Cold Climate ATV Battery Recommendations

What kind of batteries are best for ATVs ridden in cold climates like the state of Montana, which experiences extreme cold weather conditions.

Partzilla’s ATV expert John Talley broadcasts live Q&A sessions on our YouTube channel every Friday at 3pm Eastern. In this edition, John was asked for his recommendations on batteries for cold climates from a viewer who owns five ATVs.

Recommendations for cold weather ATV batteries

What Do You Recommend for Cold Weather ATV Batteries?

John Talley: Well, the real trick is when the temperature drops down to ridiculous levels like how it’s been this week, especially in Montana … look, you can’t fight physics, and the only way is to warm them up. You can’t put in a larger one because, especially on side-by-sides and ATVs, 99 percent of them have a certain amount of space that these things can fit. And that’s all you’ve got to work with. So with that being said, you need to start off with them in a somewhat climate-controlled environment. I’m not sure what else you could do differently. Maybe go to a different battery type. Instead of a lead acid battery, go to one of the newer generation batteries and see if that does it, as long as it has the correct cranking amps. But I’m not sure they would respond any better in the colder temperatures. That’s an interesting question … because like you said you’ve got five of those things and what are you supposed to do, pull all the batteries out and take them in the house with you?

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