1969 Camaro Battery Size
- OPTIMA Batteries
- Las Vegas, Nevada
Finding the right battery for a 2019 Camaro is pretty easy, compared to a '69 Camaro. The 2019 Camaro was offered with either a 4-cylinder, V6 or V8 and they all use a DH6 YELLOWTOP battery. Back in 1969, the Camaro was offered with nine different engine options, which meant a lot of choices for batteries to start them. While many of the battery sizes would work for a wide variety of the 1969 Camaro's engines, it wasn't a one size fits all proposition- some would work for one engine, but not others.
For example, take the 3.8-liter 230 cubic-inch straight six. That engine could use either the Group 75/25 or Group 35 OPTIMA batteries in either REDTOP or YELLOWTOP form. If you're lucky enough to have one of the COPO 427s, you could also use any of those batteries or various versions of the Group 34. The story is similar for any of the seven engine options in between those two.
The question for many '69 Camaro owners really focuses more on how they use the car today, versus how it was equipped from the factory. We know there's a lot of LSX-swapped first gen F-bodies on the road today and the easy way to determine what battery is appropriate for those engines is to search for a vehicle that came equipped with those engines from the factory. Do you have a custom built LS7 with a heads & cam swap? Ask your builder how many cranking amps the engine needs to get started.
What about the choices between REDTOPs and YELLOWTOPs? If your Camaro is basically stock as it came from the factory in 1969, then a REDTOP will work just great. If you've significantly modified it from an electrical standpoint (aftermarket stereo, alarm, underdrive pulleys or no alternator, etc...) then a YELLOWTOP is a better choice, as it is designed for both starting and deep-cycle use.
The weight of these batteries can differ as well, with REDTOPs weighing in at slightly less weight than their YELLOWTOP counterparts and the REDTOPs tend to be slightly less expensive. They both come with three-year, free-replacement warranties in consumer applications and like all OPTIMA batteries, they only use 99.99% pure virgin lead.
One thing that might be universal for nearly all 1969 Camaro owners is how often the car is used. Chances are, most '69 Camaros are no longer daily drivers. If that's the case for your Camaro, whether it is from 1969 or 2019, the best thing you can do to maximize battery performance and lifespan (regardless of the battery you are using), is to keep your battery voltage properly-maintained with a quality battery maintenance device. We're so confident this is the case, if you buy an OPTIMA Battery and an OPTIMA Digital 1200 battery charger from us at the same time, we'll add a year of warranty coverage to your battery!