Dune Buggy Season is Here: ODYSSEY® Batteries Help Ensure Your Vehicle Won’t Get Stranded on the Terrain

Spring is here, and soon the warmer weather will have powersports enthusiasts preparing to hit the deserts, ORV parks, hill climbs or maybe even the beach in their dune buggies. When you are traversing sand dunes, your vehicle will need to be in top shape to handle the harsh conditions and help assist in your return home.

Great care and consideration are taken to tune engines, check the mechanical system and inspect electrical systems. However, the battery is an often-overlooked component of a vehicle’s electrical system, which must provide enough power to not only start the engine but also support a variety of onboard electronics, including GPS systems, chargers for mobile devices, lights, winches, entertainment systems and other accessories, without compromising reliability.

When selecting a battery for a dune buggy, it is vital to consider the rugged conditions and extreme heat that will likely be encountered from exposure to the sun or maybe even the exhaust.

Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries, which are sealed and non-spillable, are best suited to use in powersports vehicles. ODYSSEY® batteries from EnerSys® improve upon AGM designs by featuring proprietary Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology, which uses plates that are made thinner than those found in conventional flooded lead acid batteries, so more plates fit in the same battery footprint. This increases the surface area to enable more reactions that generate battery power at almost twice that of conventional lead acid batteries. TPPL batteries are also impact- and shock-resistant and protect against mechanical vibrations. The advanced manufacturing processes used to create ODYSSEY® batteries provide greater durability with compressed plate separators and intercell connectors that are bonded to the plates.

ODYSSEY® batteries offer a service life of 400 charge/discharge cycles at 80 percent Depth of Discharge (DOD) to power a variety of accessories while out on the beach. They also tolerate extreme temperature ranges from -40°F (-40°C) to 176°F (80°C) and require no watering, which makes them virtually maintenance-free.

Exploring the dunes, beaches, trails or being outside in any environment, is more fun when you don’t have to worry about your battery’s dependability. ODYSSEY® batteries allow you to enjoy any adventure without concern about starting the engine, powering accessories, or withstanding rugged conditions.

Powersport vehicle owners have a wide range of battery options, depending on their specific needs. Premium AGM batteries featuring TPPL technology, like ODYSSEY® batteries, offer many advantages to handle the toughest vehicle demands and harshest environments.

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