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rhagfo

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Interesting the MOPAR branded batteries in our 2016 (early 2016) I just replaced in the end of November. They were 730 CCA they were six years old at failure. Replaced both new were 750 CCA also MOPAR branded.


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It is NEVER a good idea to replace just one battery in a battery bank. Batteries deplete at certain rates depending on their age. So, having a NEW battery mixed with an OLD battery does not make the best combination for charging and longevity. If you had Interstate batteries and one failed, Interstate would have replaced BOTH due to the never mixing old and new batteries. Doug

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dougrainer wrote:

It is NEVER a good idea to replace just one battery in a battery bank. Batteries deplete at certain rates depending on their age. So, having a NEW battery mixed with an OLD battery does not make the best combination for charging and longevity. If you had Interstate batteries and one failed, Interstate would have replaced BOTH due to the never mixing old and new batteries. Doug


So true, Interstate says your okay about 3 to maybe 6 months difference in age. I had hoped to get a couple more months out of the originals, but one no start was all I needed at six years! Tuff bullet to bite at just under $400 for the pair.

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My understanding is that Wal-Mart (like most other battery retailers) uses several different manufacturers for their batteries - One battery size might be manufactured by XX Battery Co., and another size might be manufactured by YY Battery Co.

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Odyssey AGM has 950 CCA if you are looking for superior performance. Not going to be WM priced.


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voodoo101 wrote:

mobeewan wrote:

As Retired JSO indicated, same company, new name.


Maybe but the case is completely different and is sealed vs capped.


So what does sealed vs cap have to do with the company being the same with the new owner. Two people asked what company Wal-Mart was using now. I was addressing them not you. As stated same co new name.

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Batteries are made to different specs based on sellers request. Mopar batteries were higher spec Interstates at the time I retired. The Interstate truck delivered them both. We had very few failures with the Mopar branded ones. Interstate and Delco however didn't perform as well.


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dougrainer wrote:

It is NEVER a good idea to replace just one battery in a battery bank. Batteries deplete at certain rates depending on their age. So, having a NEW battery mixed with an OLD battery does not make the best combination for charging and longevity. If you had Interstate batteries and one failed, Interstate would have replaced BOTH due to the never mixing old and new batteries. Doug


Appears he’s more worried about who now makes batteries for Walmart than actual vehicle maintenance…
Funniest part is asking the store employee about them. I can just picture that tv commercial about how not to become your parents….”Brian in produce, very helpful…”


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bucky wrote:

Batteries are made to different specs based on sellers request. Mopar batteries were higher spec Interstates at the time I retired. The Interstate truck delivered them both. We had very few failures with the Mopar branded ones. Interstate and Delco however didn't perform as well.

I have a 2010 Chally SRT that still has the factory battery. Part of me thinks I should replace the battery, part of me wants to see how long it will go.

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Walmart batteries are primarily supplied by East Penn and have been for a couple of years. Johnson Controls for many years before that.

The idea that a manufacturer makes different batteries for different stores is absurd to anyone familiar with battery manufacturing facilities and the business. They try to make as many identical cells as possible because any deviation requires a new production line and parts chain. They will de-rate a battery upon request of a buyer, which JCI did with their batteries for Walmart for many years, but they are not going to change anything inside the cells.

Interstate is not a battery manufacturer. They buy all of their batteries from other companies. The sum total of useful battery knowledge held by the entire company wouldn’t fill a thimble.


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