Unfortunately, very few vehicles are equipped with voltage meters, ammeters, or other diagnostics for redlining the electrical system. This lack of oversight, combined with aftermarket "upgrades" and a few "accessories" quickly leads to problems. Cell phones weren't the start of the problem, but they brought the reality to the masses.
Today, nearly every individual who drives a modern automobile uses their vehicle's electrical system "OVERTIME". We all do it and don't even think twice; the performance car stereo cranked, the A/C on, driving at night with the brights on is routine. Needless to say, this is a full electrical load on the vehicle's electrical system. The result, the vehicle alternator runs at full blast, and the battery fills voids in current when the RPM drops significantly.
Many of us then tend to add things to the system, expecting the same working results. We plug in cell phone chargers, foglights, spotlights, neon carriage lights, large watt stereos, amplifiers, winches, refrigerators, computers, GPS receivers, etc. You name it, somebody has it plugged in directly to their vehicle, or uses an inverter to power AC equipment. Then they expect it to "WORK", indefinitely. Unfortunately, there is no grinding, and very little advanced warning of a failure. You are lucky if you make it to the repair shop, you are usually apprised of the damage at the side of the road somewhere.
Typically those who use their car battery systems without upgrading the parts to accommodate the changes should expect the following issues in no particular order:
Alternator: Shortened lifespan - $350+
Battery: Shortened lifespan - $150+
Fuses: Ranges from shortened lifespan to non working accessories - hassle
Wires: Possibly melted - Intricate Repairs
CPU: Failure due to low or varied voltage operation - COSTLY
Locks: Failure due to low voltage operation - Inconvenient, use the key.
Does the computer in your car freak out all the time?
Does your service engine light come on routinely, only to be cleared at the dealership?
Recently destroyed an alternator or four?
Going through batteries bi-annually? quarterly? monthly?
Don't worry, you aren't alone, these and many other bugs are all rooted in the same cause.
If you find this helpful, Digg, Del.icious, blog, or drop us a line about it.
Legally: REMEMBER, ELECTRICITY HURTS, IT CAN KILL YOU. BD BATTERIES TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS WITH THIS INFORMATION. IF YOU AREN'T TRAINED TO WORK WITH ELECTRICITY, CALL SOMEONE WHO IS. IF YOU CHOOSE TO MEDDLE, YOU AGREE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF! THIS GUIDE IS IN NO WAY A COMPLETE ELECTRICAL GUIDE, AND SHALL NOT BE PRESENTED AS SUCH IN ANY FORMAT OR FORUM. PERFORMANCE BATTERIES ARE CAPABLE OF ARC WELDING STEEL AND OTHER VERY INTERESTING THINGS INCLUDING YOUR HEART. BE CAREFUL, DON'T HURT YOURSELVES.
BD Batteries - A Broomfield-Designers Company
Serving the Local Colorado Community 9-5 Mountain & Emergencies P. 303-800-4725 F. 303-600-9726
Serving the Buffalo and the Great Lakes Communities 9-5 Eastern & Emergencies P. 716-531-4875
Mailing Address: 5023 West 120th Ave. #138, Broomfield, CO 80020
OUR DENVER WAREHOUSE IS MOVING TO A NEW LOCATION AT THIS TIME.
WE WERE SCHEDULED TO REOPEN OUR BRICK AND MORTAR BATTERY WAREHOUSE IN EARLY 2011.
IN THE MEAN TIME OUR WEBSITE AND PHONES OPERATE FINE!
We do thank the public for the outreach of concern, and votes of confidence.
Do call Lorene prior to schedule used battery pickups, new battery dropoffs, etc. by appointment.
The information contain on this deep cycle AGM batteries website is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Please verify specific information on marine AGM batteries, rv AGM batteries or auto AGM batteries listed here by calling us direct. We are proud to offer the highest quality AGM batteries and hope you will consider using our deep cycle AGM batteries in the near future!