Quick Battery Tips

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Quick Battery Tips

Did you know that a car battery is a rechargeable battery and your battery will last 3 to 5 years, depending on your driving habits and exposure to the elements?

We have put together some quick tips for you regarding battery maintenance.

1. Do not use tap water to top off your battery. The correct liquid replacement would be a deionized or distilled type of water which can be found at most industrial supply stores or your local supermarket (distilled)

2. It is no longer a no-no to store your battery on concrete – that is an old myth. The main concern for leaving your battery on the ground is leaking acid which would ruin almost any surface (tile, carpet, wood, concrete , etc.). Additionally, concrete surfaces are usually cooler and the decreased temperature can cause a more rapid discharge of the battery if left for an extended period. Remove the battery from the car and store it in a cold, dry location where the temperature will not be so low that the battery will freeze. We suggest you store your battery in /on a container made from a solid plastic .

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3. If your battery becomes completely discharged, driving or idling your car will only give your battery a surface charge. If you are trying to charge a discharged battery it is recommended that you use a multi-stage charger to top off your battery. Battery Systems offers a full range of multi-stage chargers.  You can find a list of our products and locations on our website https://www.batterysystems.net/

4. Maintenance free batteries still need to be serviced. You will need to keep the terminals clean and free of corrosion and don’t forget to have your alternator checked to make sure your battery is being properly charged. Battery Systems will test your vehicle charging system free of charge.

5. Standards that most battery companies use to rate capacity of a battery:

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(CCA) –  Cold Cranking Amps  is a measurement of the number of amps a battery can deliver at 0°F for 30 seconds.

(MCA) /(CA) – Cranking Amps measured at 32°F.  This rating is also called marine cranking amps

(RC) – Reserve Capacity is a very important rating. It measures the number of minutes a fully charged battery at 80°F will discharge 25 amps until the battery drops below 10.5 volts.

 (AH) – The Amp Hour is a rating usually found on deep cycle batteries.  If a battery is rated at 100 amp hours it should deliver 5 amps for 20 hours etc

 

 

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