Most cars run on petrol or diesel, and use the engine to charge up the car battery. As you’ll probably know already though, there are loads of different reasons your car battery could run low. Forgetting to turn off your headlights, not using your car often, or making lots of short journeys can all cause your battery to run out of juice!
So, what you should think about before getting a car battery charger?
Maintenance or ‘trickle’ charging
You might have heard either of these terms, and they pretty much mean the same thing! If you don’t drive your car very often, or if you’re lucky enough to have a classic car that you put into storage over winter, you’ll probably know that the battery can lose charge over time. A trickle charger supplies a small amount of electricity to your battery to keep it healthy while the car isn’t being used – perfect if you’re heading off on holiday or going away to uni for a term!
Conventional car battery chargers
Accidentally leaving your car’s lights on, driving lots of short journeys, or not driving your car for a while could all mean that your car just won’t start! People refer to this as the battery being ‘flat’, but in reality this just means that the battery doesn’t have enough power to start the car.
If this has happened, then you can use a car battery charger to recharge your car battery over a few hours. It takes longer than jump starting, but the good thing is it means you don’t have to drive around for a while to fully charge your battery. It’ll also ensure your battery is charged up properly, and can help to improve its lifespan.
Can I use a car battery charger to jump start my car?
Yes! Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and jump start your car. Some heavy duty car battery chargers are actually powerful enough to jump start a battery, so you don’t have to find a friend and bring their car close. Much easier!
Smart chargers can switch between conventional charging and trickle charging. They automatically select the quickest mode for charging your battery, then turn down to a maintenance charge when they’re done. This means you don’t have to worry about overcharging your battery (which can cause damage) and lets you use your charger for different things!
So, think your car battery might need a bit of a boost this autumn? Take a look at our range of car battery chargers to find the right one for you.
Want to know more about the wonderful world of car battery chargers? Take a look at our guide to car battery chargers here!
If you’re charging your car battery, make sure you read the instructions! Overcharging your battery can cause damage, so make sure you disconnect your charger when it’s done. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.