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What battery type is best for my car ?

Your car battery is a crucial part of your day to day life. It’s the only way to start it up and get you from point A to B, keep you cool in summer, optimize your fuel efficiency and ensure your personal safety. That being said, batteries are not an infinite source of power and have a lifespan that can be as short as 16 months on average to an amazing 4 years if maintained very well.

We at 800 Battery really understand car batteries and want to pass on the knowledge of understanding the intricacies that go into the most important part of car. Batteries comes in all shapes and sizes and fulfil multiple purposes in your car. Our written guide below details all the possible battery types you may encounter while you’re searching for that perfect source of power for your vehicle.

Deep Cycle Batteries

Deep Cycle Batteries have an extended  life span and can sustain power over a longer timeframe. These types of batteries are most commonly found in motor boats, jet skis, recreational vehicles like ATV’s and even golf carts.

Starting, Lighting and Ignition Batteries

This is the most common type of battery that almost 80% of cars use. They are called Starting, Lighting and Ignition Batteries or SLI’s in short. The battery type does more than just start your car. They are high output batteries that not only start the car but provide power to core car electronic functions like infotainment, ECU and safety systems.

These batteries take a longer time to deplete which is known as a shallow charge cycle. They’re perfect this way as it charges back up before it can be completely depleted. This is why it’s commonly known a dead battery when the charge depletes faster than its recharge.  

Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid Batteries

These batteries are also commonly referred to maintenance free batteries. They are usually sealed which makes it easy to place them in multiple positions and they’re also perfect for use in vehicles that are used in very unstable environments. Since they are maintenance free, most of these battery types are not serviceable and need to be replaced when they lose their charge.

The two most common types of VRLA batteries are Gel Cel Batteries and Absorption Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. AGM types provide a higher rate of power output due to their ability to have faster reactions between the electrolyte and fiberglass surface mat.

Gel Cell batteries on the other hand contain a silica based electrolyte and they work best on deep cycle applications like motor boats and recreational vehicles. Their main disadvantage though is that they do not function well in extreme heat or cold temperatures.

Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Batteries

This battery type is a more recent innovation in battery types and are mainly used in electric cars like the Tesla or in Hybrid cars like the Prius. Lithium or Li-ion batteries have high energy capacities and are usually a fraction of the weight of lead-acid batteries. They’re biggest downside is that they’re not serviceable and most of these battery types last anywhere between 3-5 years until they start losing charge significantly.

Wet Cell Batteries

This battery type has been around the longest. They’re also commonly found in older cars and large trucks. This battery uses a liquid compound of Sulfuric Acid and Water that functions as the electrolyte.

This battery is typically the cheapest battery option and does require maintenance that increases over time as the battery loses charge from daily use. This is also one of the reasons why modern cars use VRLA maintenance free batteries because they’re more convenient.

How do I know which battery is right for me?

This is where the battery professionals from 800-Battery come in. Depending on your car model and type we are able to give you the best battery options available across different leading brands. We know exactly which battery type will last you the longest and this is why we back all our batteries with warranties upto 24 months.

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