MYTH OR FACT?
Myth or Fact: Storing a battery on a concrete floor will discharge them.
Myth: In the past when car battery cases were made from wood or glass, the rate of discharge was accelerated. Today car battery cases are primarily made of ABS or Polypropylene plastic which are great electrical insulators reducing the rate of discharge allowing this to no longer been a problem.
Our Suggestion: Before storing a lead acid battery, fully recharge, ensure the battery case and terminals are clean and keep it in a cool, dry place.
Myth or Fact: Driving a car will fully recharge a battery.
Myth: Late model and especially ISS vehicles have ‘smart’ alternators that are controlled by the engines computer systems. The average state of charge of the battery in these vehicles is rarely over 75% and driving longer makes little difference. The days of ‘going for a drive’ for an hour, to charge the battery are gone. The only way to fully recharge is to use a quality, mains powered charger.
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Myth or Fact: A battery can explode.
Fact: A wet, lead acid battery produces hydrogen and oxygen gasses. However, the vent caps in batteries help prevent explosions that occur when jumping, connecting or disconnecting charger/cables, and starting the engine. Keep in mind that a battery explosion will most likely cause an eye and burn injury rather than create a Hollywood building explosion scenario. It is very important that all sparks, flames, and heat sources are nowhere near a battery that is charging or being cycled and always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment when working near batteries
Myth or Fact: Trickle charging is the best way to charge my car battery?
Myth: Trickle charging is not very effective. One should charge the battery at 10% to 13% of the battery’s 20 hour AH capacity. Most vehicles are rated between 50-110 amp hours. Automatic trickle chargers are good to keep the battery charged in storage or for small batteries like those used for Powersports applications
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Myth or Fact: "Maintenance Free” batteries never require maintenance.
Myth: What happens to water on roads, in cups, etc. during summer? Evaporation! The same thing occurs in batteries. In hot climates, the water in the electrolyte can evaporate due to the high under-hood temperatures. Therefore, non-sealed batteries can be a benefit in hot climates because you can easily add distilled water when evaporation occurs. Many maintenance-free, or sealed, batteries are designed so that the gas vented during charging collects and is “recombined” back into the battery. The best maintenance is good and proper charging.
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