<VV> Battery Recommendation

FrankDuVal corvairduval at cox.net
Fri Mar 29 22:46:47 EDT 2019

More than you want to know is here:


They update this list every year.

Basically there are THREE (3)  lead acid battery manufacturers in the 
US.  Exide, Johnson Controls and  Ener Sys. Exide bought GNB in 2013(?) 
so it went from 4 o 3 manufacturers.

Interstate is NOT a manufacturer. See the list above to see which of the 
three make them. I am speaking of flooded cell vehicle starting lead 
acid batteries. There are many sealed lead acid battery and absorbed 
glass mat battery manufacturers (and Ni-Mh, Li-Ion, etc etc etc new 

My first go to battery source is Costco, since I am a member. Good 
warranty, currently sells Interstate brand, but the Kirklands before 
were fine also. And hey, if they failed, I just replaced them under 

Walmart (just like Bryan mentioned) is my second source, they have more 
models (battery numbers) than Costco carries.

I find Auto Zone and Advance to be waaaayyyy expensive.

I do like the $5 O'reilley's gives me for the old batteries I turn in 
when cleaning up.

Deka  (East Penn Manufacturing) (also Douglas) is a small outfit not 
counted in the 3 majors above. Their products are good, but not 
available everywhere, so no recent experience with them. But, I did buy 
my battery terminals from the local distributor to make 6 volt (0 and 00 
gauge) cables.

Maybe this helps, or just confuses!

Frank DuVal

On 3/29/2019 9:40 PM, roboman91324--- via VirtualVairs wrote:
> VV Brain Trust,
> I need a replacement battery for my F*** B*****.  Over the years, I have replaced batteries several times.
> I recall that there have been several discussions here on VV regarding which source or sources of batteries offer the best quality.  I also recall that our FLAPS will change their vendors periodically so a search of past VV discussions might not help.  Does anyone have a recommendation?
> The FLAPS that come to mind here in Northridge, CA are O'Reilly, Pep Boys and Auto Zone but there may be others that don't come immediately to mind.
> Any help will be appreciated.
> Doc

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