Black Panther batteries, now known as "Odyssey batteries"

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From gti-vr6-owner at cobra dot ccsi.com Wed Jan 6 02:27 CST 1999
From: David Kim <glxvr6 at ibm dot net>
To: DGTIVR6 at aol dot com
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Optima Batteries or Black Panther Batteries
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 1999 02:59:15 -0500
Cc: nguyenk at washpost dot com, gti-vr6 at dev dot tivoli.com
 

Khoi,

I recently swapped out my stock battery for the Black Panther 800 and am
rather happy with the decision. As DGTIVR6 said the Black Panther 800
is significantly lighter than the stock and Optima batteries. In
addition, a little peace of mind is retained as the fabled factory
battery will not have a chance to call it quits. I purchased the Black
Panther 800 from Jeg's High Performance (800) 345-4545 for $139.99 +
$5.95 for delivery.

Hope this helps,

David Kim
1997 Vento GLX
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From gti-vr6-owner at cobra dot ccsi.com Fri Feb 26 20:37 CST 1999
From: "Bob C." <RACERBOB at email dot msn.com>
To: "All GTI VR6 List Members" <gti-vr6 at cobra dot ccsi.com>
Subject: [gti-vr6] Black Panther Batteries
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 21:33:19 -0500
 

Funny that this thread resumed today. I just received my Black Panther 800
from Jeg's 800 345-4545. Catalog # 506 BP-800MJ.
Only 155.48 including shipping to FL.
The battery is simply a work of art. It measures 6 15/16" deep by 6 9/16"
wide by 5 5/8" high including posts. It weighs in at 24 lbs. The entire
battery (except the top 1/2") is encased in a steel jacket. The posts are
high quality, brass alloy with knurled perimeter to keep the cables clamps
from slipping. The posts are also tapped at the top with Heli-coil inserts
for threads. There is no provision for hold downs. It may require a top
mounted bar or frame as a hold down.They refer to it as a "dry cell,
deep-cycle, sealed-valve regulated starved electrolyte battery". Will post
my attempted install sometime in the near future. I have to work all day
Saturday. Right now, I think I'm gonna WAX it!

Bob C. -



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From gti-vr6-owner at cobra dot ccsi.com Fri Feb 26 23:54 CST 1999
From: David Kim <glxvr6 at ibm dot net>
To: Clayton <clayton at wa dot freei.net>
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Nice batteries???
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 00:46:25 -0500
 

Clayton,

the Optima batteries are about the same size as the stock battery. On
the other hand the Black Panther 800 battery, a completely dry cell
battery, is almost half the size of the stock battery. I purchased my
Black Panther 800 through Jegs (800) 345-4545 for $139.95. I believe
more information is at their webpage: www.blackpanther.com

Hope this helps,

David Kim
1997 Vento GLX


>
> A little while back there was some talk about some kind of nice little
> battery, I think it was called an Optima. They are kinda small, but
> supposed to be real nice. Can someone e-mail me the information on
> those, along with the pricing they found and that one mail order place
> that sold them pretty cheap? I need to get a batt soon.
> Thanks,
> Clayton Petree
>
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From sentto-1978415-612-992750963-aqn=panix.com at returns dot onelist.com Sun Jun 17 00:09:24 2001
From: <aqn at panix dot com>
To: centexVWaudi at yahoogroups dot com (mailing list - Austin VW)
Subject: [centexVWaudi] My Black Panther battery
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2001 00:09:21 -0400 (EDT)
 

Hey guys,

It was a fun meeting today.

Anyway, re. my Black Panther battery: I mentioned that I *thought*
that they had a name change. A bit of research showed that
they're now Odyssey Batteries: http://www.odysseybatteries.com/
According to this URL:

http://www.woti.org/dated_archives/1999/v01.n2069

"In 1997 Odyssey formed the Black Panther division with
Chrischell Automotive Products in Highlands Ranch, CO."

So it looks like the Black Panther division is now wholly within
Odyssey, hence the batteries are known as Odyssey batteries.

Also, I got mine from Jeg's (http://www.jegs.com/) for
$one-hundred-something I think. I don't remember exactly how
much, only that it was a good deal cheaper than an Optima red
top, at the time.

Jeg's currently sells Odyssey 925 (about the same as what I have)
for $160, and Optima red tops for $130 apiece.

Another tidbit: I bought my Black Panther/Odyssey back in the
early part of 1999. I have not used it until this week! In the
interim, I charged it on an automotive charger overnight every
three-six months or so. When I finally put it in the car yesterday,
it cranked the car right up!

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