Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: georgia's toe-nails of the foot hills
Re: Battery died, right on schedule.
There is no one brand that stands out as far as I can ascertain. I have gone with WalMart batteries as they are made by Johnson Controls, one of the "Big Two/Three" manufacturers. I have had them last a year, and some longer.
Two thoughts: Check the electrolyte level and keep them charged. If the level is low, add some distilled water. I charge once a month(if I remember), or on an 'as remembered' basis. So far, so good.
I doubt there is one maker that has a stellar product that outshines all the others. I think they are all focused on short term profit at the expense of customer satisfaction.
I will say that the two auto batteries I have gotten from BatteriesPlus(bulbs?), Duracell, are priced about the same as the auto parts store product, and have a 3 year free replacement warranty. Many times you can get a 10% or 15% coupon code for use ordering online for in-store pickup. They have been good to me so far, knock on formica.
For garden, I go with Wally, and look for the 'freshest' on the shelf by the date code.
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