What is the best engine starting battery to use that requires no maintenance, no jump starting,
no recharging, no replacement every 2 years ( on average for lead acid batteries ) and no
lifting of 30 to 60 lb chunks of lead?
The ideal battery would weigh around 10 lbs, last 3 times longer than a lead acid battery, no
corrosion worries around the terminals, maintain a higher power level and voltage and let you
monitor the status of the battery on you smart phone.
All for a price that is not quite double the cost of a premium “platinum” battery from one of the
auto parts stores.
Hmmm, I wonder if such a battery exists, yes it does… keep reading.
The average price of a ‘ premium ‘ AGM battery from auto parts store is around $250.
The average prices of a specialty premium lead acid AGM battery with colored red, yellow or
blue lids are around $350 to $400.
It doesn’t matter how “ virgin” the pure lead plates are or how many spiral-wound windings
the result is still the same: a very heavy block of lead that lasts on average.. only 2 years.
How do I know this ? Because I work at an auto parts store and see everyday, people come in
wanting to either test their battery, because of poor starting, which most of the time indicates
replacement, or, the battery has outlived its 2 year usefulness.
Yes, it’s true, lead acid batteries are designed to fail. That’s what keeps people coming back
every 2 years on average to buy new batteries that fail again every 2 years, and people keep
doing it over and over again and again .. you know what the definition of insanity is right ? ,
doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; which is, maybe
“this “ lead acid battery wont fail me so soon the next time, or the next time, or the next….!!
Sadly, this happens every single day ! Its pathetic.
The lead acid battery makers and sellers WANT their batteries to fail every few years to
maintain repeat sales. Its the battery industry’s dirty little secret.
Think about it; , if they made their batteries to last longer, they would have fewer sales right ?
Not to mention the toxic environmental disaster that comes from making and disposing of and ‘recycling’ of these lead acid dinosaurs from the 1800’s.
What to do:
First, cost seems to be the primary reason people buy lead acid batteries.
Ok, lets review the costs of lead acid battery ownership:
Buy a cheaper flooded type lead acid battery every one to two years for $200, or
buy a ‘premium’ AGM lead acid battery every 2 to 3 years for $250 to $350.
Now, we consider time of car ownership; If your trying to unload a used car, naturally you
would put in the cheapest thing you can get to start the motor long enough to sell the car. Let
the new owner worry about the battery.
If you going to hang on to your nice car for average 6 or more years, then, let’s consider the
better deal of using a lithium starter battery.
A lithium starting battery will last on average 8 to 10 years.
A lithium starting battery will cost on average $400 to $600.
Cost of ownership -
Example; a lithium starting battery cost of $400 divided by, say, 8 years, = $50 per year..
compare this to cost of ownership of a lead acid battery of $200 divided by 2 years ( at best )
= $100 ( or more ) per year.
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