SOURCE: Canadian Energy

January 11, 2017 07:00 ET

Canadian Energy Explains Why Winter Is Not Destroying Your Batteries

Tips for maintaining batteries year-round so you aren't stuck in the cold

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - January 11, 2017) - As winter weather conditions intensify, Canadians increasingly find themselves sitting in the driveway in a car that won't start. According to Canadian Energy, contrary to popular belief, it is actually the intense heat of summer, not the cold of winter, which has ceased your car from starting.

"Batteries store better and last longer in cooler conditions and climates than they do in hot climates. During summer months, high temperatures under the hood of your car can be extreme and cause the active material in the battery plates to deteriorate rapidly and the grids to corrode," says Randy Anderson, National Technical Sales & Training Manager, Canadian Energy. "We don't normally notice a loss of performance in the summer months because the vehicle is much easier to start when warm. However, in the cold of winter the fluids in our engines are less viscous and the cold reduces the power available from the battery, resulting in your car not starting and the belief that the cold killed the battery."

Canadians are reliant on batteries as they power how we move for both work and play. Canadian Energy recommends following these simple tips to help avoid getting stuck in the cold this winter:

  • Have batteries tested by a qualified technician annually, this can be done when putting on winter tires as part of an overall vehicle winter preparedness routine.
  • Electric vehicles, such as golf carts, featuring traditional wet flooded batteries need to be properly maintained and should have the electrolyte levels checked and topped up every 15-20 cycles, this means topping with distilled water when the levels reach the low point.
  • Cable and terminal connections should be cleaned and re-torqued on all battery types on a regular basis to ensure good connectivity as corroded terminals and connectors can result in machine run time issues, charging issues and damaged terminals.
  • High performance recreational vehicles with electronic ignition, fuel injection and electric starters are hyper sensitive to low battery voltage and state of charge. It's very important that these batteries be maintained in a full state of charge while not in use so that they do not lose their ability to power these vital components.
  • Always utilize high performance batteries such as Canadian Energy's Canada Proof Batteries which are specifically built for Canada's most extreme conditions.

About Canadian Energy: Canadian Energy is a team of honest, humble and hungry people obsessed with providing our customers the best stored and renewable energy solutions. We're excessively curious, passionately Canadian and relentlessly supportive.

We are 100% Canadian owned and operated and a leader in the distribution of batteries, power management, power conversion, circuit protection and renewable energy products. We're one of the fastest growing companies in Canada and to stay on top we continue to make substantial investments in infrastructure, leading technologies and superior products. We have a dedicated renewable energy team committed to the planning and execution of custom solar, energy storage and back-up power solutions.

Our national distribution network of over 20 coast-to-coast warehouse locations allows us to provide our customers with responsive and reliable distribution, unprecedented support and the best backed warranties in Canada.

Our relentless pursuit is to grow our business by helping our customers grow theirs.

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