Which Car Battery is Best? Let's find out!

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  • Jordan Reed
    Jordan Reed  24 minutes back

    Thank you for all your hard work. Your videos are amazing and so educational. Thanks again!

    • Jason Dority
      Jason Dority  1 hours back

      Great test, but, every battery you got was a gold or premium series, except the carquest was a silver, there is a difference between there silver and gold series, I'd live to see what the gold would do against the others.

      • The Duder
        The Duder  1 hours back

        Another well done video! Expensive video too. lol
        Apologies for the long comment. But you can always ignore it. lol
        And good job on working smarter not harder. I still use electrical meters and math to determine resistance and actual current ratings. lol Should buy one of those testers I guess.
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        My theory on battery cost outside of the AGM cells:
        People pay the prices. It's that simple.
        If consumers lodged a protest and refused to purchase, prices would drop dramatically overnight. (applies to gas as well)
        But in the battery market, consumers are usually left without a choice of protesting. Chances are their battery is dead, therefore they must buy one no matter what.
        Manufacturers are WELL informed of this and fully take advantage of it.
        Costs to manufacture drop every 5 years at least.
        But they continuously raise prices.
        In order to prevent over-pricing, laws must be submitted and voted for. But that runs a risk of effecting good ole' capitalism.
        And that is what leaves us in the sinking boat known as greed driven price inflation.

        AGM batteries on the other hand, you have to pay for the tech so to speak.
        Their ability to be 80% discharged and recover is impressive.
        And they can be charged very fast in comparison to flooded cells.
        But beware when you use AGM. Not even joking.
        Many vehicle charging systems have a fixed float charge of 14.4 volts. 2.4 volts per cell.
        AGM demands a lower float charge of 2.25 volts per cell, with 2.30 volts being max.
        They can be damaged easily by overcharging. A long drive can be enough to cook the battery.
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        My gas hypothesis that can be considered a testable theory:
        If everyone simply filled their tanks on a given day and did NOT buy ANY gas on the following day, by the 3rd day, gas prices would be around $1.50 a gallon at most.
        We all could buy 10,000 gallons all in one day, but as long as no gas purchases occurred the following day, those companies would literally freak and prices would plummet.
        Those companies operate on a daily basis. Meaning their profits MUST be above a certain level each day no matter what. One day of no fuel purchases places them tens of MILLIONS below their acceptable profit margin.
        They would bend to our will like a wet noodle.
        Even just planning such an event would cause them to drop prices. Even if it is impossible to get everyone to do one simple thing at the same time on the same day. lol

        • Wesley Carroll
          Wesley Carroll  2 hours back

          Could you test a Duracell from Sam's Club?

          • 1DjScarface
            1DjScarface  3 hours back

            Dose the quality ratings carry over to GROUP 65 batteries??

            Do the after market batteries next...

          • david HADLEY
            david HADLEY  3 hours back

            Thanks again for your insight, your the real deal.

          • Waylon Dicken
            Waylon Dicken  4 hours back

            This is my favorite channel and this would've been my all time favorite comparison and most useful, if you would have used the (Advance) Autocraft Gold Series, which is the only battery anyone in my family has bought the last 10-15 years. I still found it very informative, although I thought the end result was to determine the best battery on the market. So I guess i will probably give the Walmart brand a go next time around and see for myself. I'm sorry if this had already been answered , as I did try to scroll through the comments to check,, but 8,200 if them is a little too time consuming. Still, i greatly appreciate all the time spent and work you do on here!!!

          • squee222
            squee222  6 hours back

            The "volt increase" metric for how fast a battery charges is useless as each battery has a different charge discharge curve and it won't be linear. Since your starting the batteries at different charge levels this is pretty meaningless information.

          • Gary R
            Gary R  11 hours back

            Will Epson salt restore a completely dead car battery ?

          • keantoken
            keantoken  12 hours back

            We had a Walmart Everstart battery that just died after something like 2 years. At the end it would always under charge and then occasionally would discharge to 8V within a few hours. No battery drain from the car, and the problem went away when we got a new battery.

          • Robert Nirenberg
            Robert Nirenberg  12 hours back

            Video Idea: Evaporust vs WD-40 rust remover vs Menard's house brand remover vs any others you could find.

          • Austin Blair
            Austin Blair  13 hours back

            I don’t know if you were going for batteries in the same price range or straight performance. I work for advanced and I just thought it was unfair to compare our lowest end battery to competitors nicer batteries that cost more. I would’ve liked if you compared using our gold or even platinum for comparison sake.

            • Project Farm
              Project Farm   3 hours back

              Thank you for the feedback. The local Advance didn't have the "gold" in stock for this group size.

          • Dennis Jemison
            Dennis Jemison  19 hours back

            Needed new batts for my 06 ram 5.9 and Walmart was out of stock so went to o'reilly and got the super start batts and so far great batteries 1 yr old. I use a battery maintainer on my truck as it will sit for a few weeks at a time without use to save the battery drain from the ecm etc. My last batts lasted from 08 to dec 18. hope these batts give me another 10 years? God Bless & Great Video!!!

            • michael montgomery
              michael montgomery  19 hours back

              Anybody need anything? I gotta make a Walmart run.

              • robert tuttle
                robert tuttle  21 hours back

                I’d like to see u test flash lights. LETS FINE OUT.

              • EGGINFOOLS
                EGGINFOOLS  22 hours back

                Awesome test. I would like to see how a OEM battery right out of the dealer would do. My AC Delco battery lasted 15 years in my 03 sierra

              • LupenSLO
                LupenSLO  1 days back

                I am from Europe and never heard of group size, cranking amps and cold cranking amps on a car battery...buu

              • Chris Rogers
                Chris Rogers  1 days back

                Walmart was rated a top battery by consumer reports years ago. I started buying them instead of batteries from advance auto. The last two batteries I purchased from Walmart didn't last 6 months. This is something that interest me considering all the batteries i have to purchase for our company every year. I'm curious why an interstate battery wasn't tested, it seems to be pretty popular with auto care centers.

              • ToughAncientSpark
                ToughAncientSpark  1 days back

                When I worked at an RV dealership, the local independent battery rep told us there are only four different battery manufacturers in the U.S. All they change is the labels.

              • Water Lily channel
                Water Lily channel  1 days back

                Battery made to use for two years only..sure...hahaha

              • quintin raymond
                quintin raymond  1 days back

                Duralast is the best option, AutoZone has best warranties and no hassle if you need to use warranty.

              • Amazing Syed
                Amazing Syed  1 days back

                Who else think he looks like Steve Jobs

                • Sam Sonn
                  Sam Sonn  1 days back

                  Great breakdown on the Johnson controls and East Penn

                • David Goodwin
                  David Goodwin  1 days back

                  I am very impressed with your presentations and your code of ethics. Thank you for doing this.

                • Rodrigo Rivas
                  Rodrigo Rivas  1 days back

                  Wouldn't you also want to know the difference between the terminals while drawing power?

                  • JJfan48
                    JJfan48  1 days back

                    Love that you do this tried and true

                    Would be cool to see how well they would do on a drain. Like on older vehicles back in the day. You’d leave the lights on by accident. Come out in the morning and the car won’t or barely could start. Would be interesting to see the different batteries handle the the “dummy test”. You can have a battery tester reading live while the vehicle is attempting to start. I assume your ford would be a good candidate for this.

                  • Bbob5810
                    Bbob5810  1 days back

                    great job. Thanks for yiu hard work

                  • Chris Maag
                    Chris Maag  1 days back

                    I have watched for a while, love the videos. What about motorcycle batteries. The seem overworked and have to be replaced quite frequently.

                  • buckaroobonsi555
                    buckaroobonsi555  2 days back

                    I have been buying Walmart Everstart Maxx for a long time. My last one was 11 years old before I had to replace and that is the norm for me, my Dad and other's I know. I worked at Autozone for a while and Advanced Autoparts and Deka seemed to be the most common brands I saw during the winter failed. We would get 5 Advanced Auto Brand and Deka brand for every other brand. The next most common failed brand was Interstate. Battery OEM's for lack of a better word have various internal construction and material menu's you can pick from. Just because many different brands are having Johnson Controls, Exide, Interstate etc.... does not mean they have the same plate materials, thickness, seperators etc.....

                  • mad max
                    mad max  2 days back

                    Great information thank you!

                  • Willie The boggle
                    Willie The boggle  2 days back

                    The money is going to the core and disposal fee mandated by federal regulation.

                  • Matthew Glaze
                    Matthew Glaze  2 days back

                    Love the walmart battery. Been using them for a long time never let me down.

                    • Homerclese
                      Homerclese  2 days back

                      Nice to know you don't have to spend a lot to get value. Now that you have all these new batteries have you thought about testing the theory that if you leave a battery sitting on a concrete floor it will discharge quicker?

                      • Chad Endersby
                        Chad Endersby  2 days back

                        Good video but not sure I trust the CCA results from your tester, IMO the only true way to test is with a proper carbon pile load tester. Your tester if it is even pulling the amps it is showing is doing it for a split second at best.

                        • sawdust 69
                          sawdust 69  2 days back

                          i had a interstate last 10 years

                          • w4csc
                            w4csc  2 days back

                            ONe feature of the Walmart battery is Walmart, itself. If your battery goes dead in Orangeburg, SC, the local Walmart has direct access to all your dead battery's data making replacement a no-arguing, no-BS affair as Walmart owns them all, not franchised out. Walmart will swap out anything. It's why they're number one. Hmm...my Everstart is 9 years old. It was $73 as I remember.....(snif).

                          • Mike Elbow
                            Mike Elbow  2 days back

                            NeverStarts always died suddenly when I needed it most but I didnt have to buy a battery for almost 10 years because they were under warranty and always went to crap before the warranty ran out so it was actually a pretty good deal.

                            • Ash qelon
                              Ash qelon  2 days back

                              I had More fun playing with the “viewing speed control” on the viewing button, set at 1.75% speed.
                              Try it you’ll like!

                              • Chris
                                Chris  2 days back

                                You really should talk to an interstate guy driving the battery truck sometime. I used to work at a Toyota dealership and the Toyota batteries are also interstate/johnson controls. Every battery on the truck has no label. The driver places the appropriate label on each battery when he delivers them to the store. They're all the same battery (within the respective group size, of course). What you're paying for is difference in cost from one store to another. Or in the case of Toyota batteries, the true2 vs. TrueStart battery you're paying for longer warranty coverage (pro-rated). Same exact battery but truestart has longer warranty.

                              • douglas becker
                                douglas becker  2 days back

                                Thank you...this video was just in time for me. Also, just got a Costco membership. 👍

                              • Chris Antczak
                                Chris Antczak  2 days back

                                Awesome video. I purchased a everstart for my 2012 power wagon a couple years ago. Still going strong and sometimes it sits for a couple weeks before i start the truck. When we had the polar vortex in January (close to -40F with wind chill), it started the truck without help from a jumper pack. I'd say for the $120 i paid for it, its not a bad battery.

                              • Andrew T
                                Andrew T  2 days back

                                On the same track as batteries, it would be great to see you test some chargers and maintainers. I've bought a few cheap ones in the past, one Schumacher was woefully inaccurate and would say it's charged when it wasn't even close, vs a Stanley I bought that was much more accurate.

                              • Jay Vee
                                Jay Vee  2 days back

                                All those store brand batteries are junk. Need to compare them to one of the Deka made brands. Vast difference.

                                • Zulfburht
                                  Zulfburht  2 days back

                                  Do a video on car oil filters

                                • Christian Poole
                                  Christian Poole  2 days back

                                  I prefer to use a carbon pile load tester because it shows how many volts the battery produces under load which is the real question. The digital meters don't seem as accurate to me since they aren't actually loading the battery. Just my 2 cents, awesome video though as usual.

                                • NOLL72
                                  NOLL72  2 days back

                                  When I was working at an auto auction several years back, I drove a jump & air truck. That's when I started calling Duralast batteries "Neverlast". Because they were relatively inexpensive at the time, dealers were using them. When I went to jump a vehicle, most of the time a "Neverlast" was under the hood even though it was only a few months old, hence my giving it that nickname. [Wink.]
                                  Two months ago I bought an AC-Delco at Menard's for $99.99. 3 year free replacement warranty. I'm confident that I won't need to replace it.

                                • Dan Ray
                                  Dan Ray  2 days back

                                  another Great Place to Find Good Prices on Batteries is Rural King most are Exide

                                • Robin Simpson
                                  Robin Simpson  2 days back

                                  Love your vids. The reason battery prices have become more expensive is because there is now a battery cartel, with JC building most of them. Terrible government oversight.