Deciding Which Car Battery Is the Perfect Fit for Your Vehicle

Posted on: 26 December 2017


It is safe to say that your car battery is the powerhouse behind your engine. The battery makes it possible for your lights to turn on, your engine to start and even your car stereo to play. Different car models are suited for different types of car batteries. Let's explore some of the most common types of car batteries that are used.

SLI batteries

SLI stands for Starting, Lighting and Ignition. SLI batteries help you start your car and provide power to your lights and other vehicle accessories. They have relatively quick charging times compared to other batteries and they can get to a full charge in a short amount of time.

They also provide energy in powerful short bursts that is characteristic of most types of car batteries. This makes SLI batteries a popular choice among most small and medium-sized cars.

Lead-acid batteries

Lead-acid batteries are built for low maintenance and a convenient operation. These batteries are the epitome of convenience because they are sealed and very easy to maintain. They don't spill over even when inverted and thus reduce the risk of spills occurring in the engine. Their sealed nature however means that they cannot be serviced. Once they reach the end of their lifespan, they have to be replaced.

Lead-acid batteries come in two main types. Absorption Glass batteries (AGM) and Gel cell batteries. AGM batteries deliver a lot of power over short periods and distances. They are also tolerant of hot and cold conditions, making them the preferred choice for vehicles such as motorcycles, ATV, lawnmowers, and other similar machines.

Wet cell batteries

Wet cell batteries get their name from having a liquid medium as the main material through which the battery gets its electric power. Wet cell batteries are cost-effective and convenient battery types for vehicles. They are capable of storing large amounts of energy that can propel large vehicles.

Another benefit of wet cell batteries is their ability to be recharged and used several times over. They however require regular maintenance to avoid the leaking of the electrolyte fluid.

Lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are the batteries of the future. They are mostly used in hybrid and electric cars to power the vehicle and all its accessories. They are capable of storing a lot more energy than other batteries.

They are also very lightweight, allowing vehicles to achieve more flexibility while on the road. Talk to your car servicing company to see if your car is getting all it can from its battery.