How to Choose an Appropriate Battery for Your Automobile


All drivers are aware of the importance of their vehicle’s battery, but few people know the best battery for their vehicle when they need a replacement.

Most drivers only pay attention to their batteries when they start to malfunction.

Battery Center manager Jason Ravenscroft explains that the correct battery must be able to meet the demands of the vehicle, especially those of newer cars where the battery is continuously discharged and recharged.

“Many new vehicles with start/stop technology use specially manufactured batteries with an absorbed glass mat (AGM). Start/Stop cars turn off several times during the same trip, for example while waiting for a traffic light to change and when the brake is released or the accelerator is engaged, the car starts without problems because battery,” Ravenscroft explained.

The difference between AGM batteries and normal flooded lead acid batteries

AGM batteries are a newer type of lead-acid battery that almost never leaks water and is strong enough to start the car engine and keep things running even after the engine has stopped.

They can be put in the trunk or under the saddle because they do not need to be maintained. The AGM battery houses the electricity generated during braking.

Can an ordinary lead acid battery be used in a start/stop vehicle?

Standard lead-acid batteries cannot withstand the demands placed on them by high-end start/stop applications and will therefore fail prematurely.

Also, a standard lead acid battery will not be able to accept the charge rate through this process if the vehicle uses regenerative braking technology.

This could cause the battery to swell, acid to leak into the vehicle due to excessive heat buildup, or in the worst case, an explosion inside the vehicle.

For more information, contact Annie Hodes on 083 325 4445.

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