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EmiTech
post Mar 2 2015, 05:35 PM, updated 4y ago

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Hey guys,

I've looking around the forum and found not much on car batteries. So, I've decided to start a new thread on it.
Any good brands all you sifus/car enthusiast out there would recommend and mind sharing what you know on car batteries?

Provide comparisons/opinions on the different car battery brands as well please if you don't mind. thumbup.gif

Thank you!!

Brands that i know so far are :-

Century
GP
Yokohama
Visca
Bosch
Beyonix
3K
KOBA
Incoe
Yuasa

So many brands... How to choose?? What are their differences other than their CCA which doesn't really matter in our hot climate here in Malaysia?
williamwong
post Mar 2 2015, 07:06 PM

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my opinion, unless you're heavily into ICE, batteries doesnt matter much.

just get the correct size and rating will do. every brand will have their success/failure stories.


actually, scratch that, i would like to see some discussion about car batteries.

hopefully not just "GP good, last me 4 years", "Yoko bad, buy second day spoil"

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mADmAN
post Mar 2 2015, 07:31 PM

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most maintenance free batteries will die in about a year.. ive tried multiple brands from panasonic, century, yokohama, and dunno what else..all died around the 1 year to 1.5 year mark

the longest thats lasted me is Amaron.. look it up.

oh.. and also wet cell batteries if maintained properly (top up water etc) can last LONG.
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post Mar 2 2015, 08:13 PM

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My panasonic original battery come with the car, last for 3 yrs plus
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post Mar 2 2015, 08:23 PM

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I used cap ayam non MF car batteries for like 10 years now. Already 4 units since then. Each unit cost RM 139-149. Last about 2 years each with regular top up. The one that last nearly years was killed by me for forgetting to top it up for 3 months. Its my fault.

In the end, i find that having ultra expensive batteries only makes sense if your car have way too many electronic stuff inside.
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post Mar 2 2015, 08:36 PM

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Already use non-mf battery for 8 months, never top up water cause water level never drop laugh.gif
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post Mar 2 2015, 08:41 PM

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Century Marathoner

3 years from previous battery

just changed last year Oct i think
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post Mar 2 2015, 09:35 PM

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Was using yokohama and century Marathoner.
Yokohama last around 1.5 years.
Century Marathoner cracked 1 month after warranty ended mad.gif mad.gif , still functioning but does not want to take any risk so change it.

Now using non MF yokohama. so far so good.
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post Mar 2 2015, 09:49 PM

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I'm using Century now, but not satisfied and will never buy it again. After bought a few months, I left the car for only like 2 weeks and the battery flat already. Exchanged new from warranty and again after maybe just 6 mths, it went flat again after I left it for only 3 weeks. I don't bother to ask for exchange again coz too lazy already and I know it's just bad brand. I just jump started the car and drive to charge it.

On the other hand my other car using Yokohama, still ok even after leaving the car for 1 mth twice which is what it should be.

So based on these, I'd choose Yokohama over Century anytime, both similar prices some more (Yokohama maybe even cheaper actually!).
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post Mar 2 2015, 10:18 PM

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QUOTE(6UE5T @ Mar 2 2015, 09:49 PM)
I'm using Century now, but not satisfied and will never buy it again. After bought a few months, I left the car for only like 2 weeks and the battery flat already. Exchanged new from warranty and again after maybe just 6 mths, it went flat again after I left it for only 3 weeks. I don't bother to ask for exchange again coz too lazy already and I know it's just bad brand. I just jump started the car and drive to charge it.

On the other hand my other car using Yokohama, still ok even after leaving the car for 1 mth twice which is what it should be.

So based on these, I'd choose Yokohama over Century anytime, both similar prices some more (Yokohama maybe even cheaper actually!).
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not battery's fault... its urs...if u didnt unplug it
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post Mar 2 2015, 10:28 PM

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the battery life boils down to hows the car owner habit. i have used one maintenance free battery for about 3 years. it is local unbranded lian fatt brand something like that. still working when i changed it to the new battery. if u use always drain your battery when the engine is not running like listening to radio,charging phone,blower,interior light,etc2, use whatever brand also wont last long. another reason could be because i always drive very far to go to work. so the battery always fully charged i think compared to car with short distance travel.

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post Mar 2 2015, 11:00 PM

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QUOTE(mADmAN @ Mar 2 2015, 07:31 PM)
most maintenance free batteries will die in about a year.. ive tried multiple brands from panasonic, century, yokohama, and dunno what else..all died around the 1 year to 1.5 year mark

the longest thats lasted me is Amaron.. look it up.

oh.. and also wet cell batteries if maintained properly (top up water etc) can last LONG.
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Agree with you. But nowadays very difficult to find wet cell batteries.
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post Mar 2 2015, 11:24 PM

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I always use cap ayam batteries for my car because it last long even if its cap ayam. My current battery is already 3 years, oh wait.. its 2015 now.. so it should be 4 years already.. biggrin.gif
BTW FYI, my car dont have alarm, only have central locking for four doors, stock lighting setup only changed third brake lights and number plate lights to LED, SONY headunit mostly listen to Hitz or Mix FM on stock speakers.
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QUOTE(mADmAN @ Mar 2 2015, 10:18 PM)
not battery's fault... its urs...if u didnt unplug it
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Well I also did not unplug for my other car using the Yokohama for even longer period and yet it didn't go flat! Like I said both batteries were still very new, only like 1-2 months old. The Yokohama was actually about a few weeks older and yet it did not go flat. So I do expect new batteries would not go flat if I leave it unplugged at least for a week or two, just like the Yokohama (heck that Yokohama did not go flat after I left it for a month!). FYI this was the only case that happened to me after owning various cars with various batteries for more than 15 yrs, so yes IMHO the Century battery sucks and I will never buy it again!
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post Mar 3 2015, 10:41 AM

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QUOTE(Aquariusdenz @ Mar 3 2015, 12:24 AM)
I always use cap ayam batteries for my car because it last long even if its cap ayam. My current battery is already 3 years, oh wait.. its 2015 now.. so it should be 4 years already..  biggrin.gif
BTW FYI, my car dont have alarm, only have central locking for four doors, stock lighting setup only changed third brake lights and number plate lights to LED, SONY headunit mostly listen to Hitz or Mix FM on stock speakers.
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what cap ayam brand u use?
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post Mar 3 2015, 10:57 AM

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QUOTE(mADmAN @ Mar 2 2015, 07:31 PM)
most maintenance free batteries will die in about a year.. ive tried multiple brands from panasonic, century, yokohama, and dunno what else..all died around the 1 year to 1.5 year mark

the longest thats lasted me is Amaron.. look it up.

oh.. and also wet cell batteries if maintained properly (top up water etc) can last LONG.
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Yeah.. agree nod.gif

When I was using Maint free batteries.. can last max ~1.5 yrs to 2 yrs

Then decided I give up on using MF and switch to those normal need to add water every so often, not only are they cheaper but I forgot when was the last time I needed to change my battery. Probably already 3 yrs or more.
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post Mar 3 2015, 11:32 AM

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Can't fathom why you guys' MF batt can't last long.
For the past 15years of driving experience I've been using MF batt and all of them lasted 3.5-4.0 years. I think it's normal service life.
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post Mar 3 2015, 03:55 PM

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Wah, what MF battery you use? most of the people say max theirs can last only up to 2 years, but yours can last more then 3 years! how you take care?

I also see most of you that commented are only using Century, Yokohama and Penasonic.. others not good meh?
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post Mar 3 2015, 03:59 PM

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QUOTE(chemistry101 @ Mar 3 2015, 11:32 AM)
Can't fathom why you guys' MF batt can't last long.
For the past 15years of driving experience I've been using MF batt and all of them lasted 3.5-4.0 years. I think it's normal service life.
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Wah, what brand you use? how you take care?
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post Mar 3 2015, 04:15 PM

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QUOTE(EmiTech @ Mar 3 2015, 03:59 PM)
Wah, what brand you use? how you take care?
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I use only Century.
I suppose MF batt does not require extra care? I didn't do anything. But frankly speaking, my car is plain, only got normal CD player with normal speaker without amp. Headlamp original.

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