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Old 06-15-2012, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightweight Battery?

I have done some research and it seems to me that a lot of people go with the Odyssey PC680 or some model from Braille. A lot of people complain that their PC680 won't start their car in the cold due to a lack of CCA's.

My issue is I live in upstate, NY and it gets very cold here in the winter so I need a solid battery with good cold cranking amps. I am also not looking to have to trickle charge the battery or anything different than just dropping this battery in and going.


So basically I'm wondering what is a great lightweight battery (15-20lbs) that will be a perfect plug-n-play all year round for the prelude, in the weather I'll be in?
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Can't have your cake and eat it too.

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Braille battery, They make carbon fiber batteries that are very evry small and very light. Although, all of this comes at a price. The last braille battery have expereince with cost about 890 bucks, for an 8 lb, carbon fiber 7"x4"x6" 600 CCA battery.

In the end, you would be best with an optima, as it is lighter than the stocker by about 9 pounds ( well at least my red top is anyway).
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You definitely can have your cake and eat it too. This has 426 CCA's and weigh's 15lbs. vs my OEM Honda 550 CCA. As that link stated you really only need half of what the battery states it's CCA as.


BRAILLE B2015 12V NO WEIGHT STANDARD BATTERY 426CCA | eBay



Optima red tops have WAY more cold cranking amps (CCA) than a Honda OEM battery. 800 for the Optima Red Top vs. Honda's 550



anywho thanks for that link.
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Yeah I bought a odyssey battery and you basically need 2 of them to run your car
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Right around 47 pounds
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You definitely can have your cake and eat it too. This has 426 CCA's and weigh's 15lbs. vs my OEM Honda 550 CCA. As that link stated you really only need half of what the battery states it's CCA as.


BRAILLE B2015 12V NO WEIGHT STANDARD BATTERY 426CCA | eBay



Optima red tops have WAY more cold cranking amps (CCA) than a Honda OEM battery. 800 for the Optima Red Top vs. Honda's 550



anywho thanks for that link.
So... Is that BRAILLE battery enough to run our 5th Gens? Even in cold weather like we get in NY?

I would love to save 30+ lbs
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Yes that would start our cars no problem. Saving 32 pounds is massive, and way cheaper than a carbon fiber hood and trunk. I'm buying one very soon.
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Last time i weighed my optima it came in at around 39-40 lbs.

The energizer i replaced weighed fourty nine pounds.
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So... Is that BRAILLE battery enough to run our 5th Gens? Even in cold weather like we get in NY?

I would love to save 30+ lbs
Man i live in canada. Here in Calgary it can easily reach -50C. Would this battery even survive regardless of it's claim to be "All Season"?
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Man i live in canada. Here in Calgary it can easily reach -50C. Would this battery even survive regardless of it's claim to be "All Season"?

For temperatures that extreme, I personally would want a bit more CCA's (Cold Cranking Amps) in my battery.




Braille Battery Battery AGM 12 V Starting 550 Cold Cranking Amps Top&Side B3121 | eBay
You would be all set with this Braille battery. Weighs in at 21 pounds, still a savings of over 26 pounds.
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Uhmm.... the last time calgary recorded a minus fifty was in february 1893 when the COLDEST EVER tempurature recorded in calgary was minus 49.4 c.

You see i live in edmonton and work in the oil patch and the only time i have seen minus fifty or colder was when working far up north.

FYI edmonton in 2009 dec 15 recorded the world third coldest standing tempurature at -43.4C, with wind chill it was minus 58.4 c. The only time edm has gotten colder was in 1972 when it hit minus 48.3 with windchill of jsut colder than -61c.


Anyway, regardless of the weather, you will need a battery that has minimum 600 CCA( for anything colder than minus 20c, and it is preferred to have a 800 cca. My redtop optima weighs 39 pounds, with 800 CCA and also on the first five seconds of ignition it send extra energy to help ensure quick starts.
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I have a 550cca battery and it's from Honda for the prelude. Pretty old battery and my starts are still quick. I think the myth is you need a sh!t ton of cold cranking amps.
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Yes the odessey and the energizers that were commonly found in preludes only have 550 and 600 respectivly.

I know from a life of living in northern cananda that when minus 30 or minus forty hit, you want as many cold crankign amps as possible. I have been through many batteries that after a couple winters just fail, that is one reason why i went with the gel filled optima, as other batteries that require demineralized water to be put in will **** the bed far faster in the cold than a gel coil battery.
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I just purchased this braille battery. We'll see how she starts when I get it in the mail and swap it in.

BRAND NEW BRAILLE NO-WEIGHT B2015 BATTERY 15 lbs 1067 cranking amp Free Shipping | eBay
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bouckarooo: lol guess edmonton had it good the week where we had 5 days straight of -45C + windchill = -51C. It was just this winter too. The rest of winter was pretty mild and decent but those 5 days were brutal! That's what caused my car to freeze over and not start at all (the battery did but the engine was frozen). It took 3 days after the final freezing day for my car to thaw. Which then gave me the infamous "bouncing idle" problem ever since. Turns out to be the FITV so I blocked that off and now I get normal idle 80%. lol until I drive the car till it's warm and throw it in park and 50% of the time that triggers a bouncing idle >.<

anyway back on topic: that loooks like a good battery to go for! I will research on more reviews before paying for it =]
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If you require cold starts blockign off the FITV is not a good idea. Perhaps, maybe yours was damaged and you need a new one. Removing that makes it very hard for you engine to mainain idle when temps go down as it is a thermal activated control device that allows more fuel inmto the engie to bring it to tempurature quicker so that it can run as efficiently as possible.

If i was you i would be replacing the part rther than removing it.

I know when switched my throttle body i was conerned about not havignt a FITV, just becuase i do live in edmonton and in late october the cars just awesoem in the colder temps. Anyway, i maded sure to seek out a throttle body that incorporated an internal FITV.

As for the battery, thats a great price, especially shipped, im Curious as to how it works out.
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I just purchased this braille battery. We'll see how she starts when I get it in the mail and swap it in.

BRAND NEW BRAILLE NO-WEIGHT B2015 BATTERY 15 lbs 1067 cranking amp Free Shipping | eBay
Please let me know how it works out... I want to do this as well.
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Will do, I'll see if I can post a video of some sort.
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Got the battery put in today. My stock battery was an absolute brick compared to this thing, and it starts the same to better.























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