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Maintenance Free batteries-are now becoming the normal fitment on most cars and trucks

This is a short article about maintenance free batteries

 The phrase maintenance free batteries is only partly correct.  What are Maintenance Free Battery vs Conventional  Cheap Car batteries , use up some of the water in their diluted mixture of sulphuric acid electrolyte during there every day cycle of charging and discharging. The electrolyte process turns into a gas mixture of oxygen and hydrogen and escapes from the battery. WE then add water to keep the battery topped up.

Maintenance Free batteries

Lucas Maintenance free batteries

Maintenance free batteries known as MF batteries use a different type of lead alloy. They use calcium alloy of lead and not a lead antimony alloy. This reduces the gassing therefore stops the need to keep topping up your battery. Indeed means that you have no need to top up your battery during the normal life of your  Battery.
The only problem can occur in exceptionally high temperatures where the Maintenance free batteries may boil but the newer types of MF battery now have pressure relief valves that come into operation when the pressure may get too high. For further reading…http://uk.ask.com/question/what-is-a-maintenance-free-battery

Altogether these Maintenance free batteries are becoming the normal standard for modern vehicle standards and are worth buying instead of cheap batteries.

Car batteries remained much the same, the only thing that changed was the different terminals and physical sizes of the batteries, battery plates, became a new mix of alloys and lead alloys and companies the likes of Lucas batteries became the first to introduce practically sealed batteries that were maintenance free, there were no screw tops on the battery for the driver to check the acid level.

Also there was the evolution of the cars. Many cars were now coming out on more sophisticated electrical systems. Which required car batteries with more power. We found that a difference in the old type battery and the new type of battery was that the new types of battery did not give you much time after failure, one morning the battery light would come on in your car and you would need a new battery, there and then; you do not have the time any more. It is very important to remember ,that the Maintenance free batteries must be stood up in the upright position. The battery caps do not unscrew and so the battery is classed as sealed. But it is important to remember that the battery is not leak proof.

Pressure relief valves automaticaly reseal

themselves after been released, this is a major safety feature.

Motorcodes Good Garage Scheme- Look out for the Motorcodes logo on your garage

Motorcodes Good Garage Scheme

Motorcodes Good Garage Scheme; by Eric Roberts about the new improved Motorcodes, garage scheme for customer protection.

Motorway Direct car warranty plan has subscribed to MotorCodes. This provides further peace of mind to warranty customers. At the same time demonstrating a commitment to high standards of customer service. This is carried out  by the Motorcodes network of service centres.

Under the Vehicle Warranty Products Code. Motorway Direct commits to standards that exceed those set out by law and joins other. The  UK providers in

Motorcodes Good Garage Scheme

Trading Standards are now part of Motor Codes for greater consumer proection

subscribing to the self-regulatory Code of Practice.This improvement is welcomed by ERIC ROBERTS  MD of  Pellon Autocentre . This will give extra assurances for their customers.
“MotorCodes represents the vast majority of this industry’s major players and is working with vehicle warranty product providers to bring motorists the reassurance and peace of mind they need,” said Chris Mason, Motor Codes Managing Director.

“With Motorway Direct subscribing, there’s more choice than ever for customers looking for a warranty product they can rely on.”
As a result, MotorCodes regulates the provision of new car warranties under its” New Car and Vehicle Warranty Products Codes” and provides support to more than three million motorists that take out products such as extended warranties, GAP insurance, and breakdown cover.
“Our subscription to this organisation helps us to demonstrate our customer focused values of trust, reassurance and quality,” said Paul Hanna, Commercial Manager at Motorway Direct. “By committing to the Vehicle Warranty Products Code, Motorway Direct is proud to demonstrate to its customers that it is a responsible provider.”

Motorcodes Good Garage Scheme

Most noteworthy, the Vehicle Warranty Products Code has completed Stage One of the Office of Fair Trading Consumer Codes Approval Scheme and commits subscribers to increasing consumer protection and delivering higher standards of service. The Code improves the marketplace through self-regulation of non-insured warranty products, including pre-sale information, cancellation rights and protected claims funds. It insists that subscribing companies offer:
§  Peace of mind cover.
§  Products written in clear English.
§  No high pressure selling.
§  Written summaries of key contract terms.
§  A simple, straightforward claims procedure.


Motorists can find out if their product is covered by Motorcodes, by asking their provider and can check the list of subscribing parent companies at
www.motorcodes.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

Leisure Marine Batteries-New Style “Marine Batteries”-Sealed lead Acid and Deep Cycle.

Leisure Marine Batteries

Leisure Marine Batteries

Most Leisure Marine Batteries are now hybrids

So, most Leisure Marine Batteries that we buy today are “hybrids”. Consequently, they are a cross between the regular starter and the Deep Cycle Battery. Importantly, this new type of marine Battery is now of a high standard. AGM marine batteries are of course completely sealed. The batteries are fitted with special valves that release pressure that may build up. Especially, in the battery when it is overheating.

The Marines cells are made of a lead-sponge material . For this reason, this is usually made of thicker material than the lead sponge in a starter battery. This type of marine leisure batteries is used on smaller craft. Thus, that are used for pleasure boating. For this reason, for longer sailings especially for ocean-going vessels. Therefore, I think that the AGM,true deep-cycle batteries should be utilised.

Leisure Marine Batteries

Leisure Marine Batteries-Boat batteries wired up for marine batteries

We at  BatteriesOnTheWeb also sell marine ones with twin negative and twin positive posts. Enabling the boat owner to join other electrical items together. Of course, such as other electrical accessories.

Marine batteries are displayed in (Marine cranking amps) also known as MCA.  

Marine batteries have calcium/calcium plates requiring no maintenance.

As I have stated. It ‘s hard to tell the difference between the two types of batteries. Because in general if it looks like a car type with the caps on the top to allow you to check the electrolyte levels, then it will be a standard car one. These batteries are marine batteries

The rest of the materials used such as the oxides and separator materials. For this reason, gives a much higher capacity.

These batteries are available online in Lucas and Pennine-Kingpower from www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Eric Roberts

 

 

 

Nissan Leaf Batteries-Want To Buy, Not Lease, Replacement- Electric- Car Batteries

Nissan Leaf Batteries

PluginCars.com Nissan Leaf Batteries Owners Want To Buy, Not Lease, Replacement Batteries PluginCars.com Nissan North America in June launched its LEAF battery replacement program, designed to give owners of high-mileage LEAFs a way to ensure that their…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Lithium-Ion Electric car batteries

This is news to me but possibly good news, I wonder if in the future the battery market will be like it is today. With many manufacturers selling to many dealers as a World wide

Nissan Leaf Batteries

Hydrogen cells are one of the competitors to the Nissan Leaf Batteries lithium-Ion cars of the future

market, or will the car makers try to keep the cheapest car batteries to themselves.

Certainly according to this report the customers want to buy their own Nissan Leaf Batteries and source them at the best price when they need replacing, at the moment i can not think past the post and can not imagine what the size of the battery market will be  when the cars become second and third hand.

At the moment we have a vibrant battery market, with many companies large and small having a share in the market ,but will this always be the case ?. Lithium-Ion batteries are now looking like the battery that will be used as the Nissan Leaf Batteries , along with other technologies, such as Hydrogen fuel calls. Another big development is with the Start-Stop car battery. You may ask How Does Stop Start Work?. This operates on the what you could call standard type vehicles and works by the cars engine being switched off when the car stop and re-starting when the car starts again saving fuel in the process. These batteries are 12 Volt Battery technology and are lead acid batteries and AGM batteries, this is because of the higher charging cycles that are available with different materials used in the making of the plates.

What do you think Eric Roberts..

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

See on www.plugincars.com

Waste Battery Recycling-Dispose of Old Batteries safely in Your Own Area

Waste Battery Recycling

Waste Battery Recycling;Dispose of your old batteries safely

This post is about Battery Recycling. Hence, the right thing to do when disposing of your old battery. Therefore, it does not really matter which type of battery that you are disposing of. But for now I really mean your old 

Waste Battery Recycling

Waste Battery Recycling;Waste car and tuck batteries ready to go for recycling almost 95% of these will be recycled a fact that not many people know outside the battery industry an excellent achievement.

golf,scooter,mobility,ups and car batteries. What most people do not know is that these types of battery are re-processed and go for Waste Battery Recycling . Almost all these batteries can be made into brand new ones. If you buy your battery from the internet.

Then you will probably have to dispose of the old one yourself. Perhaps, if you are a disabled person you should ask a relative or friend to dispose of the old battery for you. We find that for some reason our customers want to save their old battery. But they deteriorate even further.

Especially, with age and really should be got rid of. You will find that your old batteries. Will be accepted at your nearest council Waste Battery Recycling plant or licensed scrap metal dealer. Either, you or a friend can take them to the tip. Because they will be taken care of and then  be reprocessed into new ones. Job done!www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

For more reading about batteries re-cycling

“While it can be easy to just consider throwing your old battery into the trash, its actually against the law. Most of the UK requires that Waste Battery Recycling should be done through a safe means of disposal. Usually this means taking them back to the store where you purchased them, or finding another available waste disposal.

Currently less than 25% of used ones are returned using a safe disposal method, which does actually harm the environment through landfills and other trash disposal”. Andalay High Performance Solar Power Systems … Currently less than 25% of used batteries are returned using a safe disposal method, which does actually harm the environment through landfills and other trash disposal
At the moment 95% of waste battery products are re-processed into new ones. These are from the ones that safely make it to the re-processing plant. Some are discarded or just dumped, but the battery re-processing rates are in fact getting higher and higher, which is a great attribute to the industry, from cradle to grave so to speak.

Eric Roberts

Waste Battery Recycling

Waste Battery Recycling;Old battery discarded on a beach

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038 Apollo-Power Car Battery

038 Apollo-Power Car Battery-Fits many classic cars and ride on Lawn Mowers.

038 Apollo-Power Car Battery

038 Apollo-Power Car Battery

When on a delivery in Leeds recently. So, I came upon a fine example of a Triumph Spitfire Car. Of course probable the best that I seen for a long time. Consequently, the cars owner had purchased online a new 12 Volt Battery. Accordingly, I was 038 Apollo-Power Car Batterydelivering him an  038 Apollo-Power Car Battery .

Of course, I knew that this battery only fitted older cars (that’s because i am old myself) . Lucky for me the guy was at home when I made the delivery . So I asked him which car the battery fitted. Surprisingly, he was only too pleased to talk about his “pride and joy”! not the BMW parked in his drive ! but a beautiful red Triumph Spitfire in my pictures.

The guy even sent me a couple of pictures for my blog as I had forgotten my camera. What a great find ! The 038 Apollo-Power Car Battery are now one of our popular batteries. They are sealed and maintenance free. The  038 Apollo-Power Car Battery also comes with a three year full warranty. Fortunately, it is also available for collection from Batteriesontheweb in Halifax Yorkshire UK. Of course during normal working hours.

The Triumph Spitfire was always a big favorite of mine

So, never forgetting the first one that I actually owned. In fact, it was a rusty white colour and was my pride and joy. I had just bought a new set of 155×13 remould tyres. Before setting off, for the traditional bank holiday Monday outing to Scarborough. Along with a few other friends.

My Triumph Spitfires trip out to the coast?

Prior to the Breathalyzer, the Police just asked you to walk a straight line. Of course, if they suspected that you had been drinking. My friends and I were invited to a party in a small village on the outskirts of Scarborough. After a few drinks my then friend, Paul asked if we fancied going to the “Toby Jug” on the sea front. This was where all the “In crowd” used to hang out.

Paul, my friend had a big old Austin A55 saloon and I set of towards Scarborough with Paul not far behind. We were heading for the A64, the main Leeds to Scarborough road. We took a sharp bend just before the road junction with the A64. Alarmingly, I had to slam on the brakes very hard. So, in order to stop at the main road junction. Unfortunately, my friend Paul’s brakes were not so good. Subsequently, he smashed straight into the back of me.

To my shock and horror a Police car was just passing on the busy A64 and witnessed what had happened.

I froze as he walked towards me . Shockingly, my smashed up Triumph Spitfire which had Paul’s A55 smashed into the back of me. Fortunately, the Policeman was on bank holiday traffic duty on the busy A64. Quickly, asking us if we were” injured or not”. Of course,we told him that we were alright ! He then apologized that he could not help us as he had traffic to look after !”what a relief” ! I could not believe our luck.

Indeed I was certain that we would be spending the night in a police cell. My pride and joy was written off and towed the following day back to Dewsbury in West Yorkshire where I then  lived with my parents. Altogether, a happy and sad day for me and my scrap car.

 Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

038 Apollo-Power Car Battery

triumph spitfire side ways view

 

038 Apollo-Power Car Battery

Beautiful Triumph Spitfire

Classic Car Batteries

Car Starter Batteries-Online Sales on the Increase for Quality car batteries

Car Starter Batteries

Car Starter Batteries

Car Batteries Are Known as Car Starter Batteries

 So, when car owners think about buying a new battery for their vehicle. Many will go online to see whats on offer ! of course the modern battery that we now use on our cars are thought of as starter batteries. Consequently, these batteries are designed to give your vehicle short bursts of strong  electric power that starts the engine. Even on a freezing cold morning.

The only time that we think anything about our car starting. Of course, is when we turn our keys in the morning. Thus, the engine makes a terrible whirring sound before finally petering out ! its then that we realise that we are going to need a replacement battery.

Unfortunately, this  occurrence usually happens when we have to get up for work on a cold frosty morning. “Low and behold” when we turn the key and your engine will not start up. Usually this is when the panic sets in. So, thinking back a few days, we forget about the first tell tale signs of a dying battery ! that we missed before the old battery finally let us down.

Tell tale signs of a dying battery

Firstly, this was probably the time when you were out at the shops. So, your old battery took a couple of attempts to start your engine? Almost all of us car owners are guilty of doing this. In the time of the older type engines say pre-emission controls, (without fancy electrics and computers). We could tell that the battery was on its way out about a month before. Subsequently, your car would reluctantly,turn the engine over a few times. Hence,before eventually starting the vehicle. Of course, then the battery would eventually die. Eventually, giving you plenty of time to sort out another one.

This is certainly not the case these days ,because of all the fancy electronics on our cars. This is because of the amount of electronics that our modern cars have to have on board due to emission controls and the electrical source is needed for 24 hours, also things such as alarm systems and immobilizers put a 24 hr strain on the Car Starter Batteries. This does not give you time and your car battery fails you immediately. Usually at the wrong time and place when you least expect it to go.

This need not happen and can be avoided.

So, most good service Auto-centres will check out your battery when your vehicle is in for a service (as part of the service schedule) and report on its condition, but in my experience most customers take little notice and this eventually leads to dead Car Starter Batteries. This would have been avoided if the customer had fitted a new one when the service centre reported in the service report that the battery was on its last legs and needed changing. This scenario is a common occurrence and motorists tend only to buy a new ones as the last resort.

Car Starter Batteries

buying a battery is very easy, you can now buy car batteries online,

People who shop online can usually count on buying  cheap Car Battery Prices.The most important thing that you will have to do when ordering your new one, is to check the Part number of the one that you are replacing, it could be an 063 or a 075 or even a 096 and order the replacement Car Starter Batteries with the same part number .

You will see many makes advertised on the internet. Such as Quality Apollo Power Car Starter Batteries, Lucas and Varta, are all  brands of batteries that I would recommend. Once you know the car battery that you want simply order it online for “next day delivery”. If you have further problems you can contact the battery company on the phone for further advice. Please don’t forget that your battery contains acid that can damage your eyes and skin, if handled correctly it will be perfectly safe, you should always dispose of the old battery in an environmentally friendly way, either by taking it to a scrap yard or to your local refuge site.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Car Starter Batteries industry now for 40 years. 

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Quality Car Batteries-The Best Place To Find Good Quality new batteries

Quality Car Batteries

Quality Car Batteries

The car industry is filled with plenty of players who offer a variety of Quality Car Batteries equipment and accessories.

Of course, you need to be quite careful when buying batteries online. Selecting the right company to deal with. So as to ensure that you get the best car battery for your vehicle. Importantly, focusing on working with experienced and reputable online companies.

Many car owners do realize that almost every part of the car can be repaired . Naturally, should their car happen to break down or wear out. The professionals in the industry have mastered the art of getting these parts to work again with the same proficiency.

Of course, it’s no secret that the engine is one of the most important sections of the car. This is because it is ideally the powerhouse that brings the entire car to life. This being the case, it is important that each and every component of the engine needs to be in the top condition. Your car battery is an example of an important component.

The car batteries store the power 

Important to realize that the battery not only starts the engine.  But to also power other gadgets installed in the car. Including the cars on-board computer. The market place is flooded with quite a number of cheap car batteries. Consequently, which you can buy and are easily installed in your car.

In addition to being affordable, the Quality Car Batteries also happen to offer an exceptional performance. Of course, which sustains the functionality of the car. They have an exceptional longevity which is backed by a good warranty system.The manufacturers of the Quality Car Batteries such as Apollo Power Batteries have guaranteed that in as much as their products are cheaply priced.

Of course, this does not mean that they have compromised on the quality and performance of the batteries. The whole idea here is to provide a reliable supply of cheap car batteries. So, that will eventually give vehicle users a peace of mind. You can easily be able to buy a fully functional Quality Car Batteries at a cheap price.On the positive side,  you can spend the saved cash on other important items.

There are plenty of the Quality Car Batteries in stock hence you can be sure that you will easily find one that suits your car engine.

The professionals involved in the sale of the Quality Car Batteries and Leisure Batteries happen to be quite conversant with the entire repair system of car parts. This means that you can also get additional assistance with your car performance as you buy the battery. Those are the benefits that are derived from working with a reputable company as they tend to offer an all round professional service. You can therefore look forward to making a great saving when you acquire a cheap and high quality 12 Volt Battery.

About Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery industry now for 40 years. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Lawnmower Battery Care-Time to dig out and replace your old battery-Care advice

Lawnmower Battery Care

Lawnmower Battery Care; Your lawnmower battery probably didn’t make it through the Winter?

Another spring is here and its grass cutting time again. The temperatures are starting to get milder. But as I write this blog the rain’s been falling for the past 2 weeks. Hence, and its freezing again. You get home from work have to the central heating on to keep the house warm. So think about your poor  mower battery stuck in your shed or garage all winter.

Lawnmower Battery Care

Typical battery start-up  mower (looks a bit like Tony Blair?)

 

Your battery will have been well forgotten about. Thus, and is probably dead by now. The problem is that your grass is slowly growing. Therefore, and needs that regular cut. Get in the shed and dig out your lawnmower battery. Because, you know it makes sense. It might be one of the worst summers on record.Thus, my lawn has been growing for three weeks without a mow.Naturally, it’s four inches long now and getting out of control.(at least, I have got a new battery, ready for the first sunny dry day to attack my grass)

Now you have dug the mower out you try starting it. Here goes? A few puffs of smoke and bangs. As expected, the old one is cold and frozen all winter and is totally dead. Yes, you shout! I can watch the match now, I have an excuse. “Sorry dear but the mower battery is dead”,”ill put it on charge and cut the grass in the morning”. You’ve always got an excuse she says and goes to see her daughter down the road while you open a glass of beer and watch the match,”perfect”.

Lawnmower Battery Care

This is how it goes for 90% of the guys, cutting grass is just another chore thrown at us by our wife’s. The gardeners are the ones who take their mower battery off their machine before the Winter arrives and charges the mower battery up to make sure it makes it through the winter. In my opinion, if the old one is more than two yeas old then it should be changed at the beginning of the new grass growing season in the spring and is not worth keeping or charging and needs to be replaced. Remember though if you throw away the old one and make sure that you write down the part numbers and letters so that you can order the exact same size for the next spring.

If you are like the first guy and do not like gardening then the easiest thing to do is to through the old one away and buy a new one. Your Electric Lawn Mowers battery can be bought online and batteriesontheweb store on e-bay carry a good selection, but it is important to write down the numbers and letters on your old lawnmower battery and get the correct one. You will find plenty of cheap batteries

Your lawnmower battery should be changed at regular intervals

Lawnmower Battery Care

A popular 896 Ride on Lawn Mowers battery

online, and all are good quality. You can buy lawnmower batteries with a next day delivery online. Most normal lawnmower batteries come with a 5 amp battery, or ride on mowers have a 24 amp battery and 32 amp batteries.

 Eric Roberts

 

 

Car Battery Handling-Take Care when you handle your “CAR BATTERIES”

Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013

Take care when Car Battery Handling

Let me first say that in 40 years of selling car batteries. Both to the public also in my garage environment and now we sellbatteries online. Consequently, I have never (touch wood) seen a single accident.Of course, apart from the holes that appear in my staffs work wear. Long ago we did not wear any protective clothing when filling and charging batteries. Although we were aware of the problems that could have occurred.

These days with the advent of “health and safety”. Naturally, we take all precautions to protect our staff. I feel that I should point out a few things when Car Battery Handling. So, we wear full protective gowns with gloves. Including, goggles whenever we are charging batteries.Training all the staff in the procedures and first aid. This is important to us because we handle thousands of batteries a year.

Most people who have a 12 Volt car Battery delivered. Firstly will receive the new battery in a well packed box packed. Including, some kind of protective filling we at batteriesontheweb use polystyrene and cardboard box for this purpose , (after a few years of experimenting we find that this is the best medium to use).

When the battery is unpacked

So, you will find that it is protected with a polythene bag, sometimes when the weather is cold the plastic bag can be slightly wet this is only condensation and the battery will be fine after a wipe down with a damp old piece of cloth, just remove the bag carefully and check if the battery is the one you ordered.

Please do not smoke or have any naked flames anything near when Car Battery Handling, this because Leisure Batteries give off a gas that is explosive and dangerous. When Car Battery Handling I would recommend that the unpacking is done outside or in your garage, if you must unpack in the house please put something down (old newspapers should be fine) to lift the battery onto the paper to protect your furnishings from any dried acid on the battery, lead acid will destroy clothing and furnishings and could burn the skin,(if possible wear latex gloves when handling) and certainly wash your hands thoroughly after handling. All these things are common sense just remember that the batteries need handling with care, please do not be alarmed by this advise as it is just common sense and as I have said earlier.

Car Battery Handling  can be very heavy ? Test the weight before you attempt

To lift.

Even the smaller car batteries are really heavy to handle. So,  please use your common sense. Batteriesontheweb handle hundreds of batteries a day and by using common sense and following simple rules get by without injury to our staff. Now stockists of  Trojan batteries click on the link bellow for your battery size references. We sell cheap batteries, online car batteries.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Battery industry now for 40 years.