How To Make The Most Of Used Batteries
Routine maintenance such as cleaning and inspecting car batteries prolongs their life.
Batteries are in pretty much everything these days, from your television remote control to your car. With all these batteries being used, disposal of them is a huge issue because they are dangerous to the environment. So, it is great idea to try to the make the most out of the batteries you have and get the longest life possible.
Not only will using batteries as long as you can help keep them out of landfills but it also will save you money. When you consider one of the largest batteries you use - the one in your vehicle - you are talking a nice chunk of money to replace it. The bottom line is that it is in your best interest to use your battery for as long as possible. How do you do this?
Start by regularly cleaning and inspecting your battery. Keep the terminals free of corrosion. This is easy to see, even if you aren’t too mechanically inclined. It often looks white, maybe with a little green tint to it. Inspect your battery monthly for signs of corrosion. At this time, also make sure the battery is secure. It shouldn’t move around or vibrate. Also, in the winter months, insulate your battery to help protect it from the cold temperatures, which can drain it.
You can also prolong the life of your battery by doing a few things during regular operation of your vehicle. Don’t take your car out for short trips on a regular basis. Driving only short distances doesn’t allow proper time for the alternator to charge your battery. Don’t listen to the radio or leave the lights on if your car is turned off. Also, make sure you are using the proper battery for your car. Your car’s owner’s manual should tell you the correct specifications for the battery.
Lastly, make sure that you keep your battery in good shape when you aren’t using the car. If you go on an extended vacation or you just don’t drive very often, you might consider buying a battery charger. This will help to ensure your battery doesn’t lose life by keeping it charged and not letting it drain too far.
Keeping an old battery in good shape is your best bet to prolonging its life. Getting the most you can out of a battery is a winning situation for you and the environment. Follow the tips above and visit this website for more information on used or reconditioned batteries in Carlsbad.
Daniel is a battery expert with over 10 years of experience. You can find his thoughts at Livejournal blog.
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