Be careful with lights, parasitic draws and short drives

battery conditionersWe have been specialising in the storage of various types of cars for years. Our team goes above and beyond to make sure every vehicle stays in top condition while it is with us. Part of the way we do this is with battery conditioners. These handy devices protect batteries, pulsing periodically to help retain the charge. As a result, using one means you can avoid flats and damage.

There are various things that can leave you feeling physically drained. It could be long work days, tiring social situations, or even a new diet. Your car battery is similar. A surprising number of things can drain them, even when the vehicle is sitting on the drive or in storage. It is annoying to have a dead battery on your hands. However, this is avoidable. To help you, we are going to go over some situations that can cause issues.

Don’t leave the lights on

We will begin with a well-known situation. This would be leaving the headlights on. If you find that your battery keeps draining, start by checking your lights. Many newer models come with headlights that automatically turn off after a certain amount of time. If your motor lacks this feature though, chances are the lights will stay on until you flick them off. Make sure you do this or you could have a flat battery to deal with.

Parasitic draws

Something else that could drain your battery is a parasitic draw. When the car is off it still supplies energy to things like the alarm, radio, and clock. These should not impact the battery too much in the short term. However, if you have the vehicle in storage for a long time, it can cause trouble. Another thing that could drain it is bad relays.

When your engine runs, the alternator charges the battery up. This is why people normally don’t need to fret about it draining when they have the radio on so loud. When the engine is off though, the alternator is unable to do its job. That means the parasitic draws can keep draining the battery without it getting a recharge. Battery conditioners can offset this and provide the charge the alternator would.

Short drives lead to big problems

Believe it or not, taking short drives can drain the battery too. Turning on the engine requires a huge amount of power from your battery. Like we said before though, the alternator recharges it when the engine runs. However, this takes time. If you only drive short distances, the alternator might not get the time it needs to recharge the battery completely between stops. This is certainly true if yours is an older battery.

Start using our battery conditioners today

At Rudler Car Transportation and Storage, we have a decent selection of products available. You can find the CTEK XS 0.8, MXS 3.8, and MXS 5.0 in our collection. As far as keeping batteries in a great condition goes, these are the gadgets you can rely on.

So, if you would like to know more about any of our battery conditioners, feel free to speak to us. They are a great investment, especially if you think about the disruption of flat batteries and the cost to replace them.