From what I've read, male pole dancers are a thing - very athletic apparently and no heels required.
Getting the thread back on track:
...on the way to the office this morning, the 1 year old Northstar in my Expedition gave me some grief. Stopped for gas, and the voltmeter read low when I turned the key back on after filling up. It barely started, and when I got here, I put a voltmeter on it - 11 volts. Now I have to figure out what's up with the charging system. No rest for the weary!
I charged the Expedition battery over night and load tested it before work. It took a charge up to 12.2V, but dropped to 10.5V or so under load, and when I started it, it was weak. With the engine running, I got 14.2V, so it's not the alternator. I just drove to the nearest Batteries Plus on my lunch hour (it's their re-badge of the Northstar), and they tested it and concluded the same thing. Gave me a replacement, no questions asked!
I'm happy the service was great, but I'm a little disappointed that a Northstar battery, in my backup/hunting trip vehicle that only sees 5-7k per year, only lasted 11 months. I have a genuine Northstar-branded battery in the LJ, and since it's in a constant state of modification, it's not even seen 1000 miles since I installed it two years ago. I have a maintenance charger on it, but I guess I need to load-test it before the warranty period expires! I hope that one doesn't require warranty because it was purchased mail-order when it was very hard to find them in-stock.