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Old 19 June 2011, 16:45   #1
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We have a twin battery set up in the Parker and thus far been very reliable, being less than 2 years old.

Whilst having a general check around the boat today, between trips i noticed that the bracket clamping down one of the batteries appeared to be a little loose. Whilst I was tightening up the clamp a ran my hand over the top of the battery and was surprised to find the top very distorted, the other is still completely flat.

1. I am assuming that this is bad news, 2. What is the likely cause, 3. Can anyone recommend where a replacement my be purchased at reasonable cost.

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Old 19 June 2011, 17:03   #2
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We have a twin battery set up in the Parker and thus far been very reliable, being less than 2 years old.

Whilst having a general check around the boat today, between trips i noticed that the bracket clamping down one of the batteries appeared to be a little loose. Whilst I was tightening up the clamp a ran my hand over the top of the battery and was surprised to find the top very distorted, the other is still completely flat.

1. I am assuming that this is bad news, 2. What is the likely cause, 3. Can anyone recommend where a replacement my be purchased at reasonable cost.

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I believe that the optimas have a two year free replacement warranty.....I assume they were supplied with the RIB? If so, a call to the manuf to see who supplied In the first instance....failing that you could try contacting these guys....they are the Optima distr for UK Optima batteries - the ultimate power source - Optima Batteries UK
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As the batteries are only 18 months old, I asked Andre at Parker if they could pursue a replacement, BUT as it it a commercial vessel, the warrentee is only 12months!

So, who can do a good price on a Optima Blue Top DC 5.5??

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is it that the boat warranty is 12 months, or the batteries - I also thought that they were 2 years, so def. worth talking to the distributors - they may well replace / split the cost with you

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Might be worth having a load test done on the offending battery. Could well be that nothing is wrong with it.

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Getting confused over this one.
Parker RIBs say that as its in a commercial boat it is a one year warrentee.
Got an email from Optima telling me to discuss with Parker as it should not have failed after such a short time.
Then get a phone call from Optima UK who informed me that ALL Optima batteries used in a a Marine application, have only a one year warrentee. He said that if the boat is layed up over winter, this equalled mis-use and therefore they could not be held responsible!!
If the top of the battery is mis-shapen, this is a sign of severe over charging. So why is only the one battery effected (we operate with both on) and with the engines serviced only two weeks ago, they got a completely clean bill of health.

Looks like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place and have to pay the 250+ for a replacement.
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Not particularly inspiring customer service from either Parker or Optima
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We have had lots of Optima battery problems, even Barrus have stopped selling them with the engines. We have been selling these for a while and have had no problems at all. And best of all the less money!!

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Thanks for that suggestion, would i need to replace both or could I just do the one and replace the other Optima later?
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Thanks for that suggestion, would i need to replace both or could I just do the one and replace the other Optima later?
Just one, dont need to do both.
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