Press Release: January 14, 2010
New UK-based website BatteryChargerStore.co.uk, which offers a range of award-winning smart chargers covering cars, motorcycles and other vehicles, has identified the key differences between trickle chargers and pulse chargers in terms of optimal battery care.
A traditional charger typically charges a battery to around 80% capacity. A trickle charger expands on this through lowering both current and voltage as it takes a charge past 80% and reaches 100% in increments.
However, although trickle chargers are able to fully charge a battery through this method, the process of delivering a consistent and unregulated charge, albeit incrementally, drastically increases the chances of damaging a battery, particularly if left unchecked, through the battery drying out, being over-charged or becoming damaged through a process called gassing.
A pulse charger however also known as a smart charger undertakes a sequence of patented processes in order to avoid the problems that can be associated with trickle charge technology.
Specifically, once the majority of a batterys charge is completed by a smart charger a phase known as Bulk charging the charger then moves into an Absorption phase to safely increase the batterys charge to 100% before then commencing Pulse Maintenance where the charge is monitored and a charge is delivered as required, to coincide with the drop in voltage as a battery naturally begins the discharge process.
A spokesperson for BatteryChargerStore.co.uk, commented:
Pulse charging is certainly the more sophisticated approach as it effectively ensures that a battery is optimally maintained and therefore fit for purpose at any time. The pulse maintenance phase undertaken by a smart charger effectively exercises the battery, allowing it to undertake the natural charge/discharge cycle around the 100% capacity level and thereby remain in absolutely peak condition.
When considering that vehicles rely so heavily on their batteries, its unsurprising that the market is moving towards the most suitable technology. When looking for a car or motorcycle battery charger, there really is no alternative than to consider a product which will ensure that the battery is permanently in great shape.
For more information or to order one of the CTEK range of smart chargers, please visit www.batterychargerstore.co.uk or call 0844 815 3600 to place an order.