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Diehard Marine Batteries

Was able to pick a couple of these up at a great discount. Kind of late now, but any opinions or experience with them?

Our electrical use is minimal. 1/2/off setup (on the list to change). 28', at a slip and has shore power with a 30Amp Iota IQ4. Stock late 80's production boat, no unusual electrical draws other than an X5 Autopilot. Weekend and day sailing.

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I have had a number of Diehard marine batteries over the years (Grp 24 and 27) and been pretty happy with them. Not "real" deep-cycles, really the dual purpose deep-cycle/starting type, but seem to work great on lighter service. I've gotten 4-5 years out of them which is great for the price.
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Your post peeked my curiosity so I just checked out the reviews on Consumer Report's web site. From their review, Diehards are all over the place in terms of quality, capacity, etc.. depending on which model/size. Some are rated excellent while others are poor for whatever that means..
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I remember back "in the day" when Sears Diehard were the BEST batteries, at least for cars. Or maybe that was all advertising hype. Heck I wasn't even driving yet, when I used to see those Diehard TV commercials.

I think I was wearing Sears Toughskins, back then...and often got ragged on at school because they weren't Levi's or at least Wranglers!!
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Ya, SEARS and Craftsman, Diehard, all used to be great stuff. Shame things went downhill. I'll never buy another gas powered garden anything from them again.

Dad always used Diehards in our cars.
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Great Batteries for the price

If you're primarily a day sailor or overnighter and don't run a a host of electronics that draw crazy amp hours, they work great and are relatively in expensive, charge quickly, last about 4 to 5 years of use. I have them in my boat and they are fine. I even left them by mistake over the winter plugged in and not charging and they held a pretty good charge. Did have to quick charge them for a few hours to get the motor going, but no issues with them ever.

I can run lights, a stereo radio, gps, vhf, autopilot on them all day and have enough juice in them to easily fire the iron sail.

Good performance, good price, and they are available everywhere and a lot of time on sale.

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Soul, ah the memories, Toughshins, sometimes hand me downs covered my butt for most elementary and junior high school, same greef from classmates but they did last. Die hards in most of my cars and craftsman in my tool box. Never tried the marine batterys but would hesitate either.
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Diehard Platinum Marine batteries are made by Odyssey. I called the Odyssey Canada rep and checked. We decided to use them - you can read our rationale here.
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