You kind of hit the nail on the head for me. I'm just a bit concerned with having a traditional battery sitting in my truck and have the potential for a messy acid leak. By the way, I've never had an original OEM battery in my various vehicles last more than 3 years.I think most of the guys here are worried about the "regular" batteries to leak. Given it's in the trunk, it can melt the paint and lead to rust.. Optima and kinetik are sealed.
For long term data, the OP may want to search on lxforums. Most of these guys had their car longer. Just saying..
that woulda been good to know a while back, cause I had a couple bad alternators on my old chevelle and it killed a couple of my Optima batteries. It was a painIf you charge a Optima like a normal battery it will kill it.
To charge a Optima with a regular charger, you wire a second fully-charged automotive battery (12V+) to the discharged Optima in parallel (+ to + and – to –). Then hook up the charger to either battery, setting the charger at 10 amps for 2 hours and monitoring it frequently.
This is what I use to charge all my optimas. I have had some for 15+ Years.