Batteries are one of the most important components of your ATV. And to run them, there are different types of batteries. So no, not all ATV batteries are the same. There are conventional ATV batteries that are also known as wet or flooded battery. Then there are AGM or Absorbed Glass Mat batteries. And finally, there are Gel Cell batteries.
AGM batteries are considered the best for an ATV. For the best battery, you should look at the manual of your ATV. Since AGM batteries are designed to be shock and vibration proof, they are ideal for off-roading activities. They also require less maintenance and deliver reliable power. So wherever possible, shop for AGM battery of any brand.
The first thing you need to do is look at your ATV brand and model. Then turn to vehicle manual for specifications on battery size, CCA, and Amp/hr. When you shop for an ATV battery, you should look for similar specifications. Furthermore, it's ideal if you purchase AGM batteries. These offer the overall best value and reliable current to your ATV.
You'll see the label that reads something like this "YTX14 A H L-BS-1". The first three letters represent the battery model of YUSA. Different brands will have their model number. The next number "14" is the battery performance classification. A is the unique battery case size. H is the CCA power. L is polarity location, BS is either factory activated/bottle supplied designation. And 1 is the unique terminal style.
Yes, it matters a lot in terms of performance. You should ideally get the batteries that are meant for your ATV brand and model. You can choose from three different types, which are AGM, wet or flooded, and gel cell. AGM batteries are considered more reliable and durable. Gel cell is similar to AGM batteries. Wet batteries aren't good for off-roading and they're prone to spillage.
It depends primarily on your ATV brand and model. But you should go for batteries with higher cold-cranking amps. This way, the battery will be able to start your ATV even in freezing temperatures. There are batteries with a CCA of 675 and above, but batteries with a CCA of 500 are suited for most cases. If you're not living in colder regions, then a CCA of even 250 will do good.
Yes, Energizer is a reputed battery brand that sells batteries for a variety of appliances. It offers the Energizer Premium AMG specifically designed for vehicles. It has an extremely high vibration resistance and cyclic stability. The company claims this model lasts 3x more than standard batteries. Check with the retailer for ATV compatibility before purchasing.
Unlike cars, ATV is used very infrequently. And this is the main reason why ATV batteries die. You should drive your ATV everyday or at least every other day to keep the battery from dying. Leakage and spillage are another reason why batteries wear out. Especially in case of lead-acid and wet batteries, the liquid may leak if there's a crack. Finally, the battery may die as it ages.
You can try jump-starting your ATV. Connect your vehicle to another powered battery and start your ATV. Or you can try compression start. In this case, you essentially trick your ATV into starting. When you move the wheels, the engine starts rolling over. So as you drive, it can charge your battery.
You should replace your battery a few months before the battery lifecycle. If the battery is designed to run for 3 years, then you should ideally get it replaced within 2.5 years. This depends on how frequently you're driving your ATV and your maintenance habits. As and when you replace your ATV battery, get a similar battery that matches your ATV model.