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Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) #4638767
01/18/18 01:39 PM
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So I'm battery shopping. It's a group 34 for the Lacrosse, to replace a just-out-of-warranty JCI AcDelco.

The best deal is an Everstart Maxx for just over $100. 3 year warranty.
It says "distributed by Johnson Controls" but is the new flat top design.

Advance has an Autocraft Gold that I can get for just a bit more ($110 or so) due to coupon codes, and it looks just like the Everstart. Sealed caps.
(They will be transitioning to Interstate coming up.)

These both seem to be JCI batteries. People say hit or miss, like anything.

Another - more expensive - option is the SuperStart Extreme at O'Reilly.
This is supposedly a Deka/East Penn product. It's about $20-30 more but if it's a more well-regarded product than the JCI batteries, I'll do it.

What do you all think? JCI or East Penn/Deka?


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: TmanP] #4638773
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Flat-top Everstart Maxxs are supposedly Dekas. If you can get one at Walmart prices and warranty, I'd do it (and I plan to).

Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: TmanP] #4638787
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Man, I thought the Deka batteries had something to do with Dean Kamen's DEKA....guess I should have known better.


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: TmanP] #4638794
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Check out Sears for a Die Hard Gold, there will probably be 2 listed for the same price on ends in JC and the other EP which is Eastern Penn aka DEKA. They are often on sale less than AA.


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: Trav] #4638815
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Originally Posted By: Trav
Check out Sears for a Die Hard Gold, there will probably be 2 listed for the same price on ends in JC and the other EP which is Eastern Penn aka DEKA. They are often on sale less than AA.

Bingo. Have a Die-Hard branded East Penn AGM in the Carrera.

NAPA batteries are East Penn as well. My local store had a deal on batteries last time I was there.


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: rooflessVW] #4638850
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Originally Posted By: Trav
Check out Sears for a Die Hard Gold, there will probably be 2 listed for the same price on ends in JC and the other EP which is Eastern Penn aka DEKA. They are often on sale less than AA.

Bingo. Have a Die-Hard branded East Penn AGM in the Carrera.

NAPA batteries are East Penn as well. My local store had a deal on batteries last time I was there.


Napa batteries are regional, just like O'Reilly, depends on the location. Around here most Napa batteries are also JC


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: Trav] #4638855
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Good information and thanks. Was just looking at Sears for a 51R battery for my Civic. They list two (2) models. One is EP-51R for $101.24 and the other is JC-51R for $98.24



Originally Posted By: Trav
Check out Sears for a Die Hard Gold, there will probably be 2 listed for the same price on ends in JC and the other EP which is Eastern Penn aka DEKA. They are often on sale less than AA.

Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: Richie] #4638892
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Originally Posted By: Richie
Good information and thanks. Was just looking at Sears for a 51R battery for my Civic. They list two (2) models. One is EP-51R for $101.24 and the other is JC-51R for $98.24



Originally Posted By: Trav
Check out Sears for a Die Hard Gold, there will probably be 2 listed for the same price on ends in JC and the other EP which is Eastern Penn aka DEKA. They are often on sale less than AA.


Sears could go belly up soon. I'd prefer to get a battery from a more stable company.


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: TmanP] #4638914
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I got the Advanceauto Group 34/78 Silver 800CCA for $88 after 30% off code. Non sealed caps. I didn't care about warranty just wanted 800CCA.

https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/auto...-78-4/2040409-P
Here you go!


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: TmanP] #4638926
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I think the Autocraft Silver I mentioned is a Johnson Controls battery if that makes a difference.


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: Leo99] #4638928
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Completely agree and why I will not buy one. The Sears Auto Center near my house closed up last year


Originally Posted By: Trav
Check out Sears for a Die Hard Gold, there will probably be 2 listed for the same price on ends in JC and the other EP which is Eastern Penn aka DEKA. They are often on sale less than AA.
[/quote]

Sears could go belly up soon. I'd prefer to get a battery from a more stable company. [/quote]

Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: TmanP] #4638976
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Check out Costco,the same battery for $76.00,with free replacement for the first 42 months.Where can you beat that price and free replacement of 42 months?


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: TmanP] #4638989
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Ended up putting in an ACDelco Gold for $130, cheaper than I could get the Super start.
It has a better warranty than any of the others, 42 months free replacement.
Thanks!


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: oilmutt] #4638992
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Originally Posted By: oilmutt
Check out Costco,the same battery for $76.00,with free replacement for the first 42 months.Where can you beat that price and free replacement of 42 months?


I really wish they had my size in the store because the price is unbeatable.

You can now look up the prices online.

https://costco.interstatebatteries.com/


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Re: Deka/East Penn vs JCI battery (AAP, WM vs Oreilly) [Re: Richie] #4639111
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Originally Posted By: Richie


Sears could go belly up soon. I'd prefer to get a battery from a more stable company.


Die Hards are not going anywhere. If they do bite the dust the company that buys the name will still warranty them through the manufacturer.

Last edited by Trav; 01/18/18 07:28 PM.

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