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Maine Sail 08-04-2011 11:17 AM

Battery Buyers = Good News
 
Hi All,

I just came from my local Sam's Club and noticed that they have changed their battery manufacturer from JCI (Johnson Controls) to Deka / East Penn. I was told this is a new account for East Penn and the Duracell branded East Penn batts may not yet be in all stores. If the batteries still say Energizer on the label they are JCI batteries...

I took some pics at the store and then called Deka / East Penn tech support and spoke with a very nice lady, and very knowledgeable, named Carol G.. She informed me that they DO NOT build the Sam's Club, O'Reilly Auto Parts, NAPA or West Marine batteries any differently and they are all the SAME. They all roll off the same assembly line and get the sticker for the retailer they are going to.

The only thing you want to be certain of is the type. Deka makes dual purpose and deep cycle marine batteries. NAPA & WM sell both the dual purpose and deep cycle versions and Sam's only has the deep cycle versions.


Flooded Deep Cycle Marine Batteries:

The batteries Sam's Club is buying are the Deka / East Penn deep cycle marine batteries and NOT the dual purpose/starting versions. This is GOOD!!! What is even better is that these are the EXACT SAME battery that West Marine sells only for LESS THAN HALF THE PRICE! These batts have a 12 month free replacement warranty, same as West Marine.

As an example the Group 27 Deep Cycle at Sam's Club is $69.87 the SAME EXACT battery at West Marine is $169.99 (2010 catalog price).

There is absolutely NO DIFFERENCE in the WM battery compared to the Sam's Club, NAPA or other resellers battery other than the label/sticker. Sam's is using the Duracell brand name on these East Penn batts but they are the same high quality battery.

They offer two 6V GC2 batts one with a 215 Ah rating and one with a 230Ah rating and are $78.87 (GC2) and $84.87 (EGC2).

AGM Batteries:

Once again these are the SAME EXACT AGM batteries WM sells and they stock the group 24, 27 & 31 and 6V AGM's.. As an example the group 31 AGM at Sam's Club is $166.32 and at West Marine this SAME BATTERY runs $299.99. The 6V AGM is even more drastic at Sam's it runs $159.73 and at West Marine it costs $389.99!!


This new deal between Sam's Club and East Penn represents a tremendous value for the American boater..

DRFerron 08-04-2011 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Maine Sail (Post 758498)
Hi All,

She informed me that they DO NOT build the Sam's Club, O'Reilly Auto Parts, NAPA or West Marine batteries any differently and they are all the SAME. They all roll off the same assembly line and get the sticker for the retailer they are going to.

I heard this same thing from a guy at West Marine. Same batteries, different labels.

badsanta 08-04-2011 11:34 AM

Great, thanks for the info!

T37Chef 08-04-2011 01:12 PM

Awesome, thanks!!!

Bene505 08-04-2011 01:44 PM

Another great post, Maine.

Regards,
Brad

night0wl 08-04-2011 02:21 PM

It may be time to take on the golf cart battery upgrade project. Now, any tips on making cheaper battery cables...!!! I've seen your site, but the wiring itself is crazy expensive.

hellosailor 08-04-2011 03:42 PM

Is Sam's Club any better than Costco when it comes to inventory? Costco stores never know which batteries are in stock, can't order them to request, and generally make it a treasure hunt to find ANY battery except the common auto batteries.

Maine Sail 08-04-2011 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by hellosailor (Post 758585)
Is Sam's Club any better than Costco when it comes to inventory? Costco stores never know which batteries are in stock, can't order them to request, and generally make it a treasure hunt to find ANY battery except the common auto batteries.

Our local club always has a good stock of marine batteries and they turn over fairly quickly from about late April to October.. They had about 6-7 of everything when I was there today getting some microfiber rags... For the price savings alone, even if it takes a week or more to get what I want, who cares.... Wm charges up to double or more on batteries that you can now buy at Sam's...

DRFerron 08-04-2011 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Maine Sail (Post 758604)
Wm charges up to double or more on batteries that you can now buy at Sam's...

Which is interesting since WM owns Sam's.

Maine Sail 08-04-2011 04:49 PM

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Originally Posted by DRFerron (Post 758606)
Which is interesting since WM owns Sam's.

On boating forums WM is a common abbreviation for WEST MARINE and yes Wal*Mart does own Sam's, but they sell different batteries......:D


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