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Kirkland Signature 12865
Kirkland Signature-12865Car battery-image
Approximate retail price:
$60
Summary: This model has been tested by our experts.
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Type: Group 35 car batteries
About - Kirkland Signature 12865

The Kirkland Signature 12865 is part of the car battery test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, car battery models like the 12865 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

Sold exclusively through the Costco warehouse club. Membership to the store is required before you purchase.

Features & Specs - Kirkland Signature 12865
info Handle Yes
info Has removable caps Yes
info Claimed CCA 640
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User Reviews - Kirkland Signature 12865
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Great Batteries
11/5/2013
Pros
Long life
Power Capacity
Warranty
Cons
Installation
Best Uses
Car
Truck
Comment:
I have been very happy with Kirkland, i am always very detailed in my own research in to replacement parts for my cars price does not tell the whole story but as far as a cost to value ratio the Costco batteries are some of the best.<br /><br />One thing to note is for any battery check the manufacturer, i used to get Interstate batteries made by Johnson Controls but one year the ones on the shelf were made by Exide i think but either way were not the Johnson's units so be informed about the differences don't just trust brand sticker but check the plastic cases for the imprint of manufacturer.<br /><br />First off most all led acid batteries are manufactured by 3 or 4 companies (Delphi, Exide, and Johnson Controls) then branded and sold by a retailer. Costco does not make the batteries they are Johnson Controls product which is a very solid product. the difference now is the retailer experience which Costco provides a very nice warranty and hassle free exchange although you must be a member to shop/enjoy these values. <br /><br />Second is there is the warranty with is very very nice to have from Costco, if you happen to get the 1 or 2 bad units they always replace them and the warranty is the best across all of the retailers, most don't even do 72months any more and they only prorate where Costco does 100% replacement.<br /><br />Last great positive is Costco stocks some higher rated batteries then most, for my F350 diesel the battery provided by the local auto place was only a 750cca Costco is a 1000cca. When they order from Johnsons, they have several options within each group rating, most stores get the minimum rating because they are less expensive and most consumers thing a group 35 is the same across the board, i can not find 1000cca batteries for my truck anywhere but costco.<br /><br />The only negative is they will not install the batteries for some reason, they will hand it to you and you can go in the parking lot and put it in, and bring the old one back inside which sucks to do especially in the rain at night when you have things to do but if you bring the correct tools with you it will only take 2-3 minutes and is a small price to pay to get the best battery in the business.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Kirkland Battery Lasted Almost 10 years!
3/14/2012
Pros
Great reserve capacity
Long life
Low Price
Cons
none
Best Uses
Comment:
In December of 2002 I purchased my first Kirkland battery. Today March 14, 2012, that battery finally failed. It still started my car, but its reserve capacity was gone. Why pay $180 for a DieHard or $135 for anything else? My replacement battery at Costco was [$]! You can't beat that price anywhere and it's a darn good battery. By the way, I check the water level in the battery at every oil change. Add distilled water...not tap water.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Another bad Kirkland battery
2/26/2012
Pros
price
Cons
Don't last
Warranty
Best Uses
Comment:
My dad put a Kirkland battery in his truck at my suggestion based on CR recommendation. It has been less than 3 years and the battery would not hold a charge. Also, we found out that the warranty is only valid if you are a member still at [@] in which my father no longer was but we still had the reciept. Thankfully they replaced the battery after some haggling but would not warrant the new battery they gave us to replace it with. No more Kirkland batteries for us. CR needs to note this about the Warranty in the reviews.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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