Make the Right Battery Match

Batteries
09/18/2019
Batteries used to be easy to spec, but not anymore. Today’s batteries are built for specific purposes and applications. So choosing a battery simply because it has the highest CCA rating won’t necessarily give you all the power you need.
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Batteries used to be easy to spec, but not anymore. Today’s batteries are built for specific purposes and applications. So choosing a battery simply because it has the highest CCA rating won’t necessarily give you all the power you need.

To avoid this problem, you must first consider a vehicle’s electrical needs. Over-the-road haulers and their hotel loads require greater battery capacity than in-town trucks. Construction vehicles that travel rough terrain may need batteries that are vibration-resistant. And the use of 24/7 telematics and communication systems can drain the batteries of any truck in your fleet.

The key to getting the most life – and performance – from a battery is to make sure you know what you’re buying.

Some of the batteries most commonly found in today’s heavy-duty trucks include:

  • Absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries can handle high heat and parasitic loads better than traditional flooded batteries. They are often used in over-the-road trucks and are also a good choice for high-vibration applications.
  • Deep CyclingDeep-cycling batteries are designed for regular deep discharging. They are able to handle the demands of hotel loads and HVAC systems, making them a popular choice for over-the-road vehicles.
  • These batteries are also known as starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) batteries. They produce a high output of electrical charge over a short time, so they are best used for starting trucks. They are not built to handle the deep-cycling required by hotel loads.
  • Dual-purpose. Dual-purpose batteries are designed to meet both short-burst starting requirements and deep-cycle needs.

Selecting the right batteries for a truck’s needs – and ensuring that they stay properly changed – helps extend the life of each battery.

An energy audit can help you identify how many amps a truck uses day-to-day. Of course, to properly spec a battery you also must consider a vehicle’s starter and alternator. Together with the batteries, the starter and alternator keep a vehicle’s electrical system working as it should.

Choose Road Choice® for Premium Cranking Power

Once you’ve determined your electrical needs, it’s time to look at top-quality Road Choice batteries. You can count on Road Choice Heavy-Duty Batteries to instantaneously crank even the toughest commercial engines. Road Choice Heavy-Duty Batteries are:

  • Made in the United States
  • Provide low-resistance, high-energy flow to the starter motor
  • Designed to be maintenance free under normal operating conditions
  • Engineered for maximum durability, with a reinforced ribbed case, shortage-protected plates, and anchor bonding for greater strength and vibration resistance
  • Backed by an 18-month, unlimited-mile warranty
  • Available for most truck makes and models

Road Choice offers dependable heavy-duty truck batteries at a value price. Visit the Road Choice Battery Catalog to learn about our full line of batteries, view specs and part numbers.

Find Road Choice parts at more than 500 retailers across the United States and Canada.
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