Published at Friday, 14 September 2018. Car Chargers. By Maureen Chambers.
One of the really frustrating experiences in life, is going to your automobile only to find that the battery is flat. For many of us, this will happen when the car is parked for extended periods of time. On top of that, there are other occasions when your car battery may have died on you.
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.
Once upon a time, the battery charger cables would be attached to the terminals of your battery, you pressed a button, and you hung around for a bit. You would peek at the dial occasionally to assure yourself that you weren't overcharging the battery, and you shut it off at the exact time it was done.
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