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Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 3:53am On Sep 20, 2018
I am very passionate about automotive electronics, electricals and computer systems.

I have invested an inordinate amount of time to study and stay updated on all the above.

If you have ever had to replace an automotive battery in less than 2 years you maybe doing something wrong.

In a best case scenario, you should be able to extract at least 5 years from your battery.

I have been a victim of this as well....perturbed I was, so I decided to research the matter thoroughly.

I will share with you some of my findings.

Stay tuned.

I will post as time permits over the course of the next 10 days, in other words, I am not in a hurry.

You will sure learn a thing or two.

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by arantess: 3:58am On Sep 20, 2018
Lemme pitch ma tent
Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 7:50am On Sep 20, 2018

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by IwILLnOTdIE: 9:50am On Sep 20, 2018
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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 3:45pm On Sep 21, 2018
To determine the state of your battery voltage wise you need a multimeter

I recommend a digital multimeter

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 3:46pm On Sep 21, 2018
Taking good care of your vehicle's battery actually begins with buying a quality car battery

What should you look out for?

Watch the video below

https://player.vimeo.com/video/252782617
Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by Kashif(m): 5:36pm On Sep 21, 2018
AutoElectNG:
I am very passionate about automotive electronics, electricals and computer systems.

I have invested an inordinate amount of time to study and stay updated on all the above.

If you have ever had to replace an automotive battery in less than 2 years you maybe doing something wrong.

In a best case scenario, you should be able to extract at least 5 years from your battery.

I have been a victim of this as well....perturbed I was, so I decided to research the matter thoroughly.

I will share with you some of my findings.

Stay tuned.

I will post as time permits over the course of the next 10 days, in other words, I am not in a hurry.

You will sure learn a thing or two.

You may do all the right things and still end up with a dead battery in one year. Bad batteries abound.

Here to learn.
Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 7:11pm On Sep 21, 2018
Kashif:


You may do all the right things and still end up with a dead battery in one year. Bad batteries abound.

Here to learn.

That's why I say it all begins with buying a good battery

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 7:57pm On Sep 21, 2018
Deltel tell us what to look for when buying automotive batteries

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by DelTel(m): 9:13pm On Sep 21, 2018
AutoElectNG:
Deltel tell us what to look for when buying automotive batteries


While the vehicle manual often provides the vehicle manufacturer's recommended battery.

Generally, below are some tips to help make the right choice:

The Battery group size that will best fit the physical dimensions of the vehicle. Many vehicles can accommodate more than one group size from 35ah to 75ah. However, some vehicles battery space, i.e. Honda SUV - 2010 and newer - can only use 35ah to 45ah battery but dubious retailers do deceive unsuspecting vehicle owners that they have customized 75ah in the same group size as 45ah.

Amps hours (AH) is the unit of measure for a battery’s electrical capacity when continuously discharged over a period of 20 hours before the voltage fails to 10.5V.

Cold cranking amps (CCA) is critical for good cranking ability. It's the number of amps a battery can support for 30 seconds at a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius until the battery voltage drops to unusable levels.

Reserve capacity (RC) helps to power the vehicle's electrical system if the alternator fails. It identifies how many minutes the battery can supply ample power without falling below the minimum voltage needed to run the vehicle.

In general, for both CCA and RC, the higher the number the better. It is instructive to state the CCA rating should be an important consideration in choosing a battery in a cold climate; but the CCA is not important in high heat environment (perhaps one of the reasons 'fake & sub-standard' batteries business thrive in Naija).

Futhermore, where a vehicle is used to power other equipment; the type, number of amps to power and hours using the equipment must be taken into consideration when buying the battery.

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 9:25pm On Sep 21, 2018
DelTel:



While the vehicle manual often provides the vehicle manufacturer's recommended battery.

Generally, below are some tips to help make the right choice:

The Battery group size that will best fit the physical dimensions of the vehicle. Many vehicles can accommodate more than one group size from 35ah to 75ah. However, some vehicles battery space, i.e. Honda SUV - 2010 and newer - can only use 35ah to 45ah battery but dubious retailers do deceive unsuspecting vehicle owners that they have customized 75ah in the same group size as 45ah.

Amps hours (AH) is the unit of measure for a battery’s electrical capacity when continuously discharged over a period of 20 hours before the voltage fails to 10.5V.

Cold cranking amps (CCA) is critical for good cranking ability. It's the number of amps a battery can support for 30 seconds at a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius until the battery voltage drops to unusable levels.

Reserve capacity (RC) helps to power the vehicle's electrical system if the alternator fails. It identifies how many minutes the battery can supply ample power without falling below the minimum voltage needed to run the vehicle.

In general, for both CCA and RC, the higher the number the better. It is instructive to state the CCA rating should be an important consideration in choosing a battery in a cold climate; but the CCA is not important in high heat environment (perhaps one of the reasons 'fake & sub-standard' batteries business thrive in Naija).

Futhermore, where a vehicle is used to power other equipment; the type, number of amps to power and hours using the equipment must be taken into consideration when buying the battery.

What's important in a high heat environment?

I appreciate your detailed exposition, it has touched on some issues that I intend to address

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by DelTel(m): 10:15pm On Sep 21, 2018
AutoElectNG:


What's important in a high heat environment?

I appreciate your detailed exposition, it has touched on some issues that I intend to address


The Reserve capacity (RC) is important in high heat climate as it helps to power the vehicle's electrical system if the alternator fails.

Moreover, heat will cause the liquid to evaporate as batteries contain liquid thus shortening the battery life span.

Low fluid levels will damage the internal structure of the battery hence the battery has to be well positioned in the vehicle to ensure the liquid doesn't spill.

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 11:06pm On Sep 21, 2018
DelTel:



The Reserve capacity (RC) is important in high heat climate as it helps to power the vehicle's electrical system if the alternator fails.

Moreover, heat will cause the liquid to evaporate as batteries contain liquid thus shortening the battery life span.

Low fluid levels will damage the internal structure of the battery hence the battery has to be well positioned in the vehicle to ensure the liquid doesn't spill.

Good information about RC.

I am glad you have touched on heat and low fluid levels and battery positioning.

We are gradually getting there.

Sometimes even if the battery is well positioned it still spills fluid....

Even in America, its sun belt region is known
to suffer from premature battery failures

The aim of this thread is to share tips and trips for extracting the longest possible life from batteries in such adverse conditions

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 2:42pm On Sep 23, 2018
In a country where the mechanics rarely own multimeters, and technicians that do are often priced above the capacity of the average earner to patronize, it pays to do some level of DIY.

What is worse, mechanics tend to diagnose battery problems without the use of a multimeter, which makes me wonder how they can tell the state of discharge when they have no tools to measure the same.

This is how a digital multimeter looks like,see picture 1

A multimeter will help you determine the state of charge of your vehicle.

How useful is this information, did you plan to turn the accessory ignition circuit on to charge your phone overnight? Can the battery do that and have enough juice left to start the car the following morning, some mathematics aided by data collected from a multimeter will determine if that is a wise move, or you will end up having to beg the neighbors for a jumpstart, or make a trip to the nearby battery charger.

Fact checkers...a voltage test is not conclusive/decisive test for the state of a battery, it should be considered a working test

Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by NobleEngineer(m): 6:56am On Sep 24, 2018
How many days max can I park my car without hurting/killing the battery. I have one Corolla I hardly drive, drive it 2 to 3 times in a week.

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 7:19am On Sep 24, 2018
In our last post, we spoke about the State of charge, the opposite of that is the State of discharge.

We also spoke of the importance of awareness of this information.

This is relevant because a battery generates electricity through chemical reactions, and the state of charge or state of discharge is actually a mirror of the chemical state of the battery.

You don't want to keep running your battery into a state of discharge that impedes or inhibits or irreversibly makes the battery incapable of storing charge or storing as much charge as it was designed to carry...you want to use it in such a way that it fails due to age along and not due to misuse or inappropriate use or unintended use.

To do that you need to be aware of its state of charge and try your best to keep it as fully charged as opposed to as fully discharged as possible.

To get the in-depth scoop, view these links:

https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/exploratorium-ddp/exploratorium-chemistry/penny-battery/v/penny-battery-how-does-it-work



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnlBsxQ2r70



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWKOjncBMCQ



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hlwR7b-Yv0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX1OaMYp6Kw

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by AutoElectNG: 1:51pm On Sep 26, 2018
So what could cause premature battery sulfation:

Undercharging: Charging system troubles that manifest in the inability to properly charge the vehicle's battery

Chronic/persistent discharging without immediately recharging: Switching the engine off, but keeping the electronics on consistently in effect running down the battery


Overcharging:
evaporation of the liquid such that it no longer covers the cell plates from overcharging

Inclement weather: evaporation of the liquid such that it no longer covers the cell plates from overheating courtesy of inclement weather

Fully charged battery not hooked up to a desulfating battery charger

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Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by stalwart123(m): 6:35pm On Sep 28, 2018
Tent pitched.
Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by RuggedSniper: 3:32pm On Jun 07, 2020
DelTel:



While the vehicle manual often provides the vehicle manufacturer's recommended battery.

Generally, below are some tips to help make the right choice:

The Battery group size that will best fit the physical dimensions of the vehicle. Many vehicles can accommodate more than one group size from 35ah to 75ah. However, some vehicles battery space, i.e. Honda SUV - 2010 and newer - can only use 35ah to 45ah battery but dubious retailers do deceive unsuspecting vehicle owners that they have customized 75ah in the same group size as 45ah.

Amps hours (AH) is the unit of measure for a battery’s electrical capacity when continuously discharged over a period of 20 hours before the voltage fails to 10.5V.

Cold cranking amps (CCA) is critical for good cranking ability. It's the number of amps a battery can support for 30 seconds at a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius until the battery voltage drops to unusable levels.

Reserve capacity (RC) helps to power the vehicle's electrical system if the alternator fails. It identifies how many minutes the battery can supply ample power without falling below the minimum voltage needed to run the vehicle.

In general, for both CCA and RC, the higher the number the better. It is instructive to state the CCA rating should be an important consideration in choosing a battery in a cold climate; but the CCA is not important in high heat environment (perhaps one of the reasons 'fake & sub-standard' batteries business thrive in Naija).

Futhermore, where a vehicle is used to power other equipment; the type, number of amps to power and hours using the equipment must be taken into consideration when buying the battery.
Re: Tips And Tricks To Make Your Automotive Battery Last Long by Observer007(m): 9:31am On Sep 22, 2020
Quick question:

I have always wondered, does using cruise control constantly prevent full battery charging? Is there any effect at all in using cruise control as against leaving your foot on the pedal all throughout a trip?

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