Whether replacing a forklift battery or a UPS system, consumers want the best possible performance. One descriptor that may draw the attention of any battery shopper is "high-performance." Of course, anyone would want the highest performance battery possible to suit their budget. But what exactly is a high-performance battery and when is one necessary? Keep reading to find out.
Defining High Performance
There is no industry standard definition of high performance, which means any battery could technically carry this label. The way to determine if a battery is truly high-performance is to compare its specifications to other, similar batteries. It is also important to note that because of this lack of standards, high performance can mean different things for different products.
For example, a high-performance battery for a racing car might be one that provides the optimal balance between power and weight so the car can perform on a track without being weighed down by a heavy battery. On the other hand, this type of battery for a UPS system might instead be longer lasting and offer more power over a longer period of time, with no attention to weight.
The Benefits of a High-Performance Battery
A high performing battery can lead to better overall performance in certain vehicles. A marine battery with exceptional cranking power can mean that it is easy to start a boat no matter what the conditions. A high-performance battery also generally has a higher power capacity with a charge ability that is denser and can put out more amps. The benefits of this type of battery are somewhat obvious: better performance. Faster speeds, longer distances, and faster starting. In a typical car, a high-performance automotive battery may also be a good choice for vehicles with electronics systems that demand a lot of power, allowing the battery to last longer even when these systems are engaged.
When High Performance is Unnecessary
In certain circumstances, high-performance batteries are simply not required. High capacity batteries are generally constructed with more lead than a standard battery, which means they are heavier as well as more costly. For instance, replacing a standard car battery does not generally require purchasing a high-performance model. Rather, a standard battery that is as close to the one that came with the car upon original purchase is entirely acceptable. The same is not necessarily true for marine batteries or recreational vehicles, depending on what the owner intends to do with the vehicle.
Ultimately, the right choice of battery will always depend on an individual's needs. The added expense is not necessary for a standard user, but someone seeking something better and more powerful for their industrial or automotive battery needs may want to consider a high-performance battery.