Understanding Batteries

   If you are camping in an RV, or fishing the local lakes on your bass boat, you will easily realize that todays camping and fishing has much more electronics around than ever before. Because we use electronics so heavily,it is very important to have the correct batteries. The best way to choose the correct battery is to understand the features available in different batteries. Learning how to choose the correct size can be just as important as the type of battery. Other important aspects to understanding batteries is knowing the battery output as well as the technology used within the battery. All of these features are important to understanding batteries, so that you can decide what is right for you.

   Choosing the correct battery size is very important. Choosing the wrong battery size can mean it will not fit, or that the battery is too small provide the amount of power you require. Batteries come in standard sizes that are refer to as group size. Group size gives the user the dimensions of a battery without having to measure the battery. Although the group size gives the dimensions of a battery they can have slight variations due to terminal placement and handles. The important thing to remember is that the battery group size needs to match your battery space available.

   After you decide on the right group size it is important to choose the right type of battery. The three basic battery types are starting, deep cycle, and dual purpose. Choosing the wrong type can lead to the premature death of a battery, or the inability to generate enough amps to start your motor. Starting batteries are to be used for the specific task of starting an engine. Deep cycle batteries are to be used for the specific task of running electronics such as trolling motors or lights. A dual purpose battery is a combination battery that can perform as a starting battery and a deep cycle. If a starting battery is used as deep cycle it will quickly lead to a battery that will not hold a charge.

   Knowing how to read battery output ability is also important when electronics require specifics amounts of power. Understanding CCA, RC, and AH will help you get the most battery for your buck. CCA is cold cranking amps, and is important to know for starting battery purposes. RC or reserve capacity refers to how long the battery can run in a specific environment until it is depleted. The most important thing to know for deep cycle batteries is the AH or amp hours. It lets the buyer know how many amps can be delivered during a 20 hour period of continuous use.

   Another aspect to consider while understanding batteries is the technology being used within the battery. Although there are many types of battery technologies, there are two types that are the most common.  Flooded electrolyte batteries are a typical battery that has been around for decades. AGM batteries are a newer technology and are generally thought of as superior to flooded batteries. Typical flooded batteries are less expensive  but have the down side of depleting much quicker. AGM batteries are built with a different technology that allows the battery to last longer as well not requiring maintenance.

   The size, type, output, and technology have a big impact on battery performance and ability. By understanding these factors, choosing a battery will be easy and effective. Choosing the wrong feature can lead to many problems, and possible danger. Be sure to learn what type of battery is right for you and come down to Bass Pro so that an associate can help you find a battery that fits your needs.

Ryan Wynn


Store 49 Manteca

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