Originally Posted by Island Mike
I presently work in a Marine store, our rep for batteries informed me that there are only 3 companies that actually make batteries...If that is true many of the off name batteries must be made by the same company?
On Tivoli we use Trojans and have been very happy, 5 years and going strong..
Your battery rep is either misinformed or just plain lying to you.
I hear & see statements like this bantered around as fact often, and while close, it is not quite true. While there are only a hand full of US makers left there are other choices than just Trojan & Exide or Trojan & Johnson Controls..
- Stand alone brand builds there own batteries in three US plants. Excellent quality used by many golf courses and in industrial vehicles.
- Builds their batteries in the US
- US maker of batteries for many name brands like Sears' DieHard, Auto Zone's Duralast, Wal*Mart's EverStart & MAXX Marine, Motorcraft, Optima, etc..
- Makes Exide and many other "brands" here in the US
- Small US battery maker who builds under their own brand and also does much private labeling. Builds a very good quality 6V GC2 battery.
- Nova Scotia
maker of very high quality deep cycle batteries. Used to be in NH.
- Another large independent US battery maker located in PA. They make the batteries for American Battery, West Marine and many others.
- Independent family
owned maker of batteries in California
- Independent manufacturer in Ohio
The above list is of actual makers, who have factories, & build batteries for themselves and other brands in the US or Canada
(Rolls/Surette). There are probably a few more I missed but a large number of the batteries are made by that list..
If you want to go to over seas you'll find Vision in China
as the worlds larges sealed lead acid battery maker, GS Yuasa and many, many more that are also imported here with a list far too long to compile.
By the way as far as I can tell good old American made AC Delco batteries are now imported by Powermax and made in Ningbo, China!