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#2319073 - 07/17/11 10:06 PM Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart?
renegade_987 Offline


Registered: 04/07/11
Posts: 1528
Loc: Ankeny, IA
So right now I have an EverStart MAXX under the hood from WalMart. Was just wondering how it compares to an Interstate. I paid $89 for the Maxx in 2009, but haven't checked since to see if it is higher. The Interstate for the truck runs $109 at Northern Tool + Equipment. TIA for your answers.
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#2319076 - 07/17/11 10:10 PM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: renegade_987]
Viggen Offline


Registered: 07/11/11
Posts: 80
Loc: Bath, ME
Both Everstart and Interstate are made by JCI. Find the best price and warranty coverage and choose. Both are equal in quality.

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#2319084 - 07/17/11 10:18 PM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: Viggen]
JavierG Offline


Registered: 06/11/11
Posts: 1141
Loc: Fresno, CA
I have an Everstart Maxx in my Honda and an Interstate in my Acura. Both have been flawless so far.
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#2319085 - 07/17/11 10:18 PM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: renegade_987]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
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Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
The same battery, warranty is the only likely difference.
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#2319092 - 07/17/11 10:23 PM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: renegade_987]
friendly_jacek Offline


Registered: 05/04/03
Posts: 6414
Loc: southeast US
I'm on my 3rd Everstart Maxx JCI battery (in 3 different cars, different sizes, but all souther versions)) and they are great, but all of them seep some electrolite on the top. Am I alone with this?

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#2319126 - 07/17/11 10:58 PM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: renegade_987]
Texan4Life Offline


Registered: 01/28/10
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Loc: Texas
I haven't had any problems with everstart (or as some call them neverstart) The one in my cadillac (the regular black with read lablel el cheapo) is 5 or 6 years old and when last load tested gave 25 amps above it's rating. once a year a check water level and give a 2 amp charge.

My new (to me) truck has a interstate in it. I'll be doing to same and see how it lasts.
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#2319141 - 07/17/11 11:23 PM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: friendly_jacek]
The_Eric Offline


Registered: 03/31/10
Posts: 4475
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: friendly_jacek
I'm on my 3rd Everstart Maxx JCI battery (in 3 different cars, different sizes, but all souther versions)) and they are great, but all of them seep some electrolite on the top. Am I alone with this?


No, you're not. I see lots of JCI (as well as Exide) batteries leaking electrolyte.

renegade_987, as said before, Everstart and Interstate are both made by Johnson Controls. You can bet that if the warranties are the same or similar, that they're using the same chemistry and plate technology. A JCI battery wouldn't be my first choice, but they have proven to be a decent starting battery.
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#2319148 - 07/17/11 11:30 PM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: renegade_987]
Cutehumor Offline


Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 9361
Loc: USA
I have had problems with everstart. I don't know if walmart gets the lower quality batteries or what. but I'm pretty sure it was a johnson control battery and I buy the freshest build date
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#2319150 - 07/17/11 11:31 PM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: renegade_987]
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Registered: 07/23/08
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Loc: New Jersey
i just got a duraalst for $50.00
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#2319200 - 07/18/11 12:49 AM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: crazyoildude]
Viggen Offline


Registered: 07/11/11
Posts: 80
Loc: Bath, ME
One word of caution...DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE CLAMPS TO THE POSTS WHEN INSTALLING THE BATTERY.

If when tightening you use too much force it is possible to distort the seal around the posts and they will leak.

This my guess is especially a problem when you let the counter monkey at the chain auto parts place install the battery for you.

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#2319250 - 07/18/11 05:50 AM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: The_Eric]
George7941 Offline


Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 1671
Loc: Toronto, Canada
Originally Posted By: The_Eric
Originally Posted By: friendly_jacek
I'm on my 3rd Everstart Maxx JCI battery (in 3 different cars, different sizes, but all souther versions)) and they are great, but all of them seep some electrolite on the top. Am I alone with this?


No, you're not. I see lots of JCI (as well as Exide) batteries leaking electrolyte.

renegade_987, as said before, Everstart and Interstate are both made by Johnson Controls. You can bet that if the warranties are the same or similar, that they're using the same chemistry and plate technology. A JCI battery wouldn't be my first choice, but they have proven to be a decent starting battery.



Given almost universal agreement on the poor quality of Exide batteries, if you rule out JC, then that only leaves East Penn among the major battery manufacturers.
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#2319260 - 07/18/11 06:36 AM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: renegade_987]
Jakegday Offline


Registered: 05/25/09
Posts: 1001
Loc: fremont nebraska
this is a little (only a little) off topic, but who makes the Super Start batteries sold at O'Reillys?
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#2319313 - 07/18/11 08:11 AM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: Viggen]
MrCritical Offline


Registered: 08/04/07
Posts: 2340
Loc: La.
Does it mean that both batteries are made to the same quality specs just because Johnson Controls makes them both?

I don't know the answer, just asking.

The reason I ask is that someone on here who worked for a wheel bearing company had once said that the wheel bearings made for one of the auto manufacturers were spec'd lower than the ones they made for over the counter sales.

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#2319317 - 07/18/11 08:15 AM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: renegade_987]
Eddie Offline


Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 7833
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
WalMarts has the best FREE replacement warranty by far on the Maxx. I like Interstate too but, in my area, they sit on the shelve too long and fresh batteries are very important. JMO. Ed
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#2319352 - 07/18/11 09:05 AM Re: Interstate Batteries VS WalMart's EverStart? [Re: renegade_987]
renegade_987 Offline


Registered: 04/07/11
Posts: 1528
Loc: Ankeny, IA
Originally Posted By: Eddie
WalMarts has the best FREE replacement warranty by far on the Maxx. I like Interstate too but, in my area, they sit on the shelve too long and fresh batteries are very important. JMO. Ed


I agree, The MAXX batteries sell really fast while the Interstate's are collecting dust. Thanks for the relipes all, good to know they are pretty much the same thing.
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