Tip of the Week

Battery Technology

  • There are three main battery technologies used in vehicles today and they all have their own pros and cons. The three main choices are lead acid, AGM, and Lithium-Ion.
  • Lead Acid batteries have been around for decades. Itís a simple design with lead plates suspended in acid. These batteries are the least expensive but arenít as durable as other technologies especially when it comes to off-road vehicles.
  • AGM batteries are the next step up in batteries. AGM batteries are constructed more robustly and provide more energy in the same footprint as an Lead Acid battery. The majority of off-road vehicles would benefit from an AGM battery.
  • The newest technology is Lithium-Ion. Lithium-Ion is much lighter in weight than either Lead Acid or AGM. Lithium-Ion also has the most available energy in the same size. The downsides to Lithium-Ion are that most vehicle electrical systems are not yet compatible and Lithium-Ion is also the most expensive technology.

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