Heat can be a major killer of your car’s battery, but freezing cold temps don’t do them any favors. That’s why you’ll see a lot of battery “sales” going on just about the time leaves start turning pretty or the ground goes into defrost mode.
To show the extent of what Optima Batteries can withstand, the company posted a video titled “Ice & Fire,” where they take one of its Red Top batteries to both extremes, almost instantly. Unless you store your automobile in a glacier somewhere, we’d bet that your battery will never be subjected to life in an ice cube. But, that’s exactly what Optima did with this 34/78 Red Top battery. Much like the bug in the ice cube gag, this test mule found itself in the middle of its own ice age.
Folks in the southernmost parts of the country can also attest to how damaging the heat can be to a battery. When you consider the power cube is most likely stored right next to the largest heat producer in the entire automobile, “extreme” begins to fit the description perfectly. But wait, there’s more! Taking an extreme TO THE EXTREME, the folks at Optima went out and found themselves a fun little M9 Flamethrower to toss a little heat and free this frozen battery from its cubicle.
The charred, but still charged battery was then subjected to both voltage and load testing to see if it still had the stuff to start a vehicle. Both gauges were affirmative, but it wasn’t until a set of cables found their way back under the hood of a truck needing a good kick in the pants that the true test of a battery’s worth was complete. We’ve had batteries test out good but still wouldn’t start, or keep a vehicle running. Reality doesn’t live on the face of a dial, especially with batteries.
This one passes all tests, and we can agree with personal experience that Optima batteries can put up with some VERY inhospitable environs and still bring the juice. The fact they provide the strongest starting burst, have up to 3X longer life, are 15X more vibration-resistant, virtually spillproof, mountable in almost any position, and maintenance-free are just additional benefits in case you find yourself amid the next ice age or on the surface of the sun.