Eden Autopro
2625a St Johns St Port Moody, BC V3H 2B5 604-937-5531

Automotive batteries are pretty pricey for most Port Moody drivers and at one point or another they all need to be replaced. Don’t worry however - there are some things you can do to prolong your battery life.

Here’s some background for the Port Moody drivers who are scientifically inclined: there is a chemical process that takes place within the battery that allows it to be charged, store electricity, and to discharge (or give off), electricity.

When the battery does not have a full charge, there are tiny lead sulfate crystals on the lead plates in the battery. These crystals are soft and can change back into their component compounds when the battery is recharged.

The trouble develops when the battery stays in this partially discharged state for too long. Those crystals start to harden on the lead plate. Once this happens, the portion of the lead plate covered by the hardened crystals never again has the ability to help store electricity. So over time, overall battery capacity diminishes until the battery can no longer hold a charge and must be replaced.

That stated, bringing your battery up to a full charge at least once a month during warm months will help protect its ability to hold a charge because the crystals don’t get a chance to harden. A frequency of one time every three months is good during the cold months because the chemical reaction slows down in lower temperatures.

Here’s an actual example: I recently bought a computer controlled battery charger at my local Port Moody NAPA Auto Parts store.  It analyses the battery, gives a readout of the percent of charge, and then charges the battery. I replaced the battery in my car a couple of months ago so it is still very new. In the previous two weeks, I had just commuted a few miles to work and ran errands. I hooked up my new charger and the analysis came back that I had a 51% charge. Later that day, I had an extended expressway trip planned, so I unhooked the charger because I wanted to see how much the 130 miles at 70 mph would recharge the battery. The journey was 65 miles out and 65 miles back. I stopped at a store on the way home so there was a starting event.

I hooked up the charger when I got to my home in Port Moody, expecting that the battery would be nearly recharged by the alternator on the long journey. The reading came back at 57% charged. So I left the charger on to bring the battery up to a full charge to maintain those lead sulfate crystals from hardening and damaging my battery.

Now, left on their own, 70% of batteries will die within 48 months. A consistent charging routine will prolong your battery life. Eden Autopro can test your battery and tell you how much life it has left. And when it is time to replace your battery, come to Eden Autopro and we’ll help you get the one that is appropriate for your car, your climate, and driving needs.

Automotive batteries are pretty pricy for most Port Moody drivers and at one point or another they all need to be replaced. Don’t worry however, there are some things you can do to help your battery last longer. 

Here’s some background for the Port Moody drivers who are scientifically inclined: there is a chemical process takes place within the battery that allows it to be charged, store electricity, and to discharge (or give off), electricity.  When the battery does not have a full charge, there are lead sulfate crystals on the lead plates in the battery.  These crystals are soft and can change back into their component compounds when the battery is recharged.

A problem arises when the battery stays in this partially discharged state for too long.  Those crystals start to harden on the lead plate.  Once this happens, the portion of the lead plate covered by the hardened crystals is never again available to help store electricity.  Over time, overall battery capacity diminishes until the battery can no longer hold a charge and must be replaced.

That stated, bringing your battery up to a full charge at least once a month during warm months will help preserve its ability to hold a charge because the crystals don’t get a chance to harden. A frequency of one time every three months is good during the cold months, because the chemical reaction slows down in lower temperatures.

Here’s a real-life example: I recently purchased a computer controlled battery charger at my local Port Moody NAPA Auto Parts store.  It analyses the battery, gives a readout of the percent of charge, and then charges the battery.  I replaced the battery in my car a couple of months ago so it is still very new.  In the previous two weeks, I had just commuted a few miles to work and run errands.  I hooked up my new charger and the analysis came back that I had a 51% charge.  Later that day I had an extended freeway trip planned, so I unhooked the charger because I wanted to see how much the 130 miles at 70 mph would recharge the battery.  65 miles out and 65 miles back.  I stopped at a store on the way home so there was a starting event. 

I hooked up the charger when I got home, expecting that the battery would be nearly recharged by the alternator on the long trip.  The reading came back at 57% charged.  So I left the charger on to bring the battery up to a full charge to keep those lead sulfate crystals from hardening and damaging my battery.

Now, left on their own, 70% of batteries will fail within 48 months.  A regular charging routine will extend your battery life.  At Eden Autopro, we can test your battery and tell you how much life it has left.  And when it is time to replace your battery, come to Eden Autopro and we’ll help you get the one that is appropriate for your vehicle, your climate and driving needs.

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604-937-5531

Eden Autopro
2625a St Johns St
Port Moody, BC V3H 2B5
http://new-webtools.autonettv.com

At Eden Autopro we install quality NAPA replacement parts.