A: Yes, you can use AGM, EFB and Standard sealed lead acid batteries on none Stop-Start vehicles. Start-Stop vehicules require AGM and EFB batteries due to their high CCA to frequently start an engine and high charge acceptance for a quick recharge.
A:We recommend that Alternators and Solar are only used as as secondary form of charging as they can’t give an equitation charge. If batteries are not being fully recharged after every discharge (even partial) they will sulphate if not give an equalisation charge. Modern battery chargers will do this automatically. Solar is often not enough to overcome resistance and this alone can lead to batteries sulphating. Alternators need run long enough to recharge the battery, allow at least 30% more than battery Ah divided by alternator rating. Example: 100ah battery/ 25amp alternator x 30%= 5.2HOURS of running the engine at alternators peak rpms.
Solar will work if correctly designed?
Yes but they are very unreliable and should not be the sole means of charging, if the battery is not being charged at 14-14.4 volts and at least 1% of the batteries ah rating the battery will not charge.
Lead Acid batteries should be charged with an automatic charger between 5% and 20 % of the batteries AH rating. For example, you would charge 100ah battery with 10amp charger, this would be 10%. Calculating charge time is difficult but for an automatic charger work on battery Ah divided by charger amps. Then times by 25% for resistance and another 25% for margin of error, this will give you the amount of hours the charger must be on for from a fully discharged state. Also different battery technologies require different charge settings to allow for the best charge results. Check that you charger offers these settings when charging AGM, GEL and other batteries.
A. Damage occurs below 10.6 volts which is why we don’t warrant batteries that have been over discharge, however you maybe able to recover the battery on a boost charge for 30 mins then a full charge for 24 hours. The success rate is 50% and all depends on how low the battery was taken and for how long. Batteries are not designed to go below 12 volts, they can only go below 12 volts if they have been over discharged even if the battery is faulty they can’t do this by themselves.
No, the only way that capacity can be reduced, and the voltage remain correct is if the battery has either been cycled out or (charged and discharge more than its designed for) or it has been over or under charged (see State of Charge table) this can happen because of either poor wiring or system is not left to charge often enough or for long enough.
A. You can monitor the state of charge by the voltage.
|AGM Battery state of Charge||Conventional battery state of charge|
A. These are the small red bungs on the side of the battery. They are inserted into the battery for dispatch / transport purposes only and need to be permanently removed before the battery is to be charged or used. Please remove these bungs immediately on receipt of the battery, do not leave them in the battery even if battery is not being used for a period of time.
A. CCA is the Cold Cranking performance, which measures the starting performance of the battery. I.e. the higher the CCA, the easier it will be to start the vehicle. CCA can be measured in EN (the European standard) or SAE (the American standard).
A. Your invoice is automatically emailed to you at the time the payment goes through. This is your proof of purchase and your warranty so it must be put in safe keeping. (always check your spam/junk folders if you cannot see it in your inbox).
A. Unfortunately we can not specify a delivery time, however if you are happy for the couriers to leave your item somewhere secure or with a neighbour, the parcel does not have to be signed for. Please add any requests to the special instructions box when ordering or contact us on 01684 298 800 with your order number.
A. If the transport company is still there please notify them when signing for the product. Damaged goods can only be claimed in the first 24 hours after this period we will be unable to help you. It is very important upon reception of the item that you check that the product has arrived in good conditions. You can call 01684 298800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the claim has been accepted we aim to send out a replacement product in the 48 hours after informing us.
If you wish to cancel you order you must contact us as soon as possible to avoid additional costs. You can contact us on 01684 298800 or email us at email@example.com. If the product has already been shipped out you must return the battery at your own cost. We will refund you less the shipping costs. If the item has not been dispatched we will refund the total amount of the order.
A. Yes all the batteries arrive charged. For batteries that require activation packs to be added to the battery, these are dry charged and just need to be left to stand for 30 minutes once the pack is added.
A. Sealed calcium batteries are better than the batteries car manufactures fit from new.
A. The only fool-proof way to make sure you vehicle is in need of a replacement battery is to have your battery tested. However the usual symptoms are a sluggish turn over, vehicle not starting at all and/or a clicking noise coming from the car when you try to turn the ignition.
A. Keeping your battery on charge is always beneficial as batteries work using chemical reactions. As the battery discharges, it begins to sulphate and so may lead to the chemical reaction inside the battery being affected, therefore this will affect the performance of the battery. The battery charger would need to be fully automatic with maintenance program.
A. Preparation of the battery: Please see our video instruction:
A. For lead acid batteries the process is as follows:
For sealed lead acid batteries the process is as follows: