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Prepare Your Car Battery for the Winter

How to Prepare Your Car Battery for the Winter

Nov 27, 2017





How to Prepare Your Car Battery for the Winter

Batteries are not exciting things. They store power. They make our stuff work. You have to replace or recharge them sometimes. You can get new ones almost anywhere.

Nobody thinks much about batteries. This is a funny thing since batteries are everywhere. There are probably at least a handful batteries within a 20-foot radius of you right now and you probably care about none of them. There is at least one battery in your life, however, that you should be thinking about right now, and it’s the battery in your vehicle.

“I hope someone visits me, soon,” the battery in your car says. “It’s getting cold out, winter is coming, and I could use me a little bit of lovin’ before the cold and ice show up. Why does nobody ever visit?”

Your car battery is lonely. It doesn’t ask for much. But right now, it wants you to give it a little love. After all, when the cold and snow and ice arrive, that lowly battery begins the hardest part of its year.

Do you like being late for meetings because your car won’t start? Do you like playing a game of “OMG WILL IT START TODAY?” every morning before work? Does being stranded at the airport Park-N-Fly at 3 am sound like a thing you’d enjoy? Are you a fan of inventing new swear words when you turn your car’s key, only to be met with the sound of silence?

Probably not.

We’ve compiled some tips below on how to give your battery a little TLC before and during winter so your winter doesn’t suck quite as much.

Check It: Even if your older battery has been firing up reliably all summer and fall, it could still be on the verge of failure. If that’s the case, you can expect a big letdown on the first really cold morning of the winter.

Solution? Have the battery checked. Special battery-testing equipment runs your battery through a barrage of tests and spits out a result. The result might be that your battery is perfect, fine, or totally mucked — even if it still seems to be working. Do not underestimate the speed with which a few cold starts on a few cold mornings can kill a weak battery.

For maximum peace of mind, have your car’s battery scanned before the cold weather arrives, and replace it accordingly.

Sometimes, checking your battery means taking it out of your vehicle and bringing it to a place like an auto-parts store. Many service centers can run a battery check for you in minutes without even removing the battery from your car.

“We usually check the battery condition when performing an oil change at no extra charge,” automotive service technician Paul Kennaley says. “Customers appreciate it and it takes less than a minute. Plus, it could save you a major headache on those cold winter mornings.”





Clean It: Like us humans, batteries can accumulate disgusting levels of unsightly gunk if not cleaned regularly. Because of science and chemicals, the terminals of the battery (which are the metal bits that poke out of the top or side to facilitate an electrical connection) are magnets for this sort of gunk. Mostly, visible battery gunk is made of dirt, salts, crusty yuckiness, and some byproducts of gasses formed inside of your battery as they escape near the terminals.

Pop your hood and look at the battery terminals. If you see a crystallized mess that resembles a crust of salt, then you’ll want to clean your battery terminals pronto. Not only can the accumulations be harmful to your battery and things near it, it can also cause your battery to discharge even when the vehicle isn’t’ running. If you see this sort of corrosion, chances are that your battery is slowly being drained at all times. With winter approaching, your battery needs all the help it can get — and if it’s being discharged by a buildup of semi-conductive crudsicles, you’ll need to do something about it.

Easy solution here. You’ll need a battery terminal cleaning solution (available from your favorite auto parts store), and a wire brush. Follow the instructions on the cleaner, which is typically applied after the battery cables are removed for safety. Brush the corrosion away with the wire brush to reveal shiny, clean terminals.



You’ll also want to spray some battery terminal lube onto the terminals to help fend off future buildup. If you’re doing this job yourself, be sure to reconnect the battery cables snugly, ensuring there’s a good connection. Clean and lubricate the battery cable connections, too.

If you’re not comfortable handling this maintenance on your own, ask your favorite mechanic for help, perhaps while your car is in for a pre-winter oil change.

Help It: There are a few ways you can help your battery to make its life less miserable when the weather turns cold.

First, consider the use of a trickle charger, which can be purchased on the cheap from your favorite auto parts store. You hook it up to your battery and plug it into an electrical outlet when you won’t be driving for a while. The trickle charger works to maintain a full battery charge and is a great idea to use when you won’t be driving for a few days or more — and especially if you’ve got a modern car with high-draw electronics.



Second, consider using synthetic motor oil if you don’t already, even just for the colder months. Synthetic motor oil is pricey and may be overkill for some vehicles, but using it makes it much easier for your battery to turn your engine over in extreme cold. This can help ensure your car starts every time and doesn’t kill your battery in the process.

Third tip? Use the block heater. Plug your car in when it’s going to get really cold and your engine will be toasty warm under the hood. Starting a warm engine is much easier on your battery than starting a cold one, which means a higher likelihood of cold-start success in the middle of February and less drain on your battery throughout winter.

Here’s a final tip: if you do need to jump start your car to get it started this winter, be sure to drive it a good while before turning it off again to help the battery recharge. Do not turn the engine off again until your parked at a safe location where you won’t freeze if your ride fails to restart.


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The Best Booster Cables for Winter Driving

The Best Booster Cables for Winter Driving


Feb 15, 2018




There’s a bit of twisted humour in the timing of when things fail.

The furnace always calls it quits on the coldest day of the year. Air conditioning bites the dust just as the heat of the summer reaches its peak. In the same way, car batteries seem to fail in the coldest months of the year. Perhaps a smaller passenger has left an interior light on, and the battery has been drained. In both cases, starting a cold engine is a tough task. When a dead battery inevitably happens, you need a boost.

Predicting when you’ll need a boost is impossible, so it’s better to be prepared with booster cables on board. But what are some of the best things to look for when picking your booster cable? There are a lot of great options available, and most will do the trick. User ratings online can provide some indication of how good they are, and Amazon still has the best collection of user ratings online.

Consider how your booster cables will be stored. These long cables can be cumbersome if not stored well, or damage to the rubber insulation could occur. Look for cables that come with their own carrying case. This is a really easy way to keep them tucked away. Winter temperatures can make cheap rubber insulation brittle, causing booster cables to be stiff and difficult to use. More expensive cables use special compounds that endure cold weather. All weather resistance is a must, though widely available.




A good value level example is the Capri Tools CP21081 Booster Cable. This booster kit includes a carrying bag and good UL rating for all-weather performance. There are other considerations, too, like the length. At 16 feet, this is an ideal length for parking lot boosting. Cold weather boosting requires a lot of crank power. In automobiles, this is generated using a lot of current, measured as amps.



In order to accommodate this increase in electrical flow, booster cables should have bigger cables. AWG, American Wire Gauge, is a standard that helps identify how big a cable is. The smaller the number, the bigger the cable. The Cartman Booster 16-foot booster cables offer four AWG wires. These wires are ideal for high cranking vehicles and designed to endure extreme winter conditions. Larger wires also stand up to wear and tear.



Large vehicles, like full-size SUVs and trucks, produce a lot more current than smaller vehicles. Additional length is required to reach boost points. At 25 feet, the ABN Jumper Cable features low-temperature performance, and impressive 600 amp capacity through two AWG wires.

With the right booster cables, even a dead battery won’t keep you off the road for long.


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Update April 2018

Nitro Odyssey Battery


UPDATE APRIL 2018


On my previous post of 10-11-2015 My MOPAR Battery Experience

Back in June 2012 after over 4 years of use I decided to replace my original equipment battery in my Nitro. Nothing was really wrong but I knew it was time.

I told my Dealership Service Advisor to install the best battery they had, for a replacement. They installed a MOPAR 72 Series part # BB034600AA (600CCA) battery at a cost of $159.95.

Fast forward to October 2015

I went out to start my very low mileage Nitro that had been parked in the garage, and to my surprise it did not start but made a strange short clicking noise before going completely dead. My first reaction was that it was a very costly to replace TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module) Issue, since I had not had any battery issues.

I got out my battery charge and indeed the battery was completely dead so maybe it just needed to be recharged. The next day the battery did show it had been charged, but not fully? The Nitro again would not start and went completely dead again, so I left the charge on for another day.

Same issue again, so I used my Wife’s vehicle and a set of jumper cables inside the garage and to my delight my Nitro started! I then was more that sure that my new 3 years plus MOPAR battery was defective.

I have replaced numerous failed batteries over the years and nearly all went bad in the summer or fall, NOT in the winter.

I kept the vehicle running for several hours backing the vehicle outside the garage and faced it toward the street in case it would require a tow or another jump, before turning it off.

I decided to take it to my Dealership since no matter what was wrong it had to be repaired anyway and when I attempted to start it just barely started.

I drove it to the Dealership and explained that I was 99% sure it had a bad battery under warranty and left it running and told them if they shut it off it would not start! I asked and explained that if it was going to cost me more than the cost of a new battery, to diagnostic to just install a new one.

The Service Advisor looked it up and said if the battery was bad the pro-rate would be $80 to replace. She explained that if the battery was not defective there would be a labor charge so I said O.K. I left the vehicle overnight since I was told they cannot check a battery if driven in for around 45 minutes.

She called the next morning and left a message stating I was right that the battery was indeed bad and that the charges were $80.00 for a total of $120.00 including labor!

I called her back and said “what was the deal with any labor charge”? Her response was it was figured by the Chrysler Warranty Employee. I told her to recheck that, but when I went to pick up the Nitro the amount was the same. She explained that they had run this claim again and that Chrysler would not pay the labor.

In a calm voice I told her that no one in town would have charged me $160 in the first place for a battery and that Auto Zone would have checked my battery for free, charged it for free if needed, and installed a new or replacement battery for no labor charges! Do you really want to lose a long time customer for $40? The charge was removed.

CONCLUSION

I purchased a 72-month MOPAR battery that lasted about what is expected just over 3 years. The extra expense must be to cover the prorate warranty expense. I would have save I suspect If I had just purchased a 36-month battery originally and then another in three years (before it went bad) as others have suggested and forget about a long-term prorated battery.
I had stated that there seems to be no reason to purchase any expensive battery for your Nitro just replace it every 3 years and forget about any pro-rate warranty.

Well this past week without any warning I went to start my Nitro and found the battery too low to start it. It is pretty hard to run your Nitro battery down by leaving a door open on anything on since they are equipped with a factory Battery Saver Circuit that cuts the power off.

Anyway, it didn’t take 3 years for this best most expensive 72 month pro-rate MOPAR Dealer installed battery to become NOT dependable! I hooked up my dependable battery trickle charger and in 30 minutes I attempted to start my Nitro and it started just fine.

I had several appointments already planned for the day so I got my Wife’s spare key for the Nitro and decided to just leave it running all the time I was gone from home (about 3 hours). I watched where I parked to allow access in case I would need a jump if it died. As usual I found you cannot lock yourself out of a Nitro with the engine running using your remote but using your spare key and manually locking your doors, the doors can be opened using a key.

I used my original post shown above and clicked on it to find Amazon had 6 of this battery in stock (they did not carry the correct one when my Wife’s Ford needed my first ODYSSEY battery order) and receive it two days later.

Yes, maybe after charging this MOPAR battery it many have been good for a few months or a year more? I know from past experiences it could have failed again anytime and I may not have been at home! Pass on that pro-rated replacement battery too.



Nitro Battery Install


Watch Battery Replacement: 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro

The plastic mounting hold-down bracket is on the front lower of the battery and is secured with a 10MM bolt. You will need a ratchet, long extension and a 10MM socket to remove. Don’t worry about loosing this bolt since it should have a star washer holding onto this bracket. I found this bracket not secured when Dealership had installed previous battery.

REMOVING OLD BATTERY

You will need a 10MM wrench to disconnect the battery terminals from your old battery. Remove the positive (left side) first.
I used a battery carrier to remove the old defective battery from the Nitro.
I transferred the felt wrap from the Dealer installed MOPAR battery to the new ODYSSEY battery.

The new ODDYSSY 34-PC1500T for the Nitro is really heavy at 49.5 pounds but has a carry handle built in to it.

INSTALLING NEW BATTERY

You will need the Date Code from the shipping box for registration plus the 14 -digit serial number. Also located on the battery.
Re-install front hold down bracket after placing new battery in your Nitro. The slots in that bracket face forward. You may need addition lighting to see.

Reattach the battery terminals starting with the positive (left) first.

Battery is already charged but I attached my trickle charger and brought it to full charge in 30 minutes or less.

Register you new ODYSSEY battery at ODYSSEY battery - Official Manufacturer's Site under the Support tab.

Hopefully your town has a free recycled drop-off site like mine to dispose of your defective old battery.

Battery issues on both cars are now in the rear-view mirror I believe with up to a 10 year service life on their battery.
 

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Latest Technologies Affect Battery

OEM Battery Trends: How the Latest Technologies Affect Battery Sales and Service

May 18, 2018


While the latest high-tech amenities are adding numerous safety, comfort and convenience benefits to a vehicle, they also are creating more battery-related issues for vehicle owners.

J.D. Power identified the trend in its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study. In a summary of its findings, the global consumer research company stated: “New to the top 10 list of problems reported in 2017 is battery failure. In fact, 44% more owners report a battery failure this year than in 2016. Batteries are the most frequently replaced component not related to normal wear and tear in three-year-old vehicles at 6.1% — up 1.3 percentage points from 2016.”

The increase in battery-related complaints is continuing in 2018, according to Jason Searl of Johnson Controls International plc. Battery performance is a leading source of consumer dissatisfaction with vehicles, and it has been increasing each year as vehicles become more complex.

“A shop owner can offer consumers more value by helping them choose the right battery technology for the vehicle they drive, how they drive it, and where they drive it,” says Searl, who is vice president, start-stop battery and products for Johnson Controls’ Power Solutions division.

Everything from the geographic area in which the vehicle operates to the aftermarket gadgets a consumer adds to a vehicle affects the performance of the battery installed by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

Searl is one of several experts who shared their perspectives on what the latest developments in battery technologies mean for independent shops. The others are John Munsell, product manager for General Motor Corp.’s ACDelco brand, and Hayley Horn, consumer insights manager for Interstate Batteries Inc.

MTD: What is coming down the pipeline for battery technology from the OEs in the next 18 months or so?
 

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How to change your car battery without losing your radio code and dashboard setting.


Dec 10, 2011
How to change your car battery without losing your radio code, dashboard and electric seat setting.
 

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Memory Saver (3Meter) with Alligator Clip-On 12V Car Battery

VSTM OBD II Vehicle ECU Emergency Power Supply Cable Memory Saver (3Meter) with Alligator Clip-On 12V Car Battery Cigarette Lighter Power Extension Socket





Replacing a car battery on older vehicles used to be simple!! You unhook the old battery and install the new one.

Late-model vehicles, however, rely on computers that operate everything from the stereo to the transmission. If power is lost to the computer, the settings are lost and have to reset to default. That means the vehicle may feel different when driven, and you may have to enter a security code to access the stereo.

Using this simple memory saving device when replacing your car battery will help you avoid these problems. This device can work with any 12V DC power source, including jump starter, DC 12V Lead-acid battery, or another car’s DC 12V power outlet.


Product Description and Operation:

Powered by any jump starter with a 12V outlet into an OBD II Memory Saver.

Interface connector between a 12V DC power source and vehicle's OBD II port.

Preserves vehicle codes and electronic presets.

Replacing a car battery on older vehicles used to be simple!! You unhook the old battery and install the new one. Late-model vehicles, however, rely on computers that operate everything from the stereo to the transmission. If power is lost to the computer, the settings are lost and have to reset to default. That means the vehicle may feel different when driven, and you may have to enter a security code to access the stereo. Using this simple memory saving device when replacing your car battery will help you avoid these problems.

This device can work with any 12V DC power source, including jump starter, DC 12V Lead-acid battery, or another car’s DC 12V power outlet.

As our device with 3 meter cable, it will be a convenient way, should you not have jump starter (or Lead-acid battery) on hand, and the device can also get the 12v power supply from cigarette lighter of another good car. Just insert the Cigarette lighter plug to this car and insert into 16 pin plug to the OBD port of the car you want to replace battery. And now you can replace the battery.

As typical OBD Auto Memory saver not have Anti-protection on Incorrect Polarity (AIP), so that in case a wrong polarity power input, it will probably damage your auto ECU (Electronic Control Unit). For our Newly Upgraded Version OBD Auto Memory Saver, it has been added the Safety Function of AIP; In case a power input with incorrect polarity, AIP function automatically put into effect (electric power can’t be transmitted to your car, in case wrong polarity power input); as well, led light on memory saver will not light up. So that your car ECU and other electric devices are fully under protection during a wrong power connection.

It works on any vehicle with OBDII which is 1996 and later. It is not needed or required to change your battery. It is used to keep the memory of you radio setting and other memory computer controlled devices on the vehicle (EMCU for example.) It is used as a convenience as to not erase the memory. I used it to keep my computer controlled climate control memory because one of my 3 actuators would loose its memory and go into a failed default setting after changing the battery. When it failed it would only blow air through the defrost and the GM dealer is the only way to get it calibrated again. It worked for me so i didn't have to spend money and the dealership and it also kept all my radio settings so i didn't have to reset the time and memory stations and even the radio equalizer settings.

It is very easy to use, instructions shouldn’t be necessary; plug into your OBD2 connector (typically located under the left side of dashboard) and connect the other side to a 12VDC source before disconnecting the vehicle’s battery. After the vehicle’s battery is reconnected unplug the memory saver from the 12VDC source and then unplug from the OBD2 connector. Hope this helps, good luck.
 

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Top 10 Best Replacement Car Batteries
Don't unexpectedly get stuck on the side of the road. Get a replacement car battery that will last.


Oct 25, 2019




You don’t want to wait until the day your car doesn’t start to begin researching replacement car batteries. Eventually, your car’s battery will run out of charge and needing a replacement is part of your car’s maintenance. Generally, you will likely have to replace your car’s battery once or twice during its life, although there are products you can purchase to help maintain and extend your car’s battery life. But that’s not what this article is about—you’re likely here because you’re shopping for a replacement car battery.

There are two general types of automotive batteries: Lead-acid (regular) and Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM). Lead-acid batteries typically cost less than AGM batteries but won’t hold a charge for as long. AGM batteries, on the other hand, are designed to withstand routine draining and recharging cycles. Most modern vehicles with high-tech features such as start/stop systems now come from the factory with AGM batteries, which is why most of our recommendations on this list are AGM batteries. They may be more expensive, but they offer better long-term performance by withstanding deep discharges and are more likely to be recovered if they’ve been accidentally drained.

Batteries also come in different sizes and terminal types, so you’ll want to check your car’s manual to get the right one prior to purchasing. You may notice some of the battery models on our list are similar but with different top terminals—make sure you’re getting the one you need.

As you browse through our list, you’ll see that we’ll highlight a couple features for most of the batteries. One of them is cold cranking amps (CCA), which measures how well a battery can start your car in cold weather conditions. Another feature is reserve capacity, which is how long a battery can run if any parts of your car’s charging system fails.

For more information on the best replacement car batteries, refer to our table of contents.


Table of contents



1. Editor's Pick: Optima Batteries RedTop 35
optima batteries redtop 35 best replacement car batteries
Optima is one of the most well-known brands within the segment, so it’s little surprise 3 of its batteries end up on our list, even though 2 are essentially the same with different terminals. Our top recommendation is the company’s RedTop 35 starting battery. It’s a good balance of price and performance, boasting 720 cold cranking amps (CCA) and C20 capacity of 44 Ah, along with a reserve capacity of 90 minutes for constant performance. The battery itself measures 9.38″ by 7.69″ by 6.75″ and weighs 31.7 pounds.
The RedTop 35 features SAE posts and its case is made of polypropylene.
Providing a strong starting burst, Optima claims this battery has more than 15 times the vibration resistance of a standard battery and is maintenance-free with up to 3 times longer life. It’s spill proof and mountable in virtually any position.
Product features:
  • 720 CCA
  • C20 capacity: 44 Ah
  • Strong starting burst
  • Up to 3 times longer life
  • Reserve capacity of 90 minutes for constant performance
  • 15 times more vibration resistant
  • Spill proof
  • Mountable in virtually any position
  • Maintenance-free
  • Faster recharging
  • Polypropylene case
  • SAE posts
2. Best for Cars with Lots of Accessories: Optima Batteries YellowTop D34/78
optima batteries yellowtop d34/78 best replacement car batteries
If your car is packed with a lot of accessories, such as an aftermarket audio system, you’ll want to invest into a high-performance battery. We have a few high-performance batteries on our list, but our recommended pick also comes from Optima and its YellowTop lineup. The YellowTop D34/78 offers 750 CCA and its C20 capacity is 55 Ah. Measuring 10″ by 6-7/8″ by 7-13/16″, this battery weighs 43.5 lbs and boasts dual SAE and GM posts. If you need different terminal types, make sure to check out the rest of Optima’s YellowTop lineup.
Along with a polypropylene case like the RedTop 35, the YellowTop D34/78 has a reserve capacity of 120 minutes (versus 90 on the RedTop 35). This battery also claims to be 15 times more resistant to vibration for enhanced durability.
Offering deep-cycle and cranking power, the YellowTop also boasts faster charging and over 300 discharge/recharge cycles before it needs to be replaced. Like other Optima batteries, it has a spill proof design and can be mounted in virtually any position.
Product features:
  • 750 CCA
  • C20 capacity: 55 Ah
  • Up to 3 times longer life
  • Reserve capacity of 120 minutes for constant performance
  • 15 times more vibration resistant
  • Deep-cycle and cranking power
  • Spill proof
  • Mountable in virtually any position
  • Faster recharging
  • Polypropylene case
  • Over 300 discharge/recharge cycles
  • Dual SAE/GM posts



3. ACDelco 94RAGM Professional Automotive Battery
acdelco 94ragm best replacement car batteries
From popular brand ACDelco is the company’s 94R Professional AGM battery. This battery features a leak-proof pressurized valve system that is engineered for safety and long life, helping prevent dry-out and acid damage to the terminals. The 94R has high cycling capabilities and is remarkably charge-receptive, which means they’re great for vehicles with start/stop systems.
One standout feature on this battery is its use of high density negative paste, which improves performance and increases battery life. In addition, enhanced life alloy/Silver Calcium stamped alloy increases life cycle and also contributes to improved battery performance. A precision manufactured ribbed case, which has been 100% pressure tested to help avoid future leaks, adds strength and rigidity.
ACDelco’s Professional Automotive AGM batteries come with a 36-month free replacement period.
Product features:
  • Leak-proof pressurized valve system
  • High cycling capabilities, remarkably charge-receptive
  • Great for vehicles with start/stop systems
  • High density negative paste
  • Enhanced life alloy/Silver Calcium stamped alloy
  • 100% pressure tested, precision manufactured ribbed case



4. Optima Batteries RedTop 75/25
optima batteries redtop 75/25 best replacement car batteries
Our third and final battery from Optima is the company’s RedTop 75/25. It’s very similar to the RedTop 35 with 720 CCA and C20 capacity of 44 Ah, but it features dual SAE/GM posts instead of just the SAE posts found on the RedTop 35. This battery measures 9.38″ by 7.75″ by 6.81″ and weighs 33.1 lbs.
You can expect the same performance as the RedTop 35, providing a strong starting burst and up to 3 times the battery life. It is also 15 times more vibration resistant and boasts a reserve capacity of 90 minutes for constant performance. The RedTop 75/25 has a maintenance-free, spill proof design and can be mounted in virtually any position.
If you need GM posts on your battery, go with the RedTop 75/25.
Product features:
  • 720 CCA
  • C20 capacity: 44 Ah
  • Strong starting burst
  • Up to 3 times longer life
  • Reserve capacity of 90 minutes for constant performance
  • 15 times more vibration resistant
  • Spill proof
  • Mountable in virtually any position
  • Maintenance-free
  • Faster recharging
  • Polypropylene case
  • Dual SAE/GM posts



5. XS Power D3400 High Output Battery
xs power d3400 high output best replacement car batteries
Another high-performance replacement car battery option comes from XS Power with the D3400. Boasting capacity of 65 Ah, 3,300 max amps, and 1,000 cranking amps (not CCA), this battery is spill proof, sealed, valve regulated, and vibration resistant. It’s designed for heavy-duty applications with ultra low internal resistance and is ideal for vehicles with stereo systems that require a lot of power.
XS Power claims to use the highest energy density chemistry known in AGM batteries and the brand has quickly become the battery choice for competition car audio enthusiasts. So if you’re in need of a strong battery that will last, take a look at XS Power.
Product features:
  • 65 Ah
  • 3,000 max amps
  • 1,000 cranking amps
  • Ultra low internal resistance
  • Spill proof, sealed, valve regulated, and vibration resistant
  • Ideal for competition car audio







6. DieHard Advanced Gold Battery
diehard advanced gold best replacement car batteries
One brand you’ve likely heard of in this segment is DieHard. The company offers a wide range of replacement car batteries and we recommend its Advanced Gold lineup. Several different models are available depending on your vehicle, so make sure you select the right one for your car prior to purchasing. These batteries range in CCA and Ah rating, from CCA 650 to CCA 850 and 50 Ah to 92 Ah.
Designed to withstand elevated temperature conditions and increased accessory power demands, these batteries are maintenance free and feature a spill proof design. They can also be mounted in practically any position. Heat-sealed and tamper-resistant construction adds protection for sophisticated electronic equipment, while an enhanced electronic suspension system works to safeguard internal components in these batteries.
DieHard says these batteries have 20 times more vibration protection and provides twice the life cycle of regular batteries. They are also backed by a free replacement warranty for up to 3 years.
Product features:
  • Wide range of options
  • Maintenance free
  • Spill proof design
  • Can be mounted in practically any position
  • Heat-sealed and tamper-resistant construction
  • Offers 20 times more vibration protection
  • Twice the life cycle of regular batteries
  • Backed by 3-year free replacement warranty



7. Kinetik 2400-Watt Battery
kinetik 2400-watt best replacement car batteries
If your car is packing some serious audio equipment and you’ve experienced issues with dimming headlights, you’ll want to invest into a battery from Kinetik. This company specializes in high-performance batteries, mainly aimed at car audio enthusiasts. But that also means they’ll provide more than enough juice for a conventional vehicle. Just one quick glance at the user reviews for this product proves it resolves many users’ issues with dimming headlights.
This particular battery is a 2400-watt unit featuring a spill proof, sealed design and can be mounted in any position. Ultra low ESR with more plates provide stronger energy density, while tightly packed cells are good for higher voltage under load. Superior heat and vibration resistance means this battery is built to last.
Product features:
  • Ideal for car audio enthusiasts
  • 2400-watt battery
  • Spill proof, sealed design
  • Ultra low ESR with more plates provide stronger energy density
  • Tightly packed cells for higher voltage under load
  • Superior heat and vibration resistance
  • Mountable in any position





8. AutoCraft Platinum Battery
autocraft platinum best replacement car batteries
If you need a replacement car battery in a hurry, we have two options on our list that you can purchase online and pick up locally. Advance Auto Parts carries AutoCraft’s lineup of car batteries and 2 of them land on our list. The first is the Platinum AGM battery, engineered to provide up to twice the life compared to a standard flooded battery. AutoCraft’s AGM batteries use what it calls PowerFrame grid technology, which is a stronger and more durable positive grid technology. AutoCraft says PowerFrame offers up to 70% better electrical flow than other grid technologies. In addition, PowerFrame virtually eliminates premature failure and is up to 66% more durable and more corrosion-resistant than other grid designs.
As a spill proof battery, it can be installed in any location on your vehicle, while the battery itself has a robust design that offers exceptional high temperature climate performance and reliable starting power in cold conditions. It also boasts a higher level of vibration resistance compared to standard flooded batteries.
The AutoCraft Platinum battery is rated at 60 Ah and 740 CCA. It measures 10.25″ by 7.75″ by 6.812″ and weighs 38.7 lbs.
Product features:
  • 60 Ah
  • 740 CCA
  • Engineered to provide up to twice the life compared to a standard flooded battery
  • PowerFrame grid technology – offers up to 70% better electrical flow and is 66% more durable and more corrosion-resistant than other grid designs
  • Spill proof
  • Can be mounted in any location
  • Robust design offers exceptional performance in extreme temperatures
  • Higher level of vibration resistance



9. Odyssey Extreme Series Battery
odyssey extreme series best replacement car batteries
Another brand you really can’t go wrong with is Odyssey. These batteries are made in the U.S. and its Extreme Series is our recommendation, specifically the 34R-PC1500. It’s designed for general automotive use and light trucks, ending up as a popular option for SUV owners. This particular battery offers 68 Ah and 850 CCA with 135 minutes of reserve capacity.
Unlike the lead alloy used in other batteries, Odyssey’s battery plates are made of pure virgin lead, which means it can pack in more plates. More plates result in more plate surface area, providing more power. Odyssey says the 34R-PC1500 has twice the overall more power and 3 times the life of conventional batteries, with up to 400 cycles at 80% depth of discharge.
This battery uses SAE terminals and is resistant to vibration with flexible mounting options. The company provides a limited 3- and 4-year full replacement warranty.
Product features:
  • 68 Ah
  • 850 CCA
  • 135 minutes of reserve capacity
  • Ideal for light truck and SUV owners
  • Battery plates are made of pure virgin lead
  • Twice the overall power
  • Three times the life of conventional batteries
  • Up to 400 cycles at 80% depth of discharge
  • Vibration resistant
  • Flexible mounting
  • Limited 3- and 4-year full replacement warranties
  • Made in the U.S.





10. AutoCraft Automotive Battery
autocraft automotive best replacement car batteries
If you quickly need an extremely affordable replacement battery, there’s AutoCraft’s entry-level automotive battery. Available at Advance Auto Parts, which means you can pick it up locally after purchasing it online, this is a fairly basic car battery offering 650 CCA. Aimed at providing starting power at an affordable price, this battery is maintenance free and has a “durable” battery life span.
Given its price, this battery is mainly an option for low maintenance vehicles and for car owners looking for something really cheap. If you need a battery to just get you going temporarily, this is the way to go. Advance Auto Parts also provides a 90-day replacement if the battery is defective.
It’s worth noting that AutoCraft has other battery models as well. So if you don’t need the performance from the Platinum AGM battery earlier on our list and want something a bit more reliable than the standard battery, take a look at the company’s Silver and Gold options.
Product features:
  • 650 CCA
  • Basic battery
  • Extremely affordable
  • “Durable” battery life span
  • 90-day replacement if battery is defective









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