Is there a way around this or is it just part of the charm of living in a winter wonderland?
Well, if your battery is the traditional, flooded lead-acid type, we may have good news for you.
AGM has several upsides compared to traditional flooded lead-acid batteries.
For one, it is completely maintenance-free, whereas traditional lead-acid batteries need to be occasionally topped up with liquid to keep their electrode plates fully submerged.
AGM batteries, on the other hand, have just enough liquid in them to keep their glass mat wet, but not enough that a puncture would cause a spill. The mat also helps prevent evaporation, which contributes to its maintenance-free design.
AGM has a lower rate of self-discharge than flooded batteries. This means that your vehicle can sit unused for a longer period of time before the battery needs to be recharged (this is especially convenient for snowbirds with cars that spend nearly half the year under a cover!).
Also, AGM recharges itself up to five times faster than traditional lead-acid – so drivers who mostly cover short distances are at a lower risk of gradually depleting their battery. Starting an engine in the bitter cold is especially demanding on your battery, so having it stay at or close to full charge means that you’re much more likely to benefit from its full power when you engage the starter.
Finally, AGM is better at dealing with deep discharge, which most commonly happens when you forget to turn off your headlights or when the extreme cold weather forces you to keep cranking the engine for several minutes. Traditional lead-acid can quickly degrade and lose some of its overall capacity when it’s used in such a manner, whereas AGM is better at handling the occasional abuse.
What about the environment? Is one type of battery better than the other? Actually, it’s a draw on that front: both flooded lead-acid and AGM batteries are easily recycled. Virtually 100% of its materials can be reused to make brand new batteries!
The main downside of AGM is its cost. The batteries are more expensive to manufacture, which translates into a higher price tag than that of a traditional lead-acid. But what’s great is Members enjoy exclusive CAA Premium Battery pricing that’s $25 lower than the non-member price.1 PLUS Premium Members earn 20 CAA Dollars® on their battery purchase.2
And with a 6-year total warranty, if your battery fails within the first 3 years, you’ll get a free replacement. After 3 years, you’re protected by our discounted guarantee.
Looking to replace your current car battery with an AGM?
Call *222 or get a free online quote to determine whether CAA’s mobile Battery Service offers AGM for your vehicle.