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Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs #4642696
01/22/18 10:26 AM
01/22/18 10:26 AM
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 419
Pittsburgh PA USA
Milkman Offline OP
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Pittsburgh PA USA
My wifes Malibu needed a new battery. After reading here and doing some other research I decided to get an EastPenn/Deka made replacement.

After making some calls I chose to buy from Batteries+Bulbs. (Duracell Brand) I used the "Order Online Pick-up in Store" in order to get 10% off. With the discount the Battery cost me $120.00 "out the door" with taxes. Plus they installed it. I watched the guy do it. He was very good. In and out in 15 minutes. Plus the Battery had a date code sticker of 01/18.

I wanted to share this good experience.


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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4642705
01/22/18 10:35 AM
01/22/18 10:35 AM
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Boston, Massachusetts
Exit32 Offline
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Boston, Massachusetts
Thanks for posting about your positive experience with Batteries + Bulbs.

My local Sam's Club store also sells those Duracell brand batteries manufactured by EastPenn/Deka. I've had good luck with them, and I'm always surprised by how "fresh" the batteries are. They must use a just-in-time inventory management system.


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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4642709
01/22/18 10:38 AM
01/22/18 10:38 AM
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Wet side WA
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Wet side WA
What was the warranty and the CCA rating on that battery?


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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4642721
01/22/18 10:48 AM
01/22/18 10:48 AM
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Pittsburgh PA USA
Milkman Offline OP
Milkman  Offline OP
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Pittsburgh PA USA
24 Month Free Replacement Only warranty. 600 CCA


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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4642789
01/22/18 12:02 PM
01/22/18 12:02 PM
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Waco, TX
Linctex Offline
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Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: Milkman
24 Month Free Replacement Only warranty. 600 CCA


I have never had an East Penn/ Deka battery last less than 5 years.

I have had similar experiences with Interstate in the past.


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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4642845
01/22/18 12:49 PM
01/22/18 12:49 PM
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Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Cincinnati, OH, USA
Originally Posted By: Milkman
My wifes Malibu needed a new battery. After reading here and doing some other research I decided to get an EastPenn/Deka made replacement.

After making some calls I chose to buy from Batteries+Bulbs. (Duracell Brand) I used the "Order Online Pick-up in Store" in order to get 10% off. With the discount the Battery cost me $120.00 "out the door" with taxes. Plus they installed it. I watched the guy do it. He was very good. In and out in 15 minutes. Plus the Battery had a date code sticker of 01/18.

I wanted to share this good experience.
Shame you don't have Meijer up there, they run $ off promotions about 4 times a year-that's the time I buy the East Penn made Platinum ones (36 month replacement warranty).


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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4645379
01/24/18 09:32 PM
01/24/18 09:32 PM
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Virginia
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Virginia
Good post. Actually very good.

Batteries Plus does really rather well on price and quality with East Penn and Northstar. I like anything made here and that is very good quality.


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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4645873
01/25/18 12:18 PM
01/25/18 12:18 PM
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Posts: 4,646
Katy, Republic of Texas
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Katy, Republic of Texas
Good to hear.

I will be buying my mom a new battery come this spring.
Her 4 year old NAPA (DEKA made) battery is still going strong (12.5 v after sitting for a week unused, 10.4v while starting).
With 4 years being the normal battery life down here, I just don't want to have to worry about it.

I was debating getting an Everstart Maxx, but the Batteries + price for a Duracell Gold is only ~$20 more than the Everstart.
I think a better made (and USA made) battery is the better option in this case.
That replacement should last for the rest of the time she has the vehicle.
Her '07 Saturn Vue still runs well, but she will probably quit driving in the next 2-3 years due to health/vision concerns.


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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Exit32] #4663967
02/12/18 03:07 PM
02/12/18 03:07 PM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 3,650
SF Bay Area
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SF Bay Area
Originally Posted By: Exit32
Thanks for posting about your positive experience with Batteries + Bulbs.

My local Sam's Club store also sells those Duracell brand batteries manufactured by EastPenn/Deka. I've had good luck with them, and I'm always surprised by how "fresh" the batteries are. They must use a just-in-time inventory management system.

I just installed a Deka in my wife's Honda Civic. The best price I found was strangely enough from Lowe's, which had it under the "farm equipment" category. It had to be ordered and sent to a store for pickup, or they would also deliver it for an $80 local delivery charge.

https://www.lowes.com/search?searchTerm=deka

The only ones for cars seem to be Groups 26, 51, and 45 - since Deka part numbers are something like 5XXMF where the group number is integrated into the part number.

The experience at Lowe's was rather interesting. I doubt they get a lot of people ordering car batteries. My order included the standard state fees, but they wouldn't take my used battery to refund the core deposit. I sent a message to Lowe's corporate and a store manager later called and said they had refunded the core fee without an actual return. I'm just going to drop it off at a local recycling center that takes car batteries.

I probably got about a fresh a battery as anyone could get. My order was 2/1. I got several phone messages including that it was in process and then ready for pick up on 2/8 (estimate was 2/14) and I picked it up the next day. The date sticker said 02/18. I think they don't actually stock them but order them straight from the manufacturer.

Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4664873
02/13/18 03:43 PM
02/13/18 03:43 PM
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Posts: 3,650
SF Bay Area
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SF Bay Area
I decided to drop into the closest one out of sheer curiosity, even though I don't need a new battery. They had two levels of the Duracell-labelled East Penn battery in the Group 51 size needed for my wife's Civic. I wasn't sure how different they were, but one was $120 and the other was $132 I think. The one employee there said the warranty was different (2 vs 3 year full replacement) and the more expensive version had an additional prorated warranty period.

And they were sold out (both models) even though their website said that the Group 51 was in stock at this store. The employee said they sell a lot of those Group 51s in our area. I looked at the date stickers, and there wasn't any one older than 01/18. Most said 02/18.

Anyone know if they maintain the batteries in the store? That would be a really easy thing to do, but I know most places that sell lead-acid batteries don't. I think Battery Tender has one that can charge 10 at a time. About the closest I can think of is Interstate's rotation policy, although I'm not sure if they just slap a new date sticker on once they put it back on a shelf.

Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4664878
02/13/18 03:46 PM
02/13/18 03:46 PM
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Posts: 5,212
Texas
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Texas
Batteries/Bulbs around here typically runs a coupon in the monthly mailer for $50 off key cutting service.

They end up being the cheapest game in town for getting an extra chip key made for your car.


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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: y_p_w] #4664896
02/13/18 04:12 PM
02/13/18 04:12 PM
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Posts: 10,706
OH
SatinSilver Offline
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OH
Originally Posted By: y_p_w
I'm just going to drop it off at a local recycling center that takes car batteries.


Take it to an O'Reillys for a $10 gift card. Some other auto parts stores are similar. Get something for free.

Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: SatinSilver] #4664913
02/13/18 04:32 PM
02/13/18 04:32 PM
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SF Bay Area
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SF Bay Area
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Originally Posted By: y_p_w
I'm just going to drop it off at a local recycling center that takes car batteries.


Take it to an O'Reillys for a $10 gift card. Some other auto parts stores are similar. Get something for free.


Too late now. I was just happy to get my $7 core deposit back.

Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: Milkman] #4665701
02/14/18 12:13 PM
02/14/18 12:13 PM
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Posts: 2,334
The Northeast
mclasser Offline
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The Northeast
Yeah they're great. The associate who installed my battery was very professional.

If this East Penn Duracell doesn't look like a chia pet in a couple of years like my JCI batteries do, Batteries Plus has a new lifelong customer.

Last edited by mclasser; 02/14/18 12:13 PM.

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Re: Good Experience at Batteries+Bulbs [Re: y_p_w] #4666226
02/14/18 09:33 PM
02/14/18 09:33 PM
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Virginia
bbhero Offline
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Virginia
Good good question y_p_w... I hope they do charge third batteries... That would be very wise on their part to do.


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