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  1. #61
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    Well... today is my turn!

    2 dead Optima D34 yellow tops.

    3.5 years old and neither one can retain a charge.

    SSB for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombie View Post
    3.5 years old and neither one can retain a charge.
    Happening like clockwork

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRD414 View Post
    Happening like clockwork
    Expensive clockwork.

    Mentioned it to my lad - his D2 has 2 Yellowtops in it.
    Hes had it parked up for a few months and had a trickle charger on it.

    Apparently his both bulged and failed a few months ago.

    His are 2 months younger than mine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russrobe View Post
    Not where I was sent.
    I would still talk to them. I have bought my last 3 batteries through Goodchild Enterprises Cockburn Central. But ask to talk to a specialist not the sales team.
    I have gone down the path of SSB batteries x 2 in my Defender and 1 in Caravan - HVT86D 130AH & 1000CCA, but in a Defender. There will be one that will fit.
    Really good to deal with and not stupid prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombie View Post
    Well... today is my turn!

    2 dead Optima D34 yellow tops.

    3.5 years old and neither one can retain a charge.

    SSB for me!
    Hey at least you got 3.5years, mine was just over 12 months for the Blue top. Never again.
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    Clearly the negative terminals were manufactured poorly, either too thin or with a bad seal.

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    Hi folks and while I am still a fan of the yellowtops, there does seem to be a problem.

    To that end, when someone gets an SSB battery and gets a chance to discharge it down to around 20% SoC or 11.58v, if you are set up to, can you measure the charging current the SSB will draw while charging from your D3 or D4 alternator while driving.

    The reason I ask, is that one of the HUGE advantages of using a Yellowtop is that it will take ALL the surplus output of the alternator, while charging from a low state.

    This is something very few other batteries can do.

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    Ok guys I spoke to one of the importers today that hasn't been mentioned in this thread , he was shocked of the comments so anyone who has an issue please forward your concerns to
    rjbat@rjbat.com.au the technical department will then be in touch with you . His comment re the Mexican made batteries was they are good as they have ever been.

    So please contact them

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    Quote Originally Posted by crawal View Post
    Ok guys I spoke to one of the importers today that hasn't been mentioned in this thread , he was shocked of the comments so anyone who has an issue please forward your concerns to
    rjbat@rjbat.com.au the technical department will then be in touch with you . His comment re the Mexican made batteries was they are good as they have ever been.

    So please contact them

    Email is actually rjbatt@rjbatt.com.au

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  10. #70
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    So my SSB HVT50D batteries have arrived.
    Great news, I was hoping and I was right, that the terminal posts are bolt on versions.

    So I can remove the posts and bolt the cables directly to the battery without clamps.

    This makes them marginally lower than the D34s which is even better.

    Hopefully install them this weekend.

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