The Battery

If you’re a total baller then get these:

Group 34 Odyssey battery

Odyssey 34-PC1500T Automotive and LTV Battery

Odyssey Batteries are crazy awesome and crazy expensive. ($285 for the one linked above that you would want for your FJ60). Another option is Optima batteries. These have been a goto off-roaders for years. There seems to be mixed reviews about them on the web, but they are still a popular choice.

Optima 8002-002-FFP RedTop Group 34 Starting Battery

Optima 8002-002-FFP RedTop Group 34 Starting Battery

These suckers aren’t quite as expensive as the Odysseys. They are going to run you around $175 to $200 depending on whether you go for the Red Top (above) or the Deep Cycle Yellow Top.

Another option is the DieHard Platinum Series batteries. These batteries seem to have a great reputation and have even won the coveted Popular Mechanics Readers’ Choice Award for 2012 (I actually have know idea if this award really means anything or is actually coveted). These will probably set you back at least 200 big ones. Interestingly, I didn’t see any of the plain old group 34s on the Sears website, which is probably what you would want for a 60. They did have the 34/78DT which would probably work. Another popular choice is the group 65. The 65s are bigger than what is normal for an FJ60. They also have slightly higher power ratings and weigh about 7 pounds more.

For my 60 I went with a DieHard Platinum. In the end I think I decided on this one because it was less expensive than an Odyssey, overall the reviews seemed to be more positive than for the Optimas, and I like that I could walk into a Sears and pick them up or return them if I had any issues. I’ve had mine for almost two years and I haven’t had any problems.

All of the batteries listed above employ similar technology to deal with the vibrations and climate conditions that we sometimes put our Land Cruisers through. To be honest I am not sure what differentiates these batteries or what make one really that much better than the other for any particular situation. You would probably be fine with any of the choices above .

Whichever brand you decide on, get two of them. How else are you going to be able to power a winch, a bunch of lights, GPS, computer, and air compressor at the same time? And once you have two batteries you are going to need a few more things to setup a dual battery system.

The Setup

First of all, without a doubt get some of these suckers: Stainless Steal Dual Battery Trays. I have these and I love them. Once you have these you’ll need to wire it all up. There are a few good options for accomplishing this task. The cheapest method is to get a manual three-way switch that allows you to use the batteries separately or together. A popular choice is the Blue Sea Systems 9001e e-Series Battery Switch Selector. The more expensive and awesomer option is the get a dual battery system like either the IBS Dual Battery System or the National Luna Dual Battery System.

What are your thoughts on battery choices and dual battery setups. Leave a comment.