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Understanding Car Batteries

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XS Power D680

XS Power 12-Volt Deep Cycle AGM Power Cell

Ah, yes batteries.  To most a mystery and to some an essential car audio component.  To know exactly what sets a standard battery apart from a performance battery can mean the difference between a light dimming, inefficient system and a head turning, top-notch system.  Follow us as we explore batteries and find out exactly what you should look for in a good battery for your sound system.  Who knows, you might actually learn something too!

Cranking Amps: This specification is absolutely important when looking at batteries.  Basically, the cranking amps tells you how much current a battery can produce for 30 seconds at a temperature of 32° F and not have the voltage of any of the individual cells drop below 1.2 volts. This may also be known as MCA or marine cranking amps.

Kinetik HC800

Kinetik HC800 Power Cell

Cold Cranking Amps: This is similar to cranking amps but is tested at 0° F instead of 32° F.  This is particularly important for vehicles that must preform and operate in very cold climates.  Since the chemical reaction which produces electrical current in a battery decreases as the temperature drops, the battery will produce less current at colder temperatures (below freezing, especially).  When comparing the current of two batteries, make sure there are standards to qualify the current ratings.  If there is no CA or CCA, you do not know how the battery was tested and the current rating will be fundamentally useless.

Reserve Capacity: The reserve capacity will tell you the time it takes a battery to produce 25 amps at 80° F before the individual cell voltage drops below 1.75 volts.

Stinger SPV44

Stinger SPV44 660 Amp Power Series Dry Cell Battery

Deep Cycle vs Standard Battery: A normal lead-acid battery will be damaged if it is completely drained even one time.  A deep cycled battery is designed to withstand draining multiple times. Deep cycle batteries have more reserve capacity but less cranking amps for a given size.  This makes them ideal for seasonal vehicles such as boats.

Amp Hours: This is a rating usually found on deep cycle batteries.  This is a unit of measurement for battery capacity.  It is obtained by multiplying a current flow in amperes by the time of discharge in hours.

Remember that a battery is like a piggy bank: If you keep withdrawing and never depositing, you will eventually have nothing.  Not only will a battery be a great compliment to your sound system, but will charge more efficiently allowing you to have more reserve capacity. These high performance batteries will not leak or corrode.  Which means you can go as far as park your car upside down and still be thumping!




XS Power Batteries Now At Sonic Electronix

XS Power was established in 2005 by a group of automotive enthusiasts, their main focus and goal was to bring the highest performance car batteries & accessories to the mobile audio and street performance markets. XS Power has a strong commitment to product testing, which in turn leads to a technological edge over most similar competitors in today’s market. Their Car Batteries are constructed with the highest energy density chemistry found in AGM batteries, this is just one of the reasons that makes XS Power the battery of choice for competition car audio.

Here at Sonic Electronix, we have just started carrying some of the XS Power product line like battery terminals, battery terminal posts, and their high quality car batteries. We have their 12-Volt, 14-Volt, and 16-Volt models available in various different power configurations. Each one these XS Power power cells can be used as a replacement for your vehicles standard battery or as a secondary battery to power your high-performance sound system. They are manufactured with a leak-proof non-hazardous design with no external vents; this allows these batteries to be mounted anywhere and in any position with no leaks.

XS Power D3100

D3100 12-Volt AGM Battery

XS Power’s top of the line 12-Volt is battery is the D3100. This deep cycle AGM power cell is perfect for 4000W – 5000W high powered car audio systems and is 100% sealed in a reinforced ABS plastic case for extreme durability. This battery features 1360 cranking amps (enough power to crank the highest performance engines), a maximum output of 5000 amps, and 110 amp hours. It also includes M6 terminal hardware and will fit in almost any factory battery location.

XS Power D1400

D1400 14-Volt AGM Battery

The 14-Volt model we carry here at Sonic is the D1400. This power cell also features enough power to crank high performance engines. It puts out 675 cranking amps, 2400 amps max with 50 amp hours. Weighing in it a light and compact 43 lbs, the D1400 is very easy to install into your vehicle. This 14-Volt power cell should be used for car audio systems ranging from 1500-3000 watts of power and will resist extreme vibrations for ultimate performance.

XS Power XP1000

XP1000 16-Volt AGM Racing Battery

The XS Power XP1000 is the 16-Volt power cell we have available. This AGM racing battery features XS Power’s cutting-edge lead acid battery technology, this technology will produce high amounts of energy in small spaces. The XP1000 is great for racing, car audio, motorcycles, ATVs, and marine applications featuring 675 cranking amps, a max output of 2400 amps with 50 amp hours. It is 100% sealed and maintenance free and includes M10 terminal hardware for installation.