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Battery Buying Guide

Choosing the Right ATV Battery

Looking for the right battery for your Honda, Polaris, Can-Am, Yamaha or other brand ATV? Batteries Plus carries flooded, AGM and lithium powersport batteries from trusted brands like Xtreme, Duracell and X2Power. Shop our selection of ATV batteries designed to meet or beat original equipment specifications for cold cranking amps (CCA), reserve capacity (RC), and amp-hour (Ah).

  • Cold Cranking Amps - The rating that determines a battery's ability to start an engine in cold temperatures.
  • Reserve Capacity - How long a new fully charged battery can hold its charge.
  • Amp Hour - A measure of how long a battery can provide amperage for one hour.

What Type of ATV Battery Do You Need?


Flooded lead acid batteries are the most affordable ATV battery, but tend to have shorter lifespans than AGM or lithium batteries. They also require additional maintenance.

Since flooded batteries are not completely sealed, they lose water due to evaporation when they are recharged. If you have a flooded battery, you may need to offset this water loss by periodically adding distilled or deionized water. Otherwise, the battery's plates can become corroded, shortening the battery's lifespan.


AGM (short for Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries are completely sealed. This makes them spill-proof and maintenance free. While flooded batteries lose water due to evaporation, AGM batteries contain a one-way pressure relief valve that prevents gasses from escaping. When an AGM battery is charged, the gasses inside recombine into water via a process called oxygen recombination.

In an AGM battery, the electrolyte is held in stasis in a number of fiberglass plate separators. This gives AGM batteries a number of advantages over flooded batteries, including longer lifespans, faster recharge times, and slower discharge rates. They're also more resistant to vibrations and extreme cold and heat.

AGM batteries have a greater upfront cost than flooded batteries but can end up costing less in the long run, due to their longer lifespans.


Our X2Power lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries are the safest, lightest, and fastest ATV batteries on the market. Due to their superior chemistry, lithium batteries have roughly 4X longer lifespans than most batteries and charge up to 2X faster.

Lithium batteries also have very low self-discharge rates, which means they hold a charge for much longer in storage. They're also about 55% lighter than a lead acid battery.

On the cost side, lithium batteries do cost more upfront, however, they last so long, you typically end up saving money with a lithium battery in the long run.

ATV Battery Care & Maintenance

No matter what type of battery you choose for your ATV, it won't work properly if it isn't maintained, especially during the off-season. Follow these tips to maintain and get the longest life possible out of your battery.

1. Keep It Charged - Use a battery charger to maintain your ATV battery during the off-season or other long periods of inactivity.

Note: Lithium batteries have a low self-discharge rate and may require less charging maintenance during the off-season. Keep your lithium battery at around 50% when storing it for long periods of time.

2. Use the right charger - It's important that you select one that matches the voltage and chemistry of your ATV battery.

Example: 12-volt AGM charger goes with a 12-volt AGM battery.

3. Avoid overcharging - Overcharging your ATV battery can shorten its life. Prevent this by using a battery maintainer or a charger with an automatic shut-off.

4. Water your battery - If you have a flooded battery, periodically check and top off the electrolyte inside with distilled or deionized water.

Note: Do not attempt to do this with an AGM or lithium battery.

5. Keep terminals free of corrosion - Clean off corrosion on the battery terminal using a battery terminal brush and a mixture of baking soda and water. Protect the terminals with an anti-corrosion spray.

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