When it comes time to replace the battery in your car or truck, there are a lot of options to choose from. Sorting through the various chemistries and brands can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you need to replace the battery right away. In order to make things a bit easier, we’ve highlighted our top 4 best car battery options, along with a brief breakdown of their performance specs.
Our Top Car Battery Brands
1. Duracell Ultra
Duracell Ultra is the starting point for most car and truck batteries. It offers an affordable car battery cost with enough power to start your vehicle reliably. It also comes with a 24-month free replacement warranty.
2. Duracell Ultra Gold
Duracell Ultra Gold is more powerful than standard Ultra batteries. It has a higher number of cranking amps, which allows it to perform better in cold weather and other extreme conditions. Ultra Gold batteries come with a 36-month free replacement warranty.
3. Duracell Ultra Platinum AGM
Unlike the first two options which are flooded batteries, the Ultra Platinum is an AGM battery. Ultra Platinum batteries provide even more power and cranking amps than the Ultra Gold option, making them ideal for any climate. They also have 2x more cycle life than the options above. Additionally, they’re 100% spill-proof and maintenance free, with 20x more resistance to vibration. Ultra Platinum batteries come with a free replacement warranty that’s good for 48 months.
4. X2Power AGM
Simply the best of the best. X2Power is exclusive to Batteries Plus, so you won’t find it anywhere else. These batteries have a faster recharge rate than flooded or typical AGM batteries. They also have a much higher lead content than other AGM batteries, which translates into much more power. A much larger power capacity means that you can run heaters, electronics and other applications for much longer with the engine running. It also comes with one of the longest battery warranties on the market at 60 months.
What is the Best Replacement Car Battery?
In order to determine the right battery for your needs, you’ll want to consider a few factors. The first will be to shop by your vehicle’s make and model. Second, you’ll want to consider your driving habits. If you do a lot of starting and stopping like during rush hour, or take a lot of short trips, you’ll need a battery that recharges quicker and holds a charge better.
The third variable to consider is the climate in which you live. Extreme hot and cold can have a significant impact on a battery’s life cycle and overall performance. If you live in an area prone to extreme weather, you’ll want a battery with a higher number of cranking amps.
Car Battery Chemistry
The final thing to consider is the battery’s chemistry. The two basic auto battery options are flooded and AGM. There are a number of differences between flooded and AGM, but the main takeaway is that AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries charge faster, last longer and perform better. If you live in an area with high heat or extreme cold, or do a lot of starting and stopping while driving, an AGM battery is your best option, plus, they’re ideal for vehicles with start-stop technology.
One additional thing to keep in mind. If your vehicle’s original battery was an AGM type, it’s not a good idea to downgrade to a flooded battery, since your vehicle probably has power demands that require the advantages an AGM battery provides.
Still have questions? No problem. The experts at your neighborhood Batteries Plus can walk you through your options and help you find the battery best suited to your needs. We’ll also test your old battery for free and offer car battery replacement service for most model vehicles.