OPTIMA Battery for a 2003 Toyota Tundra?
- OPTIMA Batteries
- Glendale, WI
We print our e-mail address (email@example.com) and 800 number (888-8-OPTIMA) on every battery we sell, but some folks prefer to have their questions answered here, on the OPTIMA® Power Source blog. Today's question comes from Matt, who has a 2003 Toyota Tundra.
I have a 2003 Toyota Tundra that doesn't get driven very much. I drive it about once or twice every two weeks and have a hard time keeping regular batteries more than a year (dead cell every time). So would I need a REDTOP or YELLOWTOP?
Since Matt didn't give us much more information on his truck, we'll start by saying the 2003 Tundra has two battery choices- the OPTIMA Group 35 REDTOP or YELLOWTOP. If the Tundra is stock, a REDTOP OPTIMA battery will work just fine. Vehicles that have significant electrical modifications, like aftermarket stereos, car alarms or winches, should use YELLOWTOP batteries.
However, given how little the truck is used, Matt might be best-served by using a quality battery maintenance device, like the OPTIMA Digital 1200, when not using his Tundra. It's possible that the parasitic draw in his Tundra could be slowly discharging his batteries and the charger he is using to try and recover them does not recognize or charge batteries discharged below a minimum voltage level (usually around 10.5 volts). The OPTIMA Digital 1200 Charger and Maintainer will recover deeply-discharged batteries all the way back from 1.25 volts!
Not only that, it will maximize the performance and lifespan of his battery. We're so confident this is tru,e, if Matt (or anyone else) buys an OPTIMA battery from us and picks up a Digital 1200 charger at the same time, we'll extend the free-replacement warranty coverage on their battery by a full year!