How many amps do I need to start my car?
October 2, 2009 10:21 AM Subscribe
Please educate me on car battery technology.
posted by Solomon to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was looking for a new battery for my car, but the company I've decided to get it from has three different batteries available that will suit my car - a standard lead acid battery
, a calcium battery
and a silver battery
I've been looking at the various different specifications, and it seems that the silvery battery is best. Money isn't a problem. However, I'm concerned about spending money on something that's not worth it.
Is having 160 extra startup amps (between the standard and silver batteries) really going to make a difference? What about in cold, damp weather? I think that the temperature of a battery makes a difference to how much energy it can produce - would buying the stronger battery mean that it can output more electricity at lower temperatures?
I'm pretty clueless about this kind of thing, so please feel free to educate me.