One of the most important ways you can conserve your battery is to avoid overcharging. Keeping battery-operated devices plugged in after they have reached full charge may reduce battery life over time. Exposing batteries or devices to extreme temperatures can also shorten expected battery life. When batteries become hot they drain faster, so whenever possible store them in a cool place. Other great tips to extend battery life for devices like your smartphone and tablet include closing out apps when you’re finished using them, turning off your notifications or try switching to airplane mode to save your battery whenever you find yourself in an area with little or no reception.
Just like tires or wiper blades, belts and hoses, batteries wear out. If you could see into the interior of a worn battery, you would be able to see the material that has shed from the battery’s internal plates over the lifetime of the battery
The number one cause of battery plate shedding is heat, both environmental and from normal vehicle operation. Over time, high temperatures gradually break down your battery. The second most common cause is vibration. The constant jostling and bouncing your vehicle experiences as you drive also contributes to plate shedding. The build-up of the material shed from your battery plates is what eventually causes a battery to fail.
As your battery ages, the CCA reading will continue to decrease until it falls below the manufacturer’s rating. When the test decision is “Replace”, it means that your battery no longer meets industry standards and will soon fail. By having your battery tested regularly, you will know when to replace it before it fails and leaves you stranded.
The Solar BA9 Battery and System Tester from Clore Automotive is optimized to test four distinct battery types: Conventional Flooded Acid, AGM Flat Plate, AGM Spiral Wound and Gel Cell batteries. It also features the convenience of starting and charging system testing, offering quick assessment and providing both a numerical result and a pass/fail result.
According to the Battery Experts at Power-Sonic Battery Corp. recharge time depends on the depth of the preceding discharge and the output current of the charger.
To determine the approximate recharge time of a fully discharged battery, divide the battery’s capacity (amp. hrs) by the rated output of the charger current (amps) and multiply the resulting number of hours by a factor of 1.75 to compensate for the declining output current during charge.
If the amount of amp. hour discharged from the battery is known, use it instead of the battery’s capacity to make the calculation.
Battery capacity = 100ah.
Depth of discharge= 100%
Charge rate= 10 amps
100 / 10 x 1.75 = 17.5 hours
PowerBright designs and manufactures the most technologically advanced power products available at their state of the art manufacturing facility.
The PowerBright 12 and 24 volt DC to AC power inverters are available in both modified and pure sine wave. Made to meet the most stringent North American quality standards the PowerBright name is synonymous with exceptional reliability.
With digital LED displays and wireless remotes these inverters are ideal for everything from emergency power supply at home to in cab power for long haul truckers.
Royal Battery Sales specializes in the installation of Power Inverters for residential and commercial applications and can provide a complete setup including everything from cables and batteries to relay switches and solar chargers.
Exide offers the first and only AGM battery to feature SureLife Graphite Technology which helps to strengthen and maintain charge pathways; increasing the life of the battery by building networks and reducing lead sulfate particle size.
Delivering 17 times more energy the EDGE battery can handle the demands of the toughest applications. With greater charge acceptance Exide Edge batteries rebound quicker after unintentional discharge. Designed to offer 2 times longer life then conventional batteries these clean, safe AGM batteries are covered by a 4 year free replacement warranty for automotive applications.
Available in a variety of Automotive and Marine sizes the Exide Edge AGM battery is fast becoming the smart choice for savvy consumers.
A vehicle with a battery that is too discharged to operate the starter may be jump started in an emergency. Jump starting connects a charged battery in parallel with the discharged battery to provide enough power to start the engine.
Whenever possible, a safer alternative to jump starting is to remove the battery from the vehicle for charging and testing. This reduces the chances of personal injury or vehicle damage associated with the jump starting procedures.
• Jump starting a vehicle is a potentially dangerous procedure. Battery gases are explosive. Gloves, protective clothing, and goggles should always be worn when jump starting a vehicle.
• Never smoke or create a spark that could ignite explosive battery gases.
• Never make the final cable connection at the battery, it may create a spark.
• Make sure the dead battery is not frozen. Do not attempt to jump start a frozen battery. It could explode.
We sell a wide variety of portable battery booster packs to jump start anything from the smallest cars up to the largest heavy duty commercial vehicles. We even sell a jump starter that’s fitted with a Cessna connector designed to boost aircraft and ground support vehicles.
Call today for the best price on battery booster packs 416-744-8484
EnerSys has announced the release of new BCI sizes for the ODYSSEY Battery Performance Series line.
BCI group sizes 34 and 78 are available immediately and the 65 group size will be available in early 2014.
ODYSSEY Performance Series batteries provide all the reliability of ODYSSEY Extreme Series batteries including features such as longer cycle life, faster recharge, superior vibration resistance and extreme temperature tolerance.
The 4 year replacement warranty provides peace of mind as does the 3-10 year service life.
If your looking for an AGM flat plate battery but don’t need Extreme cold cranking amps then the ODYSSEY Performance battery is the logical choice.
Most of us only think about our car batteries condition in the weeks leading up to winter. The truth is summer heat can do just as much or more damage to your cars battery than winter’s cold temperatures.
Here are some startling statistics regarding the damage that heat can cause to your vehicles battery.
• Batteries die 30% faster from the summer heat vs. winters cold.
• A far larger number of car batteries die in July than in January.
• Once the outside temperatures reach 70° C, the temperature under the hood of your car can be 120° C.
By following these tips you can reduce the chances of premature battery failure due to extreme summer heat:
• Perform a visual inspection of your battery, if you notice corrosion around the terminals or bulging in the batteries case you should have the battery serviced by a licensed technician.
• Preventive maintenance goes a long way toward prolonging the life of your battery. Take a few minutes to read about your battery in your car’s manual and become familiar with what kind of battery it is, where it is, how to safely clean it and what the indicator lights inside your car might be trying to tell you.
• If your battery isn’t maintenance free you should have the water levels checked in each cell, making sure the plates are covered. This prevents sulfation and reduces the possibility of an internal battery explosion.
• If the water level is low, add distilled water (avoid tap water) until the plates are covered.
• Avoid overfilling, especially in hot weather, because the heat can cause the solution inside to expand and overflow.
It is recommended that you have your battery and electrical system professionally tested every three to six months and especially prior to heading out on a trip.
Royal Battery Sales will provide free battery testing to determine how much life is left in your battery to prevent the cost and headaches associated with unexpected battery failure.
Domestically manufactured alkaline batteries made after 1994 no longer contain mercury, so they can be disposed of safely in regular trash. However, UPS batteries, nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries, button batteries (like those used in watches and hearing aids), and the lithium batteries in computers and cameras should NOT be put in regular trash.
Royal Battery Sales recycles the following batteries:
• Nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries
• Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries
• Lithium ion (Li-ion)
• Laptop batteries
• lead acid Car and deep cycle batteries
• Sealed Lead Acid/ Absorbed Glass Matt batteries
For more information on recycling contact Royal Battery Sales Toronto
If at all possible, remove the battery from the vehicle. Clean the battery and terminals using a solution of baking soda and water if there is any concern of electrolyte outside of the battery. Make sure that nothing enters the battery during cleaning. You can also use this same solution to clean the battery compartment of the vehicle to help neutralize any electrolyte that may be present. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.
After the battery is cleaned, inspect for any signs of damage or extraordinary wear that may have occurred while in service. If you have any concerns about the condition of your battery, you should seek the advice of a mechanic or a battery specialist.
Upon determining there is no concern of damage, for conventional batteries, check the electrolyte levels. The level of electrolyte must be maintained above the minimum and at or below the maximum level line on the side of the battery. Check only when on a flat level service. If you need to increase the level, carefully add distilled water avoiding any overfill. Once the levels are adjusted, charge the battery referring to the manufacturers instructions.
Sealed VRLA batteries, or those referred to, as “Maintenance Free” do not require you to maintain the electrolyte levels. Sealed VRLA batteries must never be opened once in service or permanent damage and failure will occur. As with the conventional batteries, once you have cleaned and inspected the battery, charge it per the manufacturers instructions.
Odyssey ” flat plate AGM” batteries do not require you to maintain the electrolyte levels and must never be opened.
With the batteries in a full state of charge, you may wish to store it in a cool dry area away from children and pets. You may also choose to reinstall it in the vehicle. Either way, allow yourself access to the battery so you can periodically check your state of charge, or simply attach a NOCO Genius Multi-Purpose Battery Charger Maintainer or a Deltran Battery Tender® Battery Charger Maintainer.
Maintaining your battery state of charge during extended periods of storage is essential to insure the maximum service life is delivered. NOCO Genius Multi-Purpose Battery Chargers/ Maintainers and Deltran Battery Tender® Battery Charger Maintainers will take the worry out of offseason battery storage, simply connect and let these smart chargers do all the work.