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Batteries 101

How to Jumpstart a Car

Posted by Michael Wenger on

Did you leave your lights on? Are you stranded because of a dead battery? Are you helping a friend that is stranded? Many times a car doesn't start, simply due to a dead battery. Some obvious signs of a dead battery are:  Clicking noise when you try to start the car Sluggish turnover No turnover No dash, radio, or cab lights Light switch is on when entering your car Hopefully, you've prepared for car trouble and have a pair of jumper cables in your trunk! If not, call up a handy friend and follow these steps: Find the battery terminals on both cars. Most...

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Weekly Battery Care Tips

Posted by Jason Stewart on

Welcome to our 3rd weekly installment of Battery Care Tips presented by Standard Battery Inc. Lead acid batteries should be brought up to full charge at the earliest opportunity.  Avoid continuously operating batteries in a partially charged condition.  This will shorten their life and reduce their capacity. Extreme temperatures can substantially affect battery performance and charging.  Cold reduces battery capacity and retards charging.  Heat increases water usage and can result in overcharging.  Very high temperatures can cause “thermal run-away” which may lead to an explosion of fire.  If extreme temperature is an unavoidable part of an application, consult one of...

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Weekly Battery Care Tips

Posted by Jason Stewart on

This is where we will post weekly tips on how to properly maintain your deep cycle batteries to get the most out of your investment. New batteries should be given a full charge before use. New deep cycle batteries need to be cycled several times before reaching full capacity (50-125 cycles, depending on type).  Capacity will be limited during this period. Battery cables should be intact, and the connectors kept tight at all times.  Always use insulated tools to avoid shorting battery terminals.  Regular inspection is recommended. Vent caps should be correctly installed and tight during vehicle operation and battery...

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Winter Storage Tips

Posted by Jason Stewart on

Believe it or not summer is almost over.  The kids are back in school and fall activities are in full gear.  That means it is time to start thinking about putting your toys in storage for the winter.   If you want to assure that your boat, motorcycle, personal watercraft or other toy will fire up the first time next season you only need one essential piece of equipment, the PulseTech Xtreme Charge battery maintenance system. This innovative, state-of-the-art battery charger automatically knows what to do so you don’t have to be a battery expert to use it.  Unlike other smart...

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