Odyssey Battery

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 12:16
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Am about to have a dual battery system put into my 4wd. Speaking to various people, one person suggested the Odyssey. Does anybody have any comments on this battery.

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Reply By: OziExplorer - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 13:38

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 13:38
Simple, way over-priced, poor value for money.
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Follow Up By: Brad - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 15:32

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 15:32
Ozi, what would you suggest instead. Used mainly to run fridge
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 16:40

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 16:40
Brad, how long do you want to run the fridge for?
what type of fridge brand/size?
how often are you going to use the second battery?
What size battery tray do you have for it to mount into?
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 16:58

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 16:58
If you are prepared to pay that sort of money for a battery, I would most definitely consider the Optima D31T as well.

The life of these batteries is determined by the cycles and how much you intend to use it. For example they quote up 400 when fully discharged or up to 500 when discharged to 80%. People tell me in the solar industry they are not getting the life that some of these battery manufacturers are quoting.

Personally, I prefer to buy a good quality normal flooded wet cell and change it more regularly. At least then I am not hand holding it till the end of its days to try and squeeze the last bit of life out of it. To date, from all the information I have seen, I have not felt the urge or desire to pay that much for a battery. For a start, their warranties don't excite me.
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Follow Up By: Brad - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 20:28

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 20:28
Ozi, I am about to get a dual battery set up with a Piranha Isolator.
The fridge is an Engel 40 litre.
Am going to Fraser for 2 weeks in April and probably camp 3-4 times per year. Am planning a 4 month around Oz trip in a couple of years

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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 20:44

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 20:44
Brad, do you realise the Piranha setup is nearly identical and manufactured by GSL for less than half the price of the Piranha.
www.gsl.com.au
The Piranha unit is flash stickered, flash coloured anodised unit for around $250 and the equivelent GSL unit at worst case is $110 incl GST. The difference between the two units besides the red colour and $10.00 worth of cables is nothing. Personally, I prefer the Redarc unit which has better features and is the same price within a $2.00.
http://www.redarc.com.au/sbi.htm

Brad, really difficult to advise you on a battery that is going to give you value for money and reliability. Regardless of whose battery you choose, getting so little use is going to substantially deteriote the battery.
I would be inclined to buy a reaonable quality deep cycle lead acid battery for your two weeks on Fraser. Till you go on your around Oz trip, I would be something like the Optima D31A with a low voltage cut-out if your fridge does not already have one, and use the one battery till you actually go on your around Oz trip. That one battery will adequately do your 3 to 4 times a year weekend trips. When you do go on your trip, you will already have the GSL/Redarc/Piranha unit fitted, then can put in a second battery, utilise that, as well as your main if necessary with the low voltage cut-out.

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Reply By: tod - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 14:18

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 14:18
Brad

I've had one for over 5 years as the second and deep cycle battery. IMHO an absolutely brilliant battery. You don't have to replace them every 18 months even when used as a deep cycle battery. Good value for money I reckon.
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Reply By: David - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 15:10

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 15:10
Brad

I have had an Odyssey for 3 yrs and just recently transferred it to a L/C 100 TD.

Whilst not cheap, I have found the Odyssey very good and far better than normal deep cycle batteries.

A big plus is space saving as these batteries can virtually be placed anywhere and in any postion.

The L/C actually comes standard with duel batteries and the setup has been made so that the Odyssey and second battery are isolated via a solenoid with the ignition off to supply all power requirements. The system works a real treat.

I expect the Odyssey to last for many more years yet and this will make it good value for money.

The old addage, "you pay for what you get" certainly seems applicable to me in the case of the Odyssey.


Rgds


David

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Follow Up By: Janset - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 18:59

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 18:59
Hi all.

What is the costing and the Amp hour ratings on the Odyssey (deep cycle??) Who sells them as I have never heard of them in W.A.

Regards
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 19:10

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 19:10
Janset, here:
http://www.odysseybatteries.com.au/
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Follow Up By: Freddy - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 19:37

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 19:37
David, does this mean you have 3 batteries in your car??? Does the standard t/diesel setup have an isolater/solenoid or have you put it in?

cheers
lucas
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Follow Up By: David - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 10:38

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 10:38
Freddy

Yes the L/C now has 3 batteries.

The standard T/D has 2 batteries but not isolated and are both used as starting batteries particulary for very cold weather which we get a lot of in Perth!!!!

When putting the Odyssey into the cruiser, the second starting battery was isolated along with the Odyssey.

When you turn the ignition to "on" all 3 batteries then come into line for starting and charging.

It is a simple but effective setup - all done by ARB in Osborne Park.


Rgds


David

PS. In response to Janset's question, Challenge Batteries in Osborne Park sell Odyssey's as do ARB. They can give you all the ratings as there are a number of batteries available.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 12:34

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 12:34
David,
Where did you mount the third battery in your LC 100 TD? Do you have the 1HD-FTE engine? What size Odyssey Battery do you have? Thanking you in anticipation,
Mal T.
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Follow Up By: David - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 15:00

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 at 15:00
Mal

Yes it is a 2002 1HD-FTE with auto.

The Odyssey is a ES12V1000 and it is mounted on an ARB battery tray incorporating a Big Red compressor near the firewall on the passenger's side. ARB manufactured the battery tray on site.

The power steering pump was moved a bit.

Also have the fuses located there for the 3 additional wires that I have running to the back of the car, the switch for the air compressor plus the solenoid.

I have 2 fridge plugs inside the back cargo area adjacent to the standard power outlet. All 3 outlets have permanent power to them

The original second battery (on the passenger's side) has had its wires rerun to the solenoid and wired in with the Odyssey.

The only thing that is not ideal is that the original second battery is not a deep cycle but when the time comes I will replace it with such.

Also you may notice that the original duel batteries are not the same. The + & - poles are on opposite sites so you cannot interchange the batteries.


Rgds



David
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 16:28

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 16:28
Thanks for that info David. Was it the power stering pump or the fuel filter that had to be moved? Any chance of a photo. Thanks again, Mal T.
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Follow Up By: David - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 17:53

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 17:53
Mal

I realised last night my mistake, yes it was the fuel filter that was moved.

I can organise a photo, may take a couple of days as I will have to organise to get a digital camera.

I am in Perth (SOR) a look may be better if you are close by - happy to oblige either way.


Rgds


David
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 12:28

Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 12:28
David,
I would really apreciate a photo. I am in Brisbane. My E-mail is: mal.try@env.qld.gov.au
Thanks again,
Mal.
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Follow Up By: David - Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 15:41

Friday, Jan 31, 2003 at 15:41
Mal

Only a short drive!!

I will get some photos over the next couple of days and email them across.

Rgds


David
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