Jet ski batteries don’t last forever, but buying the correct jet ski battery can help extend their life.
It doesn’t matter if you need a Sea-Doo battery, Yamaha battery, or a Kawasaki jet ski battery; I’ll show you what I consider the best and which ones you’ll need for your jet ski.
What you’ll learn:
- What is the best jet ski battery?
- What battery fits your jet ski?
- How to keep your jet ski battery from dying every year.
- Common questions people have about jet ski batteries.
- And how to change your jet ski battery.
The Best Jet Ski Battery
The best jet ski battery is a ETX16L, ETX20L, or ETX30L, depending on what size you need.
What Size Yamaha Battery To Buy
If you have a Yamaha jet ski, you need a size 16L battery*.
ETX16L is what I recommend, but you can often find these part numbers that work for it too… ET16L, B2317RP, UT16L-B, UB16L-B
What Size Kawasaki Battery To Buy
If you have a Kawasaki jet ski, you need a size 20L battery*.
ETX20L is what I recommend but these other part numbers will work too… MBTX20U, UTX20HL, UTX20HL-BS, B2015, YTX20HL, MBTX20UHD, DURAGM-20L
What Size Sea-Doo Battery To Buy
- Before 2002, needs a size 16L.
- 2002 to 2007 2-Stroke needs a size 16L.
- 2002 to 2007 4-Stroke needs a size 30L.
- 2008 to 2015 needs a size 30L.
- 2014 and up Spark needs size 20L.
- 2016 and up Sea-Doo needs a size 20L.
Get the batteries here:
Note: The ETX30L is a sealed battery that is shorter than the unsealed one, so a spacer is needed and should come with the battery.
- ETX16L is what I recommend but these part numbers will work… ET16L, B2317RP, UT16L-B, UB16L-B
- ETX20L is what I recommend but these part numbers will work… MBTX20U, UTX20HL, UTX20HL-BS, B2015, YTX20HL, MBTX20UHD, DURAGM-20L
- ETX30L is what I recommend but these part numbers will work…UIX30L, B3121, MBTX30U, YIX30L
How To Tell If You Have a 2-Stoke or a 4-Stroke
How can you tell if you have a 2-stroke or a 4-stroke jet ski? Look for the dipstick on the top of the engine. It’s either a yellow or red dipstick cap located at the top of the engine, as shown below.
If you have a dipstick, you have a 4-Stroke jet ski. If you have a Sea-Doo made on or after 2008, then it’s for sure a 4-Stroke.
How To Find The Age Of Your Jet Ski?
To find what year your jet ski was manufactured is easy for boats and jet skis.
On the back of your jet ski, you will have your VIN. It’s most often on the upper side of the rub rail, but older jet skis it will be under.
The VIN last two digits tell you the year it was manufactured.
Using the images above, we can see the first image ends in D212, so it’s a 2012 model. E414 would be a 2014 model, and a J220 would be a 2020 model.
How To Make Your Battery Last?
If you’re not keeping your jet ski battery on charge when you’re not using it for over a month, the battery will only last one riding season.
Keeping your jet ski battery on a charge is super easy to do with solar panel chargers*. They’re quite affordable and far easier to deal with than wall chargers.
When I’m not riding my jet ski, I use the quick connect and hook up the solar charger. Doing this, I have gotten over 5 years out of my sealed battery. I got my Spark in 2014 and did not change the battery until summer 2020.
What if a solar charger won’t work? If a solar charger won’t work, I recommend getting a wall charger. You’ll want a smart battery charger like this here*, so it won’t overcharge the battery. The battery charger needs to be 12 volts and less than 2 amps.
Should You Install A Battery Switch On Your Jet Ski?
No, do not install a battery switch on your jet ski.
I’ve had a few people do this, and it never works out.
The problem is not that the jet ski consumes a little bit of power when you’re not using it, but the fact that lead-acid batteries sulfate and die when they’re not used.
This is why I love solar chargers. The solar charger does charge the battery (very slowly) but what it does better is maintaining the battery. It maintains the battery by keeping it active, which keeps it from sulfating and dying. The solar charger is basically “tickling” the battery instead of letting it sit and do nothing, which kills it.
What Voltage Are Jet Ski Batteries?
All jet skis use a 12-volt battery.
You also must charge the jet ski battery at 12 volts. Do not charge beyond 2-amps when using a battery charger, as the small batteries can’t handle it. You control the amps by the charger you buy, so only buy 12-volt battery chargers at or below 2-amps.
New batteries should also be charged and never assume they 100% ready to go out of the box.
My Jet Ski Clicks?
If your jet ski gives one click, then it’s a bad starter relay.
If your jet ski gives multiple clicks, then it’s a bad battery.
To fix this, I have a guide here.
How To Change A Jet Ski Battery?
The most common tools you’ll need to change a jet ski battery are…
- 10 mm wrench and socket
- 13 mm socket
- Phillips head screwdriver
- 12-in extension
Here are videos showing you how to change batteries in jet skis.