What’s OEM and Non-OEM Batteries?
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) batteries are original and factory-fitted in cars.
Non-OEM Batteries, are batteries that are sold in the aftermarket as some of you might called it. Aftermarket is a market that provides alternative replacements to the worn-out or damaged OEM parts.
Naked Truth about Battery Manufacturing Process
Batteries are difficult to manufacture consistently due to the minor variations in the water content and mismatch of anode and cathode capacities which leads to substantial cycle life reduction in the final product. Because of that, it is common to produce a battery short of its expected capacity (cycles).
Due to the strict specifications provided and rigorous quality checks run by the manufacturer of OEM products, the rejection rate of marginal batteries is increased. Naturally, a higher cost would be tagged on the batteries that had made the mark.
Car makers do not make their own batteries. They rely on big battery manufacturers to assemble batteries for them. To be the OEM manufacturer for car makers, battery manufacturers have to follow strict manufacturing methods and process to ensure that the product meets the minimum specifications set by car makers.
Is it worth spending more on OEM parts?
In our opinion, no. (Unless it’s reasonably priced.)
As we have mentioned, OEM’s are more expensive than non-OEM’s.
Will you spend $300-$400 for a 59Ah EFB OEM Battery from the agent if you know you can get a higher spec 70Ah AGM non-OEM battery for $250- $300?
Battery brands really matter if you do not know which brand to go for. You should always start with OE brands and look for battery manufacturers that produce batteries for car makers such as Varta, Sail, Banner, Panasonic, Yuasa, Exide, etc. They would have a ready set of comprehensive quality control tests running.
From this list, you can further streamline to their core business. Are they just specializing in batteries or do they have other business and battery manufacturing is only part of it? These questions would help you in making a wise decision.
All because of Costing and Business Margin
We have seen many cases where cars are equipped with lower Amphere-hour (Ah) battery that are factory fitted. Meaning, the battery locator has space for a 70Ah Battery, but the car makers put in a 60Ah battery (the higher the Ah, the bigger the battery). This is one reason why the original battery does not last as long and many drivers are complaining that the original battery does not last long.
When you are deciding which battery to replace, it is strongly recommended to replace battery of the same specifications or higher than the original OEM battery type.
The table below will provide a good gauge:
You should always adopt brands that you are comfortable with. If the battery costs unexpectedly cheap, it may not have gone through any quality checks and would not be long-lasting. Save yourself from the trouble and inconvenience. Opt for OEM branded batteries to have a peace of mind.
Good news! We are having a Group Buy for the Original Volkswagen/Audi 69Ah EFB Battery now. You are welcome to check it out. We are Singapore's first car battery online retailer.
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