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    Default Re: Decent vehicle battery brand?

    This is what the battery looks like, each cap has a small vent and no drain hole or pipe for the valley that the caps sit in, acid just fills up and splashes all over, nice.

    Seems having no drain hole/pipe is standard on many batteries these days.


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    The plot thickens, the spec for a 630 battery is 40Ah/CCA310, lo and behold the sticker on this battery it says 35Ah and CCA 260A - see the pic below:


    Is that possible, I would have thought 630 is a specification that manufacturers must adhere to in terms of capacity and crank amps?

    This would probably explain the battery venting acid the way it has, though it hasn't felt hot when I've checked it.
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    Also they claim it is a SMF - Sealed Maintenance Free Battery, which it clearly isn't.

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    Battery should be returned and load tested. Recheck your charging system at different revs and try again with aircon on and lights on.

    For a quick diy test
    Remove all caps, place a piece of see through plastic on the top of the battery that will cover all the holes. Remove a coil wire/connector plug so that it cannot start. Put safety glasses on and get someone to crank the engine for you while holding the plastic onto the battery. Check for any bubbles/shorting.

    This is to simulate a load test, not strictly accurate but if a cell is defective then you will see it bubbling or spraying acid.
    Reconnect coil after test and let engine run at 1200 revs for 10 minutes at least to recharge battery.

    Fnb - raylite or exide are good. Think they have a different date code now but it used to be a 4 digit code on the top of the battery. 1st 2 digits is the week. Last 2 digits is the year.
    Sabat - can't say. I don't use them but check the rotate by sticker on the sides, if it says rotate by Feb then you know it is 3 or 4 months old. You are looking for one that says rotate by June or July.
    Willard and Dixon I have no idea - never use them.

    A lot of housebrand names like midas etc sometimes were fnb batteries with a branded sticker. Usually on the codes on top it will say fnb or the stickers on the side.
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    Which Midas branch om George you bought it?
    I would take it back. Especially with the Ah issue
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    Which Midas branch om George you bought it?
    I would take it back. Especially with the Ah issue
    It was bought in Cape Town unfortunately which is where I'm headed to this weekend, should the Ah match the spec of the battery size or is that just a rough guideline?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    should the Ah match the spec of the battery size or is that just a rough guideline?
    Does anyone have any experience with the above?

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    Dixon makes two 630 batteries, 630 & 630E, 40Ah vs 36Ah, same size battery

    Willard specs a 630 as 36Ah

    http://www.dixonbatteries.co.za/630e...wh-240x135x200

    http://www.dixonbatteries.co.za/630-...wh-240x135x200
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henkus View Post
    Most said I should go for a Varta as first choice on my D3. I might get a Duracell as the Varta seems to be a difficult battery to get your hands on. Maybe look at a EFB? Might last longer than normal flooded. Batteries not a quick and easy thing to buy anymore.
    If you drive north on De Villebois in the direction of Woodlands just before you get to Moreleta church on your right is battery legends. They stock Varta batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    Dixon makes two 630 batteries, 630 & 630E, 40Ah vs 36Ah, same size battery

    Willard specs a 630 as 36Ah

    http://www.dixonbatteries.co.za/630e...wh-240x135x200

    http://www.dixonbatteries.co.za/630-...wh-240x135x200
    What the hexk, how can vehicle manufacturers spec batteries if the rating for a particular size is so all over the place?
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    The 630 relates to casing size and battery pole placement, the AH comes from what is placed inside the casing.

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    I returned the battery, no hassles with the return. Got a Sabat rather, well that was all they had and the last one was good. I spoke to the Willard rep and Macht is a Willard brand now.
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    The Sabat 630 is 36Ah and the Macht is 35Ah so not far off, that probably wasn't the issue.

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    Glad you got sorted!
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    Got a battery from Masterparts today, ULTRA brand, no one could tell me who makes it but well priced and looks very nicely made. It has a red handle and black casing, charge indicator window and the overall build and branding all looks sharp, time will tell how it fares.

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