Please make sure you read the second part of this thread (the testing part)
So i finally got around to taking pics of my MMP lightweight battery mount.
Going this route saved me 25lbs off the very front of my car, and i've ended up with a bullet-proof mount (not some crappy J-hook solution, imho).
The mount bolts in to the stock mounting position, and as a result you can switch from regular battery to lightweight battery simply be unbolting the two terminals, and removing the one mount bolt (very slick indeed).
The mount itself is built so that the battery slides down into it. Its welded aluminum which is powder coated black (obviously)
i have a lot of extra wiring here due to my relays and stereo install (which takes away from how clean this mount is)
the second part.... i.e. the testing
So the thing that some people may notice is the battery. It looks the exact same as the Braille battery that is commonly sold by various companies for around $175US. However the battery that i have is a DEKA ETX14. If you put it side by side with a Braille you'll notice that they're the exact same casing. If you weight them, you'll notice that they weigh the exact same, and if you look at the schematic that has been posted for the Braille, you'll notice that it's simply a cut and cropped version of the one from the Deka brochure and website. Why is this important? Because the Deka battery is sold nationally for $59US
It is my belief that the Braille battery is simply a re-badged ETX14 (this is a common practice in the aftermarket battery industry). I however am not a battery expert. So all i could do is visually evaulate the two batteries, test them, and talk to experts about the two side by side.
What I've found out.
DEKA is the manufacturer of the Braille labeled battery - fact.
the Braille and the Deka etx14 are the exact same box - fact.
the Braille and the Deka are the same design (based off of the schematic)
the Braille and the Deka weigh the exact same - 11.4 lbs - fact
the Deka tests the same as what the Braille is claimed to test at - 360-400CCA- fact.
The only piece of the puzzle that was unfortunate when we went to do the testing, was that the Braille battery that was charged yesterday was dead. This happens with batteries, i would have just liked to have had it working properly. However i have been told that the Braille will test at 360-400CCA under normal testing conditions.When i have tested a Braille, this is around where it tested (it was actually a bit lower)
Here are some pics that were taken today. I've tested or been part of the testing of several of these batteries, these are just the results from two of them.
I'd love to hear proof of why a Braille is worth triple of what the DEKA sells for, however so far i haven't been able to find any PROOF of that.
Here are some pics from today's testing.
close up of the meter.
2nd deka battery tested today(another etx14)
and again, a close up of the meter.
While we were there, we also tested a 15lb battery from DEKA. I've heard a rumour that Braille is releasing a 15lb battery.... I wonder if this is the battery they'll be selling.
the Deka ETX20L (this one had been sitting on a shelf since July, and would have test higher if it was newer).
So that is what i've seen/tested so far.
Again, i am not an expert on batteries, I'm just a vortex member/enthusiast who wanted to dig a bit deeper on this.
Here is a link that gave me a lot of insight and information on batteries.
Perhaps someone from Braille will add something to this thread about what makes their Deka battery different (and worth triple the price).
If not, I've just educated everyone on here how to save 25lbs from the front of their car for $60.
Modified by TBT-Syncro at 9:33 AM 9-8-2008