Posted: Oct 10, 2012
What is the Life Expectancy of an OPTIMA Battery?
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Today's question comes from Benjamin F:
I'm doing a project on OPTIMA batteries and I was trying to get all the info I can get for this project. Such things like, What temperature extremes can the optimas go through, what is the average life expectancy of an optima and any other info that you may have. The information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
OPTIMA Jim answers:
Hi Benjamin, fully-charged, our REDTOP® batteries are protected from freezing down to -50F and our YELLOWTOP® batteries are protected down to -30F. If you think your batteries will be subjected to conditions colder than that, we would suggest taking a look at battery warmers.
We indicate our batteries can last up to twice as long as conventional flooded batteries, although actual lifespan can vary, based on a variety of factors, including the specific application, operating temperatures and maintenance habits. Generally speaking, batteries do better in cooler climates, although either hot or cold extremes can be very hard on batteries.
The key to long battery life is proper voltage maintenance. When any battery is discharged below 12.4 volts and left in that state, sulfation begins to form, which can diminish both capacity and lifespan. That makes a quality battery maintenance device an excellent investment for any vehicle that doesn't see daily use. Fully-charged, our REDTOP batteries (and 34M BLUETOP®) will measure about 12.6-12.8 volts, while our YELLOWTOP and BLUETOP (except for the 34M) batteries will measure about 13.0-13.2 volts.