A Heart With A Difference
Today’s Automotive Batteries Are A Heart With A Difference
Whilst some people look after their hearts better than others, everyone knows the benefits of doing so. And given that the battery is the heart of the car, the same rules apply. A bit of care and attention can pay dividends in ensuring that it increases the prospect of delivering maximum performance….for longer!
Furthermore, like many other car components, when in need of replacing, the battery used to fit under the category of one type fits all. Today’s landscape is completely different. Indeed as technological advancements and demands on batteries continue to abound, fitting the right battery is now an absolute necessity. This is being driven on two fronts. All modern cars are called upon to accommodate more and more electrical demands. No longer is the battery required to start the car and support the lights and wipers alone, but an expanding ensemble of systems such as air conditioning, heated screens, electric seats and windows, sat navs and complete entertainment suites. Indeed with such exhaustive power requirements coming into play, an increasing number of modern cars today feature two hearts, where an auxiliary battery is also deployed to help take the strain.
Also at play here, which tends to exasperate the position, are cars that often only travel a few miles a day. The demand on the battery is excessive, with the poor old alternator not being given the opportunity to put anything back in. This results in a drain in more senses than one.
Let’s now add into the equation start/stop technology. Driven by EU legislation introduced to cut fuel emissions and improve economy, more and more cars today feature such systems. By the end of this year it is estimated that some 90% of all new cars will feature start/stop technology. Furthermore, given that future legislation will dictate that it is not possible to switch off start-stop systems, budget batteries will find themselves coming under increasing strain. So the message is already a clear one, where AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) is order of the day, it is a replacement AGM that should be used as anything else will fail. Similarly, whilst it is possible to replace an EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery) with the more advanced AGM, this does not work the other way round.
It is essential, therefore, to fit the appropriate Ah battery technology if premature failure is to be prevented.And it is against this increasingly bespoke battery backdrop that manufacturers are playing their part in ensuring thatlocating the right battery is also now far easier than ever before. Look-up tools such as Banners Battery Finder – www.bannerbatteryfinder.co.uk.– are simple to tap into and vehicle registration number driven.
The search results not only show the relevant Banner battery for the particular vehicle in question, they detail additional information in the form of the relevant part number, capacity, power rating and RRP (inc VAT). Extended technical information, such as the battery’s dimensions, layout, and engine compartment location can also be tapped into. The same also applies to full fitting details and the time involved in carrying out a new battery installation.
CHEAPER THAN A TANK OF FUEL
Despite being the heart of the car, the battery is a component that many motorists tend to overlook, until it fails at least. It then becomes a distressed purchase, and one often moaned about. But why, when compared to the cost of a tank of fuel a replacement premium battery represents genuine value for money? And let’s not forget, it will certainly keep the motorist’s car going for longer. So whilst failure of the battery in a car is never life threatening, having one that is fit for purpose will not only keep your car ticking over but capable of meeting the day-to-day demands placed on it. The days of the budget battery are over and those fitting incorrect technologies shall face the consequences. After all, it’s worth remembering here that if we as humans found ourselves in need of a replacement heart, how many would opt for the budget variety?