August 08, 2012 08:00 ET

Caring for Farm Vehicles' Batteries All Year Round Can Avoid Costly Downtime, Advises CTEK

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2012) - The batteries of agricultural vehicles that are stored for long periods of the year, but also must work at maximum capacity during a particular time, such as harvest-time, must be cared for throughout the year to ensure they are ready for action whenever required, reminds CTEK, a leading battery charging brand.

Agrarian farmers often use a wide range of vehicles, but few are in constant use through all four seasons. When a vehicle is not used a considerable amount, or not at all, its battery is susceptible to becoming discharged and it may not start. Whilst checks will be undertaken prior to the time when a vehicle is needed and starting may not be a problem, when a battery is deeply discharged it may struggle to hold its charge to full capacity. This means that within a matter of hours or days, a much relied upon vehicle could be out of action due to a flat or failed battery; this can be costly and disruptive for the farm, especially when working with very time sensitive crops.

To avoid such downtime, those who are responsible for the maintenance of farm vehicles should be sure to use a suitable battery charger all year round. CTEK smart chargers, such as the MXS 10, can be attached and safely left connected, even for a number of months. The patented 'pulse' technology maintains a battery's charge during the off season and the ten day 'float' process ensures an optimum charge when the vehicle is being used regularly.

Jan-Ulf Soderberg, head of brand and marketing at CTEK, says: "Various farm vehicles are used in a very individual way, that is, they can be stored for very long periods and then used and relied upon for many hours and days at a time. Often their usage is extremely time-sensitive, meaning if there is a problem with the battery or another part it can cost the farmer both time and money.

"However, it couldn't be easier for those with such agricultural vehicles to look after the batteries from spring through to winter. CTEK's smart battery charger technology provides intelligent charging and conditioning; whether a vehicle is in storage or in daily use it can be optimally charged to deliver maximum performance."

For more information on CTEK's range of award-winning vehicle battery maintenance and charging products, visit www.ctek.com.

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