Car Battery Charger

When it comes to maintenance, many vehicle owners panic at the first sight of a repair bill. From small changes to the car’s engine – oil changes, air filter replacements, and even radiator fills – to advanced issues such as engine construction work and parts replacements, the idea that any fault with our cars must be expensive is so widespread that many car owners neglect and ignore theirs.

It’s a short sighted strategy, and one that can end up costing you thousands of dollars over the long run in major repairs and vehicle overhauls. Ignored minor issues are generally inexpensive to fix, requiring little more than a short tweak at the mechanic’s office. However, many can cost even less than this, even when they seem like an initially expensive and potentially costly repair job.

One of the most common, and in many cases, most feared, car issues is having your vehicle fail to start due to a weak or entirely flat battery. It’s a situation that millions of car owners have run into, and it’s generally thought of as quite a costly repair job. Many vehicle owners, out of ignorance or just convenience, purchase an expensive replacement battery for their car to fix the problem.

This isn’t the best, option, however, nor is the it the most cost effective. Rather than purchasing a new battery entirely, it’s often a better idea to simply recharge your old car battery. A wide range of car battery chargers are available, with models to suit everything from a large SUV to a smaller city car. Battery chargers are even available for motorcycles and scooters, further aiding with repairs.

Before we discuss the best type of battery charger for your car, it’s important to look at why flat or uncharged batteries occur in the first place. One of the most common reasons for a flat car battery, particularly in modern cars, is the headlights or parking lights of a car being left on. This drains the battery of its charge and can flatten it entirely when the vehicle is left running for a long time.

The second is general wear and tear, particularly when a car is parked and rarely used. Batteries in older vehicles can lose power over time, resulting in a weak charge when the vehicle is switched on after months of sitting unused. In both of these cases, the most efficient way to get the vehicle back up and running isn’t to replace the battery itself, but to charge it using a car battery charger.

Car battery chargers are operated using a standard wall outlet, allowing them to draw in power from your home or garage outlet. This power is then stored in a relatively small internal battery inside the charger, allowing for limited remote use. From there, the battery charger is connected to the internal battery inside the vehicle using jumper cables, and is capable of delivering a charge to start the car.

The severity of this charge depends on how the battery charger is set. Any twelve volt battery, such as those used in a car or motorcycle, is compatible with a vehicle battery charger. Most chargers are made to connect to the battery terminals underneath the hood of a car, although a range of chargers can connect using a vehicle’s cigarette lighter, delivering a ‘reverse charge’ to the vehicle itself.

Almost all charges can be configured to charge at a certain speed, or to charge their internal battery up to a certain rate. Generally speaking, two to three minutes of wall charging will produce enough power to jump start a vehicle, although a full charge may take hours to complete. Charge according to the instructions provided with your specific charger, as almost all models operate differently.

For vehicles with recurring battery charge issues, such as old vehicles that are no longer capable of holding a charge, battery replacement is always the best option. However, for those with a smaller budget, a portable ‘battery boost charger’ may be a good option. These items store a small charge in their own battery and are fitted to your car, allowing for simple remote jump starts and charging.

There’s a wide range of car battery chargers available, the majority of which offer the same features in a slightly different package. Choose according to your budget, the storage space of your vehicle, and any special issues that your vehicle is experiencing. In general, almost all car battery chargers will be capable of bringing your car’s engine back to health, even inexpensive generic models.

Remember that any car, regardless of how advanced or high-end it may be, is capable of losing its battery charge in unknown circumstances. By purchasing a car battery charger and storing it within your car, you’re preventing breakdowns from becoming a major setback. The small price of being prepared is more than made up for in the event of a flat battery, a poor charge, or a car breakdown.

This Car Battery Charger Review is Written/Updated on Jan 24th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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