In the know: Different battery types for your car

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Your car’s electrical components — such as the starter, the lights, and the infotainment system — are powered by a battery. Your vehicle’s battery is recharged by the engine on the vehicle but over time it will have to be replaced.


  • What are the most common battery types for your car?

    The most common battery car types are SLI, lead-acid, and lithium-ion batteries.
  • What is the usual lifespan of car batteries?

    Car batteries usually last for around six to 10 years depending on the type.
  • If you’re in the market for a new battery then we suggest you give this article a read. Because today, we’re checking out various battery types for your car.

    SLI batteries

    Short for starting, lighting, and ignition, SLI batteries are one of the most common battery types found on today’s cars. Apart from starting your car, an SLI battery is designed to power your vehicle’s lights and electronic components.

    SLI batteries can provide up to 12 volts of power thanks to its six galvanic cells that have been arranged in a series format. Because it’s an open battery, SLI batteries can be serviced to prolong their overall lifespan.

    Car owners who use SLI batteries report that these types last for a fair amount of time, somewhere around three to six years.

    Lead-acid batteries

    Lead-acid batteries are older than SLIs. They were designed for older cars that did not have advanced infotainment systems or other modern technological amenities.

    Unlike SLI batteries, lead-acid batteries are sealed. This means that a lead-acid battery needs to be replaced with a new one should it bite the bullet. However, this also means that because lead-acid batteries are sealed, owners are less likely to worry about maintaining the battery making it a downright low-maintenance power source for your vehicle.

    Even with very minimal maintenance, these types of batteries can last for about five to six years.

    Lithium-ion batteries

    Li-ion batteries are often used on hybrids and EVs. Compared to lead-acids and SLIs, li-ion batteries hold more power, are lighter, and last longer. That said, they’re also more expensive and may require more maintenance.

    Owners of lithium-ion battery-equipped vehicles report that these types usually last somewhere around five to 10 years.

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