Saturday at the dealer with the battery out for load testing... $184US charging system tested and new battery installed - out the door. I couldn't find the correct size Odyssey in stock locally and 4WheelParts couldn't have it for a week. They quoted $229US for the Odyssey. I had somewhere to be for work the following Monday where driving the Trailhawk would be needed as well as a whole lot of fun in the mud. Kind of nice to be getting paid to drive in the mud and play a little. Took about $5 in quarters at the spray wash to get enough of the mud cleaned off so they would let me into my normal car wash.
I've been doing more digging around... and the result is depressing... Why ? The Odyssey I linked to on Amazon, is the exact same battery as the Exide Edge, the Duracell Platinum, the Bosch Platinum, the Interstate AGM, the Energizer Max, the DieHard Gold, the AC Delco Professional... and those are the ones I found quickly so I'm sure there are more.
I'm not kidding^^. I looked at all those batteries and the cases are identical, so are the specs (only checked quickly).
And when you search for info, you get almost nothing... because they want it like that. For example, Exide had the Wal Mart deal (exclusive) for years, the store brand batteries were all Exides. Then Wal Mart decided to open up the game and they let Johnson Controls have a piece of that lucrative market, and Exide was essentially ruined... as in bankrupt... but they didn't die.
When you look at Odyssey batteries, it seems the car division went with all the others... meaning build them cheap, share the same battery with others and stick your name on it.
I took a picture of the battery in my 2015 (V6 so I have an AGM) two weeks ago. I did that because we can't see the labels when the cover is on. I had to take the battery out to install new headlight bulbs, so I took the pic. Interestingly, the battery I have appears to no longer exist. The part number is virtually untraceable, the cranking Amps numbers don't match with any existing brand name AGM that I can find out there, and best of all, it is a match for the case shared by Exide, Odyssey, Duracell, etc... It is as though FCA bought a batch, probably from the lowest bidder, and either the model just vanished to be replaced with 94Rs, or the numbers I have on the label have been tweaked a little by FCA, to avoid matching it up with existing big brand batteries. All I need to do now is measure the battery, which I should have done when I had it out the other day... so that I can compare apples with apples and find a match.
Now that I know all this, I will not buy an Odyssey car battery, because the price I saw on Amazon is much higher than what you would pay for an identical Energizer Max or whichever clone of it you can find on sale somewhere...
Looking some more as I write this, I think I have my answer. Johnson Controls is making all these AGMs I mentionned up there. Proof ? Look at their page, the Varta bunch, the Varta in the middle with the two handles facing one another... that's the battery right there. Oh and you can add Varta to that long list of JC clones...
Now that I've found this, I have to think the only AGM I want is a Northstar... (Northstar Brand, X2 Power AGM from Batteriesplus, one of the Canadian Tire AGMs is a Northstar, and there are maybe one or two more rebranded Northstars out there...).