|Battery Buyer's Guide - 2009|
Optima Batteries announces the release of the new group 27F YellowTop, the latest addition to the Optima product family. The group 27F not only offers greater power and more than 300 discharge/recharge cycles, but it is an exact original equipment fit for an extensive line of automobiles. Optima YellowTop Batteries, the only truly dual-purpose batteries available on the market today, are the ultimate power source for high performance audio applications that demand cranking power and heavy-duty cycling. Optimal YellowTop Batteries provide cleaner power with higher voltage output than traditional batteries, enabling audio enthusiasts to play their systems louder and longer.
The Stinger SPP2250 is not only the largest and most powerful battery available in the company’s Power2 Series of mobile audio power cells, but it has also been rated as the most powerful car audio battery currently available on the consumer market according to Stinger. The SPP2250 boasts cutting-edge engineering and design features that give this monster power cell super-performance current capability, true deep-cycle operation and a tremendously fast recharge rate. Plus, its durable construction makes it perfect for a wide variety of extreme installations.
Kinetik HC1200 Power Cell
The Kinetik HC1200 Power Cells are AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) high power-density batteries. They are “sealed” and can be mounted in any position. These permanently sealed batteries are completely maintenance free, and use a recombination reaction to prevent the escape of hydrogen and oxygen gases which are normally lost to the atmosphere in a regular lead acid battery. Specifically designed for car audio applications, the HC1200 Power Cells have very low ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) which allows them to provide almost instantaneous current to the amplifier. These batteries also maintain a higher voltage when loaded, and because of the construction, are far more superior to a regular battery in terms of heat and vibration resistance. Each HC1200 battery weighs about 28 pounds.
Braille Batteries are used by racers all over the world in the FIA WRC, FIA Formula Racing, Speed World Challenge Series, SCCA ProRally and many other racing series. Braille Batteries are designed for deep-cycle use in premium and race vehicles with enhanced reliability and performance. Braille developed the B3121 to excel at competition use which includes extreme audio systems and insane motors. On more race oriented cars the smaller B14155 is the choice weighing in at 11.5 pounds/5.2kg and enclosed in a carbon fiber case. Both batteries come in weighing almost 10-30 pounds less a standard battery of equal power.
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XS Power D680 / D3100
XS Power Batteries utilize the perfect blend of quick discharge power and long lasting performance, making them a perfect fit into the car audio market. With ultra-low internal resistance, and more power per square inch than any one user will ever need, these batteries, utilizing a unique AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) technology have XS batteries have what it takes to get the job done. Distinguished by their gray cases with white tops, XS Power Batteries like the D680 are the perfect reinforcement for your audio system. Then there’s the also XS Power offers the very powerful D3100 for installs which need big power. All XS Power Batteries have passed rigorous vibration tests allowing them to be by Air or Ground and are fully charged and ready out of the box.
The Odyssey PC680MJT-A is a drycell battery utilizes a unique thin-plate-pure-lead (TPPL) technology that allows a single battery configuration to provide maximum cranking power and true 400 deep cycles to 80% depth of discharge. PC680MJT-A battery weighs 16 pounds, yet it’s capable of starting a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine. These batteries provide superior deep cycle capabilities and charging ability to provide repeatable power for hydraulics, air compressor air lift suspensions, and long service life. Odyssey Batteries include SAE tin-plated brass automotive posts and GM side terminals, allowing for multiple battery and accessory cable mounting. Additionally, Odyssey Batteries are safe enough to mount inside passenger compartments and in any orientation except inverted.
Xstatic BatCap 4000 Battery
In development for over 2 years, the new Xstatic BatCap 4000 battery provides double the amount of energy as their very popular model 2000 BatCap. It has incredible energy reserves, and measured ESR at just under 1 milliohm! Performance like this will ensure your amplifiers work as intended, and dimming lights will be a thing of the past. The battery is among the highest energy storage devices tested, and at just under 80 pounds, you know it’s a serious piece the first time you pick it up! Measuring 13 inches long, 6.75 inches wide and 8.7 inches tall, the BatCap 4000 comes with convenient and heavy duty top terminals, and the design is non-spillable which allows mounting in any position.
Shuriken Batteries are engineered to provide all the power needed for today’s car audio systems. By using Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) technology, Shuriken rechargeable batteries can be mounted in any position needed and won’t spill. Shuriken Batteries also have extreme resistance to excessive heat and strong vibration. With super low ESR and closely packed pure lead plates, each power cell will pack a punch.