Car Battery Facts You Should Know

A car battery, also called as starter battery, is an accumulator which supplies the electric current to the starter of internal combustion engine. Other electrical features in the vehicle can also be powered by the car battery. The capacity of car batteries for passenger is 50 Ah (12 V) for cars from the compact class; 70 Ah (12 V) for medium-class cars and 120 Ah (12 V) and more (12 V, 24 V) for cars of the upper class.

There are other types of car battery which could be the source of electric vehicles. The batteries used for driving electric vehicles are also referred to as traction batteries. They are used by hybrid vehicles. Usually, the blocks of several batteries are used to achieve the necessary driving voltage. In case you have a down battery and need the other new one, you can find out which battery you need for the car in the manual of your car. Alternatively, you can also take a look at the already installed battery. 

On every car battery, you will find information such as: "12V 100 Ah" or even amperage "380 A" to determine the performance of your current starter battery. To avoid damage caused by the incorrect choice of battery for your car, you should consult a specialist workshop in case of doubt. If you want to replace the battery, you need to consider several things. The first is about battery durability. The second thing is about the charging rate, how fast it charging. Thirdly is about deep discharge or how the battery reacts when the vehicle has been parked for a long period of time with the electrical features switched on (for example parking light). The deep discharge is one of the hardest loads for the battery. Lastly is about its water consumption or how to handle the water reserves for the entire life of the battery. 

There are also several things in maintaining this tool. You must check the liquid levels of your battery from time to time. Nowadays, although maintenance-free batteries are usually installed, those cells can no longer be opened and the electrolyte cannot be refilled. You should also check for the charging voltage and charging current. As information, the charging voltage must be at least 13.8 volts and it should not exceed 14.4 volts. You need to charge the battery if necessary, and you have to charge your battery with professional charger. The charging current should not be more than one-tenth the capacity of the car battery in the case of unregulated chargers being used.

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