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Posted: Jun 01, 2020

What Battery Does a RAV4 Take?

The Toyota RAV4 is a very versatile compact crossover SUV and as a result, it sees a lot of different use. Regardless of how it is used or maintained, the consumable items on it- tires, brakes, oil and even the battery, will eventually have to be changed. So when it comes time to change the battery, do you know what size and type to choose? The direct-fit replacement battery for the RAV4 is a Group 35 OPTIMA battery, but we offer the Group 35 in both a REDTOP and a YELLOWTOP variant, so which one should you choose?

If your RAV4 is basically your daily driver and you haven't modified it in any way, a Group 35 REDTOP is a great option, that can last up to three times as long as a typical flooded lead-acid battery, which is probably what your RAV4 has right now. If you've modified your RAV4 from an electrical standpoint, with aftermarket accessories, like a car alarm, bigger stereo system, auxiliary lighting or other accessories that may place more of a strain on the battery and the electrical system, then the Group 35 YELLOWTOP is a better choice. Even if your RAV4 is stock, but you like to listen to the radio for long periods of time with the engine off, you're probably better of going with the YELLOWTOP which is designed for both deep-cycle use and starting your engine.

Regardless of which battery you choose, maintaining proper voltage (~12.6-12.8V for REDTOPs and ~13.0-13.2V for YELLOWTOPs) whenever possible will maximize battery performance and lifespan. If you don't have a battery charger to top your battery off periodically, now is a great time to buy an OPTIMA Digital 1200 charger. Not only can it charge all OPTIMA 12-volt batteries, but it can also charge other AGM and flooded lead-acid batteries with one-touch functionality- you don't need to figure out any specific amperage or voltage settings on the Digital 1200, you just plug it in, connect it to your battery and choose the picture that best matches your battery. As an added bonus, if you buy the Digital 1200 Charger from us at the same time that you buy your battery from us, we'll extend the three-year free replacement warranty by a full year!

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