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Northstar X2 Power Battery Installation

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Video alert: Northstar X2Power Battery Installation! Overland Bound #0000 was in need of a new battery and as a result from much research and discussion with our community, we chose the Northstar X2Power Battery for our 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser.

A deep cycle battery is different than a standard car “starting” battery. The difference is important if you are going to be traveling off the grid. A standard car battery is intended to provide a quick burst of energy to crank your engine and start the car. This action only discharges the battery a small percent, and then the charge is “topped off” from the alternator as the engine runs. THis is a very efficient, long lasting battery at an affordable price. The tradeoff is the capability to have a long reserve battery life. It’s not designed to do that.

Here is where a deep cycle battery excels. Deep cycle batteries are usually solid lead acid batteries designed to provide a consistent level of power over a long duration of time. If you are off the grid, or will be using your vehicle power for prolonged periods, this capability is essential. The tradeoff here is that a typical deep cycle does not have the same burst capability of a starting battery, so if you are using it to start your car, an oversized battery may be required.

76c0e368-f8d4-42b8-9a1a-2c01078b5b39Is it possible to get both in the same package? Enter the Northstar 2X Power, and no – we don’t get paid to say this 🙂 This battery provides impressive cold-cranking amp ratings (CCA) as well as impressive reserve capacity and cycling ability. For the tech junkies, and to be able to compare to other batteries, here are the stats:

  • Pulse cranking amps 1500 A
  • CCA rating at -18°C (0°F) 840 A
  • CA/MCA rating at 0°C (32°F) 1000 A
  • Reserve capacity 160 min
  • Capacity – 20 hour rate (1.75 vpc) 76 Ah

We made this choice because of a few reasons:

  1. Deep cycle – We regularly discharge our battery extensively off the grid, and require long battery life without charging
  2. Not a single negative review in all of the feedback and commentary we engaged in while decision making
  3. 60 Month Free Replacement warranty (!)
  4. No adjustments to the battery case or tray. Fits like a glove.

We know this is old hat for some; however, we hope this video helps those who are new to popping the hood of their rig and getting their hands greasy!

Safety First

Another key point in installing a new battery in your vehicle is safety. (Obviously.)

  1. Create a safe work environment. Clear the area of anything flammable, park on a flat surface with emergency brake engaged. Make sure no one is smoking around you.
  2. Negative terminal always disconnects first and then the positive terminal for removal of the old battery.* 
  3. Positive terminal always connects first and then the negative terminal when connecting the new battery.
  4. Have a small wire brush and a baking soda solution to clean any corrosion to the terminal ends or cables.
  5. As YouTube subscriber Kevin108 mentions in the comments… Take off any rings before installing!

We hope this Northstar X2Power Battery installation video and safety tips help you the next time you’re ready to upgrade your power.

You can read more about the X2Power Battery here.

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*There are some exceptions with very old cars, so do your research. If you have one of these cars, you probably know about this 🙂

Corrie

Adventure seeker. Dog wrangler. Writer. Partner in crime to Michael. Bonus-Mom to Miguel and Maresol. Lover of nature and all things outdoors.


Here's to forging down new trails, connecting with others, and the unapologetic pursuit happiness! #outfitandexplore

Comment(5)

  1. After reading this article and considering how I run my lights while driving at night I plan on replacing my interstate battery with an NorthStar. Looks like Batteries Plus has them in Redding and will talk to them on the which battery to get. Looks like the 24M will work, it has the dual posts so a winch can be connected to it easily. Thank you for all these helpful articles.

  2. I have been using these X2 batteries for a few years now. After switching from the Optima brand I could not be more satisfied. it’s good to see some exposure for them, hardly anyone knows about them.

  3. Watched the video you made. Great work.  I've been in the market for upgrading my stock battery and this looks like a great option. I'd like to stick with a single, deep cycle/dual purpose battery versus running a dual battery setup to run a fridge and some smaller electronics and at some point, a winch.

  4. Thanks for the article. I was at a total loss in my thought process. I had to replace two Optima batteries in my son’s Mustang and wasn’t happy. We ultimately ended up with Interstate. I knew I wanted to do something with my electrical system on my Jeep but didn’t like my options. I have an M416 trailer that I am running a hot wire to in order to power lights, coolers, and chargers. As soon as my battery starts giving me issues I will definitely make the switch to these guys. Thanks again.

  5. I used to do marine electronic installs, a product I used to use all the time is Heavy Duty Corrosion Inhibitor by CRC, you can get this product at Home Depot in the electrical dept. When you install your batt, spray this on the terminals. It will waterproof the terminal and not allow corrosion, you can also use it in butt crimps, terminals, lightbulb bases and sockets. You spray this on your batt posts and 5 years later it will look like the day you installed it! A fantastic product.

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