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30% off Century Ultra Hi Performance 4x4 and Deep Cycle Batteries $194.99 (Was $279.99) @ Supercheap Auto


Saw this 30% off deal on Century batteries just on time while looking for a battery for my vehicle.

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  • Doesn't fit my vehicle. Dang. Honda CRV. Maybe for 4x4 only, the vehicle fit tool on the website is quite good.

  • I used these last century, they were pretty good.

  • These any good for battery boxes to take camping?

    • had the same question. Would this be any good to take for my Engel fridge?


      • I'd go an AGM deep cycle over a lead acid for an engel. More expensive but will last longer and less potential to die.

        • thank you kind sir!

        • +1 on that, I have one of the ultra-hi performance batteries as a starter but run an AGM (Optima but there are others out there) for auxiliary items like Engel and lighting etc.
          These batteries (the Century) don't like too many cycles of discharge before you lose capacity.
          AGM is built for discharge and recharge cycles.

        • do u need a different battery charger than the ctek ones that are often recommended here or nah to do the agm ones?

          • @Zachary: No. Any good quality multi-stage charger will do.

            • @Possumbly: But you need a different one to charge lithium ion and nickel calcium or nickel magnesium batteries? Or let me guess, you can still use the same ctek chargers that were meant specifically for lead acid batteries but will work on any other battery types, lead acid, agm, lithium ion, nickel calcium or magnesium, you name it!

              • @Zachary: AGM is essentially still LA so my answer stands. But why guess, why not do the research yourself? It should take all of half an hour, or 5 minutes if you only want to know what these CTEKs can charge (manual is online).

                What you should find is that typical 12V chargers are made for commonly found mass-market batteries - mostly LA, flooded or otherwise. Some later/more expensive 12V chargers ALSO have algorithms for Li ion (LiFePO4). You'll likely need a separate charger for any other 12V chemistry.

      • No. AGM or LiFePO4 ("lithium") is your answer. LA batteries don't like to be discharged/recharged regularly.

        Most car batteries have a relatively small aH capacity (this one is 85aH). Depending on how long you're "off grid", how hot it is (hence how often your fridge will be powering on) and what else you want to power, 100 aH would be a minimum for AGM. There are many variables which affect your fridge's power draw (ambient temp, fridge insulation, size, compressor quality, how you pack, how often the fridge is opened, how much air is inside the fridge - less is better, where it's located etc) but if you estimate around 25-30 amps per day you won't be far wrong.

        Lithium can be run to "0" capacity regularly (BMS will ensure it's not actually zero) but it's better to recharge at 20% of capacity, while AGM's generally perform best if not taken below about 40% - so 40aH cut off for a 100aH battery. Therefore you can get away with a smaller lithium, generally speaking. Good lithiums are more expensive than an AGM but last longer, are lighter, and are more flexible.

        Personally for a battery box/fridge setup I'd look at something like a Solar King 100aH lithium for about $630.

        • If that lithium price shocked you here are a couple of decent AGMs:
          Power AGM 135aH $270
          Fullriver AGM 129aH ~$440

          Fullriver AGMs are very highly rated by buyers.

        • You also need to make sure (so people understand) to run a proper BMS that will deal with that battery chemistry, you can't just connect these off the main battery and think all will be OK either!

          • @91rs: It really is quite simple with a battery box and a decent LiFePO4 battery but I agree it's wise to do some research before you buy. There are plenty of youtube videos and in-depth articles on battery boxes, battery and charging options, and connecting fridges etc.
            eg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD8RFaQ6J3Q

            In-vehicle dual battery systems on the other hand need a much more complex - and expensive - management setup

    • You would be better off using a Deep Cycle battery for that and then you shouldn’t allow it to get below 50% of charge if you want it to last.
      Make sure the battery you choose is fully sealed you don’t want it leaking if you 4wd also.

      Solar panels are cheap enough these days to keep the charge up in your battery box..


  • For what it's worth, this is pretty close to SCA's staff pricing and Century batteries have worked well for me.

    A lot of comments in previous Century ozb posts say to check out Bunnings for car batteries though

  • Recommend these batteries over the cheap Autobarn Supercharge ones any day of the week if you have ANY electrical aftermarket devices in your vehicle.

    • Err going to say the opposite based on my experience - especially deep cycle marine…as always YMMV

      • Yeah i had 2 supercharge batteries die on me in as many years. Car is driven twice a week. The aftermarket rearview camera was draining it dead, at least that was my guess. The retail guys behind the counter at autobarn and supercheap couldn't offer any better explanation.

  • For batteries, don't forget to ring Costco if you have the membership. I am looking for a XDIN55MF battery.

    Most places are selling this battery for ~$180. Called Costco, they quoted $122.

  • From my past experience, you could insert your car model also to add the battery fitment service for the same price as $194.99 with extra $15 discount.

    • They wouldn't touch mine because it has fuse. Apparently, their company policy prohibits them from providing battery fitment service on any cars with fuse on the battery.
      Actually glad they didn't do it. It's so dead easy. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

      • OK. I have not got a fuse. I did as fitment service included old battery recycling as well.

        • If you bring in a battery to be like "I need this model", theyll take the old one anyways.

        • People actually pay for old car batteries as they have recyclable value. Used to get $10 the guy who used to show up to my workshop offering $ for batteries. Either way disposing of them shouldn't be an issue.

  • I bought similarly priced century battery recently during the recent 30% off sale. Paid with GC which got me further 8% off and also got $20 store credit.

    Looking at Bunnings, the Exide batteries seem very competitive in terms of pricing and spec?

    I guess only time will tell how good century batteries are for me, but so far so good.

    • Lol Century is way better than Bunnings elo cheapos. Unless they are like 30-50% of the price not worth.

      • The exide extreme have a 40 month replacement warranty and still work out cheaper.

        • I'm a bit biased to this brand having owned 3 and been impressed each time, I don't know Exide quality but honestly the warranty is a moot point. My Century Hi Performance had 36 months (they're 30 now) but you'll get 10 years if you look after them. And if they're a defect they'll probably die much sooner than 30/36/40 months anyway. So I wouldn't worry too much about that. I'd expect more than 40 months out of any battery I buy.

        • Exide used to make marshall. I rate exide. Looking at the ones in the bunning rack they appear to be good quality and well backed. I bought a made in korea neuton power for $109 recently which I thought was good but on the way home i picked up some stuff from bunnings and noticed the exide stand and the equivalent at $140. I had buyers remorse. I would rate century lower than neuton power. Still for a NS70 top grade this century from bricks and mortar is still a deal.

    • Yeah see my post below. Don't cheap out on batteries. I've gotten >10 years out of 2 Century batteries and the 3rd is probably still running but that car has been sold. I wouldn't be confident cheaper no-name will be getting the job done in 2030. Unless the saving is close to 50%, it's a false economy.

  • Normal price must be pretty jacked up.

    When I was looking for a battery last month, I found my local Total Tools to be the cheapest.
    Their normal price for a Century N70ZZLMF is $179.

    Supercheap only slightly cheaper at $174.99 with 30% off (Reg $249.99)

  • I almost needed one of these the other day. My battery got drained from leaving lights on, but my trusty CTEK MXS 5.0 has brought it back to full health!

    FWIW this is the only brand I use. I typically get 10 years out of them, having a smart charger will pay for itself in short time. During COVID when we weren't using our cars I plugged mine in for example. A little TLC will buy you another 3-5 years on these easily. I have never had a Century fail inside 10 years.

    Don't cheap out on batteries folks, false economy unless your selling your car soon, someone else's problem then I guess.

    EDIT: Interesting it states 30 months warranty. I just checked mine (Ultra Hi Performance) I bought 7 yrs ago, it had 36 months warranty. Although, these will never die inside of 3 years anyway unless its a defect or you completely neglect it.

    EDIT2: A tip, if you plan on keeping your car long term is I like to buy a higher capacity battery than my car requires (provided it physically fits). Costs more but it'll see less drain especially on those winter cold starts / short trips and generally last a bit longer over the course of its life. This does come at a premium $ of course.

  • How do the RAC/NRMA batteries compare? Are they any good? Anyone know where they source their batteries from? They seem pretty competitive on price.

    • at least a few years ago the NRMA one we got was a century. but it died this week. SCA had 25% of regular century batteries until yesterday

    • Beer goggles? ;-)

      Similar specs, Century is Au made. Both have very solid reputations. Generally it's not the battery's fault if it fails early.

      • I remember you from last time when you got salty. I've been using the Exide which has been better for me on a variety of metrics. I don't value where it's made, as long as it's performance and value do well. I'm really sorry if I did offend you last time.

        EDIT: Looking at the deal it still seem bunnings comes out cheaper, even with the sale for the similar spec unit?


        • Funny, I don't remember you, probably for good reason looking at your comment above.

          • @Possumbly: Your bad memory and posting seem to continue lol.

            • @Kranbone: Yes I try to forget drivel quickly.

              • @Possumbly: Explains why you forget your own rubbish posts :)

                • @Kranbone: Explanations like that are suggestive of multiple misfiring neurons. Try a different charging algorithm maybe?

                  • @Possumbly: Funny that, you seem to always post a lot of drivel, get into a lot of winded arguments and always want to have the last word.

                    • @Kranbone: Odd that you'd think your mentality was unique. Any cursory check of comments on this website should have told you otherwise.

                      • @Possumbly: Your last comment proves you need mental help, just like the many, many arguments before you. It also proves you can't help yourself and need to have the final say.

                        Message me your location, I can help find you a psychiatrist.

                        • @Kranbone:

                          Your last comment proves you need mental help

                          Does it really? Rest assured, your 'type' is not uncommon on forums, nor here.

                          • @Possumbly:

                            Does it really? Rest assured, your 'type' is not uncommon on forums, nor here.

                            …and people such as yourself with their argumentative, arrogant behaviour and egos are not uncommon either.

                            You still want the last word :)

                            • @Kranbone: Are you obsessed with the last word thing or do you really think that such a puerile strategy actually works? So you don't like your opinion being challenged, nothing new there in certain demographics in my experience.

                              • @Possumbly: I think it's you that is obsessed with having the last word. You have a long list of petty disagreements where you always have the last say. The fact that you keep replying shows just proves me correct and shows what a fragile man you are.

                                • @Kranbone: Petty in your little mind maybe. If your interpretation of pettiness is calling out bs like yours and alphaoasis' (I looked back), guilty as charged. If petty is calling out clearly invented and hyperbolic opinions abut vegans, double guilty. If pettiness involves exposing conservative tosh - put it up in flashing lights. Your puerile upvote of the sad little vegan comment below tells me all I need to know about your mentality.

                • @Kranbone: LOL Vegan alert.

                  • @Faulty P xel: Lol did I put your quaint little world on tilt temporarily? I'm a vegan or your intellect is immature? Long odds on the latter.

                    • @Possumbly:

                      Lol did I put your quaint little world on tilt temporarily? I'm a vegan or your intellect is immature? Long odds on the latter.

                      Jeez you're salty and argumentative. Can't let something go and always spiteful. You're the immature one.

                      • @Kranbone: Thankfully opinions often change with maturity and life experience but at least acknowledge your current shortcomings - on this website you are what you support, and you've supported arrant nonsense about SCA and twisted hyperbolic tosh about vegans. Perhaps you can be forgiven for not understanding what you vote for, perhaps you're simply a naive follower.

                        • @Possumbly: Well if opinions change with maturity and life experience you must be very new and young. I don't need forgiveness, especially from you. The only thing needed is mental help,… for you.

                      • @Faulty P xel: Couldn't find any saggy-titted vegans? Odd but I haven't read about aggressive and boisterous vegans recently. Perhaps they're all in lockdown? You didn't answer my question on the other thread - what town did these incessant incidents of vegans blocking your way and upsetting your baby occur in again? Not Newcastle surely? If I were you I'd keep a close eye out for a deal on perspective.

                          • @Faulty P xel: What, you can't remember when and where your harassment by foul-mouthed saggy-titted vegans occurred? I thought you said it was an ongoing problem for you? Old saying in legal circles - the more hyperbolic the lie, the easier it is to break down. Any more news for us on that "climate cult" thing or did you manage to read some elementary climate change facts for kids since you posted?

                            • @Possumbly: Why are you always picking fights with users Possumbly?

                              • @Kranbone: I'm beginning to suspect some combination of a lack of animal protein and ingestion of soy products adversely affects brain chemistry.

                                But yes, it became obvious once he began sprinkling little 'knowledge gems', that he's been researching my old messages like some crazy stalking ex-girlfriend, lol! So he's either here deliberately trolling to amuse himself (only posting the occasional 'genuine' comment in order to appear genuine and 'fly under the radar' of mods), or, it's unintentional, and he's sadly unaware of his inappropriate misanthropic behaviour.

                                (I say sadly, because I've known a few people who displayed the same behavior. They invariably wind up shunned, alone, blaming the the world for what they themselves caused.)

                                He reminds me very much of one guy in a car forum. Copious mechanical knowledge, always helping out mates in his little inner circle, but terrible with those who don't suck-up and worship him (mainly because they want their cars fixed for cheap, lol). He doesn't heed the warnings from his long-suffering wife, risking his marriage and future access to his kids.

                                Anyway from what I've seen so far, this guy is 100% conscious and deliberate in his trolling. e.g. Purposefully changing one word, to fabricate the reverse intent of what was actually said, to make himself seem morally superior. He's merely a big-mouthed child. Hence the "Aw, shuddup!" videos. They align with his stunted mentallity.

                                • @Faulty P xel: You appear to suspect a lot of things which have no basis in reality. Problem is you then start to think they're real and want to tell the world, believing you'll get support from similarly limited/juvenile people, or at least not be called to account for what are ludicrous, hyperbolic and puerile opinions. It's a common modern affliction most often found - or recognised to be more accurate - in conspiracy theorists, but there are many other examples among anti-science and post-truth afficionados. Upset that you got called out for your childish and obviously invented claims about vegans? Suck it up, and grow up is my suggestion. Better still, as I've already suggested do some reading before you splash your narrow minded opinions about.

                                  Purposefully changing one word, to fabricate the reverse intent of what was actually said, to make himself seem morally superior.

                                  The word you're looking for is purposely but that aside, throw me a bone and provide an example of my "fabrication". You've "invented" plenty of stuff in your childish diatribes about vegans so it should be easy enough to recognise what you believe is mine. I won't hold my breath - you're still searching for that elusive and illusive town/world where saggy-titted vegans are a huge social problem.

                                  I'm still not clear what you meant when you wrote "cult of climate" on that meat deal. As an all-embracing, universal human-lover (okay, with the exception of vegans) how about you share your insights into that "cult" so we can rise to your level of wisdom. Insects as a potential/alternative human food source is hardly a new phenomenon, although as you know (cough) we'd better get cracking before we wipe even more of them out.

                                  You (plural) might want to have a little think about who's trolling who here? You both followed me onto this deal and have added nothing at all to the deal while expecting me to not respond to your childish provocations? Perhaps you were being ironic.

                                    • @Faulty P xel: I think he likes the sound of his own voice.

                                      • @Kranbone: His favourite word is 'puerile' anyway (which of course = every person on the planet who doesn't agree with, or kiss his rear). That was about where I fell asleep. Zzzz. Pouting infant. A perfect candidate to go vegan. (He'd slot in quite well with most of the ones I've met.)

                                        • @Faulty P xel: Having difficulty finding the "fabrications" you accused me of, or did Fido eat your homework again? If you're going to have a crack have the courage to do it to my face so to speak, not via addressing your slobbering cohort. How's the research on the "cult of the climate" going? About as well as the thesis on animal sentience and evidence of your claims about constant vegan harassment I'm betting. Invention for effect rarely works, as you've demonstrated so expertly.

                                          • @Possumbly: Aw, shuddup. You know full well you deliberately altered my words slightly, but so it completely changed the intent of what I'd said in order to amuse your yourself. You're not drawing me in because you're bored and have offended so many other people on here no-one else wants to engage with you.

                                            • @Faulty P xel: Dunning-Kruger alert. Dog didn't cough up your homework I presume? I didn't alter anything, your obviously made-up bs and PUERILE vilification of vegans was repeated many times, including your first comment in this deal - unless I'm misreading your intent here. I doubt it, but here's the chance to explain your intent. The floor's all yours - what did you suspect you meant when you wrote the trite "vegan alert". Your sycophant, who unsurprisingly "stands behind" his comments and votes, can weigh in with how he interpreted it if he likes.

                                              • @Possumbly:

                                                Your sycophant, who unsurprisingly "stands behind" his comments and votes, can weigh in with how he interpreted it if he likes.

                                                I've already weighed in and deem you fragile and in dire need of mental help. You should practise those reading skills :)

                                                unless I'm misreading your intent here.

                                                Probably like a lot of things.

                                                The floor's all yours

                                                Judging by your previous comment history, I highly doubt it.

                                      • @Kranbone: Let me guess - one of your most profound thoughts since high school?

                                        • @Possumbly:

                                          Let me guess - one of your most profound thoughts since high school?

                                          I (as well as others) are laughing at just how fragile you are. You just can't let things go. So petty.

                                          Speaking of thoughts, maybe you should seek help?

                                          You (plural) might want to have a little think about who's trolling who here? You both followed me onto this deal and have added nothing at all to the deal while expecting me to not respond to your childish provocations? Perhaps you were being ironic.

                                          I didn't follow you and have deals associated with this vendor on alert as from time to time. I stand behind my comments.

                                          • @Kranbone: Everyone put down your personal experiences and facts and carefully step away from the starving irrational vegan, lol.

                                            • @Faulty P xel: Corrected for accuracy:

                                              your personal experiences delusions/inventions.

                                              Can't recall anyone else claiming constant harassment by floppy titted vegans so perhaps you should apply to the Guiness Book of Records? Being the world's most vegan-harassed teenager in Newcastle would be a feather in your cap.

                                              Nothing irrational at this end, quite the opposite. Probably why you and your unctuous sycophant are so upset?

                                              Still not found that evidence I presume? Not to worry it's a normal outcome for particular demographics.

                                              • @Possumbly: Are you still carrying on? You really love having the last word here?

                                                Are you really that upset, fragile and petty ;)

                                                • @Kranbone: That's enough thanks, you are both banned from further comments in this thread. This argument is hitting the 20 day mark and the 27 subscribers to this topic must be getting sick of getting alerts of nothing to do with the deal.

  • Repco branded batteries are made by Century and are often on special and cheaper.