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rev up your engines, today I’m going to
talk about why not to buy optimal car batteries unless you have a time machine
and going back into the past when they made them well
original they were designed and built in the United States and they
are very interesting technology, now technically an Optima battery is a
spiral cell absorbed glass mat battery yeah quite a mouthful, so it’s not a
regular flooded battery like I have in my car where the lead plates inside are
flooded with electrolyte of the battery solution ,and it’s not a pure gel battery
like those batteries of people using their house burglar alarms that look
like small car batteries and they have a gel inside, they don’t have any kind of
vents in them so they can be placed at any angle you’re not too worried about
the liquid leaking out of them and the vibration doesn’t bother in that much
that’s why motorcycles often use these gel batteries, now in the Optima spiral
cell battery turns out that that’s the most efficient use of space like these
snails have a spiral cell, and when you combine the spiral efficiency with the
use of absorbed glass mat they can be very efficient batteries, the absorb
glass mat ones were first made for aircraft in the United States so the
absorbed glass mat system was great for military aircraft, now optimal they took
that technology they use 99.99% pure lead which is a much higher quality than most
plain old flooded batteries have, so here’s Scotty singing the praises of the
technology behind these Optima batteries, but why am I telling you not to buy them
today, well here’s why because the original Optima batteries they were
actually excellent batteries, I had customers who bought them now it wasn’t
all that many because they are much more expensive than regular batteries, but to
go back to the late 90s and the early 2000s they were making very good
batteries that could last a really long time and have a lot of power, but these
batteries were all made in the United States, in the year 2000 Johnson Controls
big company they bought them out and
immediately started to make a factory in Mexico to produce these batteries, well
they told the American workers that they couldn’t supply enough batteries so
they’re gonna have a factory in Mexico that was going to sell batteries just to
Europe, ha ha ha I like they tell the truth to their workers, and then in 2009
couple weeks before Thanksgiving they told all the workers I were stopping the
American plant down and were only gonna be making them in Mexico
consequently the US factory was shut in the year 2009, and more than ironically
that’s when I discovered that these batteries, their quality had went down, they
were going bad way too fast, so I asked my other mechanic friends, hey you know
what do you think of these Optima batteries, they said the same thing I
said, hey they used to be good but their bad now and I went to some auto parts
stores and they talked to the commercial managers and they said the same thing
they said, you know we sold these and it used to last for years, but now a year or
two later they’re all coming back as bad, now you can believe whoever you want
there’s lots of people on the internet that are touting how great these Optima
batteries are, but here’s a tip take a look here my shirt says Scotty that’s me
if you see guys on the internet touting how great these Optima batteries are and
they’re wearing shirts that say Optima on them, realize those are paid spokesmen
that are being paid to tell you how great these batteries are, but the sad
fact is when they move to production to Mexico the quality went downhill, but the
prices went up you think, hey it’s cheaper to make them in Mexico they’re
just doing more profits, they’re red top battery it lists for 237.99 on Amazon
not a cheap battery, and a yellow top they’re stronger battery it lists for
279.99 on Amazon at least of today, you might be watching
this in the future who knows maybe it’ll go up to three four hundred dollars
apiece, so let’s think this one over they shut down the American Factory, they
moved all the production to Mexico, yet they keep raising their prices of the
batteries, hmm can one think perhaps corporate greed has something to do with
this, now if they were to move to Mexico kept the quality and lowered the price
hey I’d be all for buying these things, but I test stuff out and when I
find that a battery costs that kind of money and you see in a year or two the
things are going bad why waste that kind of money, now I have to say they have a
three year free replacement warranty on these batteries and I’ve had a few
customers lately, hey they’ve gotten free batteries but you’re paying all this
money you expect it to last a lot longer, autozone their gold batteries they come
with a three-year replacement warranty too, and it cost less than a half of what
these Optima batteries costs, and here’s a kicker for you from the optimal
website Optima batteries.com, Optima batteries do not have a lifetime
warranty, warranty replacement batteries do not carry a new warranty, so yeah if
your first battery goes bad within three years they give you a new one, but as
they say their warranty batteries do not have a new warranty on them, so if it
goes bad in a year and a half there goes your money flying out the window, you
have to buy another battery seems that they know they’re not all that well-made
either, and the replacement one doesn’t come with a free three-year replacement
they’re covering their own Heinie on that one, now if you don’t listen to scotty
and buy one of these optima batteries, realize they have a little bit different
maintenance of regular batteries, this is a battery tender as a special thing for
AGM charging on it ,because if you have an Optima battery and it gets drained
really low, many battery charges won’t charge it, they have special software and
stuff inside them, so if it’s really low it thinks the battery’s dead and it
won’t charge it at all, so you have to have a special charger to charge these
things when they get really low, you can’t just put in a regular old cheapy
transformer charger, you need one that’s smart that knows how to charge one of
these things, and if your battery needs to be tested, an Optima battery you need
special testing equipment, I’ve got this midtronics tester cost over nine hundred
dollars it can test them, but if you use a conventional old-fashioned tester it
will often say that this Optima battery is bad, when in fact it actually isn’t bad,
now that testing is true for all absorbed glass mat type batteries not
just the Optima, many cars these days come with absorbed glass mat batteries,
they’re not Optima their different manufacturer, and those people hey go
ahead and buy from them autozone AGM batteries for people’s
Mercedes and they work perfectly fine, but realize if you do have a modern car
that comes with an absorbed glass mat battery you should only replace it with another
absorbed glass mat battery, because the electrical system the charging system of
that car it’s set up for that, and if you use a different type of battery I’ve
seen serious problems occur, but personally I would not replace it with
an Optima battery, as far as I’m concerned they’re overpriced and their quality is
poor, as the saying goes there’s many fish in the sea, pick the one that you
like, just don’t pick one because they spent a lot of money and advertising
saying how great their product is, while they move their factory down to Mexico
and lay off other American workers, and then have the audacity of raising their
prices even higher, hey as far as I’m concerned that’s not the American Way,
or at least it didn’t used to be the American Way, so if you never want to
miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that Bell

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