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Good

A powerhouse battery that is suitable for racing cars, luxury vehicles, and everything in between.

A powerful battery of lightweight construction that is suitable for all types of vehicles.

An AGM battery that fares well in extreme temperatures and provides a solid warranty. Not as expensive as some other AGM models.

Superior starting power and long-term energy. Fastest recharge rate on our shortlist (4-6 hours).

A low-cost, deep-cycle battery with exceptional power and a great reputation. Works well in electric vehicles. Stands up to extreme temperatures.

Bad

On the higher end of the pricing spectrum.

An expensive AGM battery that needs to be routinely charged for optimal performance.

May not be compatible with all hybrid vehicles.

Sporadic, anecdotal evidence of battery life that lasts less than one year.

Does not come with terminals or terminal hardware.

Bottom Line

The "Rolls Royce" of car batteries. You pay a lot, but you get what you pay for.

Price is high, quality is high, and frequent recharge is needed.

On the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but still a savings for those that want AGM battery benefits.

Customer reviews are mostly positive, with a few exceptions that point to shorter battery life. Superior recharge rate.

The best of both worlds: a quality battery at a budget price.

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Best Car Batteries

The best car batteries on the market offer generous power and performance with features to suit various driving demands. The top car batteries include the following contenders:

Products we Considered

XS Power
XS Series High Output
Kinetik
Power Cell
Exide
Edge
Optima
YellowTop Dual Purpose
Odyssey
PC680

Considerations

Type

The most common type of battery among car owners is the wet/flooded battery. In addition to its generally low price, which ranges from $50 to several hundred dollars, the wet/flooded battery appeals to buyers because it is maintenance-free and sealed. Calcium/calcium batteries help minimize the amount of fluid loss. VRLA (Valve-Regulated Lead Acid) batteries consist of gel batteries which are decent for starting cars. AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries are excellent for starting cars. Other options include the deep-cycle battery, which is suitable for electric vehicles, and the lithium ion battery, designed primarily for electric vehicles and some high-performance and limited-edition cars.

Performance

Understanding common car battery terminology makes it easier to determine how well a specific battery may perform. Terms to watch out for when researching batteries include "cold cranking amps," "reserve capacity," and "group size." Cold cranking amps (CCA) is a measure of how well the battery will start in cold weather. The size of the battery you're considering should be at least equal the original equipment manufacturer (OEM)'s cranking rate. Reserve capacity refers to the amount of time the car can run on just the battery if the alternator fails. Group size refers to the dimensions of the battery and the location of its power terminals. A car's specific group size depends on its make and model.

Features

Many consumers appreciate the maintenace-free aspect of the sealed battery, which requires no checking or refilling of electrolytes. Warranty is an important feature, and it's always a smart idea to ask about a free replacement period. If you plan on installing the battery yourself, a carrying handle is another useful feature.

Price

Battery prices range from under $100 to over $300. The majority of car owners can expect to pay somewhere between $100 to $200 for a quality battery. Batteries designed for luxury cars and electric vehicles tend to cost more their traditional counterparts. When considering how much a battery will cost, don't forget to factor in installation fees and recycling costs.

Considerations

Type

Kinetik Hc2400 Power Cell

The Kinetik battery's AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) technology makes the product spill-proof by allowing the acid to be absorbed by a fine fiberglass mat. Another benefit of this construction is the battery's ability to efficiently power high-end vehicles which tend to consume excessive amounts of energy with their heated seats, steering wheels, windshields, and mirrors. The customers we surveyed told us they appreciate this battery's combination of power and lightweight construction, although one owner did express dissatisfaction over the seemingly short life span of the battery. Potential buyers should keep in mind that AGM batteries need to be routinely charged for optimum performance.

Exide Edge FP-AGM24F

The Exide Edge is a sealed AGM battery with flat plate construction. The owners we surveyed gave this battery high ratings for its non-spill construction. The Exide Edge is a good choice for individuals who want a lower-priced AGM battery. Many customers praise the Exide's ability to survive in very cold temperatures and the fact that it accepts solar charging more readily than most standard acid lead batteries.

Optima Batteries 8040-218 D35 YellowTop

The Optima D35 YellowTop is a dual-purpose battery designed to provide a combination of adequate starting power and superior, long-term energy. Customers appreciate this product's strength and longevity; some old us that it only takes a few seconds for their vehicle's engine to turn over. While some of the owners we surveyed told us their Optima lasted five years or more, a handful of owners reported issues with battery failure after less than a year.

Odyssey PC680-P Battery

The Odyssey PC680-P is a deep-cycle battery, making it especially useful for electric cars. It also features a non-spill AGM design to help protect it against shocks and vibrations that can easily destroy a battery. Most deep-cycle batteries are designed for long-term use as opposed to significant starting power. Consumers appreciate the fact that the Odyssey, though smaller and lighter than some other models, still possesses the strength of a traditional battery. At least one user we spoke to noted that although the battery sounds a bit "weak" on cold mornings, it has lasted for several years without incident.

XS Power D3400 XS

The XS Power D3400 battery features AGM technology with electrolytes suspended in fiberglass. Benefits of this setup include prevention against spills and appropriate seals to prevent leakage, along with regulated valves and vibration resistance. As this battery is designed for racing, it can be installed in a variety of positions. Customers noted that in addition to powering their cars quite well, this product also supplies ample energy to the "extras," such as high-end audio systems, within the vehicle. A few consumers mentioned that they upgraded this battery's power slightly because the stock option wasn't enough for them. Several customers also noted that this battery is a bit heavy due to its large size.

The Odyssey PC680-P is a deep-cycle battery, making it especially useful for electric cars.
Considerations

Performance

The Kinetik Hc2400 Power Cell yields higher voltage under heavy loads, allowing amps to put out additional power. This product puts out 2600 amps, which most consumers in our survey felt was more than enough to satisfy their driving needs. At least one customer we interviewed had yet to experience headlight dimming, with the system never dropping under 12V, even when used in full. Although most users told us they appreciate this battery's strength, a few still felt that it lacked power.

This battery offers a total of 710 CCA and is specifically designed to top the performance of conventional batteries during heavy stop-and-go traffic. Several customers noted that their Exide Edge battery performed well in extreme driving conditions, including very cold or extremely hot weather. Although customers have told us that the Exide holds up well for short periods of time, our research is inconclusive as to how long the Exide Edge generally lasts.

The 12V, dual-purpose Optima features 650 CCA and 98 minutes of reserve capacity for continuous performance. The product is designed to power vehicles even in inclement weather, with a deep-cycling capability to keep accessories, such as lights and hydraulics, functioning as they should. Customers appreciate the longevity of this product; at least one owner in our survey noted that this battery seemed to last 25 percent longer than traditional batteries. However, a small handful of consumers experienced disappointment within a month of ordering, as their product quit working.

The Odyssey PC680-P Battery features 170 CCA and a life cycle that is 70 percent longer in comparison to traditional deep-cycle batteries. It offers up to 400 cycles at 80 percent depth of discharge, yielding high, stable voltage for extended periods of time. We appreciate this battery's strength and power in temperature extremes and under heavy electrical loads. A few customers noted that the product's voltage remained the same after several years of use without the need for charging. However, a smaller number of customers told us they felt that the product doesn't have much stability when cranking and that it doesn't produce enough power after sitting for an extended period of time.

This 12V XS Power battery offers 1,000 CCA and very low internal resistance to help maximize its power. Most customers told us that this battery has a sufficient amount of power to suit their needs; some even said that the XS produces more power than they will ever need. We appreciate this battery's ability to maintain full power even when running an array of energy-hungry equipment, including heated seats and high-end stereo systems.

The XS maintains full power when running an array of energy-hungry equipment, including heated seats and high-end stereo systems.
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Dale
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Dale brings over 40 years of automotive industry experience to the BestReviews table. An avid DIY guy, he has worked with, rebuilt, and led maintenance on a variety of vehicles. He’s also well-versed in fleet management and operation. Dale’s past experiences include distinguished service as an officer in the US Army.

Considerations

Features

Kinetik Hc2400 Power Cell

The Kinetic Hc2400 Power Cell boasts a completely air-tight and sealed design. A slim fit enables this battery to conform to most vehicles, but a few of the customers we surveyed said that they needed to order side mount adapters in order for it to fit into their vehicle. Some owners told us they needed to order a battery charger for this product, as it needs to be charged on a regular basis for optimal performance.

Exide Edge FP-AGM24F

The Exide Edge is the first and only AGM product to use SureLife Graphite Technology, which maximizes available energy so that the battery can perform at a higher level for an extended period of time. The Exide also features additional protections against battery failure, allowing the vehicle to perform at an optimal level for longer intervals. One consumer we surveyed, a hybrid vehicle owner, noted that the Exide Edge does not have the necessary slots for his car's temperature sensor.

Optima Batteries 8040-218 D35 YellowTop

The Optima is 15 times more resistant to vibration than other models, increasing its durability. Another notable feature of this dual-purpose battery is that the positive, or red, terminal is located on the right. The Optima's unique SpiralCell design ensures a sturdy and clean power source, a benefit to the health of both the driver and the environment. This battery's low self-discharge rate allows users to store seasonal vehicles through the winter and start them right back up again in the spring. Owners appreciate this product's durable, double-walled, corrugated construction and the fact that it stays charged for a long period of time. One customer we spoke to said that after he accidentally drained the battery completely, it bounced back immediately after a recharge.

Odyssey PC680-P Battery

This battery boasts the highest recharge efficiency rate out of any sealed lead battery on the market, with the ability to recharge to 100 percent in a span of 4-6 hours. The product also features vibration resistance, with ample protection against high-impact shock and mechanical vibration. Some customers stated that the Odyssey is a bit on the slim side, making it necessary to use shims or other materials to secure it tightly in place. At least one customer recommended purchasing the associated post attachments for added fit and finish. Another feature we appreciate is this battery's extreme temperature tolerance. Several customers told us that their Odyssey lasts for extended periods of time and doesn't require charging after sitting in colder temperatures.

XS Power D3400 XS

The XS Power battery offers many valuable features, including ultra-low internal resistance and the ability to be mounted under the hood in nearly any position. Some of the customers we spoke to ordered the side mounts just to be sure their battery would fit. In addition to holding a very good charge, customers told us that the XS Power works well in a variety of automobiles, from classic cars to modern vehicles, with no variation in performance.

The Odyssey PC680-P recharges to 100 percent in a span of 4-6 hours -- the highest recharge efficiency rate of any sealed lead battery on the market.
Considerations

Price

Kinetik Hc2400 Power Cell

A price tag of $315 makes the Kinetik the most expensive battery on our shortlist. However, most owners we surveyed felt justified in paying this higher price because of the quality product they received. Several customers also told us that the battery arrived at their doorstep faster than expected after placing the order.

Exide Edge FP-AGM24F

The Exide Edge battery costs $163, placing it at the higher end of the pricing spectrum. The owners we spoke to generally felt that the product they received was of sufficient quality and durability for the price. They also gave the Exide Edge high ratings for its extended warranty, which spans anywhere from 36 to 48 months.

Optima Batteries 8040-218 D35 YellowTop

The dual-purpose Optima battery costs $188. The owners we surveyed told us they appreciate this battery's durability and longevity; many noted that the Optima lasts for several years before dying. However, a few customers complained that the shipping quality was poor, with the product arriving in a very "thin" and "unstable" package. A few customers noted that the battery they received was relatively old, and that it had already lost some charge by the time it arrived.

Odyssey PC680-P Battery

With a price tag of $96, the Odyssey PC680-P Battery is the cheapest option on our shortlist. Although the price is low, potential buyers should keep in mind that this battery does not come with terminals or hardware to connect the terminals. Happy owners appreciate the fact that this battery tends to last several years, although a handful of dissatisfied customers told us their battery died within a few months and they were unable to get a refund or replacement. With only a few exceptions, our research indicates that the Odyssey excels in product quality, value, and weight for the money.

XS Power D3400 XS

At a cost of $259, the XS Power D3400 XS Series 12V 3,300 Amp AGM High Output Battery with M6 Terminal Bolt is on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. For consumers who aren't deterred by the higher price tag, this battery's benefits are well worth it. When compared to similarly priced competitors, the XS Power excels in quality, longevity, and performance.

The volume of positive remarks we have heard about the XS Power is overwhelming. This battery excels in quality, longevity, and performance.

Best of the Best

A relatively high price tag of $259 might scare away some frugal consumers, but the XS Power D3400 Battery garnered enough praise from satisfied customers to earn our "Best Of The Best" award. The volume of positive remarks we heard about this battery was overwhelming, particularly regarding its performance when stacked against competitors.

Many owners we surveyed purchased this battery because of its superlative performance reputation, and they were not disappointed. In several instances, the XS Power D3400 Battery actually surpassed the expectations of consumers. Although we were able to find no information about this battery's longevity in our research, we did learn that the XS Power D3400's exceptional quality has earned it many repeat customers.

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We give the Odyssey PC680-P top ratings for its budget price, fast recharge, long life, and remarkable power and performance.

Best Bang for your Buck

The Odyssey PC680 P Battery earns our "Best Bang For Your Buck" award for several reasons. This battery has a lot to offer upfront, including a limited two-year, full-replacement warranty and a service life that ranges between 3-10 years. A total of 1000 CCA ensures plenty of starting power for vehicles, even in extreme cold and hot weather.

In spite of the Oddsey's lack of terminals and terminal hardware, the owners we surveyed really appreciated the $96 price tag and agreed that the Odyssey's overall quality is not sacrificed by its low cost. Overall, we give this battery top ratings for its budget price, fast recharge, vibration resistance, long life, and remarkable power and performance.

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