How to take care of your car battery | Automotive Battery Care

How to take care of your car battery | Automotive Battery Care />

26/05/2020

Introduction

BPZ understands the importance of taking care of your automotive battery. If the warning signs are ignored, you could very well end up with a dead battery. Like every component, the car battery life is limited, and, eventually, one will need to purchase a new battery but with proper maintenance, you can extend its lifespan. With that in mind, BPZ would like to recommend a few measures one can take to make one’s battery last. Our key focus here will be on the lead-acid battery since it is the most common type of battery found in cars.

Battery’s lifespan

A car battery lasts on average around 2 to 5 years. The first year usually requires minimal maintenance, however, to maximize the life of the battery, the battery needs to be fully recharged. Depending on the frequency of use and the distance travelled with a vehicle, it might necessitate supplementary charging from time to time. Most modern cars have an array of electronic components that may rapidly deplete the state of charge of the battery.  If the battery is not fully charged and operates in what is known as “PSOC” – Partial State of Charge, then the battery plates will begin to sulphate and could cause premature battery failure. This is no fault of the battery as a battery operates within the limits of the load on the battery and the charging process.  It does not harm a battery to periodically (EG: once a month) charge a battery with an intelligent charger (such as CTEK).  In Fact, this will enhance battery life.

Climate plays a significant role in determining the vehicle's battery lifetime. In warmer climates, the battery life tends to be shorter as heat can accelerate the deterioration of the car's battery. In cold weather, the battery generally lasts longer but it comes with its own challenges. One needs to keep the battery fully charged to avoid facing difficulties starting the car after an extended period of rest.  Battery chargers such as CTEK may be left connected permanently to a battery.

Maintenance during daily use

There are certain practices one can adopt to limit the wear and tear of the battery. For instance, better driving habits and car conduct can help in improving battery life.  One should avoid making frequent short trips using the car as it does not give the battery a chance to fully recharge itself. Also, while exiting the car, make sure that all lights are turned off as leaving any electronics on can drain your battery. 

In fact, it is best to avoid using any electronics while the car is not being driven since it drains the battery without recharging it.

Apart from the aforementioned tips, there are some additional steps you can perform from time to time.

One can monitor battery levels after every month or so. Similarly, it is also wise to check the fluid levels in the battery cells and top them up if they are below the recommended level. The battery terminals should be kept corrosion-free. If you see any signs of this, one can clean it off using a mix of bicarbonate of soda and water or you can bring your battery to us to clean.  Additionally, a CTEK Battery Sense may be easily connected to one’s battery, supplying real life data (Voltage, Temperature, Percentage state of charge, and Charge History) via Bluetooth to ones cellphone.

Maintenance during an extended period of non-use.

Battery care is even required when the car is not being used. If one’s vehicle is going to be stored for a period of time without use, one has a few options in order to maintain the charge of the battery.

  1. Recharge the battery fully, then disconnect the positive terminal (this method of course will cause you to lose all electronic memory).
  2. An alternate method is to connect a CTEK smart charger to the battery. CTEK Battery Chargers have a recondition mode which rejuvenates the battery plates and once the charge cycle is complete may be left connected permanently to the battery.  The battery need not be connected from the vehicle electronics during the charging process.