Battery choice

Gav Peter

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Following on from MUX spitting the dummy out after I'd left his lights on for a couple of hours, I wonder if its time for a new set of duracells for the old chap, especially as a winch is in the offing...

What is the consensus on battery manufacturer? I was looking at a 4x4 mag on the loo this morning, Optima batteries are very expensive aren't they... :shock: I'd read elsewhere of folk not being impressed by them too...

Anyhoo, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts/experiences.

Ciao bellas

PS - just noticed, our hundredth topic for the 80 forum :)
 

Richard Jackaman

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I run a couple of Bosch batteries on my LJ70. Got them from Costco for about £70 each. Starts on the button each time.

You may have a limited selection of aftermarket ones for an 80 series as they are handed, ie terminals on different sides for the left and right ones.

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Andrew Prince

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Richard Jackaman said:
You may have a limited selection of aftermarket ones for an 80 series as they are handed, ie terminals on different sides for the left and right ones.
I don't think this will be the case. When I replaced my batteries a couple of months ago, I got hold of Alpha Batteries (special supplier on the other side :roll: ) and they supplied me with a 334 and a 335 battery (left & right handed) but these were too big for the battery trays. So they swapped them for 249 & 250 batteries. From what I could make out shopping around, these sizes seem to fairly common across many battery ranges - even Varta used this numbering system.

So Gav, you need a 249 & a 250 battery if you want them to fit in the trays without mods. Obviously the more specialised batteries like Optimas will be different. The 249/250 won't be too special in terms of CCA etc. so if you want heavier duty for winching, you'll need to dig further!

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Gav Peter

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adrianr said:
I think you'll find the local toyota dealer are well priced on batteries
Will give them a punt - cheers Ade.

Richard Jackaman said:
You may have a limited selection of aftermarket ones for an 80 series as they are handed
Yes, I spotted that putting it all back together!!! I was quite confused/concerned for a moment!!!

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Andrew Prince

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C'mon, Gav, you can do better than that! :lol: Radical idea this but why not phone a battery supplier and get his 2c :idea: For sure they will know more about the sort of battery you might need. They will also give you an outline of what your options are - you cna then use that info to shop around for the best brand/model/price.

I've spoken to the guys at Alpha and they were...hmmm.... ok... Try Devon 4x4 or one of the big 4x4 outfitters that supply batteries and winches and get their input.

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stick a pair of Toyota batteries in- the high aH ones fit quite well- 82ah if i remember too.

Then fit a deep cyle leisure battery and run the winch off that through a chunky split charge (or relay)
 

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pugwash said:
stick a pair of Toyota batteries in- the high aH ones fit quite well- 82ah if i remember too.

Then fit a deep cyle leisure battery and run the winch off that through a chunky split charge (or relay)
When I had my IBS split charge system fitted the instructions said to run the winch from the main battery not the extra one.
Chas
 

Gav Peter

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Paul said:
If you don't winch very often then the standard batteries are fine
Thats the dilema (sp.) - I don't envisage winching that often; is it worthwhile going to the expense/hassle of the extra battery & charging system :?

I suspect it maybe the way to start & if i do start entering challenge events, get the extra 'amps' then...

Mind you, a fridge is looking very likely at the moment so it might the the way forards anyways...
 

Jon Wildsmith

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It's an electric winch, won't matter how many extra batteries he has :lol: :mrgreen: I just have the winch connected to the main battery Gav but I do have extra amps on tap from the pair of 110ah batteries in the back via the IBS link button. I didn't use the IBS relay though, I don't think it's heavy duty enough for my instalation so I put a bigger one in and just use the IBS relay on the sterling DC-DC charger.
 

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Just had two new power packs on mine. A Numax and a Yasua from Milners. Both fit perfectly. Sealed jobbies.

Seems to start when I turn the key.

Chris
 

Dave Docwra

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Gav as you said worth a look, Just replaced mine with Yuasa batteries at £71.30 each from Allparts Automotive.
 
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