Before we go ahead and jump into the optima batteries review we want to basically give an idea of what we did to decide which batteries for cars are currently the best on the market. We are huge fans of the optima red top battery series, however there are tons of other car battery brands on the market that preform similar or better than the optima battery. In this review we reviewed various brands then we composed this list of best car battery performers. Brands included in this are Kinetic, XS Power Batteries, Odyssey, and more. We did our best to get the best review so it is not too difficult for you to make a perfect decision, such that you don’t end up with something that may not work for you.
What makes Optima Batteries different?
One important thing that sticks the optima battery out from other brands is the way the battery is built and composed. The components in the optima battery are 99.9% pure lead, this purity allows optima to undergo and conduct electricity a lot faster. When electricity in a car battery flows faster you get faster recharge as well as retention of voltage. Optima red top as well as the other series have a patented spiral-cell Technology which allows the car battery to undergo harsh conditions and be vibration resistant. This is very important especially if you are in harsh environments or conditions and trying to get your car battery to start up or power up. It is also important for maintenance as vibration resistance also allows the car battery to be maintained over a long period of time. The case of the optima red top batteries have completely sealed cases which prevents any leaks and prevents contamination. Last and most importantly the optima battery series has twice the life of an average agm battery!
What to look for when buying a Car Battery
Now that we broke down the unique attributes of optima car batteries lets look at what traits we specifically look at when purchasing a car battery.
- The make of the battery: Among-st the market and stock cars you will come to find out the most popular kind of battery make is the wet or flooded battery model. Then there are valve regulated lead acid batteries which are made up of gel batteries. Lastly there are Absorbed glass mat batteries also known as AGM batteries. There are also other kinds of batteries like the deep-cycle battery which sometimes is combined with an AGM type battery such as some optima batteries are.
- How batteries preform: There are some terms you need to familiarize yourself with when it comes to buying a battery. You need to specifically know the group size, reserve capacity, and cold cranking amps. Reserve capacity refers to the amount of time a car can run on a battery say if the alternator gives up o you. Cold Cranking Amps also known as CCA tells you how well a battery can preform in cold weather. And lastly group size is the size of the battery and its power terminals. You can always check with your make of car to see what kind of group size it requires.
- Price if you are looking for a car battery that preforms well don’t expect anything under $100 for a quality battery.
BEST CAR BATTERY 2015
Optima Battery Review – Red Top 8025-160
The optima 25 red top battery is one of the most powerful and versatile batteries out on the market at the moment. Your looking at a completely vibration free agm battery that is build to withstand harsh weather conditions as well as leakage and maintenance. The high power and starting ability is perfect for any power heavy task. It is great for all sorts of activities from hot rodding to power hungry vehicles which may have a sounds system, hydraulics and other power needy tasks. The battery has a CCA or cold cranking amps of 720 and is for the BCI group size of 25. Installing the battery is extremely simple and you don’t need to be a car expert to do so. Any beginner can install this battery and start experiencing the power of this from the beginning. To read the full review click here.
Odyssey PC925 Car Battery Review
When it comes to the odyssey battery pc925 we may not be looking at a high CCA level (330) however this battery has massive starting power. Not only does the odyssey 925 battery have massive starting power but it also has rapid recovery and powerful deep cycling capabilities. While optima batteries have twice the life of conventional batteries odyssey pc925 claims to have twice the overall power of most conventional batteries. The battery is composed of pure virgin lead plates which allow for optimized recycling and maximum surface area on the battery. Similar to the red top optima battery the pc925 does not have an issue with spills or corrosion. We tested this battery out in a Porsche turbo and we were blown away by the power in this guy. The starting off the bat was more powerful than any conventional battery. The only downside to the odyssey pc925 is the low CCA, however if your not too concerned about cold cranking amps this is definitely a battery to look into. To read buyer reviews click here.
Exide Edge FP- AGM24 F Car Battery review
Similar to the odyssey 925 battery or the optima red top review battery the exide edge agm battery the exide edge battery is also AGM sealed. When it comes to the cold cranking amps we are looking at a good 710 CCA which is higher than odyssey and thus is more durable in stop and go traffic. The higher CCA level also allows this battery to outshine the odyssey battery 925 in harsh weather. All though the total life time of this battery is not comparable to the odyssey which will most likely last longer, this battery is known to protect against battery failure when needed. When it comes to the exide battery it is more costly than an optima red top series. If you are looking for a battery that packs the punch in extreme weather this would be a great battery to consider. You can read more buyer reviews on the exide edge battery review here.
XS Power D3400 XS Series Review
When it comes to high power the Xs battery preforms extremely well in this category. The design of the xs battery is a bit different from the other agm batteries as the electrolytes in the xs battery are suspended in fiberglass. This allows for additional spill and leakage prevention as well as vibration resistance like the optima red top battery series. This is a great battery for any power hungry vehicle that has an demanding hydraulics or stereo system. The battery itself produces more than enough power, in fact more than you most likely will need. With a CCA of 1,000 you are going to have very great performance on start up as well as in extreme weather conditions. The ultra low internal resistance is a key feature that makes the xs power d3400 stand out from others and is probably one of the reasons the battery is priced a bit on the higher range. The battery is a bit heavier than conventional car batteries weighing in at 48.8 lbs. Besides the price and the weight which are a bit higher the battery is a beast in power. To read what buyers had to say about the xs battery you can read here.
Optima Yellow Top 8071-167 D51
When it comes to price, durability, and performance it really is quite difficult for any AGM battery to compete with the optima line. Despite the optima red top preforming extremely well we sometimes forget another major player in the game, the yellow top optima battery. The D51 optima battery includes all the bells and jingles of the patented spiral cell design which allows for clean long lasting power, vibration resistance, and safety for your family. This yellow top battery is perfect for seasonal vehicles which you may not be using at all times due to the low self discharge rate. If you are a forgetful person and seem to always keep your car head lights on or leave the radio running, the optima yellow top d51 will not fail on you and start up your car like it had been turned of completely. Our recommendation to anyone with an OEM battery is to replace it immediately with a d51 battery. Why is that? From the get go your going to be saving time and money maintenance. Despite using a power hungry car or leaving lights on, or doing other activities that may drain battery power the optima yellow top is able to jump into action within Milli-seconds. Despite the CCA being on the lower end which is 450 CCA the battery still preforms exceptionally well in harsh weathers. If you live in an extremely hot or cold climate you will be blasting the AC system, this is power intensive and will take away performance from the rest of the car. However with the optima yellow top D51 this will no longer be an issue. To read buyer reviews you can click here.
When it comes to all the batteries we have tested these five that we have reviewed do not only have popularity in the market of agm batteries but they preform exactly as they claim. While some manufacturers may actually fluff up the performance of their line of batteries the optima battery, odyssey pc925, exide edge agm battery, xs power battery, and the optima yellow top preform at user expectations if not higher. We personally recommend optima red top batteries as we have had great user experience with them in terms of performance and longevity. Not only that but to take care of the optima battery such as cleaning it and maintaining it is made easy and simple by the optima battery charger that usually accompanies it. Many car batteries will not have a good battery charger that accompanies it which can prove to make it difficult for new users to maintain. In terms of price, performance, and ease of use the optima red top series shines high over our expectations. Now with that being said, if you are more experienced with car batteries, and are looking for advanced performance the other batteries reviewed above may be better for you. For example the XS agm battery is a beast in performance. In fact this is one of the top batteries used on the nascar race tracks when it comes to power and use. However this may not be as easy to set up or maintain for someone who is new to the world of car batteries. Despite that fact the battery is much more powerful than lets say an optima yellow top battery. Again this is all based on user preference and what works best for you, the primary reason for these reviews is to give you a good starting point of where to look for your batteries and not to get a battery that under-preforms.
Which Car battery should I choose?
Like we stated above this is up to the user and what they are looking for. However any of the above batteries will not fail you in performance, maintenance, or cost. We would recommend checking out the above batteries and see for yourselves what the buyers have said after purchasing the batteries to make a purchase decision. Our reviews were based on tests we did in our warehouse and what kind of performance we got in a short period of time. However reading the reviews of the long term customers of these batteries will give you a great idea of what to expect. It all comes down to what kind of vehicle you have, what you use your vehicle for, and other factors. Feel free to brows our site to learn more about AGM batteries if you need to become well versed before making a decision.
Runner Ups: Agm Battery Reviews
The optima battery product line has a vast variety of models which serve different purposes. Here are some other models we got to test out, since there are so many models out there we decided to do a quick summary review on some of the top models from the optima battery line.
Optima 8020-164 Red Stop Starting Battery Review
The optima Red top 35 battery is designed from the ground up with a high withstanding to harsh weather and other conditions. This optima battery is perfect for those who are looking to do off roading with out risking any kinds of damage to the battery or leak. The battery includes the optima patented spiral-cell design which provides tough and strong vibration resistance which is great for someone who knows they will be under going harsh conditions. This also allows the family and the environment to stay safe from any kinds of damage or harm. Like other optima battery models this battery the 8020-164 red top battery has a higher reserve capacity which gives a longer shelf life to the battery when you need it. The reserve capacity on this agm deep cycle battery has a reserve capacity of 90 minutes which gives a constant and powerful performance. Unlike other agm batteries, the 35 red top model has fifteen times more resistant vibrations for longer lasting and product performance. The battery also has a 720 Cold cranking amps in order to protect the battery in the cold and extreme weather when needed.
VMAX857 AGM Battery 35AH Review
The Vmax agm deep cycle battery has a different build that we are used to in comparison to the optima battery build which is a bit different. The unique chemical and physical structure of this battery’s plate is alot different than most agm batteries. One of the unique differences about this battery is the Pb-CA plates which are used which allows the battery to preform at much higher levels than average AGM deep cycle batteries. The VMAX battery plates is an addition to the build which allows the battery to have much more of a higher performance than other batteries. The electrolytes within the battery are completely absorbed into the absorbed glass mat design which keeps it completely free from spilling and hazardous spillage. The tough tank seal is able to protect the plates which are tightly packed which gives you a fully hundred percent maintenance- free package. This gives the deep cycle battery a much more powerful and makes it one of the best agm batteries on the market. The heavy duty grids on the 12volt 35ah vmax battery allows for an extra margin of performance and service life either in both float or cylclic applications and are even able to be repeated over discharges. This is also a completely maintenance free battery which allows the user to not have to check the specific gravity or the electrolyte or add water to the battery during the service life. The only downside is that you will need to make sure you get a compatible vmax charger for the battery.
Optima Blue top D34M Review 8016-103
Hailing from the optima blue top line this battery is one of our favorite yet higher priced optima battery models on the market. This battery is considered to be a dual purpose battery which allows for both starting and deep cycle functions. This battery is perfect for people who need a sure starting, maintenance free powersource, and strong cranking. This is perfect for a power source for people who need to use it for a boat or an RV in harsh conditions. Many times people actually end up getting a battery that is not a dual purpose agm battery which can actually end up causing alot of problems if you are using applications that require alot of starting power. For a dual purpose battery the battery has an extremely high shelf life to give power right when you need it. The design is perfect for people that need a battery for recreational vehicles, motor sports, motor boats, and large accessory loads. Another benefit for the blue top optima battery, which makes it one of the best agm battery models on the market is that it can be mounted at any angle since they are completely sealed. This means that the battery does not vent an gas like a flooded battery would. The sealed design allows the battery to prevent from being corroded and can also be used indoors with care. When under heavy load at a charge of 12 volts the battery is able to recharge much faster than most other batteries and does not heat up when charged fast. This is considered one of the best agm batteries for an RV which is why we decided to make sure to include this in our best agm battery list. We highly recommend you guys to check out the other buyer reviews on this battery if you are in possession of an RV or motorboat.
After much research on some of the best agm batteries on the market we would have to say that we had a great experience with both optima and odyssey lines of agm batteries. However one thing you have to understand is that many absorbed glass mat batteries cost more than $150. However this is a great investment as the battery will last a long time in comparison to the average lead acid battery or lithium battery. It is much more of a better investment in comparison to any other battery however we also will be taking a look at some of the best agm batteries under $100 in the upcoming days. We want to show our readers that there is an affordable line however they do not preform at as high levels as the batteries listed above.