Here are some common myths about batteries.
Myth busted. If you haven’t used your car, its battery will still be drained by the alarm and electrical systems. It’s well worth getting your battery checked if your car has not been used much, or only used for short journeys during lockdown.
This myth is also busted – starting your car puts the highest possible drain on your battery: It takes a lot of power to start a car, so it’s unlikely that a short drive is put enough to recharge the battery sufficiently.
Again, busted. Some cheaper non-OE batteries have specifications that are exaggerated and they might lack safety features. So, go with a well-known brand.
This is actually true. The main component of a battery is lead, and the more lead in the battery, the better it performs. However, some poor quality batteries can contain concrete to mislead buyers!
Another one busted. More expensive batteries have more plates inside and more plates means more energy. So, paying more for a battery does usually mean it will last longer.
This is a myth. If your car has start-stop technology, it will have a next-generation lead acid battery because the battery has to crank the engine more often. Some will have an Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB), and others will have an Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) battery. These need to be replaced with one of exactly the same spec.
Sorry, a battery is a consumable item, which means it wears with use. You can prolong your battery’s life with careful maintenance but it will need to be replaced eventually.
Myth busted. The natural discharge rate of batteries is actually higher in summer because of the temperature.
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