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WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon #5192769 08/21/19 08:27 AM
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Hey all,

Will be driving the 2015 Canyon from Dallas to Galveston for a week-long vacation in September, and started remembering back to all the batteries I've replaced over the years. I recall that the most I've ever gotten out of an OEM battery is 6.5 years, and that was in a garage queen that only accumulated 34,000 miles in those years. The daily drivers (Explorer, aftermarket battery, Sport Trac, OEM battery) topped out at ~5 years per battery, and when they died, they left someone stranded every time. Only once was I given a clue by a "weird sounding" startup, where I was able to predict that a problem was coming, and sure enough, I found myself stranded in the Target parking lot later that morning.

Due to this, and the nature of the vacation spot (very remote beach house, 25 miles from civilization), I'm considering replacing the battery before I leave. Which of these would you choose if you were in this position? All opinions & experiences welcome.

ACDelco Gold - 42 month replacement - $173
ACDelco Silver - 30 month replacement - $145
EverStart Maxx 3 year replacement - $119
Duralast Gold 3 year replacement, 2 year additional pro-rated $159
SuperStart Extreme 3-yr replacement $159


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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5192774 08/21/19 08:35 AM
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I have had the best luck longevity wise with batteries mfg by Johnson Controls, at least in last 20 yrs or so. Worst with Exide. YMMV.

Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5192779 08/21/19 08:41 AM
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East Penn/Deka would be first followed by JCI.

But in Texas its heat that kills batteries. You may only want to get advice from people in hot states.


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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5192788 08/21/19 08:46 AM
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I've always used NAPA batteries and just changed them at roughly 4-5 years. Never been stranded.

Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5192830 08/21/19 09:53 AM
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I tend to carry a fully charged jump box (my Clore JNC-660) in this situation. My battery vote is East Penn after a $135 JCI/AAP Gold leaked & tried to corrode the front of my xB off...


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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5192898 08/21/19 11:28 AM
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Im a fan of AGM batteries vs traditional batteries. They tend to hold up better in TX. The Last battery I had was a Die Hard AGM and it lasted 7 years, including 4 years of running in Mexico where the crappy road really beat the snot of of cars. If you are really worried about getting stranded maybe an AGM battery is the way to go. While you're at it make sure you battery cables are clean and corrosion free. A jump pack may also be handy just in case.

Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5192944 08/21/19 12:12 PM
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Do a little digging and find out who makes the battery. Buy ONLY if it’s made by 1) Northstar, 2) Enersys (Odyssey) or 3) East Penn (Deka). Those guarantee you a US made battery, and all have great reputations. I used to trust Johnson Controls, but their quality has tanked and they completely ruined the Optima brand when they bought it and moved production to Mexico.

If you can’t find out specifically who makes the batteries for a retailer, you can get a pretty good idea by comparing it to a Northstar, Odyssey, or Deka for the same application. Usually the case molds are identical and they just change the case color and labels for a retailer like Autozone, OReilly, or whoever.

I’ve also switched to AGM batteries, and between that and making sure I’m getting one of those three brands, my batteries are now tending to last 10 years, even in Austin heat. In fact I just replaced an 11 year old Enersys for my daughter with an O’Reilly branded Deka, because I happened to be visiting and new that I wouldn’t be back for close to a year. It still worked fine, but hey, that’s my only kid!

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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5192962 08/21/19 12:34 PM
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One other thing... since I’ve been keeping batteries so much longer, I invested in one of these pulse-type cranking amp capacity testers. There are better ones that test/estimate both CA and amp-hour capacity, but they cost a few hundred this one seems to give results that correlate really well with battery age, and a low reading from it was another reason I replaced my daughter’s battery even though it still cranked ok (by ear, anyway).

Mine is a BA-7, looks like the BA-9 has superseded it:

https://cloreautomotive.com/product-category/battery-testers/solar-digital-testers/


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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5192994 08/21/19 01:08 PM
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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5193000 08/21/19 01:13 PM
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Id get the Everstart maxx. Walmarts are everywhere and price is right. Do they all provide the same amp output? Maybe find the biggest Everstart that can fit and go with that.


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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5193174 08/21/19 04:47 PM
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Whatever you buy, put it on a charger. They never come fully charged in my experience. No matter what the shop tells you about their stock maintenance practice.


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Originally Posted by Y_K
Whatever you buy, put it on a charger. They never come fully charged in my experience. No matter what the shop tells you about their stock maintenance practice.



Great point here ^^^^^


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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: 440Magnum] #5193210 08/21/19 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by 440Magnum
One other thing... since I’ve been keeping batteries so much longer, I invested in one of these pulse-type cranking amp capacity testers. There are better ones that test/estimate both CA and amp-hour capacity, but they cost a few hundred this one seems to give results that correlate really well with battery age, and a low reading from it was another reason I replaced my daughter’s battery even though it still cranked ok (by ear, anyway).

Mine is a BA-7, looks like the BA-9 has superseded it:

https://cloreautomotive.com/product-category/battery-testers/solar-digital-testers/



Very good to hear your experience with that testing device. Thank you for the link too.

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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5193441 08/21/19 10:00 PM
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Having excellent luck with Continental Batteries & have a good presence in Texas especially.


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Re: WWYD? Battery Choice - 2015 Canyon [Re: WylieCoyote] #5194826 08/23/19 03:12 PM
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Thanks for all the great replies. It will definitely go on a charger before it's installed. Will do the homework suggested above and make a decision this weekend.


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