PulseTech® Products Corporation Offers Recommendations for Summertime Battery Maintenance

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When it comes to keeping a vehicle’s battery operating when under-the-hood temperatures soar to 140 degrees or more, PulseTech® Products Corp., http://www.pulsetech.net, has the solution to keep batteries fully maintained and cranking.

Hot summer weather can be especially tough on batteries resulting in depleted battery strength, evaporated battery fluid and corrosion.

When it comes to keeping a vehicle’s battery operating when under-the-hood temperatures soar to 140 degrees or more, PulseTech® Products Corp., http://www.pulsetech.net has the solution to keep batteries fully maintained and cranking.

To beat the heat and ensure optimum battery performance, PulseTech, a Texas-based company that has been maximizing battery performance while minimizing battery-related expenses for individuals, companies, fleets and military forces for nearly 20 years, suggests preventative maintenance to keep batteries healthy during the summer heat.

  • When working with batteries always wear protective eyewear and read the battery manual to become familiar with the type of battery involved.
  • Perform a visual inspection of the battery case to ensure it’s still intact. If so, clean the battery case to remove any dirt. If not, it’s probably time to replace.
  • Ensure terminal posts are clean and corrosion free. If corrosion is present clean the terminal posts with a small wire brush and use corrosion inhibiting spray or dialectic grease to prevent future sulfate deposit buildup.
  • Heat can speed up battery fluid evaporation so ensure electrolyte levels are maintained properly. If the battery caps are removable you can easily check the fluid level and make sure levels are just below the maximum line. Not all batteries have a visible maximum fill line. If that's the case with your battery, simply fill to 1/8" below the ring of plastic that extends into the cell. Always remember to use distilled water (not tap water) and don’t overfill as heat can cause the fluid to expand and overflow.
  • Use a battery tester to ensure the battery has a minimum charge of 12.6 volts. If the charge is below this level you will need to charge the battery in a well-ventilated area. To ensure best performance use a smart charger, such as the Xtreme Charge® from PulseTech, to dissolve capacity robbing sulfates so the battery can be fully charged and retain full capacity.

The workhorse lead-acid battery handles the lion’s share of stored electrical power requirements in most of today’s cars and trucks, including commercial vehicle and mobile equipment fleets. This includes VRLA, standard flooded and the newer sealed AGM types. As good as these batteries are they all suffer from the same main failure mode—80% of all lead acid batteries fail due to the damaging effects of sulfation build up. If left unmanaged, sulfates found in the electrolyte will crystallize and root onto the battery plates and eventually result in premature battery failure. This is especially true with seasonally used vehicles and vehicles with key off parasitic loads on the electrical system. Add heat to the detrimental sulfation buildup and you have a recipe for premature battery failure.

PulseTech’s patented Pulse Technology, created though years of research, initially for the US Military, has a unique strictly controlled rise time, pulse-width, frequency and amplitude of current and voltage pulse. No other known battery charging or maintenance system has these specific characteristics. Pulse Technology is used as a “tool” designed specifically to remove and prevent the buildup of damaging lead-sulfate deposits on battery plates in a non-harmful way, so a battery can accept, store and release maximum power all the time.

Clean plates mean there is less internal resistance and heat generated in the battery so it takes much less time to cool down after recharging and that batteries will maintain the maximum reserve capacity they were designed to hold. That means they will have more available power so vehicles and construction equipment will last longer between recharges providing the power needed.

Simple “plug and play” maintenance provided by the various PulseTech products (AC, DC or Solar powered) could be employed. In addition to the Xtreme Charge® Battery Charger and Desulfator, PulseTech recommends SolarPulse solar maintenance chargers (outside storage).

For those with multi recreational charging requirements, PulseTech (http://www.pulsetech.net) suggests utilizing the unique and innovative QuadLink® channel multiplier, which can charge up to four batteries at a time using whatever 12-Volt charger is available regardless of the brand.

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