August 19, 2010 08:30 ET

CTEK Identifies The Differences Between Trickle and Pulse Chargers

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2010) - CTEK, a leading global brand in the care and maintenance of vehicle batteries, has identified the key differences between trickle chargers and pulse chargers in terms of optimal Battery Maintenance.

Traditional Battery Chargers typically charges a battery to around only 80% capacity. A trickle charger expands on this through lowering both current and voltage as it takes a charge past 80% and reaches 100% in increments.

However, despite trickle chargers being able to fully charge a battery through this method, the process of delivering a consistent and unregulated charge, albeit incrementally, drastically increases the chances of damaging a battery, particularly if left unchecked, through the battery drying out, being over-charged or becoming damaged through a process called gassing.

CTEK's smart chargers however, undertake a sequence of patented processes in order to avoid the problems that can be associated with trickle charge technology.

Specifically, once the majority of a battery's charge is completed by a smart charger – a phase known as 'Bulk charging' – the charger then moves into an Absorption phase to safely increase the battery's charge to 100% before then commencing Pulse Maintenance. During this stage the charge is monitored and delivered as and when required, to coincide with the drop in voltage as a battery naturally begins the discharge process.

Börje Maleus, Business Development Manager at CTEK, commented: "Pulse charging is certainly the more sophisticated approach to complete Battery Protection as it effectively ensures that a battery is optimally maintained and therefore fit for purpose at any time. The pulse maintenance phase undertaken by a smart charger effectively exercises the battery, allowing it to undertake the natural charge/discharge cycle around the 100% capacity level and thereby remain in absolutely peak condition.

For more information or to find the nearest stockist, visit www.ctek.com.

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