Car Battery Specs - What Do They Mean?

When it comes to choosing the right battery for your car, there are a few important items to consider. Please carefully read the label on your car battery and determine what battery you should pick as a replacement. 

Car Battery Specs - What Do They Mean?


Choosing The Right Car Battery

Specialists in the automotive industry have determined that many consumers are going for a higher CCA, which is not necessarily the best practice when picking a car battery, here is why: while cold-cranking amps (CCA) is important, with increased demands on the system from electronics, reserve capacity RC is now becoming the more important feature to consider. Most people focus on CCA and think "bigger is better", however, you don't need to pay for a higher CCA when it's not needed for your application. In fact, too much CCA can shorten the battery's life. When making the battery selection another thing to consider is also, getting the right car battery size (group#) for your car or truck.

The warranty for your car battery is another important factor to consider when shopping for a new car battery. Please make sure you get a warranty certificate from your car battery retailer or car battery replacement service.

Get familiar with the car battery markings when looking for a new car battery for your vehicle.

The Right Group# (Battery Size)

This refers to the car battery size that will best fit the physical dimensions, terminal locations, and type required for your vehicle. The Battery Council International (BCI) assigns numbers and letters for each battery group size. Group size is typically based on your vehicle’s make, model, and engine type. Although some vehicles may accommodate a battery from more than one group size, it is important that you use a battery approved for use in your vehicle. Consult a replacement guide to find the battery group size that works for your vehicle. Also, make sure your new battery will fit and be held down properly according to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.