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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 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

Should I Top Off My Battery Fluid?

July 7, 2021 10:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You may hear people talk about topping off their battery fluid when their vehicle batteries start to fail. In fact, you may even find how-to articles online about topping off a battery with acid to give the battery some added power. But don’t do that! If you have a battery that needs to be topped off, only do it with distilled water. The water inside the battery is responsible for cooling the battery and creating the electromechanical process of storing electricity, so it’s just as important as the acid you hear so much about. A battery should never actually lose... View Article

My AGM Battery Won’t Charge—What Should I Do?

June 23, 2021 10:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Because they perform better than traditional batteries and don’t require any maintenance, absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries are becoming increasingly popular in all sorts of equipment and vehicles. Although the batteries are built to last and hold their charge for quite a while, we still see some customers who have AGM battery problems. The most common issue we see is AGM batteries not charging when they’re connected to an automatic charger, which only starts charging the battery when it’s dipped below a predetermined voltage level. For example, a 12-volt battery connected to an automatic charger will only begin charging when... View Article