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Which Brand of Battery is Best for Your Boat?

Power - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 3/16/2021

Overhead view of a white boat doing a turn in the water and hero shots of X2Power and Duracell Ultra Marine Batteries

Looking for a new marine battery? Batteries Plus carries boat batteries from some of the most reliable brands on the market. Keep reading for a breakdown of our top selling brands and how to determine which one is right for you.

Marine Battery Basics

First things first, let’s go over a few basics. Before you start researching brands, you’ll need to determine what your battery will be used for. If you’re looking for a battery to turn over your boat’s engine, you’ll want to pick up a starting battery. If you need something to power additional accessories like trolling motors, depth finders and fish locators, a deep cycle battery is what you need. Interested in something that does a bit of both? Perhaps a dual purpose battery is the right fit for you. Determine which type of battery you require based on your power needs.

Breaking Down Boat Battery Brands

Now that you know what type of battery you need, we can get into specifics. Here is a breakdown of our top-selling brands.

Duracell Ultra Starting, Deep Cycle & Dual Purpose Batteries

A reliable flooded lead acid battery with starting, deep cycle and dual purpose options. Duracell Ultra batteries come with a 12-month free replacement warranty, which covers any manufacturer error and is redeemable at any one of our 700+ stores throughout the country.

Duracell Ultra is the most affordable battery option, however it will require a bit more maintenance than other varieties. With a flooded battery, you will need to regularly top off the electrolyte solution inside it with distilled water to keep the battery’s plates from corroding.

Duracell Ultra Platinum Deep Cycle & Dual Purpose Batteries

Ideal for deep cycle and dual purpose applications. Duracell Ultra Platinum batteries are AGM (short for Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries that are sealed, meaning you don’t have to maintain the electrolyte. Duracell Ultra Platinum offers higher power and a longer-lasting performance than flooded batteries. They’re also spill proof, perform better in higher temperatures and are 20 times more resistant to vibration. Duracell Ultra Platinum batteries also come with a 30-month free replacement warranty.

X2Power Dual Purpose Batteries

X2Power batteries are superior dual purpose batteries that perform as both a starting and deep cycle battery. They’re great for consumers who want a single all-in-one battery option. These AGM batteries have a much higher lead content than most other AGM batteries, which translates into more power. An X2Power battery will turn over your engine faster and power a larger number of onboard electronics.

They also charge faster and are 28 times more resistant to vibration than conventional batteries. Plus, they come with a 48-month free replacement warranty. If you’re looking for the best battery possible for your boat, X2Power is the clear winner.

Need a new battery for your boat? Shop our selection of marine batteries online. Or, stop into your nearest Batteries Plus location and our experts can answer your questions face to face. Want to learn more? Get valuable tips on how to maintain your boat’s battery, plus browse our top ten boating accessories for summer.