OK, so you need a new battery. Just like with everything, every brand says that they’re the best, and usually list the exact same reasons for why. But when you’re looking at the battery market, Optima stands out as being often quite a bit more expensive than most other brands on the market, including Interstate, which to me represents the Old Guard of the battery industry.
So what separates Optima batteries from more traditional car batteries from brands like Interstate? Well there is a reason why Optima made their name in motorsports, especially in marine and desert off-road circles, where Optima became THE battery to use, and in some circles it’s rare to see someone running something else. That reason is their take on AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery technology, for a long lasting, durable, and maintenance free battery.
What Else Might I Need?
A good battery charger/maintainer is essential for people whose batteries might sit for extended periods of time, or be used in applications without an alternator or other form of generator, like for boats with trolling motors or in RV or other recreational uses.
Optima recently released two excellent models to do just that. These aren’t just basic trickle chargers either, they automatically monitor and adjust the voltage applied when charging depending on the charge level and battery health. With this capability, they’re able to charge dead batteries that more basic chargers aren’t able to revive.
Often times other chargers will just have a 2v mode (if that) to revive deeply drained batteries, but sometimes that just won’t cut it, and still requires you to monitor the battery to make sure it’s working correctly as it slowly charges. Otherwise all they give you to go on for the status of the battery is a blinking light. Not very intuitive if you ask me.
Optima Digital 400 Charger: A 4 amp output charger with LCD display to give you information on the battery’s health, current charge level, and charge rate. The 400 has a small footprint and has a built in hook/stand combo for easy use where it won’t get in the way, and allow for easy monitoring.
Optima Digital 1200 Charger: This is the big daddy, packing a whopping 12 amps of charging from the main clamps, and then 4 amps for auxiliary charging. The 1200 gives you more control over how you’re charging your battery as well, and Optima is so confident in how these will extend the life of your battery, that they’ll add another year to your warranty if you buy one of their batteries and this charger together.
If you’re still not sure whether to choose OPTIMA vs Interstate, take a look at the thousands of car battery reviews available at AutoAnything. You can see exactly what people are saying about the various car batteries available and research based on your specific vehicle.
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