Published at Saturday, 22 September 2018. Car Chargers. By Jayne Vega.
Batteries are the single most important component within a car. Long after you have turned the engine off, batteries are continually supplying many electrical components with the power they need, such as; engine management systems, sat nav, alarm, clock, radio memory, and more. Due to this demand, batteries can become drained in a matter of weeks if not maintained in the correct manner by either driving the vehicle long enough to replace lost charge or by the use of a battery charger.
When planning to not use your vehicle for extended periods, checking and boosting every 30 - 60 days is simply not enough to guarantee your battery will not self-discharge to a critical level. This 'under charging‘ results in ‘sulphation‘ if the battery voltage is allowed to drop and remain below 12.4 volts. This sulphation is the hardening of the lead plates within the battery and it reduces the battery‘s ability to accept or hold a charge. This is where we would then recommend the use of a charger to maintain the charge in a battery.
The reason that Eneloop batteries are so popular is that they seem to last forever because they have a very low self-discharge. Self-discharge means that a battery loses its power when it was not in use, even if it was continuously charging. That is why most rechargeable batteries were not sold fully charged. By the time you bought them and tried to use them, their power would already be gone.
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