batteries.
Well they told the American workers that they couldn’t supply enough batteries, so they’re gonna have a factory in Mexico. That was going to sell batteries just to Europe.
I like to tell you the truth of workers, and then in 2009 couple weeks before thanks giving. They told all the workers I were stopping the American plant down and were only gonna be making them in Mexico.
Consequently the US factory was shut in the year 2009, and more than ironically, that’s when I discovered that these batteries their quality had went down, they were going bad way too fast.
So I asked my other mechanic friends, hey you know what do you think of these Optima batteries, they recommend the same thing.
I said, hey they used to be good but they are bad now.
I went to some auto parts stores and talked to the commercial managers and they said the same thing they said, “you know we sold these and it used to last for years”, But now a year or two later they’re all coming back as bad.
Now you can believe whoever you want there’s lots of people on the internet that are touting how great these Optima Batteries are and they are paid spokesman.
But the sad fact is when they move to production to Mexico the quality went downhill, but the prices went up.
You think, it’s cheaper to make them in Mexico, they’re just doing more profits.
They’re red top battery it lists for 237.99 on Amazon not a cheap battery, and a yellow top they’re stronger battery it lists for 279.99 on Amazon.
At least of today, you might be watching this in the future, who knows maybe it’ll go up to 3-4 hundred dollars apiece.
So let’s think this one over they shut down the American Factory. They moved all the production to Mexico, yet they keep raising their prices of the batteries.
One think perhaps corporate greed has something to do with this, now if they were to move to Mexico kept the quality and lowered the price. I’d be all for buying these things, but I test stuff out.
When I find that a battery costs that kind of money and you see in a year or two the things are going bad why waste that kind of money.
They have a 3 year free replacement warranty on these batteries, I’ve had a few customers lately.
They’ve gotten free batteries, but you’re paying all this money you expect it to last a lot longer.
AutoZone – Their gold batteries they come with a 3 year replacement warranty too. It cost less than a half of what these Optima batteries costs, and here’s a kicker for you from the optimal website Optima batteries.com.
Optima batteries do not have a lifetime warranty, warranty replacement batteries do not carry a new warranty.
So if your first battery goes bad within three years they give you a new one. But as they say their warranty batteries do not have a new warranty on them.
So if it goes bad in a year and a half there goes your money flying out the window, you have to buy another battery. Seems that they know they’re not all that well-made either and the replacement.
One doesn’t come with a free 3 year replacement they’re covering their own Heinie on that one.
If you buy one these optima batteries, realize they have little bit different maintenance of regular batteries. This is a battery tender (In picture) as a special thing for AGM charging on it.
Because if you have an Optima battery and it gets drained really low. Many battery charges won’t charge it, they have special software and stuff inside them.
So if it’s really low it thinks the battery’s dead and it won’t charge it at all.
So you have to have a special charger to charge these things when they get really low, you can’t just put in a regular old cheapy transformer charger. You need one that’s smart that knows how to charge one of these things.
If your battery needs to be tested, an Optima battery you need special testing equipment. I’ve got a midtronics tester cost over $900, it can test them.
But if you use a conventional old-fashioned tester, It will often say that this Optima battery is bad, in fact it actually isn’t bad.
Now that testing is true for all absorbed glass mat type batteries not just the Optima.
Many cars these days come with absorbed glass mat batteries. They’re not Optima their different manufacturer, and those people go ahead and buy from them Autozone.
AGM batteries for Mercedes and they work perfectly fine, but realize if you do have a modern car that comes with an absorbed glass mat battery. You should only replace it with another absorbed glass mat battery.
Because the electrical system the charging system of that car, it’s set up for that. If you use a different type of battery, I’ve seen serious problems occur.
But personally I would not replace it with an Optima battery, as far as I’m concerned they’re overpriced and their quality is poor.
As the saying goes there’s many fish in the sea pick the one that you like, just don’t pick one because they spent a lot of money and advertising saying how great their product is.
While they move their factory down to Mexico and lay off other American workers, and then have the audacity of raising their prices even higher.
As far as I’m concerned that’s not the American Way, or at least it didn’t used to be the American Way.