20 April 2010|
Even though I have been running different racing cells for the past five years, people are always freaked out by the small battery under the hood. Whether they think it’s from a motorcycle or couldn’t have a draw for more than 10 minutes with the ignition off, they couldn’t be more wrong. Battery technology has come a long way and traditional cell sizes and internals are not what one might expect. XS Power has a huge line of racing batteries, audio batteries and related accessories to make everything you do in your car, well better.
The consideration most of us have when selecting a racing battery is weight savings. Traditional lead acid cells can weigh over 50-pounds and in older cars are often found near the front wheels. What this means is that excess weight is one thing, but it wasn’t in the right spot. What car guys have been doing for decades is battery relocation to the trunk, but that adds even more weight with cabling and battery boxes. However, with the lightweight racing cells offered by XS Power, there is no need to be weighed down anymore.
The lightest of the XS Power line is D375 racing battery, which features a hard plastic shell. Although this cell is only 12.24-pounds, there is a modified version with a metal case, the S375 that tips the scales at only 14-pounds flat. Measuring only 8x5.3x3.2-inches, this battery cranks 800A max, yet will easily slip in many places should it need to be relocated. It can even be mounted inside the cabin because there are no external vents so it will never leak. It can go inside a glove box or under a seat with no damage to the interior of the vehicle. They even guarantee the battery against leaks if it has sustained some damage!
All of their racing cells are of a smaller dimension and weigh less than comparable cells. The cranking power of XS Power Batteries can be pushed 2-3 times the power of a wet battery of equal size. The XS Power S925 battery outperforms and lasts longer than a larger battery that comes as original equipment on a new GM car. The weight savings is immediately evident as it weighs-in at only 23.5-pounds, and as XS Power says, “Why drag around all that extra weight for less power?”
The batteries are designed for the rigors of all forms of racing. Their extreme vibration resistance means that on the race track or scaling with a rock climber, the XS Power cell will still be delivering juice while others fail. They are also highly resistant to impact and offer a variety of enclosures to make battled even more extreme conditions.
When it comes to show cars and audio systems that require a bit more juice, XS power delivers. With an ultra low internal resistance, XS Power batteries allows for substantial amounts of discharge. Show cars may have accessories running for extended period of time without firing up the motor and the XS Power cells is design to deal with it. When the motor is back on, they recover quite rapidly to provide that extra boost to accessories and power to your audio system with deep rich lows without major electrical upgrades.
The XS Power cells are designed to take the punishment and built to last. They are engineered to provide over 10 years of float service and more than 1000 discharge/charge cycles when certain batteries can’t survive under 10! For this reason, XS Power stands behind its product and warranties the battery against defects for 3 years, so drivers can be confident they’ve got reliable power.From ultra-lightweight batteries to mega 14V and 16V power cells, XS Power has a cell for everything. They also have a multitude of accessories for their products such as SAE terminals, tie-downs, boxes and even chargers. XS Power batteries have been in everything from 300mph cars on the Bonneville Salt Flats to drifting and track cars to insane drag cars like those from Titan Racing in Florida.