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    Considering that a Standard lead acid battery and an Optima battery will have to perform their duties in production cars that have the same or very similar charging systems. It doesnt seem logical to me that you would need a special smart charger for the Optima batteries. I didnt see any warnings on the label with the Optima I just got. Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by crawdaddy View Post
    Considering that a Standard lead acid battery and an Optima battery will have to perform their duties in production cars that have the same or very similar charging systems. It doesnt seem logical to me that you would need a special smart charger for the Optima batteries. I didnt see any warnings on the label with the Optima I just got. Mike
    When I orederd my Optima they specifically recommended C-Tek chargers. They have since updated their web site and give no particular recommendation, but in one of their videos they show using a C-Tek charger. One of the reasons I like my C-Tek, other than it being a "smart" charger is that's way smaller than any other charger I've ever owned. I specifically won't use a "Sears" charger as I have gone through 3 of them with little useage anf lots of failures.
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    I havent really heard any feed back lately on Optima batteries. I hope they are as good as the price they charge for them. I have had an Optima in a restored vehicle that sits idle most of the time it only gets started every couple months.The last time I tried to start it the battery was dead and would not accept a charge (battery was two years old) I took it in this month and it was replaced with a new one free of charge under the 3 year replacement warranty. Hopefully it was a fluke. Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by crawdaddy View Post
    I havent really heard any feed back lately on Optima batteries. I hope they are as good as the price they charge for them. I have had an Optima in a restored vehicle that sits idle most of the time it only gets started every couple months.The last time I tried to start it the battery was dead and would not accept a charge (battery was two years old) I took it in this month and it was replaced with a new one free of charge under the 3 year replacement warranty. Hopefully it was a fluke. Mike
    I have used MANY Optimas over the years and have found their reliability to be around 75% good, 25% bad.
    Also, Optima batteries require an AGM charger, especially if the battery is completely dead.
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