Ever been stranded due to a dead car battery? If you have, then you know how utterly hopeless it can feel to be stuck somewhere when your car won’t start. Maybe you were fortunate enough to have access to jumper-cables or a booster-pack, but if you weren’t, then, odds are, you spent what felt like an eternity waiting for a tow or roadside-assistance reviewing exactly how you would avoid this situation from ever happening again.
Here are some helpful hints to consider to increase the overall performance and lifespan of your car, or SLI (starting, lighting, ignition), battery:
Evin Prelec, Director of Marketing and Advertising for Battery Tender, notes that her company’s chargers take the guesswork out of charging car batteries:
“If you don’t drive your car on a daily basis, you should definitely plug it into a charger whenever you can. Our chargers will automatically change from a charge mode to a maintenance voltage once the battery reaches an ideal level; keeping it there, without over-charging it. You can just plug it in and walk away. Just like you plug in your cell phone at night, we recommend you do the same with your car to increase the overall lifespan of your battery.“
Furthermore, these chargers adjust their voltage levels to react to harsh cold or warm temperatures, too. Plus, they guard against sulfation, which, in many situations, can end up destroying a battery over time, due to damage caused to the plates and creating resistance.
“If a person chooses to maintain a battery from the moment they get it, by charging it regularly and following these simple tips, sulfation likely won’t ever occur,” continues Prelec.
Did you know that an idle battery can lose roughly 3% of its charge in a week? That’s why it’s important to always attach your unused SLI batteries to a maintenance charger when they’re not in use for an extended period of time.
The following steps should be followed exactly:
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With the opening of the first all-battery retail store in 1988 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Batteries Plus, as the brand was then known, quickly became the uncontested leader in the battery market, differentiated by superior product knowledge, product availability, helpful service and advice.