Statistics show that breakdowns more than double during the winter period. This, coupled with the fact vehicle usage has been irregular for many drivers over the course of the pandemic, means it is more crucial than ever to keep on top of battery charging and maintenance.

Batteries generally tend to last around five years so if there is any sign of slow starting the battery should be checked and replaced if required.  The Sealey BT2101 provides a fast and accurate assessment of battery condition, even with the battery partially discharged.

Winter months are particularly hard on batteries not only because cold temperatures reduce their cranking output, but heavier loads are also put on the electrical system due to the increased use of energy-consuming features such as heated screens and lights. Therefore, it is imperative to monitor the state of the battery. If you are using your car regularly for short trips, it may be worth checking and charging your battery at least once a week, particularly if the battery is more than three years old.

Battery charging times vary from make and model and can differ depending on the battery’s amps and the charger that you’re using. High-speed charging is generally 6-10amps, whereas low-speed charging is typically 2-3amps which is usual for a gradual overnight charge.

The new range of SPBC fully automatic battery chargers from Sealey offers the latest in technology and is backed up by a five-year guarantee. The three seven-stage models offer an output charge between 8A and 16A, depending on the model, and are designed for charging and maintaining a variety of EFB and AGM (stop/start), GEL, lead-acid and calcium batteries with auto chemistry selection.

The zero-volt battery charging feature enables recovery and charging of a completely discharged battery, while reverse polarity, short circuit, and over-temperature and overcharging protection provide a high level of safety. The intuitive LED screen displays illuminated charging stages, volts and amps output and battery capacity. Additionally, the SPBC30 and SPBC40 have the capability to charge lithium batteries and a 13.5V DC power supply, providing support for the battery during prolonged electronic diagnostic checks.

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