Whats the best battery these days

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Eurocarparts are still doing the PC 680 for £86.49 including VAT and free delivery or collect. Use discount code "batt50" Just fitted a PC535 from them (in the original battery tray) all ok so far!
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Current summary

Lithium batteries
Light and therefore Sevenesque. Experience now accumulating: please add yours here.
CTEK and probably others now offer smart conditioning chargers with apppropriate specific modes.

Replacing the factory Banner with the same
No need to change tray or leads. Tayna highly recommended as a supplier. They do send them filled and charged. Make sure you get the correct model... their website might lead you to an Exide!
Check the fluid level as part of your routine. (I don't like unsealed batteries.)

Powervamp
Most experience is with the PC680. May need to change leads and fettle tray. Neat replacement cage available from Powervamp, sometimes bundled. Available from the manufacturer, and from Euro Car Parts. Discussion of the PC535 which is probably similar but fits the original tray and available from Euro Car Parts and from Tayna
These are AGM not gel batteries.

Others
Some good experiences with a range of others.

Jonathan

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Banner, the "correct model" is not necessarily the 53034 you may desire the 53030. Same tech spec different terminal locations.

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Summary of published characteristics:

Model: Mass (kg); CCA (A); Capacity (Ah)
Banner 53034: 7.9; 300; 30
PC680: 7; 170; 16
PC535: 5.4; 200; 14
Varley Red Top Racing 25*: 7; 230; 20

I'm surprised that the PC535 has a higher nominal CCA than the PC680.

And now I'll try and add a table...

ModelMass (kg)CCA (A)Capacity (Ah)
Banner 530347.930030
PC680717016
PC5355.420014
Varley Red Top Racing 25723020


Jonathan

* By popular demand! :-)

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Excellent, but I think we need another column showing cost.

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:-)

Please could everyone add prices (and sources) they've seen... and even paid.

Jonathan

PS: Even with cost that presentation of data shouldn't mislead anyone into thinking that it includes everything needed to make a decision. Lithium batteries are very light and very interesting. I wouldn't use any unsealed battery including the default Banner.

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Maybe the unloved Banner isn’t so bad after all. Lowest cost, highest capacity, highest CCA, all for a weight penalty of a decent breakfast.

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For me. It is about the longest lasting when the alternator fails or the engine won’t start, in some remote location on a Saturday night.

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The PC680 has a massive pulse current available for around 5 seconds (2250A I believe). This may explain why my car always starts first time.
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