The Best ATV Battery For You and How To Find It

Just as with any other battery operated products, finding the best ATV battery for yours is very important as it’s what gives life to the ATV. However, finding the best would also mean weighing the pros and cons as well as looking into the factors to consider.

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Best Pick
AGM YTX9-BS Honda TRX400EX FourTrax Sportrax 400CC 1999-2009 EBC...
YTX14-BS Replacement for ATV HONDA TRX 500 Rubicon Foreman...
YTX9-BS Replaces Honda ATV TRX300EX TRX400EX 300EX 400EX CBR900R...
Battery Tender BTL35A480C Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery
KMG Honda 350 TRX350 Rancher 2000-2006 YTX14-BS Sealed Maintenace...
Unique feature
3% Self-discharge rate for longer battery life
Deep discharge recovery
Higher discharge rates at a small price
80 percent lighter at 3.75 pounds
Cranks ATVs exceptionally well
Cold Cranking Amperage
105CCA
200CCA
135CCA
480CCA
180CCA
Battery Type
Absorbed Glass Mat
Sealed Lead Acid
Sealed Lead Acid
Lithium Ion Phosphate
Sealed Maintenance Free
Best Pick
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AGM YTX9-BS Honda TRX400EX FourTrax Sportrax 400CC 1999-2009 EBC...
Unique feature
3% Self-discharge rate for longer battery life
Cold Cranking Amperage
105CCA
Battery Type
Absorbed Glass Mat
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YTX14-BS Replacement for ATV HONDA TRX 500 Rubicon Foreman...
Unique feature
Deep discharge recovery
Cold Cranking Amperage
200CCA
Battery Type
Sealed Lead Acid
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YTX9-BS Replaces Honda ATV TRX300EX TRX400EX 300EX 400EX CBR900R...
Unique feature
Higher discharge rates at a small price
Cold Cranking Amperage
135CCA
Battery Type
Sealed Lead Acid
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Battery Tender BTL35A480C Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery
Unique feature
80 percent lighter at 3.75 pounds
Cold Cranking Amperage
480CCA
Battery Type
Lithium Ion Phosphate
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KMG Honda 350 TRX350 Rancher 2000-2006 YTX14-BS Sealed Maintenace...
Unique feature
Cranks ATVs exceptionally well
Cold Cranking Amperage
180CCA
Battery Type
Sealed Maintenance Free

Last update on 2018-02-18 at 10:49 PST - Details

My Top 5 ATV Battery Picks

Expert Power’s AGM ATV Motorcycle battery is the clear winner of my list. That means that this product has the best cost-effectiveness ratio. Thus, you will get top-notch performance with an affordable price ranging at just $25 and above.

What’s unique about Expert Power’s battery is that the manufacturer highly enhanced its AGM feature than the usual. AGM stands for Absorbed Glass Mat technology. This kind of innovation means that you instantly get three benefits. In particular, these are anti-corrosion, maintenance-free sealing power, and minor internal resistance for increased productivity.

The anti-corrosion feature also means that it is anti-leak. The battery is liquid free, which minimizes your problems when it comes to maintenance. Moreover, This feature allows both ATVs and motorcycles to operate even during the winter. That’s because it doesn’t freeze up the battery, allowing it to charge smoothly.

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    Convenient customer service
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    While the battery stands out as the best selling point, you get bonus benefits because it arrives charged and ready to install
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    12-month warranty gives you a lot of time to check if this battery is worth the money
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    AGM technology
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    Because it has minor internal resistance, the battery will produce more discharge current in cranking amperage. That is a lot more efficient compared to the traditional wet batteries
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    Longer battery life
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    It has a slower self-discharge rate at 3% than other cells reaching 15 percent
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    That means that your battery won’t die for a long time

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    Although it might come charged upon delivery, it might still need extra charging
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    It could need more cranking amps for it to be perfect as an ATV battery

On the other hand, Mighty Max’s YTX14-BS Replacement Battery for Honda TRX 500 is a sealed lead acid battery (SLA) with a 200 cold cranking amp (CCA). It is a spill-proof battery (AGM) with high discharge rate, wide operating temperatures, and deep discharge recover.

It is ideal for people who live in places with extreme temperatures. Also, it resists shocks and vibrations making its lifespan pretty competitive. But most importantly, Mighty Max offers a 30-day refund and a full one year warranty.

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    It offers a 30-day return and a full one year warranty which is pretty generous compared to other brands.
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    It comes with a lot of notable key features which significantly improve its quality and lifespan.
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    It is cheap compared to other brands.

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    You can’t let it drain dead, or you might have trouble starting and re-charging it again.
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    The refund period is pretty short.

Mighty Max’ ATV battery is my budget pick because it ranges no more than 40 US dollars. Some online shopping sites have this even lower than 30 US dollars. With that said, you won’t get the same benefits compared to others, but it gets the job done at the minimum.

Mighty Max’ ATV battery has 135 cold cranking amps, which is fairly reasonable for its low price. This battery also meets the standards of a traditional Sealed Lead Acid battery (SLA). Since it’s an SLA, Mighty Max has robust features like spill-proof encasing and higher discharge rates.

Not to mention, for a battery so cheap, you can still get a 30-day refund. That prevents you from wasting money should the fit or replacement be faulty with your ATV.

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    Does more than what the price tells
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    While this battery may be similar to cheap ones found in places like Walmart, it has better features like its higher discharge rates
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    Longevity is not as long as the others, but it works as a replacement battery
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    Because of its low price and small dimensions, this battery works best as an alternative option
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    Works perfectly for an ATV compared to other applications
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    The ATV’s less demand for discharge gives this battery an edge compared to motorcycle applications
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    It’s also half the size of regular batteries, but it has high power for an ATV

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    It doesn’t last a long time
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    If you’re looking for a battery that lasts for years, then it’s better to increase your budget
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    Connection and installation are harder than other products

My upgrade pick is the Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery of Battery Tender. That means that you’ll get top-quality performance from this product, with quite a hefty price. In particular, Battery Tender’s product ranges right above 200 U.S dollars in online shopping sites.

However, there’s no mistaking that this product is famous for its durability, convenience, and power. One of the features that stands out with this battery is that it is 80 percent lighter compared to the average battery. Carrying will be easy, but more importantly, storage will be more accessible as well.

Another thing that this product boasts is its longer shelf life that is five times longer than average. This longevity is because of the lithium iron phosphate that the battery uses.

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    Foam spacers are already available which increases convenience
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    These foam spacers are designed to fit multiple-sized battery boxes
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    Innovative installation makes it easy to mount
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    It is configured to have a quad terminal feature which allows its installation in any direction
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    It comes with reasonable specifications at 12 volts, 480 cranking amps, and 10 amperes as its max discharge rate
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    It only weighs 3.75 pounds, which makes it one of the lightest batteries in the automotive industry

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    The customer service can be improved
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    While the battery per se is durable, their service needs some improvement for clients with faulty batteries
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    The weight makes it convenient, but the bolts involved along with the electrical connection can be tricky

KMG’s TX14-BS battery comes last on my list as the Niche pick of the list. That is because this battery it is specifically geared to be a great ATV battery with the right balance of features. Thus, it makes it the best ATV battery for all-around efficiency.

That means you get a healthy lifespan with the KMG, a non-spill housing, and an efficient discharge to power up your ATV. Everything is balanced, which I think is how an ATV battery should be. After all. ATVs are multi-purpose vehicles that you can use for transport, sports, or outdoor exploration.

While other batteries work well with sporting boats, motorcycles, and others, it can affect its performance with an ATV. That’s because the battery becomes too generic. However, the KMG cranks up ATVs in an instant. Not to mention, it comes second as the cheapest battery for something that works well with an ATV.

We like

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    Cranks ATVs better compared to others
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    It’s also lightweight and compact, which fits the bill for small ATVs
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    Costs half the price than other batteries that cater to motorcycles and other sporting vehicles
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    That makes it a beautiful option for ATV users
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    With regards to the non-spill feature, the KMG is a Sealed Maintenance-Free (SMF) battery. Thus, the design profoundly prevents any leaks

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    While it’s fairly balanced, it does not stand out regarding lifespan
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    The battery could use doubling of connection nuts to be correctly installed

A Mini Buying Guide for ATV Batteries

Just as we mentioned earlier, there are several things you must consider first before splurging on an ATV battery. Aside from the price and your perceived preference, here are some of the things we think you should look into:

Your ATV model

That is a significant factor to consider before buying an ATV battery. What’s the point of purchasing a new and sustainable ATV battery if it is not compatible with your ATV model?

Check if it meets the battery requirements of your ATV as well as the size and the types of connectors. Another thing to consider with regards to the model of your ATV is its mounting options.

Different ATV models have different mounting mechanisms. Check first if the mounting option of the battery you are planning to buy matches that of your ATV.

The Type of Battery

Another important factor to consider would be the battery type. There are three different types of ATV battery. First is the wet cell battery. The wet cell battery makes use of water and sulfuric acid inside.

The conventional wet cell battery needs to be checked now and then for fluid levels. You also need to add distilled water to it now and then to keep it in top shape.

However, it also comes in a maintenance free and serviceable type. The second category is the dry battery or the AGM (absorbed glass mat) type. Despite its relatively high price, this model is viral among ATV users due to its long lifespan.

With its glass mat specifically designed for wicking electrolytes, it degrades and wears out at a much slower rate compared to other batteries. And lastly, is the gel cell battery. This type of battery contains a silica-type gel inside.

Unlike the AGM or dry battery, the gel cell battery suspends electrolyte and discharges at a much lower rate.

The Battery Specs

The last factor would be the battery specs. Battery specs would include the cycle life of the battery, the amp hour and the cold cranking amps. The cycle life refers to the total number of charge and discharge cycles a battery can handle.

It is how many times you can wear out and recharge the battery without it malfunctioning. That can define how long the actual lifespan of the battery is. The amp hour, on the other hand, is the total amount of amps or amperes the battery can deliver within a particular time.

And as for the cold cranking amp, it refers to the amp that a battery can produce at o degrees Fahrenheit. That is a critical specification for people who live in places with extreme weather or who experience snowing.

It is a given that if you live in such places, you must look for ATV batteries than can start no matter how cold it is.

Although these may not be everything you have to consider yet (because there’s also the price and your budget, etc.), these are some of the most important. Do not be afraid to check reviews online of the particular product you plan to buy.

Prolonging Your Battery’s Lifespan

Not only is it important to buy a high-quality ATV battery, but you must also know how to maintain it to improve its lifespan. The most basic battery care would be using the right charger for rechargeable batteries.

Check if the charger’s output and input are compatible with the battery. For wet cell batteries, again, always check and maintain the distilled water and fluid levels. Avoid exposing your battery to extreme weather conditions.

And if you can help it, do not let the battery freeze up. You can also protect the battery’s terminals with a corrosion preventative. Also, avoid tightening these terminals too much. And lastly, keep in mind the length of your trips.

Parasitic draws and short trips can significantly affect the overall lifespan of your ATV battery by draining it. If you are already experiencing discharges from your cell for a prolonged period, it is best to replace it already with a new one.

Remember, these releases can cause sulfation which is harmful to humans especially when exposed for extended periods of time.

The Verdict

So that wraps my list for the top 5 best ATV batteries to consider buying. Remember, these five products are individually categorized to cater to your preferences. If you’re on a tight budget, looking to spend a lot, or searching for the best product, everything’s here!

Of course, there’s no question that the Editor’s Pick, which is the AGM battery of Expert Power, is the best product overall. It has the best specs, especially if we’re talking about durability and functionality. When talking about batteries, remember that those two factors are the most crucial.

If you found my article informative, don’t forget to share this with your friends! Good luck and feel free to comment your thoughts below!

Thomas Roberge
 

This website was created and is supported by a person who has been in the business of working with power tools, dedicated to home improvement projects both professionally and for the do it yourself type of person.

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