Categories for Battery Service

Why Does A Battery Not Hold a Charge?

March 22, 2022 12:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Houston climate can be very hard on batteries. For every 25 degrees that the outdoor temperature changes, a car battery doubles its discharge rate. Very hot days and very cold nights often kill batteries in the greater Houston area. When a battery is dead, it no longer will take a charge. You might be able to jump-start your car by using the charging system on another vehicle. But the battery is dead and will not start again. Why Is My Battery Not Holding a Charge? If you have wondered why is my car battery not holding a charge, the... View Article

What Is a Hydrometer, and How Does It Work?

February 9, 2022 9:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We use scales to measure the weight of solid objects, but what about liquids? How do we measure their mass and density? We use a hydrometer. What is a hydrometer? Put simply, it’s a device used to measure the weight of liquids. It has several applications—from measuring the purity of a cow’s milk, the potential alcohol content of a liquid or the amount of sugar in a liquid to measuring the specific gravity of the acidic solution in a battery. This article will cover what a hydrometer is and how it works with some FAQs. What is a hydrometer, and... View Article

How Do I Prepare a Battery for Freezing Weather?

January 26, 2022 9:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Winter weather brings its own set of unique challenges for lithium-ion batteries. These types of batteries are used in everything from portable electronic devices to electric power tools to electric vehicles—but they don’t really do well in the cold. If you own a lithium-ion battery, you can account for the cold by performing some battery maintenance. Practicing good lithium-ion battery maintenance in colder temperatures can keep your battery running and prevent catastrophic damage to it. This article will cover how to prepare your battery for freezing weather this winter. Charging You must be careful when charging your battery in cold... View Article

How Do I Properly Use an AGM Battery?

January 17, 2022 9:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The “AGM” in “AGM battery” stands for “absorbed glass mat.” This refers to the construction that enables the battery to store electrolytes. This type of battery may also be referred to as a sealed lead-acid battery, and should not be confused with a gel battery. An AGM battery comes with certain rules regarding how to operate the battery without damage. A key component of proper usage for AGM batteries is proper charging. When charging, the voltage must not ever get above 14.7 volts (V) for a 12-volt battery or 7.35V for a 6-volt battery. Depending on the way the battery... View Article

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