As vehicle technology continues to develop, increasing strain in being placed on the battery and as a result, battery charging has become an essential part of car maintenance and should be considered as important as checking tyre pressures and oil levels.
There are various types of battery charger currently available, most predominantly smart chargers and trickle chargers. However, smart chargers present a much safer and efficient way maintaining and prolonging the life of the battery.
Once a battery has reached its optimum charge levels, a trickle charger will simply send in a level of charge for a certain amount of time and then switch itself off, continually repeating the process until it is removed from the battery. This way of battery charging can potentially over charge the battery, causing it to dry out, or even start to gas, and ultimately kill the battery.
However, CTEK’s smart chargers move into a pulse maintenance mode once the battery is fully charged. Rather than sending in a charge and estimating the batteries needs, a CTEK charger will stay in constant communication with the battery, reacting and charging only when it is needed.
In pulse maintenance mode, the battery will be allowed to naturally self discharge to a certain level before being fully charged once again. Not only does this form of battery charging avoid the risk of overcharging but, as the battery is being exercised as it be would during normal use, the lifespan of the battery is extended considerably.