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The best battery will be an AGM type. I bought one from Advance Auto.
Last two batteries I've bought were Advanced Auto AGM's , and have not had a better battery.



 

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Not the Honda but when I replace the battery on my Elantra a after market battery didn’t fit good yeah I know an Elantra which there’s millions on the road. So I got the oem for that car and it fit perfect
Go with costco. 51R interstate battery.
 

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I had a 2013 veloster turbo and when the battery died I stuffed the biggest AGM battery that fit. I went from 440CCA to 760CCA. Big improvement especially here in Ohio. I would touch the start button and it would turn over very fast. Never hesitated.
 

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Last two batteries I've bought were Advanced Auto AGM's , and have not had a better battery.
I also replaced mine with an AGM from Canadian tire. It was about 1/2 size and weight to the original. Orginal failed after a year and current AGM has been working flawlessly for over a year.
 

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Does the battery get used up more if electronic parking brake is used frequently?
 

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In the market now for a new one for a 2016 Civic. Not too bad life for OEM considering I probably deep discharged it a few times messing w/the head unit ([cough] hondahack). Definitely go with Costco. It's $45 - $60 more anywhere else (Autozone, Walmart, etc.). If you don't have a costco membership ($60) well, maybe now's the time to get one since you can get a battery and membership at Costco for the same price as just a battery at Autozone. I will say, with these small batteries, you really can't monkey around in the car w/out the engine running for very long w/out discharging them...which they never fully recover from.
 

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Does the battery get used up more if electronic parking brake is used frequently?
No, it doesn't require a charge to keep the parking brake on, but does use a bit to engage/disengage. Key thing with lead acid batteries, is they need to be kept "full" to have a long life. It's not like your phone where you can "kill" it and charge it back up to full...you have to keep them full.
 

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Costco Kirkland batteries were very good, and had a good warranty. Their batteries now are Interstate, which are rebranded Johnson Control batteries. Reason why they dropped the Kirkland branded ones was Interstate didn't want to honor the warranty period that came with the Kirkland batteries. Johnson Controls also provide rebranded batteries to BMW, Toyota, Walmart, as well as Costco. A lot of Johnson Controls batteries are made in Mexico, take it for what it's worth. My opinion is Interstate battery quality has been going downhill for the last 3 years, YMMV.
If you want a battery with better than OEM CCA, and an insane amount of reserve capacity, take a look at the Stinger SPV35. Average lifespan I've had with them in other cars has been about 9 years. Not the cheapest, but you'll be hard pressed to find anything that will outperform it:

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Costco Kirkland batteries were very good, and had a good warranty. Their batteries now are Interstate, which are rebranded Johnson Control batteries. Reason why they dropped the Kirkland branded ones was Interstate didn't want to honor the warranty period that came with the Kirkland batteries. Johnson Controls also provide rebranded batteries to BMW, Toyota, Walmart, as well as Costco. A lot of Johnson Controls batteries are made in Mexico, take it for what it's worth. My opinion is Interstate battery quality has been going downhill for the last 3 years, YMMV.
If you want a battery with better than OEM CCA, and an insane amount of reserve capacity, take a look at the Stinger SPV35. Average lifespan I've had with them in other cars has been about 9 years. Not the cheapest, but you'll be hard pressed to find anything that will outperform it:

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It's hard to be convinced on the superiority of this Stinger battery by looking at the specs. It may last longer....maybe. But... Stinger specifies CCA at 438 and CA at 525. Insane as its reserve capacity might be, the Stinger website doesn't specify it.

A significantly cheaper Duracell battery sold by Sam's Club is offered for $104.54, guaranteed for 3 years, and it promises 500 CCA, 615 CA, and 75 minutes RC. It's a 51R, which means you just drop it in a civicx, while the Stinger SPV35 being 51, needs adapting for reverse polarity.

The internet seller you show apparently offers free shipping. But shipping a 30+ pound car battery ain't free, which means the battery really is sold for less than $140. So this battery turns out to be quite inexpensive, and not greatly specified, but somehow still much better than major brands.

I'm skeptical.
 
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I have an opinion on this and it could be false but hear me out. I have the factory battery still in my civic going on two years. I use my battery a lot. I even got a 1000 watt sound system installed that pulls a bit on it. It hasn’t failed me yet. Now I was thinking about upgrading to stronger battery to see if I could minimize my headlights dimming at high volumes when my subs are hitting. But I have read that a new battery alone will not cure this because the halogen bulbs will always show any voltage fluctuation a bit. So I left it alone. But that got me thinking the main reason the battery is there is for starting the car. So the proper cranking amps is needed for your starter. Maybe giving it too much could cause the starter to fail prematurely. Think about it, most electronic devices fail from being overdriven with too much power. So if you ask me I think the oem battery is the best route to go.
 

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I have an opinion on this and it could be false but hear me out. I have the factory battery still in my civic going on two years. I use my battery a lot. I even got a 1000 watt sound system installed that pulls a bit on it. It hasn’t failed me yet. Now I was thinking about upgrading to stronger battery to see if I could minimize my headlights dimming at high volumes when my subs are hitting. But I have read that a new battery alone will not cure this because the halogen bulbs will always show any voltage fluctuation a bit. So I left it alone. But that got me thinking the main reason the battery is there is for starting the car. So the proper cranking amps is needed for your starter. Maybe giving it too much could cause the starter to fail prematurely. Think about it, most electronic devices fail from being overdriven with too much power. So if you ask me I think the oem battery is the best route to go.
As far as the ampere rating, no, it can't be too high. You can connect a nuclear power plant rated at five million amperes to the civic's starter and it won't blow as long as the voltage is 12 V or so. But if you put in the civic a battery that has too large capacity and then you only drive short trips or drive too few miles per month, the civic may not be able to charge it fully and it might have a shorter life. But if you drive enough, I don't see a problem with putting in a huge battery, except for the weight and space issues.

Regarding the dimming lights under load when you play a big amplifier, what would help is either a huge battery or a modest battery with an exceptionally low internal resistance. Stinger advertises this, but I'm afraid they might be really better than others only for their red series, which seems to be much more expensive. Every battery manufacturer is trying to minimize the internal resistance, because this is the number one parameter that separates the battery men from the battery boys. But it costs money.
 

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So I'm considering just abandoning the Genuine Honda Battery for a better battery with more reserve power for when I'm not driving it for a few days. Any suggestions from those who have upgraded their battery?
You don't need to. The genuine battery has 550 Cold Cranking Amps for a tiny 1.5L engine. 550CCA is enough to start a large V6 in -20°C weather after sitting for 2 weeks..or more.

You're better off investing in a trickle charger - in fact, Honda has one. I got it with my Winter Protection Package. I use it on my other car and it works very well.

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Pep Boys in the US is having a 25% off and can combine with rebates on some batteries. Just FYI.

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2nd winter on my AGM from Canadian Tire and still doing well. I like that it's about 1/2 size of the original...I'm always looking to reduce weight in the right places.
 

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