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Odyssey PC680 - Battery

PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:45 pm

Salut

Did a little dredging of the archives and the PC680 seemed top of a lot of people's lists. Like most I would like something of similar size as the intended original without having to cut the boot baseboard. I don't mind making up a bracket.

Are there alternatives?

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PostPost by: TonyJ » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:11 pm

Don't know if you have access to Halfords in France but their HB053 battery fits into the original space and allows boot board to fit without any modification.

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PostPost by: tvacc » Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:06 am

I like the Odyssey 925 better. More cramming amps, more time cranking. Fits into the spot, bit you have to make a bracket.
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:45 am

Salut tvacc

Hmm - so I suppose you mount the battery on its side?

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PostPost by: tvacc » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:01 am

Yes. On its side.
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:39 am

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:39 pm

Salut Tony

Here in France I can get the PC925 and the Racing 35, which is exactly the same size. Any idea what the difference is?

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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:43 pm

I am going to follow very closely this post, as my seller gave me the battery of his Mazda Mx5 when I bought the elan... the original battery being dead :| . So the battery is not the correct one and is hold by temporary plastic strap... :?

I need a coorect good battery for my sprint! :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: tvacc » Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:46 pm

No I do not know the difference. all the specs for the Odyssey are at www.odysseyfactory.com




vernon.taylor wrote:Salut Tony

Here in France I can get the PC925 and the Racing 35, which is exactly the same size. Any idea what the difference is?

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:50 pm

Merci Tony. In fact I found the LMJ version for the same price. Negative terminal is on the left which should make the installation neater.

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:14 pm

Salut

Photo of the PC925LMJ (Metal Jacket/positive Left) installed. I'll need to make a bracket to keep it in place and I'll make new boot boards without the Lotus-specified improved cutouts for bigger batteries:

Odyssey 925 battery.jpg and


Good cranking power. If it lasts twice as long as a normal battery it's money well spent.

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PostPost by: tcsoar » Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:47 pm

Vernon,

Keep a regular check on your battery for signs of leaks or gassing. Although batteries now are sold as sealed for life, and supposedly able to mount on their sides, I have not seen any type of battery were some of them have not leaked. Chances are you will have no problems, but please don't just fit and forget.

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:32 pm

Salut Chris

Thanks for the advice. Hopefully I should be OK. It's a 'dry' battery but I suppose that doesn't mean it can't leak. The manufacturer states that any orientation is OK.

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PostPost by: tvacc » Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:10 am

I would imagine I have in my possession 8 of the Odyssey batteries in my cars, my tractor, my trailer, charge packs. Have probably had 15 of them over the years. Plus have installed another 15 on other people's cars. Had the first two when they were called Black Panthers. I have never seen one leak. I could also talk to a friend of mine that sold thousands after I introduced him too Odyssey about 15 years ago. See of he has seen any leak.
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:10 am

I have one in my Formula Ford since I built it. I had a 100+mph off at turn 8 at Thunderhill to do some high speed farming. The fiberglass nose broke. The battery bracket pushed up and back, pushing the battery into the master cylinders. The masters punched three holes in the body of the battery exposing the plates and mats.

The Emergency tow crew pulled the car off the high center of the ditch and back on track. I climbed in, buckled up and the motor started on the first try. I drove it back to the paddock. Even with the holes punched in the case, the battery did not leak.

Before I pulled the battery out of the car a week later, I started the engine with it. Still no leak, just a feather of blue oxidation around the edges of the holes.
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