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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

Is the Battery Bad, or Is It a Bad Alternator?

November 15, 2021 9:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Bad battery? Bad alternator? Bad starter? Many times, when there is a problem with starting a vehicle, the battery is the first suspect. But, in some cases, the problem started earlier in a related component. How can you know if it’s your battery or your alternator? See the diagram below.   Electrical flow In the diagram above, the battery provides electricity to the starter to start the car. The alternator returns the energy that is removed for the starting of the car to the battery. If the battery cannot hold the electricity long enough, there will not be enough power... View Article

Is It a Short, or Is It the Battery?

November 15, 2021 9:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When a car won’t start, sometimes the real culprit is elusive. You turn the key on your car, boat or other vehicle, and all you hear is a click—and this always seems to happen at the worst time. But what’s causing the issue? Is it a battery short? Here’s what you need to know. Parasitic drains Most likely, the problem with your battery short was in the making long before you experienced the no-start issue. Many vehicles of all types have an electrical draw on the battery even when the key is turned off. These parasitic drains, as they are... View Article