How to Pick The Right Color Optima Battery

Optima Batteries are the first major overhaul of automotive power cells since they were invented way back in the dark ages.  They’re more stable at extreme temperatures, have a much longer lifespan, and are extremely vibration resistant, thanks to their unique AGM composition, which also gives them the appearance of six-pack holders.  Which would be a pretty cool promotional idea for Optima.  Anyway, we’re getting off track.  Optimas come in three colors of top and two colors of case, and it can all be a little confusing if you’re new to the brand.  So here’s a quick and easy run down of each type of Optima battery, and which color would suit your vehicle best.

Time To Pick The Right Color Optima Battery

Optima 8004-003
Optima 8004-003

 
Red Top Batteries are for simple starting purposes.  These are best used on vehicles with little to no additional electrical modification over stock.  If a stock battery would do the job, you can drop in a red top easily to replace it.  For a long, long time.  Each Red Top battery has a dark grey case.
 

Optima 8171-767
Optima 8171-767

 
Yellow Top Batteries are deep cycle batteries, meaning that they’re designed to be drained deeply and then recharged without damaging the battery’s lifespan.  This is opposed to starting batteries, like the Red Top, which will have very short lifespans if they’re drained deeply every use.  This is why you should run a Yellow Top if you have a large custom stereo system, exterior lighting kit, or electric winch.  Each Yellow Top battery has a light grey case.
 

Optima 8016-103
Optima 8016-103

 
Blue Top Batteries are built especially for marine purposes.  Get it?  Blue like the ocean?  Blue Tops are designed very similarly to Red Tops and Yellow Tops, but have one key difference: threaded sockets or posts as terminals, rather than just bare automotive terminals.  Most watercraft use these connections to keep a good hold from battery to lead despite the bumpy ride across the waves.  Each Blue Top comes in a dark grey case or a light grey case.

Optima 8006-006
Optima 8006-006

Wait, what?  Why the different case colors?  Is there a difference?  Yes. Optima’s with dark grey cases are starting batteries, while those with light grey cases are deep cycle.  Just like the Red and Yellow Tops.  Different boats have different needs.  Some boats, with electric trolling motors or heavy lighting kits, need deep cycle power, but others with simple outboards only need starting batteries.
 
So to review, if you drive a car and need a starting battery, choose a Red Top.  If you drive a car with more electrical needs, grab a Yellow Top.  If you have a boat that just needs a starting battery, get a Blue Top with a dark grey case.  But if you have a boat with more electrical needs, get a Blue Top with a light grey case.
 
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Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.

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