Odyssey Battery - just purchased with old date code

mrgeep

New member
I've been using Odyssey batteries in my dual battery setup and trailer box for a few years now. I needed to replace the trailer battery and ordered one from NAPA (had a decent coupon) and when I picked it up today I noticed the date code is from January 2021. I know these batteries last well when they're in storage and that my warranty starts at the time of purchase, but I'm still hesitant to use a $300+ battery that's already over 3 years old. Would that raise any red flags for any of you?
 

nwoods

Expedition Leader
Yeah, I would probably not take that one home. I just bought one that was 5 months old and I was on the fence about it. It works fine, but you want the warranty to not be a hassle should you ever need to rely on it.
 

ThundahBeagle

Well-known member
At about 4 to 6 year life expectancy of a "normal" car battery, if Odyssey really is 3x longer lasting, your Odyssey should last at least 12 years. If that's right, it is likely already 25% eaten into that time. Was the coupon for 25% off the battery?
 

LexusAllTerrain

Expedition Leader
At about 4 to 6 year life expectancy of a "normal" car battery, if Odyssey really is 3x longer lasting, your Odyssey should last at least 12 years. If that's right, it is likely already 25% eaten into that time. Was the coupon for 25% off the battery?
My experience has been only 5 years with Odyssey. I have also used Optima...only 4 years. So now I have been using Walmart Brand. Guess their life? 5 years, but at a fraction of the cost. So now I used Walmart brand on all my vehicles...from Sienna to Elantra and Mazda to lexus...lol.
 

ThundahBeagle

Well-known member
My experience has been only 5 years with Odyssey. I have also used Optima...only 4 years. So now I have been using Walmart Brand. Guess their life? 5 years, but at a fraction of the cost. So now I used Walmart brand on all my vehicles...from Sienna to Elantra and Mazda to lexus...lol.
Then I wouldn't pay for a battery that was manufactured 3 years ago, even if I got it for half off. You're looking for another one next year, year after if you are lucky
 

ThundahBeagle

Well-known member
My experience has been only 5 years with Odyssey. I have also used Optima...only 4 years. So now I have been using Walmart Brand. Guess their life? 5 years, but at a fraction of the cost. So now I used Walmart brand on all my vehicles...from Sienna to Elantra and Mazda to lexus...lol.

I went to Advance and got my Die Hard, probably a little over 3 years ago. But I bet you are right. There are only x number of manufacturers and they each have different tiers of quality. No matter what sticker gets slapped on them, it's really the tier level that counts for the most
 

fourfa

Observer
I had the Diehard Platinum Group 65 that was actually a rebadged Odyssey PC1750T. Put ten HARD years on that battery with zero problems. It only started failing when I got a new truck and stopped charging the Odyssey except a couple times a year. Personally I wouldn't worry about 3 years on the shelf with no cycles
 

86scotty

Cynic
Battery life should really be about charge cycles. Shelf life shouldnt, theoretically, be a factor.
I want to believe that but at the same time I don't trust it. Meaning any battery can fail at any time, even a good one, so if I got one with an old date like this I would always be worried about it.

Personally I would return it for a new date code battery, especially if I was shelling out for an Odyssey.
 

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