We recently got to visit the battery manufacturing facility outside Kutztown PA. We were taken through the entire production process for a variety of batteries. Now I’ve got to admit, and I don’t think I am alone in this, that I never spent a lot of time thinking about batteries until it is time to replace them. Suddenly when you are stuck on the side of the road or in a rest area and your truck won’t start a battery becomes the most important thing in the world.
Taking the tour answered some questions I never knew I had and changed my mind about some of the things I thought I knew about Group 31 batteries.
Here are the three biggest things I walked out of the tour with;
Who wants to run around at 7:30 pm on a holiday weekend looking for a battery that you are going to install in the dark, when it is cold and snowing? TRP batteries have several features that help them last longer and have a more predictable lifespan. For example, most bargain batteries don’t have a full frame around the grids. TRP Batteries have a full framed grid that is secured to the top and the bottom of the battery box, the grid also has a pattern to provide efficient electron flow. Another great feature of TRP batteries that you won’t see on bargain batteries is the way the grids are covered and the material they are covered with. It is specifically designed to prevent the grids rubbing through and shorting out. This is the number one way that cells go dead in bargain batteries.
The big take a ways are pick the right battery for the job, get an AGM if you run in rougher environments or you just want a super reliable batteries, and , as in most things, cheaper isn’t always a better value!