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Leisure Batteries Storage time again as Winter approaches?

Leisure Batteries Storage

It is storing your Leisure Batteries Storage time

Leisure Batteries Storage

The extremely mild weather here in the UK. Has brought out all the spring flowers,(earlier than normal). It is also bringing out the caravan and motorhome users, into thinking about their first 2014 trips out. Hence, judging by the amount of leisure batteries that we are selling at the moment.

Normally we see a surge of sales and inquiries just a few weeks before Easter. But this year the sales are coming early. One of the most popular batteries that we sell. Thus,to the caravan and campervan (RV) fraternity is the XV31 110 amp leisure battery . This battery is made by a battery manufacturer in South Korea. This also covers smaller battery sizes, including XV 23, XV 24, and XV 27 and, of course, the XV31. This battery along with the LV26, and along with the smaller LV 22 are made by Johnson Controls . Of course one of the World’s leading battery developer and battery manufacturer.

This year is a particularly good time to buy this Leisure Batteries product. Because due to the mild winter.Subsequently, the sales of car batteries have dropped off. Meaning the leading battery companies are well down on sales of car batteries.So,are looking forward to the next battery season. Which includes the sale of leisure batteries, motorcycle batteries, mobility scooter batteries, golf cart batteries. Including, other seasonal things such as lawn mower batteries. Of course, the guys who are lucky enough to own a classic car. Classic car batteries are huge sellers.

Leisure Batteries Storage

What normally happens is that the owners of these types of battery-driven machines equipment will get them out as soon as the weather improves and start getting warmer, which is normally around April time here in the UK. But this year we are about three weeks to a month in front, due to the mild weather. In fact, I have recently seen a butterfly and many bees flying about and also the grass on my lawn needs cutting for the first time after the winter.

People all over will be getting out their golf and gardening equipment only to find that their battery is flat and will not work. Most of the time the battery will recover when it is charged, but people are reluctant to charge their battery throughout the winter months. Up to recent times, the battery chargers were of the old fashioned types that you put onto your battery

Leisure Batteries
A very small Bedford camper van in the South of England.

and then took off when the battery was fully charged but these days you can buy what they call “intelligent battery chargers”. These chargers are made by well-known companies such as Ring Electrical and “Numax”, and are well worth the investment. What you have to do is find out the correct amps that you require for your size of the battery, remove the Leisure Batteries from the caravan or lawn mower, whatever it is on, give the Leisure Batteries a clean and if it is not a sealed battery, check the levels.

You can then connect the leisure battery to the smart charger

, (preferably in a frost free place) and leave it to charge all the winter long. The charger will then keep your leisure battery charge topped up to the correct levels and automatically switch on and off when charging is required. This way you will end up with a nice clean fully charged the battery when the time comes to use it.

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Changing car tyres-When Should You Change Your Car Tyres? | Automotive Tools review

Changing car tyres

Changing car tyres and then report that they regularly check them. Here is a list about what you should be …

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

When indeed do we think about  Changing car tyres?

This is an interesting article from Automotive Tools Revue. You would think that it would be easy to determine when your tyres need changing, but it is the same as everything in life, some people know what to do, or what they are looking at and other people do not and have to ask for advice.

Watch for the Pellon Tyres sign Fortunately we are one of those trades that are only willing to help people with their tyre problems ! So, most tyre companies are only too willing to give a free tyre report for their customers. Many independent tyre retailers are affiliated to an organization . However, look out for an independent local garage. Many also have their own web site. Where you can find your nearest tyre retailer. Who will only be too willing to give your car a free tyre check . Also recommending when you should be Changing car tyres.

Look out for an Independent tyre depot in your area

If you do not have an independent tyre retailer in your area. Then I am sure that a local garage will do the job for them at no cost to the customer.

The first thing to look at before Changing car tyres. Of course, is to check your tyres and see if your tyres are worn on one side. Naturally, they will look as if they have no tread cut into the tyres. This is a sure sign that your tyres will need replacing ! Significantly, the car will also need a wheel alignment. This is a sign that the tyre have been scrubbed off at one side, because the wheel alignment was not set correctly.

The other way to check to see if it may be necessary for  Changing car tyres is to look for the small bumps of rubber that are set between the tread at 1.6 mm deep, this is the British Governments law for the tread depth that your tyres should be at, although we in the trade think that it should now be 3 mm because of the change in driving conditions since the last tyre laws were passed. These laws are pretty much the same in the USA and much of Europe to help keep the high standards of safety.

To conclude the best way  to check your tyres. Including winter tyres. So, is to take your car to your tyre retailer and they will check them for you free of charge.

 

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EV Batteries?- How Cheap Are they really?Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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I’m finding Chevy Volt replacement ev batteries online for about $2,300. $2,300/16 kWh = $144/kWh. Retail. On the GM Parts Store site a replacement battery for the 2012 Chevy Volt is listed at $2,305.88.

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Why a replacement ev batteries any how ?

EV batteries prices

This article shows the prices for the  EV Batteries replacement but I was wondering why would you need a replacement anyhow?

According this good and in depth article a replacement battery would cost $2000 and more, but why would you have to buy one? The old  EV Batteries should be replaced free of charge if found faulty, like any other part of the car. Some of the European car makers, such as Renault, lease the batteries out when they sell an Electric Car, so I can only assume that the same warranty reasons will apply to them.

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In my opinion, when the EV batteries will need replacing in a few years’ time, then the technology that is carried out at the moment will have drastically reduced the battery prices by that time. All this new development will probably reduce the size of the batteries, to a more realistic and affordable size. Johnson controls are developing a Lithium-Ion battery at the moment that is much smaller than its predecessors.

 

 

The only reason I can think of for an EV car to need  new EV Batteries, is after an accident.

 

Because of the battery power train size there is likely to be damage caused by an accident. This brings me to the cars insurance, is the possible scenario of a crashed EV car requiring an expensive battery going to put insurance premiums, or will the cost be spread amongst us all?

There is no doubt that the EV car will play a significant part in the future of fuel efficient cat technology, with batteries that can last for years due to the advent of silicon “Nano” battery technology and car manufacturers will keep up with these improvement trends.

The charging rates are also getting much better, with charging time expected to get down to as low as 15 minutes for an 80% charge but my money is still on Hydrogen cell technology. However, this is a good article and worth a click to read.

 

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Car Battery Check-Make sure that your family are safe by checking your CAR BATTERY before a journey

Car Battery Check

Car Battery Check

Make sure that your family are safe with a Car Battery Check

So, on a recent visit to France, we unfortunately broke down. Due to an electrical fault on our Peugeot van. Just by a coincidence another English vehicle in a few parking spaces near to us. Was also broke down, this vehicle was a Citroen C4 Picasso people carrier, and was occupied by a family of six , four children and their parents.

I went over to the guy, who was looking under the bonnet (hood) of his car. Tentatively,  asking him what had gone wrong. He told that the orange alternator light had come on. Sadly, but he carried on.Not suspecting that the light would cause a problem. He went on to tell me! That he had suspected that the car may have had a dodgy battery for a few weeks. But he just kept on charging it up. Because he did not use the people carrier very often. In fact he only used the car for family outings and visits to the sea side.

I told him that I was in the Car battery business. So, and suspected that a Battery Check would do the trick. I am amazed at the number of drivers that I come across.Consequently, who are hell bent on trying to keep a dead battery alive. Of course, by constantly trying to charge up their old, and probably dead battery up. So, trying to keep the thing alive. Most drivers fail and eventually give up their dead battery. Of course, and go out to have a professional Battery Check. Before buying  buy a new one.

Car Battery Check

We were both members of the AA, a British breakdown organisation, that covers the whole of Europe. Sure enough a breakdown truck arrived to attend to the guy with the people carrier. The system in France only allows the AA Recovery to attend a breakdown on the road side or hard shoulder of a motorway.

This is French law! I think it has something to do with protecting the livelihood of the French garage trade. Something that the French are good at, protectionism. The English guy did have a battery test and needed a new  12 Volt Battery. The battery on the vehicle was a common size. Known to us as a 096. These batteries cost about £60 here in the UK. But the driver got a shock when the new battery cost him 140 Euros.

His breakdown cover may not have covered him for what we call renewable s, so the lesson there is do not mess about trying to resurrect your old car battery,

just go and buy a new one. The whole experience of breaking down would have put a lot of pressure on his family, not knowing if they would not reach their holiday destination or not, just for the sake of a battery test before starting off on a journey.

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A car battery check would have picked up the poor condition of this car battery.This is an example of a car battery that needs a really good clean

Car Battery Check

My wife and I have had eight children together over the past 35 years and have traveled extensively all over Europe. We have broken down a couple of times in our people carriers and so we know about the pressure that breaking down can put on the whole family. It is not worth the hassle and stress, just because you did not prepare your car and had a not knowing if they would not reach their holiday destination or not, just for the sake of a Car Battery Check before starting off on a journey.  

 

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips-Look after your bike battery?

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips

This article  explains some of the pitfalls about buying a motorcycle battery. Motor cyclists should be careful when buying a new battery. But i do not want to be scare mongering. As long as you follow simple rules. Hence, it will be a perfectly safe operation to carry out. Your new battery can be bought at a cheap Motor-cycle battery price online. Of course, where possible, with a next working day delivery. Thousands of these batteries are bought online every year. Significantly, without any problems at all.

“Battery failure isn’t just inconvenient, it can often lead to dangerous problems. Before you take your bike far from home, learn what happened to Sarah. Anytime you take your motorcycle on a trip, you should make sure the battery is in optimum condition. If you have a typical, conventional battery, take a few moments to ensure that fluid levels are adequate before heading out. Remove the caps to see if the cells appear dry; if they are, add clean distilled water. Additionally, look for any signs of terminal corrosion and leaking acid, including tarnished chrome and faded paint. “If you aren’t confident in your ability to service a conventional battery, consider buying a sealed variety. These maintenance-free motorcycle batteries are ideal for people who like riding their bikes but don’t particularly enjoy using Batteries Maintenance Tips and working on them”

         Motorcycle batteries are very safe

Motor cycle batteries? which make or type?

The motorcycle battery market is flooded. Commonly, with all sorts of makes and different types of batteries. Significantly, this can be very complicated. Of course, I think that the internet is the best way to go about buying one of these batteries. Consequently, this way of buying motor cycle batteries. Keeps the job as simple as possible. Importantly, try to replace the part number of the battery the same as that you are replacing. So, like for like.

Differing manufactures are not such a problem ! Except that some motorcycle batteries come with differing part numbers. Of course, I was thinking of Varta and perhaps Bosch. A few years ago a European standard battery part number was introduced. Of course, to try to make all the battery manufacturers use the same number, but this seems to have fallen apart and you can get three different numbers for the same battery.

Japanese battery markings

The most common part numbers are on the Japanese bikes and will look like,”YTX9BS”; this to me is the most common type of battery. The European number found on a Varta will look like “53030”, so the numbers will differ depending where your bike is from. You will find though that most Japanese bikes will have the YTX9BS lettering, but BMW’s will have the 53030 Varta numbers.

In any case you will find it easier if you replace the battery that is fitted to your bike, will be best practice and unless you know what you are doing please don’t try to be clever and update or uprate the battery that you have fitted to the bike. Batteries are available for cherry pickers in Kings Lynn. Information about the worlds largest battery.

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips
Voltmeters are a cheap and handy toll for battery testing !
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Leisure Batteries Connected-How to Connect 2 or More Leisure Batteries? / Car & Leisure Battery …

Leisure Batteries Connected

Leisure Batteries Connected
Trojan Leisure Batteries

Connecting two or more leisure batteries is entirely possible, but it should be undertaken with caution. To connect the batteries, you’ll have to have enough space in the caravan to house the multiple batteries safely, as well as …

Eric Roberts insight:

Connecting 2 or More Leisure Batteries

It is entirely possible to connect more than two leisure or solar power batteries. But it must be in parallel. Therefore, this means that to retain the twelve volts that you require. Hence, you must connect the two positive terminals together. Naturally, and the two negative terminals together. By connecting the batteries in this way. Thus, as I have said you will retain the twelve volts that you will require. As a result, to power a twelve-volt system. For this reason, that is used on most cars and marine and leisure systems, it

Leisure Batteries Connected
2 x 75 amp Lucas Leisure Batteries

will also double the amps for more power storage, which is why this is done in the first place. This method also means that your batteries will charge at the same rate.

It is also important to use the same type of batteries, the accompanying video will explain about the different types of Leisure Batteries and the best for most applications are AGM batteries.

Leisure Batteries Connected
Leisure Batteries can be connected in parallel

Leisure Batteries Connected

The Leisure Batteries that you connect together must also be the same type and age, preferably new batteries, it will be of no use if you connect a new battery with one that is old and has less power.

This will only make the new battery fail at a later stage and not give you the full power that you are looking for. It is also possible to connect each battery to a fuse, which will stop the risk of a high current flowing from the good battery to the bad battery with a faulty cell causing it to short; this situation could be dangerous, with a risk of a fire or explosion. One of our most popular boat batteries is the LV31MF ApolloPower leisure battery.

For more reading… http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/serial_and_parallel_battery_configurations

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Leisure Battery Suppliers UK, All types of 12 volt Leisure Batteries- Online to most UK Areas.

Leisure Battery Suppliers

Leisure Battery Suppliers

Leisure Battery Suppliers

As a result, we sell all types of 12 volt Leisure Batteries and Deep Cycle Batteries Online.Hence, with UK Free Delivery. Leisure Batteries, Deep Cycle Batteries 12 Volt. Including Caravan Batteries, Motorhome Batteries, …

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

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BatteriesOnTheWeb offer great choice and quality at excellent prices

One of the most up and coming Leisure Battery Suppliers to trade on the internet are Batteries On The Web . The company have now been trading online

for five years. Of course,and are rapidly building up a reputation. Thus, for their service and an excellent range of battery products.

The owner has actually been in business selling Batteries for 35 years . Consequently, in his battery store located in Halifax West Yorkshire UK. Because of their success they decided to start selling on line using the web name of www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk . The company have now gone from strength to strength; selling many different types of Caravan Leisure Batteries, such as for golf, UPS systems, trucks, tractors even for kids ride on toys and many more applications.

The online store are one of the countries largest Leisure Battery Suppliers and also offers other  top name batteries, most of who are made by Johnson controls, the World’s biggest battery makers or made by Yuasa batteries.

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Johnson Controls Leisure Battery Suppliers a snowy winter scene

Some of our names include Varta, FirstPower, Trojan batteries, Lucas batteries, Numax leisure batteries and much more.

They also sell other products such as Ring Electrical battery chargers and C-Tech battery chargers, along with Poorboy’s car cleaning products. Altogether a good selection for the online customer to browse through.

The companies motto is “We offer old fashion Values, using modern day technology”

So, since I published this post then Johnson Controls have sold off their battery division.

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Recycling Li-On batteries-Lithium-Ion- electric car batteries- to provide power to homes.

Recycling Li-On batteries
Lithium-Ion batteries may be used to store solar energy in the future as a form of Recycling Li-On batteries

Motor-Trades Insight Recycling Li-On batteries

Recycling electric car batteries to provide power to homes could mean ‘an end …

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

We are already talking about a second use for the old electric car batteries ?

Four partner companies in the North East of England. Consequently, they are Opus Green, SR Technologies, together with Tadea and Gateshead College. They are looking at the possibility of using Recycling Li-On batteries . Of course that will be changed at the end of life period after say ten years. Importantly, on such electric cars as the Nissan Leaf.

In the long run, these companies are trying to come with ideas about the use of Recycling Li-On batteries. Hence, in conjunction  with solar panels and wind turbines, to store energy for use at night time, rather than just put the electricity used into the National Grid. Ordinarily, we have such solar panels on the roof of my home. So, the electricity generated is transmitted via inverter and an electric meter into the grid here in the UK.

All this working project will be carried out at Gateshead College.

In this case in the research and development department at Barmston Road in Sunderland. Of course, in the North East of England. The EV batteries will be tested on sight at the college.Another key point is that they will be used to power equipment that will be used on demonstration. In my opinion I cannot see why it should fail. Once they found a way for the solar panels to charge up Lithium-Ion batteries. I know that there have been many other types of experiments. Especially, in this field even using large banks of Trojan  batteries can be made to work-.


“Malcolm Potter, Project Manager at Tadea said “This is a very exciting project for tadea to be involved in and as it’s the first of its kind within in UK to focus on how to extend the life of these batteries it’s hoped that the results will lead to further developmental work in this field.”
 

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017 Tungstone Batteries-and Lucas Car batteries are back again

017 Tungstone Batteries

017 Tungstone Batteries revived again here in the UK

One of trends in the automotive business in the UK .Hence, is the revival of old product brands. Therefore, in the last six years we have seen brands resurrected (a good word at Easter time?) such as the

By the early 1980s 017 Tungstone Batteries were one of the largest battery manufacturers in the country, producing more than 700,000 new ones every year.

The Lucas name was sold off and re-branded by Johnson Controls.

Lucas brand.

There has been an increasing degree of partnership with Japanese corporations. Such as with Sumitomo on car-body systems . Or Yuasa Battery Company. In response to the growing likelihood that Japanese components firms . Therefore, will make inroads into the European market . So as deeply as they already have in the United States. Lucas Automotive have had  success in 1989 in attracting orders. From BMW and Saab-Scania . Thus, for fuel injection systems . Was an indication of its ability . Hence, to compete directly in Europe… http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/lucas-industries-plc-history/

As we can see in this . History of the Lucas company . Then, Lucas were doing cross country deals . In the expanding car component sector. Including, a deal that was struck with Yuasa batteries of Japan. As a result, these batteries went under the Lucas batteries brand name. They were imported with many battery part numbers .Coming into the UK and the USA that were unfamiliar to the British battery manufacturers .

Yuasa batteries actually started producing batteries in the USA in 1979. Producing car and AGM batteries . Hence,In 1996 the great Lucas empire . Merged with the American company Varity Corporation and the UK part of the company.

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More reading…

“Now trading under the name of ‘Lucas Electrical’ . Then the company concentrates on after-market component supply. Rather than as an original equipment supplier to manufacturers. Initially, the Lucas name was used on Elta’s existing products . Automotive light bulbs but has been gradually expanded to cover much the same range as the original Lucas company- light units, batteries, switches and controls, ignition components, re manufactured starter motors and alternators, wiper blades and electrical accessories. Operations and manufacturing take place at several locations in the UK as well as overseas”… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LucasVarity

This is the stage that the Lucas battery label in the famous green and white Lucas colours was sold off to a British Battery company in the Midlands.

Article written be Eric Roberts…

Lucas Premium Batteries-Key to Hassle-Free-Car Maintenance from Johnson Controls

Lucas Premium Batteries

Lucas Premium Batteries

Lucas Premium Batteries

Of course, since I wrote this post in 2016, then things in the automotive industry have moved on. Especially, in the battery world. Including Lucas batteries!

Because of new emissions laws then the auto industry have had to develop cleaner and greener engines. Emission laws have become much stricter and car makers have had to develop cleaner engines. Including “Start-Stop “engines. I think we all probably know by now what this is. However judging by the emails that i have to respond to on Ebay ! Then you would not think so.

Customers still want the cheapest car battery possible ?

So, customers with large cars are always trying to cut corners by asking about the cheapest battery for their car. Annoyingly, they are always asking if our small 063 battery will fit their vehicle ! Of course the correct battery is usually ten times bigger and more powerful ! But they would fit the cheapest car battery possible if the could !

So, why this is I will never know ! This brings me on to “Stop-Start” batteries. Because of the constant switching on and off of the car engines that are fitted with stop-start then a stronger battery with a deep cycle capability had to be developed. So, this development came in two forms! The AGM car battery and the EFB car battery.

Consequently, the AGM battery comes out on the larger car models and the EFB car battery on the smaller car models. This is usually the general rule of thumb. So, without getting too technical, your battery will state which type it is. Of course the images on this post clearly show the different types ! AGM of EFB.

Not only are batteries a mode of transportation

Significantly,battery selection can be a reflection of their respective owners. Of course, this relates to the selection of different types of Lucas Premium Batteries and which car drivers buy. So, as I have siad earlier some of our online customers just want the Cheap Car Batteries. Whilst other people prefer to buy a better known brand, such as Lucas Premium Batteries.

If you require a certain type of battery for your vehicle. Say with a different terminal type,such as early Ford vehicles, like say the Ford Cortina or early Ford Escort. Of course, you can look for products on the search engines and type in ” Batteries to fit Ford Cortinas”.

Owning a vehicle has also become supposedly easier

Because there are more options now and the second hand car market is more organized and sophisticated. Of course, thanks to the Internet and e-commerce. However, a lot of people prefer to hold on to their old cars and vans! Because the not-so-recent global economic crisis has decreased their purchasing power. the average family in the UK spends £3000 a year less than before the financial crisis started.

So,for these reasons, it is important to keep your vehicle in tiptop shape for as long as possible. naturally,this could be achieved with proper vehicle maintenance. Apart from the periodic oil changes and tune-ups ! So, it is also crucial that your car be installed with dependable and well-performing  Premium grade Batteries.

Even with the advent od electric cars, the majority of the world’s vehicle owners drive cars run on fossil fuels.

Because of engine development including on-board computers. Specifically,these cars require more a more powerful supply of electric energy ! Without good quality Premium Batteries .Your car will not be able to start !Nor will it be able to have access to electrical power in the event of an alternator failure.

In addition, as I have said, nearly all recent car models have an on-board computer . Which is also powered by electrical charge supplied by the car batteries. Suffice it to say, people must pay as much attention to their car batteries as other aspects of their cars. There are numerous dealers of well-known brands such as ApolloPower batteries, Varta batteries, and of course Lucas batteries. All of which can be found at regular shops or online battery stores. They are best places to go to for information and recommendations for the most suitable Premium Batteries for your particular vehicle. There are certain factors to consider in choosing a Replacement Car Battery ! So be aware of these ! Consequently, by ensuring the longevity of your battery and the overall stress-free maintenance of your vehicle.

Lucas Premium Batteries

The first consideration is which battery is for you.

This can be determined by your old batteries part number ! Also by measuring the dimensions of your existing battery, including the terminal layout ! There are standard group sizes which cover all types of Lucas batteries.

 You can find out the group size of your car battery by checking the owner’s manual or through certain online sources for battery cataloging. Another important factor to consider is what the Amp/Hr rating is for your battery ?

Lucas Premium Batteries
This Lucas Premium Batteries has special bolt on terminals to fit early Ford cars

This is an important element in choosing a good car battery . Because it determines how long the battery can supply the required electrical power. Of course, in case the car’s alternator fails to function. In my opinion,the best way to make sure that you buy the correct one ! So is to replace it with exactly the same part numbers as the one on the car.

For extra assistance, then you can also telephone your online dealer to help in choosing the correct one for your vehicle. Beware of online companies who are not willing to help you. On the whole, a confident honest company will have all contact details at hand to give you the correct advice. In the event of not giving you there contact details then do not buy from them ? Subsequently, they may not be there in two years time ! To cover you in case your battery should go faulty.

What is Cold cranking amps ?

Cold cranking amps or CCA refers to your power rating in terms of its ability to start your vehicle . Supplying electrical power even during extremely cold weather. Naturally, you will can indeed choose a new battery with a rating CCA higher than or equal to car’s original one. This will ensure that your car will continue to operate smoothly even in the harshest winters. Last but not least is the quality of the brand of the car battery that you can buy .

As I have reiterated before, there are many brands to choose from ! But only a handful are reliable and of good quality. In the UK, you can easily find Lucas Premium Batteries for any type of vehicle. Along with other makes and types, this is one of the most cost-effective brands known for its long life and stability.

Eric Roberts

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