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I was on the road all week, for three days of meetings in Long Beach, CA. It was quite a let down to come back to cold and snow Friday night.

Winter Day at Smiths FallsI went out to the airport this afternoon to clear the snow from in front of the hangar and get a short flight off. But, despite a lengthy preheat, the engine did not crank strongly, and I never got it started before the battery expired. I fear that I have once again been afflicted by the recent woes that have caused many RV owners with Odyssey batteries to complain. The older Odysseys had a very good service record, with most users getting many good years of service. The newer ones seem to work for a year or so, then suddenly lose most of their capacity.

I don’t have time now to research other options, so I’ve ordered another Odyssey, which should arrive this week. I’ll look into other batteries that are physically compatible, and have good reviews, in case this happens again.

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  • Hi Kevin, that mirrors my experience with the Odyssey batteries. I longer use them and have found the Full River brand to be far superior. I use them in all my aircraft, hot-rods and motorcycles.
    The PC680 equivalent is the FR HC20

  • Thanks for the info Martin. I hadn't heard of Full River before. It looks like they are distributed in Canada, so I should be able to get them. I'll try a FR HC20 next time.

  • Hi there,
    Congratulations on your recent (and failed!) retirement. My PC680 recently failed a load test so i'll be replacing with a HR HC20 ordered from Total Battery. However they tell me it will be a 2-3 months before I receive it.

  • Normand,

    Sorry to read about your battery woes. I'm not claiming my PC680 is any better than yours, but you can borrow it if you need a battery before you get your new one. My aircraft will be out of service for another couple of months, so I don't need a battery in it.

  • Thanks for the offer Kevin, I may take you up on it if my battery fails to crank the engine... I haven't tried it yet, but plan to this weekend, to get the oil pressure up prior to first engine start, then will try cranking the engine for real.