OPTIMA® Red Top R 4,2 (Reverse Terminals) POSITIVE ON RIGHT


A powerful start! Optima Red Top is the product of choice for professionals who are looking for maximum performance and minimum space requirements, e.g. for motor sports vehicles or off-road applications. Absolutely maintenance-free! No acid leakage, independent from position. Faster charging, increased power, improved ability to withstand extreme temperatures.

Battery Model: RT R 4,2
Part Number: 8003-251
Nominal Voltage: 12 volts
NSN: 6140 01 475 9357
Description: High power, sealed lead acid, engine starting battery

Warranty: 2 Year Manufacturers

Physical Characteristics:
Plate Design: High purity lead-tin alloy. Wound cell configuration utilizing proprietary SPIRALCELL® technology.
Electrolyte: Sulfuric acid, H2SO4
Case: Polypropylene
Color: Case: Dark Gray
Cover: OPTIMA Red
Group Size: BCI: 34

  Standard Metric
37.9 lb.
254 mm across top 245 across bottom
175 mm
200 mm (height to the top of the terminals)
17.2 kg

Terminal Configuration: SAE / BCI automotive.

Performance Data:

Open Circuit Voltage (fully charged): 12.8 volts
Internal Resistance (fully charged): 0.0030 ohms
Capacity: 50 Ah (C/20)
Reserve Capacity: BCI: 110 minutes
(25 amp discharge, 80°F (26.7°C), to 10.5 volts cut-off)


CCA (EN -18°C): 815 amps
MCA (BCI 0°C): 1000 amps

Recommended Charging:
The following charging methods are recommended to ensure a long battery life:
(Always use a voltage regulated charger with voltage limits set as described below.)
Model: RT S 4,2 & RT R 4,2
These batteries are designed for engine starting applications. They are not recommended or warranted for use in deep cycle applications.

Alternator: 13.3 to 15.0 volts; no amperage limit
Battery Charger: 13.8 to 15.0 volts; 10 amps maximum; 6-12 hours approximate
Float Charge: 13.2 to 13.8 volts; 1 amp maximum current (indefinite time at lower voltages)
Rapid Recharge: (Constant voltage charger) Maximum voltage 15.6 volts. No current limit as long as battery temperature remains below 50°C (125°F). Charge until current drops below 1 amp.
All limits must be strictly adhered to.

Recharge Time: (example assuming 100% discharge 10.5 volts)
All limits must be strictly adhered to.

Recharge Time-24 V:
(example assuming 100% discharge 10.5 volts)

Current Approx. time to 90% charge
100 amps
50 amps
25 amps
35 minutes
75 minutes
140 minutes

Recharge time will vary according to temperature and charger characteristics. When using Constant Voltage chargers, amperage will taper down as the battery becomes recharged. When amperage drops below 1 amp, the battery will be close to a full state charge.

(All charge recommendations assume an average room temperature of 25°C, 77°F)

Always wear safety glasses when working with batteries.

Always use a voltage regulated battery charger with limits set to the above ratings. Overcharging can cause the safety valves to open and battery gases to escape, causing premature end of life. These gases are flammable! You cannot replace water in sealed batteries that have been overcharged. Any battery that becomes very hot while charging should be disconnected immediately.

Not fully charging a battery can result in poor performance and a reduction in capacity.

Shipping and Transportation Information:

OPTIMA batteries can be shipped by AIR. The battery is nonspillable and is tested according to ICAO Technical Instructions DOC. 9284-AN/905 to meet the requirements of Packing Instructions No. 806 and is classified as non-regulated by IATA Special Provision A-48 and A-67 for UN2800. Terminals must be protected from short circuit.

RT 4.2R (BCI 34) 8003-251
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