[T3] best battery

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Sat May 16 05:42:59 PDT 2015

On 15 May 2015 at 19:54, Dennis Stiefel wrote:

> I personally have had good luck with Walmart batteries but I know some
> who hate them. I've been told they are really only 2 or three
> companies that make car batteries. Then they sale them to various 
> retailers who stick their name on it. 

I have a friend who spent his career working in the lead-acid battery 
business, mostly for Johnson Controls in Milwaukee and Exide (in 
Atlanta?) Yes, they made batteries for LOTS of different labels, but 
they weren't all made to the same specs. Unless you work for one of 
those companies and know the designs, there's no way to tell the real 
quality, although length of guarantee is likely to mean something.

The Sears batteries used to be good, but I've also had good luck with 
some from K-Mart, before their store here closed. These days, I'd buy 
from a local place called Farm & Fleet, but for some odd reason, they 
just don't carry any Group 42 batteries. Interstate can be a crap 
shoot, because those batteries tend to sit on the displays at low 
volume retailers, so you have no idea how old they are.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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