How does sulfation work?

With more than 30 years of experience in transporting and storing cars, we understand how these processes work. While a car is in storage, you need to look after it. This includes taking care of the power source. For this, we offer a series of high quality battery conditioners. These are some of the most important gadgets you can use.

Vehicle technicians spend a lot of time diagnosing the premature failure of someone’s lead-acid battery. The most common issue they will identify is called sulfation. This is a common problem. However, there might be a chance you have never heard of it. Understanding it shall aid you in comprehending what it is your technician is saying. Additionally, you will know more about how to stop the problem from popping up again. To help, we are going to discuss the matter in more detail below.

Lead-acid batteries

battery conditionersBefore looking at sulfation, it is wise to understand how the batteries work. The interior of each one includes lead plates that are in a sulphuric acid solution. Half of the plates are lead peroxide and they have a positive electric charge. They are paired with plates that are negatively charged and made of sponge lead.

When currents flow and your battery discharges when in use, multiple things happen. Firstly, the negative and positive plates end up being coasted with lead sulphate crystals. This material manifests when the sulphate within sulphuric acid merges with the lead in the plates. The battery utilises all its charge when the lead sulphate formation reaches the highest level.

At some stage you must recharge the battery. While recharging, the crystals dissolve back into the acid solution. When this occurs, the lead plates recover their negative and positive charge.

The main issue

As for sulfation, we use this term to describe lead sulphate build-up on the battery’s lead plates. It actually happens each time the battery runs.

Right now, you are probably wondering why it is a problem if it occurs regularly. In truth, it happens on two levels. When you use a battery normally, the crystal accumulation is temporary. The crystals disappear during the recharging cycle. This is instead of being stuck in place. Sulfation issues arise when the lead sulphate coating becomes permanent and does not disappear.

We have multiple battery conditioners on offer

At Rudler Car Transportation and Storage, we provide several products if you want a battery conditioner. All of them work to meet our clients’ needs. The models we have include the CTEK XS 0.8, MXS 3.8, and MXS 5.0. These gadgets can be yours for some of the most reasonable prices.

So, contact our team today if you want to buy battery conditioners to use when you store a vehicle. You can even choose to use them when you leave a car with us.