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Are Car Batteries Different From Boat Batteries

Are Car Batteries Different From Boat Batteries

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 ==== ====ALERT: Click this link before buying batteries. Check this link now!http://doiop.com/reconditionoldbatteries ==== ====Been buying batteries half your life? That doesn't mean you know all there is to know about them.Your ignorance could be costing you money and wasting your time. It's time to explode the batterymyths! Myth number one: You cannot recharge disposable alkaline batteries This may have been a fact once upon a time, but whilst science has moved on, the batterymanufacturers are not rushing to tell the consumer about it. It clearly says on the sides of most alkaline batteries that they are not to be recharged; thewarnings are fairly dire. "Batteries may explode" is what we're told, but is it true? Emphatically not. Testers willing to put their lives 'at risk' by going ahead and recharging, found they were not evenrisking their eyebrows in the manner of some cartoon scientist, let alone their life. Even whenusing brief bursts of charge from a high-voltage car battery! What testers did find was that the batteries would get hot if Over-charged, but the worsteventuality was a battery that gradually - and undramatically - split along one side, leaking a verysmall amount of acid. Not quite the firework display battery users have been warned of. Whilst using a car battery for recharging alkaline batteries is not something any sensible personwould recommend, there are alternatives. You definitely shouldn't use your standard recharger -these are not able to let you know when an alkaline battery is recharged which could lead to theoverheating problem mentioned above - but devices are available designed specifically forrecharging alkaline batteries. Some of these devices will charge Ni-Mh and Ni-Cds as well. In the strictest sense, what is happening to the alkaline batteries is a 'recondition' rather than a'recharge', giving a potential 90% power top-up to batteries low on energy. However, there is thepotential for getting 10 or more times as much out of the battery's chemicals before it needs to bedisposed of, it is both a money saver and more environmentally-friendly. Care still needs to be taken: all batteries are capable of developing unseen faults which could seethem split whilst charging, potentially damaging the charger or its surroundings. Some chargerswill let you know if a battery is dead, but it is a good idea to purchase a separate battery tester tocheck the condition of all batteries you intend to recharge. This is important for alkaline batteries,as the battery will live longer the more frequently you recharge it. And wise for all other batteries,as even the best quality can develop faults. If you have any doubts about the quality of the batteries you are using, it would be wisest to avoid
placing reconditioned alkaline batteries in your most precious equipment. Myth Two: Battery 'memory' is a real problem with rechargeable batteries The concept of battery memory is not wrong, but it doesn't apply to all rechargeables, and it's aproblem that is slowly becoming something from the past. But first, what is 'battery memory'? Anyone with a rechargeable device may have noticed that thebattery life seems to get shorter as the battery gets older. You may have had your own theoryabout why that is, but when it comes to Ni-Cd rechargeables, the short answer is 'crystalformation'. In Ni-Cd batteries, as the battery ages crystals form inside. As the crystals get bigger, it getsharder for the charge to move beyond them. Eventually whole areas of the battery becomeunreachable for both use and recharge. Failure to completely discharge the battery beforerecharging has been highlighted as one major cause of the problem. Thankfully the problem isn't a killer: discharging the battery fully before starting a recharge usuallysorts the problem. In fact, many recharging devices now do a full discharge. Manufacturers alsocontinue to improve their batteries to get around the problem. Li-Ion and Ni-HM rechargeable batteries - the preferred power choice for devices such as camerasand mobile phones - work differently. These battery types do not suffer this problem and thereforedo not need to be discharged before recharging. Li-ion batteries actually have a longer life when charged little and often. Letting them go deadbefore recharging can shorten their life span. When it comes to cameras, battery death mid-shotcould result in lost work. Don't confuse Li-Ion batteries with the Lithium batteries available in household sizes. Li-Ionbatteries are the square blocks that come with your mobile phone and some cameras, whereasLithium batteries are those long-life - but non-rechargeable - batteries sold for high-drain devices,like cameras. Myth three: Expensive is better Manufacturers of known brand names would certainly like you to believe that their 'quality'batteries are far superior to the generic or 'own brand' batteries on the market. And there's nothingto say that you don't get what you pay for. However, plenty of unbiased reviews can be found online to show that cheap batteries can givegreat service. 7dayshop's own rechargeable Ni-MH batteries have consistently received greatreviews and very favourable comparisons with the big known brands. The internet is your friendwhen it comes to shopping around for the truth about low-cost versus supposed high qualitybatteries. The biggest factor in getting the right choice for your device is knowing the differences betweenthe various types and how they apply to your need. Lithium and Alkaline batteries both have good

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