RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA
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OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA

Part No. 34/78-980 Warranty Details  

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The OPTIMA RedTop high-performance AGM battery is the ultimate high-CCA starting battery designed to deliver the strongest starting power. With unparalleled high power delivery and extreme resistance to the most common causes of battery failure, RedTop is ideal for trucks, SUV's, luxury cars, hot rods, off-road vehicles and other applications that require a leak-proof starting-only battery.

Product Features:
  • SPIRALCELL Technology provides 15x the vibration resistance of a traditional battery
  • Strongest 5 second starting burst
  • Up to 3 times longer life
  • Completely spill-proof, mountable in many positions
  • Maintenance free for maximum convenience
  • Faster recharging capabilities
  • 3 year free replacement warranty
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Battery Type:Sprial AGM
BCI Group Size:34/78
Cold Cranking Amps:800 amps
Cranking Amps:1000 amps
Deep Cycle/Starting:Starting
Height:7 13/16 in
Length:10 in
Maintenance Free:Yes
Reserve Capacity:100 min
Terminal Type:Dual Termimal
Voltage:12 v
Weight:41 lbs
Width:6 7/8 in

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OPTIMA BatteriesRedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA
 
4.5

(based on 165 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (30)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (129)
  • Good power output (124)
  • Safe to handle (107)
  • Long lasting (99)

Cons

  • Heavy (20)
  • Loses charge (8)
  • Lacks power (4)
  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Battery replacement (116)
  • Upgrade (102)
  • Back-up (9)
    • Car & Truck:
    • Truck enthusiast (27), Auto enthusiast (21), Casual driver (15), Mechanic (11), Competitive driver (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (71), Truck enthusiast (47), Casual driver (36), Mechanic (23), Competitive driver (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Battery

I use the battery as the main starting battery and use a yellow top as a 2nd battery for my stereo. I really like the dual attachment points. There are plenty of accessories for...Read complete review

I use the battery as the main starting battery and use a yellow top as a 2nd battery for my stereo. I really like the dual attachment points. There are plenty of accessories for this battery that make it that much better.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

NOT WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY

Paid the extra cash for this "so called" upgrade on the recommendation of a friend. 4 years, almost to the date, of cold Wisconsin winters and I'm replacing them again,...Read complete review

Paid the extra cash for this "so called" upgrade on the recommendation of a friend. 4 years, almost to the date, of cold Wisconsin winters and I'm replacing them again, going back to the old reliable Interstate batteries, 2 years longer warranty & $100 cheaper, and my Duramax need 2.

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5.0

So far so good

By 

from Sykesville MD

About Me Race Car

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Long Lasting
  • Powerful
  • Safe To Handle

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Upgrade

Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

The last 2 I used in my racecar for 8 years. Heard many pros and cons about these batteries but they have worked well for me. Note that they are considered AGM batteries so charge them accordingly.

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1.0

Have Checked Before You Leave Store; Mine Was DEAD.

By 

from South Central Texas

About Me Auto Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

I've owned this type of battery before, powerful, lasts the warranty period. I bought one the other day, went home and installed; Totally Dead. Called Advance Auto to see if they ever had a dead one go out, told never even happened with their cheapest, let alone one this expensive. Brought back and it was pushing less than 6 volts. Checked another one on the shelf to replace, voltage was fine. I wrote the company and advised, also asked when Johnson Controls started manufacturing all their batteries in Mexico, as that sticker was never on prior purchased units. I received a cut & paste from their website, saying the QC is better than ever, while never addressing my issue, or even offering an apology for my inconvenience.

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5.0

I will buy this every time for this particular car

By 

from Allen Park, MI

About Me Auto Enthusiast, Truck Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Long Lasting
  • Powerful
  • Safe To Handle

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Battery Replacement

    Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

    The battery is used to start a 500+ HP 468 cu in BBC and is mounted in the truck of the car.

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    5.0

    Promptly Installed

    By 

    from Roanoke, VA

    About Me Auto Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Long Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade

      Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

      None

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      5.0

      Great Battery Fits a C5 Corvette

      By 

      from Chicago, il

      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fits A C5 Corvette

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Battery Replacement
      • Fits C Corvette
      • Upgrade

      Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

      This is a great upgrade for the C5 Corvette. 800 CCA . It fits to all existing hardware, no adaption is needed.

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      5.0

      Optima Red Top Battery

      By 

      from N.W. Indiana

      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Competitive Driver, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Lasted 10 Years
      • Long Lasting
      • Powerful
      • Safe To Handle

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Battery Replacement
        • High Horsepower Motors
        • Upgrade

        Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

        I purchased my first Optima battery over ten years ago for one of my high horsepower big block CHEVY cars and it has never let me down. It always supplied plenty of electrical current and charge to start my beast, even in extreme weather and heat conditions throughout the ten years it was in the car.I would reccommend that anyone or any company or car and truck enthusiast shoul put this battery on their wish list or gift list for anyone you know thaqt needs an outstanding, high performance, long lasting battery.

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        4.0

        Car

        By 

        from Saugerties ny

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

        Quick

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        4.0

        Older USA made is better than the current Mexico built

        By 

        from South Elgin, IL

        About Me Auto Enthusiast, Competitive Driver

        Level 1

        Pros

        • Usa Made Work Great

        Cons

        • Mexico Made - Shall See

        Best Uses

        • Battery Replacement
        • Upgrade

        Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

        To start, you need to be aware that these red tops USED to be made in USA, now they are all made in Mexico. Why do I say that? My original two red tops bought over 10 years ago are still working great! One in a 2003 Suburban daily driver that actuall started life in my 12.5:1 compression drag race motor back in 2003. The other is still in my '55 Chevy with a 350 and is still working just fine. The two new red tops I recently purchased say made in Mexico and only hold 12.5 volts uncharged. The old made in USA units held 12.7-12.8 volts uncharged. Meaning if you checked them while car was not running, the USA units always had a higher voltage. What does this mean? They build them cheaper now??? I don't know, just something you should be aware of. See how long the Mexico version lasts with my new 540 BBC engine. Good luck with yours!

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        1.0

        dont waste your money

        By 

        from Fredericksburg, Virginia

        About Me Auto Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Safe To Handle

        Cons

        • Loses Charge
        • Short life
        • Weak Warranty

        Best Uses

          Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

          Two red tops died within 90 days of the three year warranty expiring. Two yellow tops lost cells within a couple months of the two year warranty expiration. These batteries are not the same quality as when they first came out. I replaced one red top and one yellow top with Motorcraft batteries to date and expect to replace the other two shortly.

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          4.0

          Great battery so far.. i expect long term quality

          By 

          from phoenixville, pa

          About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Truck Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Powerful
          • Safe To Handle

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Battery Replacement
            • Upgrade

            Comments about OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA:

            Optima red top is a recent purchase but love it so far. but the real test will be how well it works after a couple cold winters and hot summers. I expect continued quality, I haven't heard any bad things about Optima.

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            6 Questions | 13 Answers
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            • Q:

              I have a GMC diesel that uses 2 batteries. Will it be Ok to match a new agm battery with a standard battery? Only one of my batteries are weak.
              Asked on 3/2/2014 by Gearnutz from cola. sc

              1 answer

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                Hi Gearnutz, glad to assist you! To check the exact fit application for the Optima Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA (Part No. 34/78-980), please provide us the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle.

                Answered on 3/4/2014 by Steve from AAP
            • Q:

              My 2006 Chevrolet Express uses the side terminal for installation. What do you do to cover the top posts?
              Asked on 12/29/2012 by Burner from Saginaw, MI

              3 answers

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                With respect to your inquiry on the Optima Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA - Part No. 34/78-980 a top post to side post terminal adapter will help with the installation. Unfortunately we do not have this adapter available online. However I would recommend that you check with the nearest Advance Auto store or call us toll free at: 1-877-238-2623 and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                Answered on 12/30/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
              • A:

                I wonder if customer care even reads the question!
                Try wrapping top terminals in electrical tape if it's a major concern, bit generally it will never contact the hood unless in an accident.

                Answered on 11/18/2014 by nick the car guy from Ohio
              • A:

                The correct answer is... If you purchase the battery with only the side post connections, you have nothing to worry about. However, if for some reason you want the dual post configuration, the battery comes with little covers on the top posts. Just leave them on. If you are dealing with a used battery that is missing those covers, I suggest trying to snag some covers, somewhere you might find new batteries on display :)

                Answered on 4/22/2015 by Camaroguy from Wichita, KS
            • Q:

              What is the life of this batter?
              Asked on 10/26/2012 by Tom from VA

              1 answer

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                This Optima Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA (Part No. 34/78-980) comes with 3 years replacement warranty. There is no predetermined amount of battery life. So many variables come into play that it really depends on the situation at hand. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                Answered on 10/27/2012 by Steve from AAP
            • Q:

              Can this battery with stand High vibrations?
              Asked on 9/5/2012 by greg from At my desk in Pa Shippensburg 17257

              1 answer

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                This Optima Batteries RedTop Starting Battery (Part No. 34/78-980) provides 15x the vibration resistance of a traditional battery. It is ideal for trucks, SUV's, luxury cars, hot rods, off-road vehicles and other applications that require a leak-proof starting-only battery. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                Answered on 9/5/2012 by Steve from AAP
            • Q:

              What is the replacement warranty on optima batteries?
              Asked on 5/29/2011 by HYMIE from GA

              2 answers

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                Your warranty begins the day you purchase the battery, and expires at the end of the warranty period printed on your original receipt and Order Confirmation email, or when you sell your vehicle, whichever occurs first. This warranty cannot be transferred to anyone at any time.

                Answered on 6/3/2011 by DIY Daniel from AAP
              • A:

                And the AAP answer is a non-answer. If you are shopping for a battery you do not have receipt for the battery YOU ARE GOING TO BUY.

                I too would like to know what the warranty is on an Optima battery.

                Answered on 11/2/2013 by UnhappyWithThePreviousAnswer from Houston
            • Q:

              if i buy this battery for my vette will i have to make any altercations to get to fit
              Asked on 8/31/2010 by befo from canfield,ohio

              5 answers

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                Depends on which sides the terminals are on your Corvette Battery

                Answered on 8/31/2010 by Mike from AAP
              • A:

                you shouldn't provided you get the correct group size.

                Answered on 10/11/2010 by Astrovan man from Culloden, WV
              • A:

                Altercations? No. I've never known a battery to start a fight.

                Answered on 2/27/2011 by Merriam Webster from http://www.merriam-webster.com/
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I don't believe you will have any problems with the fit if you purchase your new battery that is the same Group/Size as your existing battery and has the same terminal configuration (top/side). Optima should have a battery that matches the Group/size of your Vette's OEM battery.

                Answered on 9/3/2010 by Md_Al from Severna Park, MD
              • A:

                I installed the 34D Yellow top in my '89 vert without any modification whatsoever. Worked like a charm and had more then enough power to start up as well as power my audio setup (Alpine 4 channel and MTX single sub amp).

                Answered on 1/17/2013 by NealWM from Studio City, CA
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