What are the Different Types of Boat Batteries

We know it’s winter, but you can never be too prepared for summer! If you need a new battery for your boat, now is the time to buy one! What many people don’t understand, is that there are a number of different boat batteries to choose from.

Here, we will help explain some of the different types of batteries; think of this as sort of a marine boat battery guide!

There are two types of basic batteries: cranking batteries, and deep-cycle batteries.

Cranking Batteries: Cranking batteries, also known as starting batteries, require a lot of power to get started. They are made with thinner, more numerous lead plates, which will help the batter replenish quicker when the engine is running.

Deep-Cycle Batteries: These marine batteries are used to power electrical accessories like fish finders, radios, and trolling motors. These batteries usually aren’t recharged until the end of the day. Deep-cycle batteries have fewer thicker lead plates than cranking batteries to help withstand deep discharges.

When you’re thinking about buying a boat battery, just know that you can’t substitute one for the other; if you started with a deep-cycle battery, you stick with it, and vice versa. For example, if you choose to go with a cranking battery for a trolling motor, sooner or later the battery will overheat and die, leaving you without power, and requiring you to buy a new battery!

Here at Batteries Unlimited, our technicians have a wealth of knowledge on all types of marine batteries. If you’re in need of a boat battery, please give us a call at (508) 752-8777, or stop by our store, we’re located at 1000 Grafton Street, Worcester MA.

How Do I Know If I need A New Car Battery?

Well, the most obvious sign that indicates you need a new battery, is if your battery is dead and your car won’t start. If you’re having trouble starting your car, if it takes more than one attempt to get started, you might want to think about getting a new battery. Below, you will find different ways in testing your battery, to see if you do in fact need a new battery!

The most common way to test your car battery, is to use what is called an electronic tester, which is available in most automotive stores; a tech will hook up a tester to your car, and take a snap shot of your battery. This will help show your battery’s condition, and will indicate whether or not you need a new battery; this should be done every time you have an oil change.

The next step is to look at the battery; the battery itself will help give you a better idea of its condition. For example, think back at the last time you bought the battery, age is a huge contributor in the functionality of your battery. Next, take a look at your driving, for example, short trips and long periods of inactivity can drain out your battery’s life.

Take a look at the physical appearance of your battery; is there any stains, signs of corrosion, or any other buildup? If so there might have been a leak, indicating it’s time for a new battery.

This may sound a little strange, but smell your battery, if you are smelling something similar to rotten eggs or burning, you might want to think about a new battery!

Evaluating your battery every now and then can help save you from being stranded in the middle of nowhere!

If you do find that you need a new battery, give Batteries Unlimited a call today at (508) 752-8777; our technicians will help you find the right battery for your car!Ho