3 Reasons OPTIMA Performs Like No Other Battery
The extreme purity of the lead used to create it
OPTIMA’s components are made of 99.99% pure lead. Without impurities to get in the way, OPTIMA conducts electricity faster. With electricity flowing faster through OPTIMA, you get a much higher burst of starting power. Faster electricity flow in OPTIMA’s pure lead also allows it to recharge faster. Plus, it holds its voltage longer as it discharges.
Each of OPTIMA’s six cells uses AGM (absorbent glass mat) plates to hold the acid in place. These are wound into precisely compressed spiral cells and inserted into the case. This Spiralcell design naturally has more surface area than a conventional battery and provides an internal structural advantage that helps the cell hold its shape even under varying harsh conditions.
A case that is completely sealed to withstand rough handling and harsh environments
Using precision plastic welding techniques, the case is completely sealed, forming a one-piece, air-tight package. The result: no leaks, no engine compartment contaminants, no maintenance.
Benefits of OPTIMA Batteries
- Up to 2X Longer Life
Durable construction and high resistance to extreme temperature and vibration are why OPTIMA batteries last up to 2 times longer than ordinary batteries.
- Strongest 5-Second Starting Power
OPTIMA batteries deliver a higher level of power to the starter in the critical first 5 seconds of the vehicle starting cycle.
- Leak-Proof & Maintenance-Free
Tightly sealed cells allow for mounting in multiple positions without leaking or damaging your vehicle.
- Resistant to All Damaging Factors
OPTIMA batteries are corrosion resistant and ideal for all types of weather and temperatures.
- Over 15X More Vibration Resistance
Damage from vibration can cause battery failure, but the cells in an OPTIMA battery are tightly compressed to withstand even the most severe vibration conditions.
Which OPTIMA Battery Is Right For Me?
Best used for vehicles that require the highest cranking power available. The RedTop provides the strongest 5-second burst of power every time you need to start your vehicle. It’s perfect for those who rely on their battery to get them going time after time.
RedTop OPTIMA batteries are ideal for providing clean ignition power to cars, trucks and other vehicles that have properly sized alternators. This includes stock and modified vehicles that need a better primary starting battery.
Best used for starting your engine and powering your energy-hungry electronics. The YellowTop is designed to handle the extreme cycling demands of modern vehicle accessories, which means it can withstand deep drains over and over. Whether you’re adding a winch or running a high-powered audio system, nothing compares to the clean power of a YellowTop battery. Use when you have electronic accessories such as:
- DVD player
- Cell phone charger
- MP3 player
- Laptop charger
OR performance upgrades such as:
- Audio and video systems
- Sensitive racing ignition systems
- Electric fuel pumps, water pumps and fans
- H.I.D. lights
Best used for marine and RV applications that need a maintenance-free deep cycle battery with extreme cranking power. The BlueTop provides 3X the cycling capability of other batteries, meaning it can repeatedly recover from deep drains. It’s perfect for those who need a lightweight power source with faster recharges and unmatched reliability. Use when you have electronic accessories and demands such as:
- Electric trolling motors
- On-board electronics
- Stereo systems
- RVs with creature comforts that tend to drain batteries quickly
- What kind of technology is inside OPTIMA batteries?
All OPTIMA batteries are AGM batteries. AGM stands for Absorbent Glass Mat, which is a material that holds acid in place like a sponge.
Specifically, they’re made with Spiralcell® Technology – an advanced form of AGM technology that is unique to OPTIMA.
They are not gel batteries, although that is a common misconception.
- Do I need a special charger for my OPTIMA?
Under normal vehicle starting applications most automatic 12-volt lead acid battery chargers or alternators will sufficiently recharge an OPTIMA.
Most high-quality, modern chargers now have built-in features or specific settings to charge AGM batteries like OPTIMA. (Do not use “Gel” settings, as they will not fully charge an OPTIMA and could damage it over time.)
For regular charging we recommend a 10 amp maximum, 13.8 to 15.0 volts. For float charging we recommend a 1 amp maximum, 13.2 to 13.8 volts.Certain considerations must be given for high-performance applications or non-standard vehicle starting applications.
- What are storage recommendations for OPTIMA batteries?
The most important consideration when storing any battery is to make sure the voltage never drops below 12.4 volts. If your battery is in a vehicle that is not used regularly and you do not use a battery maintenance device (voltage monitor/trickle charger) your battery could be slowly discharging.
An OPTIMA batteries has a much lower self-discharge rate than conventional batteries, but all batteries will lose voltage over time, especially if there are any small electrical drains (alarm clock, stereo memory etc.). Therefore, we recommend using a type of “battery maintainer.” This is a device that will monitor your battery and keep it fully charged while in storage to extend the battery life and ensure that it will start later.
If it is not possible to use a maintenance charger, disconnect the battery from the vehicle during storage to prevent small electrical drains from discharging the battery.
High temperatures will also accelerate discharge rates. When possible, store your battery in a cool, dry location.
- How long will my battery last?
Battery life depends largely on how the battery is used and how it is maintained. Severe climates, regular off-season storage, high vibration, heavy electronic loads and frequent deep discharges are just some of the factors that can shorten battery life. An OPTIMA is designed to naturally withstand such harsh conditions and environments, but following the recommended maintenance and charging techniques will allow you to maximize the life of your battery.
- Can I install my Optima on its side?
All OPTIMA models have sealed, spill-proof cases and can safely be mounted on their side as long as the terminals are protected from shorting. If the battery has side terminals, they should also be covered to prevent shorting.
For sideways installation, the battery’s weight should be supported entirely by the cylindrical battery container and not the lip of the cover or the terminals.