Car Battery Types And Sizes – Why It Matters!

 Car batteries are not created equal. Truthfully, some are just better than some others. They don’t even come in the same size.

> Use this battery matcher to find the right car battery size for your car!

At an auto showroom, have you ever take a look at the car battery while shopping for your next new ride? Have you ever question why does a certain car model have a particular battery size?

It doesn’t matter until it breaks down few years down the road and when you need to replace that flat battery and here are 5 things you should know about car battery size and replacement.

1. Car Battery Names – DIN? NS?

Battery standards usually refer to the country of origin of that battery or a specific type that is unique in style. In Malaysia, car batteries can be easily identified as German Institute of Standardisation (DIN) or Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS).  

*Include DIN and NS battery visuals

2. Continental, Asian, Local Cars batteries

Commonly, continental cars uses the DIN batteries. On the other hand, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Asian made cars use only JIS type batteries.

We have come across cars manufactured in Asia using the DIN batteries too.

Here are a few scenarios:

  • The same car model could be using a different battery size depending on the year it is manufactured. For example, Honda Accord pre-2010 uses the 75D23L while the post-2010 version uses the NS60L.
  • KIA cars are Korean-made but uses the DIN-sized batteries.
  • Proton Satria’s battery is NS60 while Proton Satria Neo’s is DIN55R.

Get the picture?

> Use this battery matcher to find the right car battery size for your car!

3. Battery Terminals

Adding to that, it can even be more tricky when it comes to battery terminals. Some cars require a battery with small terminal (ST) while some uses a standard-sized terminal. Not just that, the position of the positive (+) terminal can be either on the right (R) or left (L).

*Include visual of various battery with different terminals

4. Do Not Budget For a Smaller Battery than the Original

It will only overwork the undersized battery. Take for example, a BMW F10 is installed with a DIN72 when the recommended size is the DIN100, it will strained the capacity of the battery hence reducing its lifespan.

Vice versa, it is not recommended to fit a bigger battery than the recommended size.

5. Now, the Ultimate Question: Wet Cell, Gel Cell or Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM), Which is Better?

All three are various versions of the lead acid battery. Wet cell comes in 2 styles; maintenance free and serviceable.

Maintenance free battery is usually misunderstood as a dry cell. A dry cell car battery is a battery that contains a paste electrolyte and only enough liquid to promote conductivity.

The gell cell and the AGM batteries are the safest lead acid batteries. These batteries can perform best under extreme weathers but these specialty batteries can cost twice as much as a premium wet cell.

In most cases AGM batteries will give greater life span and greater cycle life than a wet cell battery. Gel Cell batteries still are being sold but AGM batteries are replacing them in most applications.

If you must depend on top-notch battery performance, spend the extra money. If not, a premium wet cell will do the work just fine.

Do you find all this a headache? Need help in choosing the right battery? The Battery Shop will match the right battery size for your car! Head over to or give us a call at 1800-1800-10 and we’ll deliver and install for you within 30-45 minutes.

Car Battery Types And Sizes – Why It Matters!

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