What's The Best Type Of Car Battery?

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Your car battery will probably need to replaced at least once. In fact, many people must replace theirs at least twice. Batteries wear out and die due to constant use, heat exposure and other factors. Their demise is all but inevitable. However, proper care can extend the life of your battery. Also, some batteries do last longer than others. Here's a look at the best types of batteries. 

What's the Best Type of Car Battery? 

The Top Types of Car Battery

An optima battery is the best type. More specifically, look for 34/78 RedTop Optima batteries. They're versatile, able to withstand the rough and tumble of regular cars, frequently used SUVs and even hot rods (any car with a regularly sized alternator). The batteries use SpiralCell technology to ensure a powerful start, including in extremely cold weather. They are easy to install, last twice as long and are maintenance-free. They also have 15 times more vibration resistance than a typical battery does.

In second place are the ACDelco Advantage batteries. They were designed with the Toyota Prius in mind and work great with all Prius vehicles. Another excellent battery is the Mighty Max, and it's a solar battery. It powers cars, boats, tools, solar energy generators and more. It's rechargeable and works well in both hot and cold temperatures. It's also a breeze to install.

Now, a return to Optima for the D35 YellowTop battery. Like its RedTop counterpart, it's 15 times more vibration resistant, easy to install and maintenance-free. It uses SpiralCell and helps cars start great regardless of the weather.

Battery Checks

Many people are not sure how to check car battery. Early signs of a dying battery include a slowly cranking engine, a dashboard warning light, a swollen battery and a radio that doesn't turn on. Many auto parts stores will check your battery for free.

You can also test a battery on your own, ideally twice a year. Use a multimeter to measure voltage. A healthy battery should be about 13.7 to 14.7 volts when the engine is running. If you don't have a multimeter, turn on the car and your headlights. Look at the lights' strength. Dim lights indicate a battery that needs to be replaced soon.

Tips for the Best Batteries

Regardless of the battery type you buy, there are several steps you should take.

  • Buy a battery less than 3 months old (6 months is OK if necessary).
  • Review the best types regularly, as they do tend to change from year to year.
  • Consult your owner's manual or a store associate to ensure you get a battery that works well with your vehicle.
  • Check your battery twice a year, especially if you live in the South (batteries there don't last quite as long as they do in the north).
  • Look for warranties with generous free-replacement periods.
Batteries may qualify for cheap prices on auto parts in some stores, so look for sales when you're shopping. However, do keep the above points in mind. The younger your battery is, the longer it should last once it is installed in your car.

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