A driver's guide in choosing the right battery brand in the Philippines

Sep 12, 2018 | Same topic: Handy maintenance tips
When one spark does not guarantee a lifetime, how do you know if your battery is the one? Here is the ultimate guide in choosing the best car battery in the Philippines.

Your car battery will probably be the most forgettable item under your hood until it stops working, and when it dies, your thoughts about it may already be laced with obscenities.

In a moment all too familiar, distraught as we look for our jumper cables in a desperate attempt to bring the big hunk of lead back to life, we often ask ourselves why we need to change these batteries ever so often. At the very least twice or even more throughout the vehicle’s entire lifetime. But one thing we overlook is the way we choose our batteries - which to be honest is what determines its lifetime in our car.

Person with a dead car battery

Any driver's worst nightmare

I. 3 things to consider before you browse for the best car battery Philippines

So before we look for the best car battery brands Philippines 2019, perhaps you should consider the following first:

1. How much do you really use your car?

Ever got frustrated when your car does not start after a million attempts of turning the ignition? It’s probably because of the chemistry that happens inside your battery. The cells in your battery do not stop working to supply electricity for your accessories, and without the engine on, hence the alternator off, the juices inside your battery will simply sap away.

A great way to indicate battery longevity is looking at its reserve capacity. Cars that are not often driven can benefit from a battery with a higher RC, as it can supply more electricity, even when not in use. Aside from looking for the best car battery Philippines 2019, you need other accessories to help your battery last longer. A trickle charger or a battery tender will help you in heaps.

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2. How is the overall climate in your town?

Considering that we live in a tropical country that feels like everything is evaporating, this does not exclude your battery water, if you are using the traditional flooded type. The heat, being a catalyst to many chemical reactions, including corrosion, is an added threat to your battery life. Should you buy a battery with a removable top to replace evaporated water, or should you buy a sealed one?

This entirely depends on your diligence to check your batteries. Buying a sealed one is low-maintenance as water seeps out much slower from the cells, but ones with a removable top can last much longer if you have the due diligence to replace lost juices with distilled water.

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A picture showing different batteries

With so many batteries to choose from, how do you know which is the best car battery brands in the Philippine?

3. How do you use your vehicle?

If you are an off-roader or an adventurous driver, choosing the more common flooded or wet cell may not be recommended, as the vibrations coming from the outside can damage the battery. You can have the plates inside the battery fall off and detach from the cell connector or even have the separators pierced, resulting in a short circuit and immediate battery death.

Acid Glass Mat batteries, however, are engineered in a way that resists outside vibration and reduces the risk of battery damage. AGMs cost more than the flooded lead-acid variant so if you only drive the car in the city, the tradition may still be the better choice.

Now we have that out of the way, we will start to look for the best car battery Philippines that suit your needs. The recommendations that Philkotse.com will present is based on the three things mentioned above, keeping in mind these conditions and your vehicle type.

II. Top 3 best car battery brands Philippines and price list

1. Amaron battery review

Alright. We may be a little biased here, since James Deakin is advertising this brand but Amaron lives up to its promise to last long, really long because of the many patented technologies that it has formulated to guarantee you a great battery life.

With its  AdvantaTM paste recipe to guarantee battery life, coupled with High heat technology that pairs well with the tropical weather that we have here in the Philippines, Amaron continues to be the prime choice for most car enthusiasts.

A picture of Amaron car battery Philippines with its ambassador, James Deakin

Amaron car battery Philippines, as advertised by James Deakin

The brand also boasts of its higher reserve capabilities and cranking power. Take Amaron Hi-Life 55B24LS for example, a maintenance-free battery that is compatible to Sedans as common as Toyota Vios and Honda Civic has 75 minutes of RC and 380 CCA that would be more than enough for a one-click start.

The price range is- well you get what you pay for. Amaron battery price Philippines starts at P4,400 and can go as high as P9,900. Their website guarantees a pretty impressive 15-24 month warranty that is completely unnecessary anyway, depending on your battery preference.

2. Outlast battery review

Coming as an underdog player in the game and often overshadowed by the other Filipino brand mainly due to the latter’s aggressive marketing efforts, Outlast is an underrated battery trademark that is highly recommended by its loyal customer base.

Picture of Outlast Batteries

Can Outlast really outlast the competition?

The higher ampere rating that the battery has is because it has more plates, compared to other batteries available in the market. The plates are 100% pure lead that is not recycled, fiberglass separators, and reinforced ribcage plastic container that ensures a reliable charge.

Outlast battery price range is also arguably better with P2,800 as its starting point, going all the way up around P6500. What’s amazing is although materials are imported, the company is all Filipino. The technology behind this is developed in our own shores, which is something that we can quite be proud of.

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3. Motolite car battery review

Being the other Filipino brand mentioned earlier, Motolite car battery has been around long enough to build a reputable brand of battery that is known to have a track record of dependability that will serve any driver well.

The brand promises higher adaptability for hot weather conditions with its Tropicalized® technology, and endurance to extreme road and weather conditions. This is a highly-recommended brand according to its users at least, although when it comes to Outlast and Amaron vs Motolite, the performance and capability of Motolite leave something to be desired, at least on paper.

A picture of Motolite Enduro, one of Motolite's battery variants

Motolite Enduro, one of Motolite's best-selling batteries

The Motolite car battery price Philippines probably is most criticized, as it is Motolite batteries are relatively priced higher for the performance it puts out. While battery life is relatively the same for the three batteries for the same price range, the standard Motolite Gold only performs at a measly 68 minutes RC.

Motolite battery price list 2019 Philippines
Size
Motolite Enduro price
Motolite Gold price
Motolite Excel price
NS40
3088
3969
 
NS60
3518
4257
4826
NS50 1SMF
3907
4597
5035
N50 2SMF
3951
4985
5288
N70 3SMF
4812
5949
6467
B21
 
N70Z
6721
N40 1SNF
 
N87/R
7185
DIN44
3863
 
 
DIN55/R
 
 
TRUCKMSTR
DIN55H Tail
 
N100 6SM
7083
DIN66/R
 
N120 2D
8231
DIN66H Tail
 
N150 4D
9550
DIN77
 
N200 8D
12014

*Prices are subject to change without notice

The choice of picking the best battery brands out there are still up to the consumer’s perception. Perception is influenced by marketing efforts, so to conclude, it is always best to check your car manual and find the best brands that can keep up with your electrical needs.

Source: Vincci Ross Villanueva