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Old 11-12-2005, 10:12 AM   #1
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I've been told by a reputable mechanic that jump-starting an Optima red top will fry the insides of that particular battery. Input?
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:16 AM   #2
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Ive jump started a friends optima using a battery charger set on 'jump start'. Didnt seem to hurt it at all. Do you still have a warranty on the battery? Mine has a 3 or 4 year warranty, something like that from the auto parts store. If anything happens to it or it just doesnt hold a charge, they replace it for free.
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:17 AM   #3
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I had to jump mine once. No problems for me yet.
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:24 AM   #4
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I won't hurt it buuuuuut...

There is a difference in the Yellow and Red Top though...
The Yellow is a deep cycle,.. it can be completely drained and recharged over and over. The Red one does not fair as well after having been drained completely. BTW, fully recharging one takes a long time.

FYI, per a Optima Rep.: It's a good idea to charge the battery once every 6 months, for about an hour. He sis to hook it up while vacuuming the car or such. Doing this, he told me he had one go 10 years.

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Old 11-12-2005, 10:56 AM   #5
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hmmm.....interesting info
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:28 PM   #6
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Ok, on the subject of Red-tops... and not to steal the thread, ok...

How long does the charge hold in a Red-Top vs. a standard...

My standard is dead in 30 days or less... A red top will go how long before charging of any kind?? (I do use a tender when I think to put it on...lol...)
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I've jump started mine before - no problems with it and it is four years old.
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I have to jump mine every spring the first few times I drive it.
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