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Yes. Depending on the type of battery you buy, you’ll get up to 36 months Australia-wide warranty. Read all warranty information and battery terms & conditions.

Yes. RACQ has a range of batteries to suit the most popular motorcycles and the standard range for ride on mowers.

Yes. RACQ has a range of batteries to suit most recreational vehicles, from small AWDs to larger 4WDs.

Yes. RACQ has a range of truck batteries suitable for small trucks through to large heavy vehicles.

How long a battery lasts depends on:

  • proper installation  
  • the climate in which the car operates
  • how often the car is used 
  • how regularly the battery and car are maintained. 
All RACQ batteries are guaranteed for the term of the warranty providing you properly maintain your battery and regularly use your vehicle. Read our battery terms & conditions.

This depends on the type of battery required and the application. Try our Battery Finder or call 13 1905 to get a quote.

In most cases, we’ll have you going again within the hour.

RACQ Batteries has Queensland roads covered – from Cape York to Camooweal and west to Birdsville.

Normal driving will not restore the battery to a reliable level of charge. Instead, it should be recharged using a suitable multistage battery charger – and allow up to 48 hours for a flat battery to recharge.

Deep cycle batteries are designed to deliver sustained power over extended periods of time, rather than high bursts at short intervals. They can be discharged up to 50% without affecting the batteries life.  They are common in motor homes, caravans, camping and boats. These batteries are rated in Amp hours. 

An Amp hour (Ah) rating is a way of describing a battery's capacity, commonly calculated at the 20 Ah rate. It measures how long a battery will last (hours) for a given load (amps) before it is considered discharged. 

The Amp hour calculation can vary between manufacturers and batteries. When comparing batteries, make sure the rating is the same (e.g. a 100 Ah battery at the 20 Ah rate is different from a 100Ah battery at the 10 Ah rate because the 100 Ah battery at the 20 Ah rate is able to operate at a higher load than the battery able to operate at a 10Ah rate).

First, work out how much power your device uses in amps. Multiply the total amps by the number of hours the device will be used before the battery will be recharged. Add 15% to this figure for safety. Then, because deep cycle batteries should not be discharged below 50% of their rated capacity, multiple by two.

E.g. A 12 volt fridge draws an average of four amps, and you want it to run for 12 hours without recharging the battery.

4 Amps x 12 = 48 Amp hours
Add 15% = 55 Amp hours
Multiply by 2 = 110 Amp hours

A calcium and silver component is added to both the positive and negative plates to reduce water loss through gassing and aid in recharging. They are sealed and maintenance free. More and more modern cars use these types of batteries.

The battery is sealed during manufacture, which means you can’t add water to the cells. Most calcium batteries are sealed. With minimal fluid loss due to gassing, the fluid level under normal conditions will last for the life of the battery.

CCA, or cold cranking amps, is the recognised industry standard for rating a battery’s performance. The higher the CCA the more powerful the battery.

Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries are fully sealed. They use a non-woven separator material, composed almost entirely of glass fibres. This absorbs and retains the electrolyte, leaving no free electrolyte in the cell to spill. These batteries are perfectly suited to all automotive vehicles.

Enhanced Flooded Batteries (EFB) are being fitted to some popular start/stop vehicles. These ‘flooded’ batteries have a polyester scrim fitted, which applies contact pressure to the positive plate so the battery can cycle better than a traditional flooded battery.

These vehicles have special features to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The internal combustion engine automatically shut downs instead of idling, and will restart when you need to move again. These vehicles are fitted with special batteries to cope with the extra electrical load while the engine is stopped. Only AGM or EFB batteries can be used as replacements.

Sulphation is the chemical reaction between the sulphuric acid and the lead plates within a battery. When a battery discharges, ‘sulphate’ crystals form on the plates, which reduces the battery’s capacity. Batteries kept in a poor state of charge will form ‘hard’ sulphation – this causes permanent damage and can void your warranty. To reduce sulphation, fully recharge the battery as soon a possible.

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