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Can AGM Batteries Be Placed in Sealed Containers?

January 3, 2022 9:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Here’s a commonly asked question we receive: Can an AGM battery be placed in a sealed container? Proper AGM (absorbent glass mat) battery storage is critical for keeping those batteries in good condition. AGM batteries have valves that are closed until the pressure inside the battery rises to a certain level. When the pressure reaches the release level, the valve opens for a millisecond to relieve the pressure and then reseals. The gas relieved can be explosive in the correct concentrations and must be allowed to dissipate into open air. The life of the battery is longer when engineered to... View Article

Does My Vehicle Have a Short?

December 20, 2021 11:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Does your vehicle have a short? Vehicles today have complex electrical systems, which power or monitor everything from the lights to the engine function to the wheel-speed sensor. If you suspect that you have an electrical short in your car, it can cause major issues. That’s why it’s important to recognize the symptoms of an electrical short in your vehicle and get it repaired as soon as possible. Read on for top tips for finding an electrical short in your car. Why are electrical shorts so bad? In a vehicle, a short draws electrical power, even if the engine is... View Article

What Is the Best Battery Tester?

December 6, 2021 11:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Having a reliable, accurate battery tester helps you keep track of how much capacity your battery has left. It’s important that you get the right type of tester in order to accurately gauge your battery capacity. What is the best battery tester? Battery testers can be divided into three types: electronic and load types for starting batteries and a discharge tester for deep-cycle batteries. Some testers have the characteristics of more than one category. Which type is best depends on your own situation and the type of battery you have to test. Read on for some examples of when you... View Article

What Does Temperature Have to Do with Battery Performance?

October 15, 2021 6:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Did you know that the temperature outside can dramatically affect battery performance? If you’ve ever had a car battery die on a cold morning, you probably can’t forget it. Most battery performance is measured at 77 degrees Fahrenheit—but how often is the outdoor temperature around 77 degrees? If you store your batteries in hot Texas heat or outside in a cold snap, expect that their performance will be altered. Read on to learn about the effect of temperature on battery life. How does temperature affect batteries? Batteries use an electrochemical reaction to enable storage of electricity. Most fluids move slower... View Article

How Do I Winterize My Boat and Jet Ski Battery?

October 1, 2021 6:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As the weather gets colder, there are fewer opportunities to use your boat or jet ski. Before you stow them away until spring, it’s important that you take the time to winterize your boat and jet ski batteries. This not only protects them from potentially freezing temperatures, it ensures that when you bring your boat and jet ski out of storage, all ready to go for another season. Here’s how to winterize your jet ski and boat batteries. Why do I need to winterize my batteries? You may already know that you need to winterize your boat or jet ski.... View Article