An automotive battery is an important component of your car. It is used to start the car, power the light and more. Your engine constantly recharges the battery when you drive your car. You need to change the batteries once in a span of four-year. But these batteries have limited capability and at a point, you will need a replacement battery.
As owner before buying a replacement battery, you need to know about its types and the procedures of buying it. There are many different types of batteries for a car. So it seems to be difficult to choose a best one from them which would be the best for your car. But all sorts of batteries are not suitable for every vehicle. So, you had better know the types of batteries, so that you can choose the best one.
Here are 5 sorts of batteries for your kind consideration which are well known and used in a wide range all over the world.
Lithium-ion Battery: This battery is very expensive and generally used for electric vehicles. This battery is much lighter and costs around $1,000. For its high cost, some high performances vehicles and limited editions cars will offer a lithium ion battery.
VLRA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid): The meaning of VLRA is ‘valve-regulated lead acid’ battery. This name denotes the safety valves that are on the battery box.
Containing the gas in the battery, it stops any fluid loss by mixing and forming water. There are two main designs of this battery. One is AGM battery which uses absorbed gas mat. This battery provides a lot of power out of very small volume and for this reason, it is considered as good for starting a car. Its estimated price is $50-300 depending on the brand.
The other one is GEL which uses silicon to make the acid more solid. Though it is also a good form but not perfect for starting a car.
Flooded Battery: This type of battery is one of the most popular types because of its low price. Moreover, it is maintenance free and longer lasting. You can buy this from $50-$200 depending on the brand.
Deep Cycle Battery: A deep cycle battery is popular as it provides power for a very long time. But it is not usually used in cars. Because it has very high discharge rate and thereupon the battery will run down quickly. It is typically used on small boats, golf carts, and electric vehicles.
Calcium-Calcium Battery: This battery has a calcium alloy which reduces the amount of fluid loss. It is much better than Deep cycle battery because of its slow discharge rate. But it has also a disadvantage. If you overcharge it, the battery will be seriously damaged. It costs under $100.
Knowing the types and varieties of the battery is not enough for proper replacement. You should know how to choose the best one. Here are few effective steps which will help you do your job perfectly.
Be Proactive: We recommend you to test your battery by a mechanic annually. It is no good replacing your battery when it turns into worst or unable to work. Rather, be attentive and careful to your batteries maintenance and know the exact replacement time. It will provide you enough time to choose a replacement on your own term.
Select An Appropriate Size: Size refers to the height, width, and length of the battery. You should select an exact size so that you can fit it securely. You will find this information in the manufacturer’s manual. The reference guide of the battery also suggests the model and brand that it suit. So find out the size easily. Be careful of buying the wrong size as it will harass you as well as bring damage to your car.
Choose A Brand: You should follow the reference of manufacturer’s manual. If it refers to any particular brand, the best way would be to buy it. On the contrary, if it seems too expensive you can change it. But bear in mind, a cheap battery may lead you to suffer and sucks up the money as it needs frequent change. So being tempted to buy a cheap battery should be avoided.
Know About Reserve Capacity: This is a number of minutes the battery can continuously supply minimum voltage need to run a car. In a word, reserve capacity means battery’s standing power. A battery with excellent reserve capacity will help you still run into an unexpected trouble.
So knowing the RC before buying a battery is severely important. But don’t be dumbfounded if you don’t find it printed on the label. Actually, it is usually not printed although; you can know it asking the storekeeper. Prefer to buy the battery which has standard reserve capacity.
Avoid Aged And Buy Fresh One: At first look for its manufacturing date. If it is less than 6 months old, you can buy it considering fresh. But avoid aged and old batteries. Most date codes are stamped on the battery case or label. So it is fairly easy to know.
Cold Cranking AMPS: If you drive in a cold climate, cold cramping amps are essential and helpful for you. During freezing condition, your car will be hard to start, but the higher cold-cramping amps will assure you to move easily. Cold-cranking amps measure the battery’s ability to start your car even on an extremely cold weather. So choose a battery with a high number of Cold-cramping amps. Check your owner’s manual and follow the CCA rating specified for your car battery. Now that is enough to buy a battery.
You will likely have to replace your battery once or twice throughout the life of your battery. If you follow the directions mentioned above, hopefully, this task will be accomplished successfully. Besides, after buying a battery you need to take care of it and be careful of its regular maintenance. Have a good journey!