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Car and Truck Batteries for Cold-Weather Cranking Power

If your vehicle's battery wears out due to harsh cold-weather starts, consider one of these high-output replacements.

batteries for cold weather
XS Power, Optima

Starting your car in the dead of winter presents myriad issues, but none is worse than trudging outside and turning the key only to find your battery doesn't have enough juice to kick the engine over. If this tends to happen to you, check out this list of some high-output car and truck batteries.

The key to flawless cold-weather starts is to have a battery rated at least 600 CCA (cold cranking amps). Most standard car batteries are rated in the range of 300 to 500 CCA. They're fine for regular cars in most types of weather, including bitter cold. But repetitive starts in frigid temps will wear your battery out faster than more comfortable conditions. When this happens, it might be a good idea to consider a cold-weather battery, which is rated at a higher cold cranking amperage output. If you live in a brutally cold environment, these might be a good investment. Here are some of our favorites.

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1 Best for Most Cars

Designed to deliver high-power cranking ability in harsh weather, the Optima RedTop is perfect for daily use. The SpiralCell design gives you a strong and clean power source, and the high reserve capacity provides longer shelf life.


2 Best for Hybrids
Now 43% off

If you drive a Prius or other hybrid, this is the high-CCA battery for you. It's designed for vehicles that have higher electrical-accessory loads, stop-start vehicles, and performance vehicles that require a higher-CCA starting battery with improved cyclic ability.

3 Best for Trucks and SUVs

Optima's YellowTop battery has premium cranking power and unparalleled cycling capability. It's ideal for full-size crew-cab trucks and luxury SUVs that use a lot of electronic accessories. Trucks with winches, vehicles with high-demand audio systems, and commercial vehicles all can rely on this battery.

4 Best for Booming Stereos and Racing
XS Power
Now 22% off

Audio nuts have learned what racers have known for years: For the best in high-performance power, turn to XS Power. If you run a lot of accessories, live in an extreme climate, or use an external amplifier to power a huge stereo, this is the battery for you.


5 Best for Extreme Power
Odyssey Battery
Now 11% off

For twice the overall power and three times the life of conventional batteries, with up to 400 cycles at 80 percentage depth of discharge, the Optimum Extreme is the way to go. Odyssey batteries pack 15 percent more plate surface area into the case, avoiding the dead space between cylinders for more power and reserve capacity.


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