Car Battery Types: Lithium Ion Batteries

Car Battery Types: Lithium Ion Batteries

Lithium ion batteries are one of the more expensive car battery types but are generally inexpensive in everyday electronics such as mobile phones, tablets, cameras and of course, vehicles. There are a number of car battery types available, but this post will be looking at lithium ion batteries, commonly used in the Porsche’s 911 GT3, GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder. Continue reading

Specialty Batteries: From Classic Cars to Camper Vans

A car battery is a crucial component to any car. Whether this is a classic car or a camper van, the battery maintains the electrical flow of the charging system within the car. When you drive your car, the engine recharges the battery, but this is limited and eventually the battery will need to be replaced. Within regular maintenance, batteries can last around three to five years, potentially longer. Cars of all types require a battery, so in this article we shall discuss the types of batteries that are used in cars, and how to protect your battery from damage that can easily be prevented.  Continue reading

All this Jargon – What does it all mean?

Starting, Marine, and Deep-Cycle Batteries – A brief description

Starting - (often called SLI, for starting, lighting, ignition) batteries are commonly used to start and run engines. Engine starters need a very large starting current for a very short time. Starting batteries have a large number of thin plates for maximum surface area. The plates are composed of a Lead “sponge”, similar in appearance to a very fine foam sponge. Continue reading

Micro Hybrids

We have just endured one of the coldest winters on record.  As with many car components, batteries do not perform at their best when cold.  In fact, at zero, a battery can only provide 65% of the cold start performance it can provide at + 15c.  If the battery is old and tired, and or not fully charged, then the performance drop is even greater. This is why batteries fail in cold conditions.

The weather also highlights how car batteries will have a much tougher time in the future, unless the correct technology is used when replacing a battery. Micro-hybrid technologies (such as stop-start, brake energy regeneration and alternator passive boost) is having a profound effect on the battery market.

It is expected that by 2015 65% of all new cars sold will be stop start.  In a micro-hybrid system, the battery moves from its traditional role as a starter battery to an integral part of the vehicle.  It needs to maintain all the electrical systems in the car when it is switched off, while coping with intermittent charging and deep cycling.

As ever, never choose a battery on price, first ensure the replacement battery is of the same technology and specification as the original, then consider price.