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?
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).
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.
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.
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 =]
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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