Which Car Battery is Best? Let's find out!

  • Published: 03 December 2019
  • Car batteries tested: Optima AGM, Duralast (Autozone), Everstart (Walmart), Diehard AGM (Sears), SuperStart (O'Reilly), and Autocraft (Advance). Internal resistance, cranking amps, charge rate, and cold cranking amps tested.

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Comments • 8 285

  • Waylon Dicken
    Waylon Dicken  13 minutes back

    This is my favorite channel and this would've been my all time favorite comparison and most useful, if you would have used the (Advance) Autocraft Gold Series, which is the only battery anyone in my family has bought the last 10-15 years. I still found it very informative, although I thought the end result was to determine the best battery on the market. So I guess i will probably give the Walmart brand a go next time around and see for myself. I'm sorry if this had already been answered , as I did try to scroll through the comments to check,, but 8,200 if them is a little too time consuming. Still, i greatly appreciate all the time spent and work you do on here!!!

    • squee222
      squee222  2 hours back

      The "volt increase" metric for how fast a battery charges is useless as each battery has a different charge discharge curve and it won't be linear. Since your starting the batteries at different charge levels this is pretty meaningless information.

      • Gary R
        Gary R  6 hours back

        Will Epson salt restore a completely dead car battery ?

        • keantoken
          keantoken  8 hours back

          We had a Walmart Everstart battery that just died after something like 2 years. At the end it would always under charge and then occasionally would discharge to 8V within a few hours. No battery drain from the car, and the problem went away when we got a new battery.

          • Robert Nirenberg
            Robert Nirenberg  8 hours back

            Video Idea: Evaporust vs WD-40 rust remover vs Menard's house brand remover vs any others you could find.

            • Austin Blair
              Austin Blair  9 hours back

              I don’t know if you were going for batteries in the same price range or straight performance. I work for advanced and I just thought it was unfair to compare our lowest end battery to competitors nicer batteries that cost more. I would’ve liked if you compared using our gold or even platinum for comparison sake.

              • Dennis Jemison
                Dennis Jemison  14 hours back

                Needed new batts for my 06 ram 5.9 and Walmart was out of stock so went to o'reilly and got the super start batts and so far great batteries 1 yr old. I use a battery maintainer on my truck as it will sit for a few weeks at a time without use to save the battery drain from the ecm etc. My last batts lasted from 08 to dec 18. hope these batts give me another 10 years? God Bless & Great Video!!!

                • michael montgomery
                  michael montgomery  15 hours back

                  Anybody need anything? I gotta make a Walmart run.

                  • robert tuttle
                    robert tuttle  17 hours back

                    I’d like to see u test flash lights. LETS FINE OUT.

                  • EGGINFOOLS
                    EGGINFOOLS  18 hours back

                    Awesome test. I would like to see how a OEM battery right out of the dealer would do. My AC Delco battery lasted 15 years in my 03 sierra

                  • LupenSLO
                    LupenSLO  21 hours back

                    I am from Europe and never heard of group size, cranking amps and cold cranking amps on a car battery...buu

                  • Chris Rogers
                    Chris Rogers  24 hours back

                    Walmart was rated a top battery by consumer reports years ago. I started buying them instead of batteries from advance auto. The last two batteries I purchased from Walmart didn't last 6 months. This is something that interest me considering all the batteries i have to purchase for our company every year. I'm curious why an interstate battery wasn't tested, it seems to be pretty popular with auto care centers.

                  • ToughAncientSpark
                    ToughAncientSpark  24 hours back

                    When I worked at an RV dealership, the local independent battery rep told us there are only four different battery manufacturers in the U.S. All they change is the labels.

                  • Water Lily channel
                    Water Lily channel  1 days back

                    Battery made to use for two years only..sure...hahaha

                  • quintin raymond
                    quintin raymond  1 days back

                    Duralast is the best option, AutoZone has best warranties and no hassle if you need to use warranty.

                  • Amazing Syed
                    Amazing Syed  1 days back

                    Who else think he looks like Steve Jobs

                    • Sam Sonn
                      Sam Sonn  1 days back

                      Great breakdown on the Johnson controls and East Penn

                    • David Goodwin
                      David Goodwin  1 days back

                      I am very impressed with your presentations and your code of ethics. Thank you for doing this.

                    • Rodrigo Rivas
                      Rodrigo Rivas  1 days back

                      Wouldn't you also want to know the difference between the terminals while drawing power?

                      • JJfan48
                        JJfan48  1 days back

                        Love that you do this tried and true

                        Would be cool to see how well they would do on a drain. Like on older vehicles back in the day. You’d leave the lights on by accident. Come out in the morning and the car won’t or barely could start. Would be interesting to see the different batteries handle the the “dummy test”. You can have a battery tester reading live while the vehicle is attempting to start. I assume your ford would be a good candidate for this.

                      • Bbob5810
                        Bbob5810  1 days back

                        great job. Thanks for yiu hard work

                      • Chris Maag
                        Chris Maag  1 days back

                        I have watched for a while, love the videos. What about motorcycle batteries. The seem overworked and have to be replaced quite frequently.

                      • buckaroobonsi555
                        buckaroobonsi555  1 days back

                        I have been buying Walmart Everstart Maxx for a long time. My last one was 11 years old before I had to replace and that is the norm for me, my Dad and other's I know. I worked at Autozone for a while and Advanced Autoparts and Deka seemed to be the most common brands I saw during the winter failed. We would get 5 Advanced Auto Brand and Deka brand for every other brand. The next most common failed brand was Interstate. Battery OEM's for lack of a better word have various internal construction and material menu's you can pick from. Just because many different brands are having Johnson Controls, Exide, Interstate etc.... does not mean they have the same plate materials, thickness, seperators etc.....

                      • mad max
                        mad max  1 days back

                        Great information thank you!

                      • Willie The boggle
                        Willie The boggle  1 days back

                        The money is going to the core and disposal fee mandated by federal regulation.

                      • Matthew Glaze
                        Matthew Glaze  1 days back

                        Love the walmart battery. Been using them for a long time never let me down.

                        • Homerclese
                          Homerclese  1 days back

                          Nice to know you don't have to spend a lot to get value. Now that you have all these new batteries have you thought about testing the theory that if you leave a battery sitting on a concrete floor it will discharge quicker?

                          • Chad Endersby
                            Chad Endersby  1 days back

                            Good video but not sure I trust the CCA results from your tester, IMO the only true way to test is with a proper carbon pile load tester. Your tester if it is even pulling the amps it is showing is doing it for a split second at best.

                            • sawdust 69
                              sawdust 69  2 days back

                              i had a interstate last 10 years

                              • w4csc
                                w4csc  2 days back

                                ONe feature of the Walmart battery is Walmart, itself. If your battery goes dead in Orangeburg, SC, the local Walmart has direct access to all your dead battery's data making replacement a no-arguing, no-BS affair as Walmart owns them all, not franchised out. Walmart will swap out anything. It's why they're number one. Hmm...my Everstart is 9 years old. It was $73 as I remember.....(snif).

                              • Mike Elbow
                                Mike Elbow  2 days back

                                NeverStarts always died suddenly when I needed it most but I didnt have to buy a battery for almost 10 years because they were under warranty and always went to crap before the warranty ran out so it was actually a pretty good deal.

                                • Ash qelon
                                  Ash qelon  2 days back

                                  I had More fun playing with the “viewing speed control” on the viewing button, set at 1.75% speed.
                                  Try it you’ll like!

                                  • Chris
                                    Chris  2 days back

                                    You really should talk to an interstate guy driving the battery truck sometime. I used to work at a Toyota dealership and the Toyota batteries are also interstate/johnson controls. Every battery on the truck has no label. The driver places the appropriate label on each battery when he delivers them to the store. They're all the same battery (within the respective group size, of course). What you're paying for is difference in cost from one store to another. Or in the case of Toyota batteries, the true2 vs. TrueStart battery you're paying for longer warranty coverage (pro-rated). Same exact battery but truestart has longer warranty.

                                  • douglas becker
                                    douglas becker  2 days back

                                    Thank you...this video was just in time for me. Also, just got a Costco membership. 👍

                                  • Chris Antczak
                                    Chris Antczak  2 days back

                                    Awesome video. I purchased a everstart for my 2012 power wagon a couple years ago. Still going strong and sometimes it sits for a couple weeks before i start the truck. When we had the polar vortex in January (close to -40F with wind chill), it started the truck without help from a jumper pack. I'd say for the $120 i paid for it, its not a bad battery.

                                  • Andrew T
                                    Andrew T  2 days back

                                    On the same track as batteries, it would be great to see you test some chargers and maintainers. I've bought a few cheap ones in the past, one Schumacher was woefully inaccurate and would say it's charged when it wasn't even close, vs a Stanley I bought that was much more accurate.

                                  • Jay Vee
                                    Jay Vee  2 days back

                                    All those store brand batteries are junk. Need to compare them to one of the Deka made brands. Vast difference.

                                    • Zulfburht
                                      Zulfburht  2 days back

                                      Do a video on car oil filters

                                    • Christian Poole
                                      Christian Poole  2 days back

                                      I prefer to use a carbon pile load tester because it shows how many volts the battery produces under load which is the real question. The digital meters don't seem as accurate to me since they aren't actually loading the battery. Just my 2 cents, awesome video though as usual.

                                    • NOLL72
                                      NOLL72  2 days back

                                      When I was working at an auto auction several years back, I drove a jump & air truck. That's when I started calling Duralast batteries "Neverlast". Because they were relatively inexpensive at the time, dealers were using them. When I went to jump a vehicle, most of the time a "Neverlast" was under the hood even though it was only a few months old, hence my giving it that nickname. [Wink.]
                                      Two months ago I bought an AC-Delco at Menard's for $99.99. 3 year free replacement warranty. I'm confident that I won't need to replace it.

                                    • Dan Ray
                                      Dan Ray  2 days back

                                      another Great Place to Find Good Prices on Batteries is Rural King most are Exide

                                    • Robin Simpson
                                      Robin Simpson  2 days back

                                      Love your vids. The reason battery prices have become more expensive is because there is now a battery cartel, with JC building most of them. Terrible government oversight.

                                    • L Pad
                                      L Pad  2 days back

                                      You do such a thorough job of testing products we all need and use. You really help us sort out the good ones. Thank yu.

                                    • korbel dave
                                      korbel dave  2 days back

                                      I buy my car batteries  from a local wholesaler. When I asked what brand he was selling he opened a desk drawer with all the major brands labels in it and asked me what brand I wanted it to be and let me pick my own labels. I think there are only 2 or 3 battery manufactures in the U.S. at this time. The company that I worked for at the time made battery manufacturing machines. I once asked a factory tech if they could make more powerful batteries and he said they could put six times more power in the average car battery but then they wouldn't sell as many batteries.

                                    • lance yoxtheimer
                                      lance yoxtheimer  2 days back

                                      do a utility
                                      blade test

                                    • paul maydaynight
                                      paul maydaynight  2 days back

                                      Which Car Battery "is Best"?.. that would be the current "australian Ultra batteries" car battery sherly :)

                                    • CRM6718
                                      CRM6718  2 days back

                                      Hi Project Farm, you have done a wonderful job in educating and disseminating very very useful information, the kinda information that matters to me and every DIY garage dweller! Now, as a matter of principle, I have an ad blocker and as such you do not make any money from my views. Is there any way to send some $(small but still better that me wasting time viewing random ads). Please let me know...

                                      • Project Farm
                                        Project Farm   2 days back

                                        Thank you for the positive feedback. I have a Patreon but I completely understand if you're not comfortable with that. Thanks again

                                    • Joe W
                                      Joe W  2 days back

                                      How old is this video? I ask because I'm told that Johnson Controls no longer makes batteries for Walmart. Apparently Exide makes them now. I'm writing this on 12/10/19. thanks

                                      • Project Farm
                                        Project Farm   2 days back

                                        Thank you for the feedback. Their brand is still stamped on car batteries