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l2ULEJJ 12-31-2008 04:26 PM

Optima vs. Odyssey
 
Hey Guys,

Which car battery do you think I should get for my Honda Civic Si 94'? I'll be running on a lot of accessories and a sound system. Which brand and model should I choose? Optima or Odyssey?

Anjew 12-31-2008 04:40 PM

just get the optima red top.

l2ULEJJ 12-31-2008 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adog (Post 6200339)
just get the optima red top.

If I were to with Optima I would consider on going with the yellow top. Anyone know where the cheapest place is to get it?

supaflyTS 12-31-2008 07:09 PM

Get the yellow top if you have a system in your car.

I've had mine for over 4 years and its still going strong.

BTW you can get them at Costco for about $156.xx IIRC.

Timpo 12-31-2008 07:51 PM

Obviously Odyssey is better, probably one of the best in the world.

Optimas won't stand a chance if you compare them with Odyssey, they have much better dry cell technology.
The U.S. Air Force use them and I believe the army use them as well for the military vehicle because they seriously need reliable betteries.
If I'm not wrong, NASA use the Odyssey as well.

Optimas have problems with shocks/vibrations and they're well over-rated. I mean they're still good(still dry cell right?), I have yellow top in my car, but definitely not the best one in the world. Not that I need really good battery anyways.

If you look at exotic cars and race cars, you won't see Optima, they're not good enough. Also Optimas have problems with weight, they're really heavy. oh btw, Bugatti use Odyssey and Lamborghini use Deka.

If you're looking for a dry cell battery, look for Odyssey, Varley Red Top, Deka and Pomec.
I would personally recommend Odyssey, but if you're looking for something light-weight Pomec is pretty good too. The F-18 and F-16 fighter jets use Pomec battery as well.

Timpo 12-31-2008 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adog (Post 6200339)
just get the optima red top.

Yellow Top is recommended for sound system. At least the yellow top is deep cycle.

racerman88 12-31-2008 08:05 PM

I had a few friends that had problems with their optima's to the point where they got a refund

l2ULEJJ 12-31-2008 08:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timpo (Post 6200507)
Obviously Odyssey is better, probably one of the best in the world.

Optimas won't stand a chance if you compare them with Odyssey, they have much better dry cell technology.
The U.S. Air Force use them and I believe the army use them as well for the military vehicle because they seriously need reliable betteries.
If I'm not wrong, NASA use the Odyssey as well.

Optimas have problems with shocks/vibrations and they're well over-rated. I mean they're still good(still dry cell right?), I have yellow top in my car, but definitely not the best one in the world. Not that I need really good battery anyways.

If you look at exotic cars and race cars, you won't see Optima, they're not good enough. Also Optimas have problems with weight, they're really heavy. oh btw, Bugatti use Odyssey and Lamborghini use Deka.

If you're looking for a dry cell battery, look for Odyssey, Varley Red Top, Deka and Pomec.
I would personally recommend Odyssey, but if you're looking for something light-weight Pomec is pretty good too. The F-18 and F-16 fighter jets use Pomec battery as well.

What model and where can I get Odyssey batteries?

Timpo 12-31-2008 08:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by l2ULEJJ (Post 6200525)
What model and where can I get Odyssey batteries?

I don't think Odyssey is available in Canada, at least that's what I was told when I went to Lordco. That's why I settled with Optima :(

Cman333 12-31-2008 08:36 PM

Oddessy is a MUCH better battery.

I have an Optima for my old civic. The bloody battery needed to replaced 3 times over the course of one year.

Oddessy has a 3 year replacement. And I have yet to warranty an Oddessy battery. If you have a pretty big system, I definately recommend the Oddessy if you can afford it.

l2ULEJJ 12-31-2008 11:26 PM

I found a place where you can get it here:
http://www.buyabattery.com/odyssey.html

How much are they going for and what model would fit for a honda civic si 94?

Anjew 01-01-2009 04:05 AM

homedepot seems to have odyssey as well.

Timpo 01-01-2009 06:49 AM

wow I didn't know that it was available in Canada...I looked around Walmart, Crappy Tire and Lordco. They told me Odysseys aren't available in Canada. Now I'm depressed. :eek:

l2ULEJJ 01-01-2009 11:11 AM

What is the best model that would fit in my honda civic si 94?

skyxx 01-01-2009 12:34 PM

HOLY!... An Odyssey Battery for my GTI cost $368.97 at Home Depot.

Cman333 01-01-2009 02:01 PM

call Lee @ Federal Battery in Richmond or Rob @ Polar Battery in Burnaby.

They both carry them. And they tend to give pretty competitive pricing. They'll usually match or beat pricing.

HondaGuy 01-01-2009 02:08 PM

Lotsa ppl will say Optima had charging issues, and other defects, esp. the Yellow Top...I had to change mine 2/year...
However in October 2007, I spoke to Optima - www.optimabatteries.com - and they had re-released the Yellow Top again (after a few months off the market)...and fixed the issue.

The problem was the old one were 500-550 CCA (cold charge), and the new ones now are 450 CCA, this change has now fixed the "cant hold a charge after depleting" issue.

I bought a new model one and works great. Good and compatible with my audio/tvs/headlights/SC High boost pulley/high output alternator/and other underdrive pullies.

I've read a lot on Odyssey batteries and spoke to a few suppliers, and they are sure that it matches Optimas as well. Might be interested to try...
I mean...cant judge a product until you have tried it first...

l2ULEJJ 01-01-2009 03:51 PM

So which model would fit a Honda Civic Si 94'?

Timpo 01-01-2009 03:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by l2ULEJJ (Post 6201000)
What is the best model that would fit in my honda civic si 94?

just call your local dealer or Odyssey? I mean it's just a phone call away.

falcon 01-01-2009 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by l2ULEJJ (Post 6201000)
What is the best model that would fit in my honda civic si 94?

why don't you be productive, grab a measuring tape.. measure your stock battery, and go measure the batteries in the store. :thumbsup:


damn kids want everything done for them these days.

Timpo 01-01-2009 04:17 PM

oh but even if the size matches, sometimes your battery have "reverse" terminal.
(- and + are opposite) so watch out for that.

HondaGuy 01-01-2009 06:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by l2ULEJJ (Post 6201326)
So which model would fit a Honda Civic Si 94'?

I believe the existing battery you have in your Civic should have the model number...

Ex. 51R, 34U...etc..etc...

Otherwise, contact any supplier and ask them what size is avaialble for 94 Honda Civic.

Good Luck.

Leopold Stotch 01-03-2009 03:11 PM

^ yeaup it's either a 51 51r or a 34 that goes for both odyssey and optima.

is your battery against the firewall or near the rad support?

Firewall is probably a 51r the rad support one is the 34

l2ULEJJ 01-03-2009 04:31 PM

So if I look at the home depot website, which one is it? Because there not labeled as, "51." There labeled as PC 545 for example.

http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/s...1&Nty=1&s=true

thumper 01-03-2009 06:53 PM

just call battery world on the phone and ask them. someone already posted their site for you:

http://www.buyabattery.com/odyssey.html


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