A new battery will make sure your ATV is ready to ride when you are
If your quad can’t quite seem to hold a charge like it used to, it might be high time you started looking for the best ATV battery to get it going again.
Like with any vehicle, the battery in your ATV serves two major functions: providing the necessary cranking amps to get your engine started, and supplying constant, steady power to your ride’s ignition and other electrical components, effectively “smoothing out” the power fluctuations from the charging system. That sounds simple enough, but your ATV battery must contend with some harsh demands not placed on the typical car or truck battery. For one thing, your ATV probably spends a lot more time off-road than the average passenger vehicle, meaning its battery must be built to withstand much more abuse in the form of harsh vibrations and jolts. For another, the typical ATV doesn’t get driven every day like a passenger vehicle might, placing greater demand on its ability to hold a charge over an extended period in all weather conditions, and to survive a few deep discharges.
In short, finding the best ATV battery isn’t quite as simple as picking out the first thing with the right form factor and amperage rating. Luckily, we’re here to help ease the burden of ATV battery shopping, with this list of the best ATV battery options currently available. Stick with one of these trusted battery options and you’ll be able to get back to riding the trails in no time.
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Shorai Extreme Rate Lithium Iron Powersports Battery
If you want one of the best, most advanced, lightweight battery technologies currently available for your ATV, lithium-iron is the way to go, and Shorai is one of the top manufacturers among powersports enthusiasts. On average, lithium-iron powersports batteries weigh around one-fifth as much as their lead acid cousins, thanks to their compact cells, and they’re spill-proof, vibration-resistant, and maintenance-free. The technology is relatively new and more expensive to produce, but apart from the improved acceleration, braking, and handling that comes with a lighter-weight battery, you also get faster starts and quicker recharges in a stable, reliable maintenance-free package. Sure, the Shorai Extreme Rate Powersports Battery is the most expensive option on this list, but it’s well worth the price, and our top pick for the best ATV battery around in terms of overall performance.
ACDelco Specialty Conventional Powersports Battery
If you’re looking for a solid conventional lead acid battery at a fair price, look no further than the ACDelco Specialty Conventional Powersports Battery. ACDelco is owned by none other than General Motors, so you can expect OEM levels of quality and reliability, along with a long shelf life; the battery ships dry with a pre-measured quantity of acid that you add yourself, so you can buy the battery preemptively and keep it on the shelf until you really need it. With additional features like an advanced separator and through-the-partition construction that boosts cranking power, a specially developed lead-calcium alloy that helps cut down on self-discharge even after months of storage, and a translucent polypropylene housing that makes checking the electrolyte level easy, this ACDelco battery easily earns its status as one of the best ATV battery options around.
ExpertPower Powersport Sealed Lead Acid Battery
ExpertPower’s Powersport Sealed Lead Acid Battery is the budget option on our list, and it’s much, much better than it has any right to be at its price point. It doesn’t have some of the enhanced features seen on ACDelco’s lead acid powersports battery, like the advanced amperage-boosting design and translucent container for easy reading of the electrolyte level, but it makes up for that with its affordability, coming in at less than half the price of that battery. And it’s not like it’s totally devoid of features; the ExpertPower Powersport sealed lead acid battery boasts a maintenance-free sealed design, made to resist bumps and shocks mounted in any position, with a working temperature range from -22 degrees Fahrenheit all the way up to 131. Better, it comes with a 90-day money-back policy and a 1-year replacement warranty, making it one of the very best ATV battery options for budget-conscious shoppers.
Odyssey Red Top Powersports Battery
Long regarded as one of the world’s leading automotive battery manufacturers, Odyssey manufactures some of the best AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) powersports batteries on the market. The company’s red top powersports batteries boast a seriously impressive service life of 3 to 10 years, depending on the vehicle and how/where it’s used. A longer service life means longer intervals between having to order replacements, saving you hassle, heartache, and money over the life of your ATV. It’s a maintenance-free sealed lead acid design, with fiberglass mats to absorb electrolyte and keep it from splashing around. The advantages of an AGM design are plentiful, including quicker recharge times, minimal internal resistance, superior resistance to vibration, and superior resistance to sulfation – the leading cause of lead acid battery failure. Put that tech in the hands of one of the world’s top battery manufacturers with a 2-year replacement warranty, and you get one of the best ATV batteries in the industry.
Energizer AGM Motorcycle and ATV Battery
Another spill-proof Absorbent Glass Mat powersports battery from another of the world’s leading battery manufacturers, Energizer’s AGM Motorcycle and ATV Battery delivers all the same benefits as Odyssey’s AGM red top powersports batteries – more efficient recharge/discharge, enhanced vibration-resistance, enhanced sulfation resistance, and more – for less money. It ships fully charged and ready to go, with no measuring and pouring of battery acid required, and if user reviews are anything to go by, on the whole, the Energizer might be an even better buy than the Odyssey; about the only thing you’re giving up is Odyssey’s excellent warranty and return policies.
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