The Optima battery brand is very popular with people who use winches, and for good reason! These batteries offer a higher level of starting and deep cycle power to people who have needs to go above and beyond “normal” operation. If you are in the market for a new battery and considering Optima, you might notice that there’s different series batteries in their lineup — this can make selecting the right battery very difficult. Here is a breakdown of the different Optima batteries.
Yellow Top Batteries – These are high-performance AGM batteries that offer dual purpose versatility. They perform above any expectation as a tractor or forklift battery, but also work for many other applications. The premium cranking power and cycling make this battery ideal for accessory-loaded vehicles — because of this, the yellow top is most popular on vehicles loaded down with navigation systems, off-roads lights, and more.
Red Top Batteries – The red tops are AGM batteries with the highest amount of ignition power. These batteries outlast regular batteries when used on vehicles with demanding starting and cranking power. Red top Optima batteries are most popular for large trucks, SUVs, and modified hot rods/street cars. If you have a truck without a lot of accessories, the red tops might be a good choice for you.
Blue Top Batteries – These batteries are made for boat and RV applications. They have exceptional running time and can handle more recharges than a traditional battery. This series of Optima batteries has little use for off-roaders, but would be perfect for your boats that have trolling motors &/or extensive electronics, and RVs equipped with all of the creature comforts.
Choosing an Optima battery is pretty simple when you know the information above. They are certainly not one-size-fits-all, but that’s perfect because your vehicle is not going to have the exact same needs as the next car or truck. New Optima batteries can cost as little as the mid $100s, but they can also run into the $300s and up. Some people choose to buy used, but those who do should have the battery fully tested before making the purchase. There’s really no alternative or off-brand comparable to the Optima brand, not one that’s mass produced at least. A good Optima battery can be a lifesaver when you use a winch and need your battery to hold up under added stress.