Critical battery care: three ways to reduce battery failure in the vehicles on your farm.

Did you know that 1 in 4 vehicles arriving in mechanical workshops have a battery problem?  Whether your farming vehicles are driven on the farm every day or parked in your shed and operated occasionally, complex modern technology like vehicle tracking systems are placing the batteries in your vehicle under greater strain than ever before.

Save yourself the frustration of wasting time and money on replacing a dead battery by following these three simple rules!

1. Don’t jump-start your vehicle

There’s nothing worse than getting a dead battery in your ute or tractor first thing in the morning; so you may be tempted to jump-start it. But, jump-starting batteries creates a huge surge of voltage which can irreparably damage your vehicle’s electronics. To keep your electronics safe, you need to use a smart battery charger.

2. Don’t believe the myth that your alternator fully charges your battery

If you only charge your battery through the alternator, you’ll end up with a battery which is constantly undercharged and has a shortened lifespan. Meaning it could die on you at the worst possible time, when you’re in the middle of the work day hundreds of kilometres from your nearest mechanic.

3. Invest in the smartest battery charger

If you invest in a smart, all-round charger you can maintain all your vehicle batteries with one easy to use unit. The CTEK MXS 7.0 smart battery charger will extend your battery life, saving you time and money in the long run.   It even includes a special reconditioning mode which restores acid stratified and deeply discharged batteries.

This versatile charger can charge batteries in cars, 4WDs, and tractors. It’s a fully automatic 8-step charger that delivers 7A to 12V batteries from 14–150Ah and is suitable for maintenance charging up to 225Ah.  It’s also safe with IP65 protection (splash and dust proof), designed to protect vehicle electronics, is non-sparking, reverse polarity protected and short-circuit proof and has a 5 year warranty.

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