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Interstate Mega-Tron II MT-24
 
Approximate retail price:
$105
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Type: Group 24 & 24F car batteries
About - Interstate Mega-Tron II MT-24

The Interstate Mega-Tron II MT-24 is part of the car battery test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, car battery models like the Mega-Tron II MT-24 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Life:
Life test measures how a battery endures repeated charge-and-discharge cycles at hot-climate engine-compartment temperatures. The more cycles endured while maintaining a higher voltage, the higher the score.

Reserve capacity:
Reserve capacity estimates how long batteries can run a car if the charging system fails.

CCA:
CCA performance reflects voltage at our load of half the average claimed CCA for each group size after cranking for 15 seconds at 0ยบ F. We charged batteries at the 14.5 volts that vehicles typically supply, rather than the higher voltage that manufacturers use. Batteries charged at the lower voltage met BCI voltage standards for a fully charged battery.
About This Brand

Available at a number of auto parts stores, repair shops, and online.

Features & Specs - Interstate Mega-Tron II MT-24
info Handle No
info Has removable caps Yes
info Claimed CCA 600
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User Reviews - Interstate Mega-Tron II MT-24
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5.0
I'm very happy
4/2/2014
Pros
No Trouble For 65 Years
Cons
When It Died It Died Qui
Best Uses
Comment:
I use it in my '98 Honda Prelude, in NW Alabama. Very hot in the summer, winters mostly moderate but this year we had three periods when temp. got down to 5.<br /><br />Battery has worked perfectly for 6.5 years. Then one day it wouldn't start the car, it would barely crank. AAA to the rescue. Battery place pro-rated the battery, giving me credit for the 9 months left on the 75 month warranty.<br /><br />I am delighted with the battery, replaced it with 85 month warranty model.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
interstate - a poor choice
3/9/2014
Pros
Cons
Consistently Failed Early
Best Uses
Comment:
I have had experience with Interstate batteries with 2 cars. Each of them failed early (long before the warranty expired). Each was maintained properly. They are the most heavily advertised and have the widest distribution network - and they are junk.<br />Also, my new whole house Generac generator came with an Interstate Mega-Tron and it recently failed at 22 months.<br />I'm beginning to lose confidence in Consumer Reports testing. Many of their acclaimed products are trashed in user reviews when the products are in a real world environment. I've had much better luck with Delco batteries.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Good Battery
1/15/2014
Pros
Good Crank Power
Long Lasting
Repair Shop Installs
Sold Through Repair Shops
Cons
none
Best Uses
Light Trucks
Comment:
I used battery I my 1995 Ford Ranger. The battery has lasted over 8 years with only checking battery and adding water and washing battery off once a year. Battery always started with little cranking. Battery never leaked water. Battery held up well. I live in the Mojave Desert 100 miles south of Death Valley. Temps are 30 degrees in winter, and 114 in summer. And battery held up fine running A/C in the summer and heater in the winter. One nice thing about an Interstate battery they are sold at Auto Repair Shops and they installed for you at no extra charge saving me the hassle of taking my old battery back to the store for recycling.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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