An even more accurate way to keep tabs on a car’s battery condition is with the CTEK Battery Sense, a Bluetooth enabled battery monitor that gathers data on battery voltage, battery temperature and battery charge status. The stored data is available instantly on a free, downloadable iPhone or Android App.
3) Initiate a program of regular battery charging. In addition to the stress that extreme hot and cold weather places on a battery, today’s automobiles require much more from the electrical system than in the past. Navigation systems, entertainment systems and the plethora of electronic control units drain power from the battery that the alternator cannot completely replace. And, that drain continues even when the car isn’t running.
“In addition to the stress from extreme weather, today’s automotive electrical system is designed to kill batteries,” said Bobbie DuMelle of CTEK. “It puts tremendous demands on the battery, and then does not properly restore it to its full capacity. That’s why CTEK advocates the regular use of a microprocessor-controlled, smart charger to achieve maximum battery service life.”
DuMelle said that the regular use of smart chargers, like the new CTEK MXS 5.0, could help prevent dead batteries in cold weather, and can double or triple battery life.
CTEK chargers actually “talk” to the battery while it is attached, sensing the charge level and adjusting the rate accordingly. The CTEK 5.0 also has a temperature sensor that adjusts the charge rate depending on the ambient temperature – very important to maintain the optimum charge rate, especially in cold weather. The process is very simple with the CTEK charger; it is totally automatic and fool proof. Its eight-step process reconditions the battery and tests it for any potential problems.
By following these steps, car owners can reduce the chances that they will be left out in the cold due to a dead battery when the temperatures drop. And, they will also help extend the service life of their car’s battery. For more information, go online to www.smartercharger.com.