Firstly, can we say Happy Australia Day! Now, whilst here at CTEK and in the rest of Europe we are talking about how warm it is for this time of year, we mustn’t forget motorists on the other side of the world in Australia and New Zealand who, as they approach mid-summer, are experiencing really hot temperatures, in some cases of up to forty degrees.
During the hot summer months vehicle batteries don’t have to work as hard to start the vehicle however, the battery is still working hard powering parasitic loads such as air conditioning and coolers. You therefore still need to regularly charge the battery to ensure that charge is kept above 12.4V – any lower than this and sulphation, the biggest battery killer, will start to happen.
High summer temperatures are one of the biggest killers of batteries in cars. A major factor in this is fluid loss which is a massive problem with sealed batteries; once fluid is lost it cannot be replaced. During the summer months, when temperatures hit 25 degrees and above, batteries need to be charged at a lower voltage. If voltage is too high, the battery boils. The battery becomes unusable due to dried-out cells and crevice corrosion, which occur due to high acid concentration and overheating during charging. To protect against this, many motorists choose to charge at a much lower voltage however, whilst this will protect against overcharging, there is a risk that you end up with an incompletely charged battery that will lose more and more capacity until it gradually becomes unusable.
The most important property of a battery charger therefore is that it reaches the exact voltage during the charging cycle. The CTEK range of smart battery chargers react only to the needs of the battery meaning that they can charge, condition and prolong the life of all types of car battery without the worry of over or under charging, providing the utmost in battery protection.
CTEK chargers accurately read the battery power so that the correct amount of charge levels is given. There’s no need to disconnect the battery whilst charging either, making the process incredibly simple.
So wherever you are in the world, whatever the weather and whatever the vehicle, you still need to regularly charge your battery.
We are pleased to announce a partnership with prestigious car manufacturer Koenigsegg. We have created a Koenigsegg specific branded battery charger to be supplied with the new Agera R, currently one of the world’s best performing cars – it has six official world records, two of them related to fast acceleration
0 – 300 km / h and 0 – 200 km / h.
We were chosen as a Koenigsegg partner for our unique battery charging technology and have worked with Koenigsegg to create a product that will ensure appropriate charging and conditioning is delivered to the battery, guaranteeing an optimised battery performance.
Our partnership with Koenigsegg is testament to the unique technology and high quality of the CTEK battery charger and it’s very satisfying to know that CTEK has been aligned with such a prestigious brand. Koenigsegg needed a solution that would support the battery – the very heart of the vehicle – and guarantee the Agera R’s world record beating performance each and every time the car is used.
It’s good to see that Koenigsegg recognises that battery care is a key part of vehicle ownership. By ensuring that their car battery is charged and conditioned using CTEK smart charge technology, Agera R owners can enjoy the very highest standard of driving experience.
We are pleased to confirm that in the UK, the CTEK MXS 3.6 has scooped the Auto Express ‘Best Battery Charger’ accolade for the fourth time, with the MXS 5.0 coming a close second.
The independent test has been adapted this year to match the growing abilities of today’s chargers, so as well as checking the printed instructions, leads, clamps and ease of use Auto Express also looked at what the chargers could do. They looked at the chargers abilities to charge when cold, recondition old batteries and deal with the various types of battery found in modern cars and for the first year looked at user safety. The price of each charger was also factored in too.
Recognised for its build quality, charge rate, ease of use and competitive price, the CTEK MXS 3.6 beat off stiff competition to retain its crown and we are absolutely delighted. To gain second place with the MXS 5.0, which was commended for even quicker charging and additional recond mode, makes this an even greater achievement. Both awards are testament to the unique multi-stage charging characteristics of the product that are incorporated across our entire range of smart chargers.
The CTEK MXS 3.6 charges, conditions and maintains all types of 12V lead-acid batteries including maintenance free types and all chemistries including Wet, Calcium, GEL and AGM. As with all CTEK products, the MXS 3.6 is fully automatic, foolproof to connect, spark proof and reverse-polarity protected, for user safety.
Have you taken the tree down, put away your presents, eaten all of your food and drink…..charged your battery?
The high power demands of modern vehicles and the drain from parasitic loads such tracking devices and alarms means that a battery can potentially become flat in a matter of days. So as it’s the new year, having spent an extended time at home, how about you give your car a January treat? We recommend an overnight charge to condition your battery and bring it up to maximum capacity after standing on the drive over the holiday period
Protecting against a flat battery also means preventing a jump start, something that presents many dangers to both your battery and your vehicle. When a vehicle is jump-started a huge surge of voltage and current is generated that passes through the battery to energise the starter motor. This can potentially get through to the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and cause irreparable damage.
So bring some new year cheer into your battery’s life, and as regular charging will extend your battery life by as much as 300%, it will be a welcome treat for your bank balance too!