Why do car batteries have a short life?

One of the most frequent comments you will hear from motorists who have a few years of experience on the roads is that they don’t seem to make car batteries as well as they once did. While once it was the case that a car battery would seem to last as long as the natural lifespan of the vehicle, today they will usually only give, at best, five years of service. At face value this seems strange, as virtually every other aspect of a car has become more efficient. On closer investigation, however, it becomes clear that shorter battery lifespans is not due to the way they are made – it comes down to what they are used for.

Let’s take a look at cars in the days when batteries seemed to last longer. Back then, other than starting the car the only requirement of a battery was to power lights, windscreen wipers and possibly the radio. Today cars have many features which require energy. Some examples are electric windows, central locking, alarms, in car entertainment systems and Sat Nav devices. All of these serve as a drain on the battery. When you consider all the extra features of a modern car that require use of the car battery, it actually seems quite impressive that the average battery can last for as long as five years.

The above situation means that motorists need to take measures to secure the required performance from their car battery, particularly those who own high value prestige vehicles. Our understanding of this is reflected in the battery conditioners we represent and supply across the UK. While it’s impossible to make a battery last forever, the products we represent make sure you get the best use from it, especially the CTEK XS battery conditioner.

Battery conditioners work by regulating the charge. They ensure a battery is neither undercharged nor overcharged, but instead keeps the voltage it was designed to. In doing this, you have the assurance of all the electrical features and functions of your car performing at the optimal level which they were designed to. Contact us today if you would like to learn more about this or any other aspect of car transportation and storage.