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Anderson Waterproof Sleeve – Fits 175 Amp Plug

The Anderson jack plug waterproof sleeve is designed to protect the cables at the back of the jack plug from the elements, helping to prevent corrosion and damage. They are available in two sizes to fit both the 50 amp plug and the standard 175 amp

£6.70

Anderson Waterproof Sleeve – Fits 50 Amp Plug

The Anderson jack plug waterproof sleeve is designed to protect the cables at the back of the jack plug from the elements, helping to prevent corrosion and damage. They are available in two sizes to fit both the 50 amp plug and the standard 175 amp

£9.91

X-Sport Red Top 30 Lay Flat Battery Box – Carbon Look

These smooth moulded plastic battery boxes are ideal for battery re-location in any race, rally or fast road car. They are sized specifically to suit Red Top 30 batteries (or equivalent makes/sizes, check dimensions). Quick release fasteners on the box allow for quick access.  Internal dimensions (approx): L 270mm x W 175mm x H 95mm  External

£87.10

X-Sport Red Top 30 Lay Flat Battery Box – Red

These smooth moulded plastic battery boxes are ideal for battery re-location in any race, rally or fast road car. They are sized specifically to suit Red Top 30 batteries (or equivalent makes/sizes, check dimensions). Quick release fasteners on the box allow for quick access.  Internal dimensions (approx): L 270mm x W 175mm x H 95mm  External

£77.42

X-Sport Red Top 40 Lay Flat Battery Box – Black

These battery boxes are ideal for battery re-location in any race, rally or fast road car. They are sized specifically to suit Red Top 40 batteries (or equivalent makes/sizes, check dimensions). Quick release fasteners on the box allow for quick access. Glassfibre construction means these battery boxes are strong and lightweight. Internal dimensions

£106.45

X-Sport Red Top 40 Lay Flat Battery Box – Carbon

These battery boxes are ideal for battery re-location in any race, rally or fast road car. They are sized specifically to suit Red Top 40 batteries (or equivalent makes/sizes, check dimensions). Quick release fasteners on the box allow for quick access. Glassfibre construction means these battery boxes are strong and lightweight. Internal dimensions

£183.88

X-Sport Red Top 40 Lay Flat Battery Box – Red

These battery boxes are ideal for battery re-location in any race, rally or fast road car. They are sized specifically to suit Red Top 40 batteries (or equivalent makes/sizes, check dimensions). Quick release fasteners on the box allow for quick access. Glassfibre construction means these battery boxes are strong and lightweight. Internal dimensions

£106.45

X-Sport Standard Battery Box – Carbon Look

These smooth moulded plastic battery boxes are ideal for battery re-location in any race, rally or fast road car. They are standard size boxes that will suit most standard type car batteries (check dimensions). Quick release fasteners on the box allow for quick access and easy battery removal. Internal dimensions (approx): L 260mm x W 175mm x H

£87.10

X-Sport Standard Battery Box – Red

These smooth moulded plastic battery boxes are ideal for battery re-location in any race, rally or fast road car. They are standard size boxes that will suit most standard type car batteries (check dimensions). Quick release fasteners on the box allow for quick access and easy battery removal. Internal dimensions (approx): L 260mm x W 175mm x H

£77.42

Varley Red Top 8 Battery

Varley Red Top Batteries offer the ultimate in high performance for race and rally applications. Designed and engineered to a high specification for motorsport use, the Varley Red Top can withstand even the harshest of conditions.Originally used to start fighter aircraft engines and withstand the shock and vibration experienced, the qualities of the Varley

£99.60

Varley Red Top 60 Battery

Varley Red Top Batteries offer the ultimate in high performance for race and rally applications. Designed and engineered to a high specification for motorsport use, the Varley Red Top can withstand even the harshest of conditions. Originally used to start fighter aircraft engines and withstand the shock and vibration experienced, the qualities of the Varley

£324.00

Varley Battery Mounting Brackets – Suit Red Top 40 Battery

The Varley Red Top battery brackets are designed with the end user in mind and offer a weight efficient, robust solution to securing and protecting a battery for racing. Constructed from lightweight aluminium, with a 10mm closed cell polyethylene foam padding to protect the battery from both excessive shock and vibration, as well as potentially dangerous

£48.72

Varley Red Flash 650 Grid Start

The Varley Red Top Grid Start is used by vehicle recovery companies such as the AA, but also most motorsport teams connect the Grid Start as a slave battery when starting the engine to conserve the on board power. It is available supplied with either a 175A Anderson jack plug or crocodile clip connectors. These power packs can be recharged via the mains or

£251.68

Varley Red Flash 650 Grid Start – Anderson Jack Plug (175 Amp)

The Varley Red Top Grid Start is used by vehicle recovery companies such as the AA, but also most motorsport teams connect the Grid Start as a slave battery when starting the engine to conserve the on board power. It is available supplied with either a 175A Anderson jack plug or crocodile clip connectors. These power packs can be recharged via the mains or

£263.74

Varley Red Top 15 Battery

Varley Red Top Batteries offer the ultimate in high performance for race and rally applications. Designed and engineered to a high specification for motorsport use, the Varley Red Top can withstand even the harshest of conditions. Originally used to start fighter aircraft engines and withstand the shock and vibration experienced, the qualities of the Varley

£129.00

Varley Red Top 20 Battery

Varley Red Top Batteries offer the ultimate in high performance for race and rally applications. Designed and engineered to a high specification for motorsport use, the Varley Red Top can withstand even the harshest of conditions. Originally used to start fighter aircraft engines and withstand the shock and vibration experienced, the qualities of the Varley

£145.20

Varley Red Top 30 Battery

Varley Red Top Batteries offer the ultimate in high performance for race and rally applications. Designed and engineered to a high specification for motorsport use, the Varley Red Top can withstand even the harshest of conditions. Originally used to start fighter aircraft engines and withstand the shock and vibration experienced, the qualities of the Varley

£177.31

Varley Red Top 40 Battery

Varley Red Top Batteries offer the ultimate in high performance for race and rally applications. Designed and engineered to a high specification for motorsport use, the Varley Red Top can withstand even the harshest of conditions. Originally used to start fighter aircraft engines and withstand the shock and vibration experienced, the qualities of the Varley

£231.04

Varley Grid Start – Case And Lead Assembly

The Varley Grid Start is the ideal solution for turning a spare Varley Red Top battery into a portable slave battery for starting cars or using pit equipment on the grid or in the pit lane. It will take any Varley Red Top battery, up to the Red Top 30. The kit comes complete with the battery case, carrying handles and lead assembly (fitted with a 175 amp

£77.40

Varley Grid Start – Case Only

The Varley Grid Start is the ideal solution for turning a spare Varley Red Top battery into a portable slave battery for starting cars or using pit equipment on the grid or in the pit lane. It will take any Varley Red Top battery, up to the Red Top 30. The kit comes complete with the battery case, carrying handles and lead assembly (fitted with a 175 amp

£44.28

Varley Grid Start – Lead Assembly Only

The Varley Grid Start is the ideal solution for turning a spare Varley Red Top battery into a portable slave battery for starting cars or using pit equipment on the grid or in the pit lane. It will take any Varley Red Top battery, up to the Red Top 30. The kit comes complete with the battery case, carrying handles and lead assembly (fitted with a 175 amp

£36.95

The Knowledge

THE KNOWLEDGE

Batteries

What is a Car Battery?

The battery provides electricity which ignites the fuel/air mixture in the engine's combustion chamber, the starter motor kicks in and you are off. Once the engine is running, the alternator supplies the electricity the vehicle needs, although the battery may also provide additional electricity when excessive energy requirements put the alternator under pressure. This type of battery is often referred to as an SLI ‚Äď Start -Lights-Ignition.

The Lead-Acid Battery

A lead-acid battery has 6 series-connected galvanised cells arranged in a circuit. Each cell delivers 2.1 volts, so a total of 12.6 volts in total. Each cell comprises alternate plates of lead and lead coated with lead dioxide and they sit in an electrolyte solution of sulphuric acid. It is the chemical reactions caused by these components that produce the electric charge and the ability the battery possesses to re-charge itself. 12 volts is usually all a standard car requires, although trucks and other very large vehicles may require the power that comes from a 24- volt battery. The fluid levels in a modern battery remain pretty stable for the lifetime of the battery, so they don't need topping up with electrolyte in the way old ones once did. However, if the battery is drained, this can result in damage to the electrode plates which shortens the lifespan of the battery.

Racing Batteries

As the name implies, these are batteries suited to racing. A primary consideration is whether you are racing on the track or whether you are also racing on the road. If you are racing solely on the track, a smaller, lighter racing battery should provide all the power you need to get you off to a flying start. However, with on the road driving the call on the battery is much greater and you need to factor this in when you purchase your battery. On ignition, a battery designed for racing will provide a much higher output than a normal battery although they have less capacity overall. They are also built to withstand the shock and excessive vibrations that occur when racing.

A Lightweight Car Battery

If you are racing, you want your car to carry as little weight as possible. Whilst the difference between the weight of a standard battery and a lightweight battery may seem inconsequential, to a racing driver seeking that edge, it is important. Even for ordinary non-racing users, lightweight versions have their advantages. Over time, the reduction in weight can lead to a reduction in fuel consumption. If you are buying one of these, it should match as closely as possible the specification of a standard battery for your car in terms of voltage, amp hours and expected lifespan. Most lightweights are maintenance-free and are unlikely to cost more than a normal battery. Used as recommended, a modern battery should last for about 5 years.

The Cold Cranking Amp Capabilities of Batteries

One very important feature of all batteries is their CCA or cold cranking amp ability, which enables the battery to supply enough voltage to the spark plugs or coil pack to start the engine, every time, even in cold weather.

Battery Chargers

A battery charger plugs into your electricity supply and has two terminals that attach to your battery. They are particularly useful if your car has been unused for some months, for example, during the winter. It is important that you make sure that you buy a battery that will perform the functions you want it to: Trickle charging ‚Äď the charger supplies a very small amount of charge while the vehicle is in storage and will not be used for some time. The charge just keep the battery topped-up; Conventional charging ‚Äď Used to charge depleted a fully drained battery for between 6-12 hours; and Engine Start Function ‚Äď This is akin to starting your car with jump leads and the charger must have sufficient power to be able to effect this.