May 21, 2013 12:00 ET

Incorrectly Maintained Batteries Can Suffer Serious Complications, Warns CTEK

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 21, 2013) - CTEK, a global battery charging and care brand is highlighting to motorists the potential issues that can result if a vehicle's battery is incorrectly maintained.

If a proper battery maintenance regime is not employed, a number of serious implications can arise, such as sulphation, acid stratification and desiccation, all of which can significantly reduce the life of a battery.

Sulphation - This occurs when a vehicle's battery becomes deeply discharged which results in a build-up of lead sulphate crystals on the charging plates inside the battery unit. If sulphation isn't detected early, and counteracted with a full battery charge, then battery failure can result.

Acid Stratification - When a standard ca/ca battery loses charge by more than 50%, the acid and the water contained within the battery starts to separate, forming different layers. This negatively affects the capacity and life of the battery.

Desiccation- If a battery becomes overcharged, due to the incorrect voltage being used during the charging cycle, the battery loses water due to evaporation. As a result of this, the batteries charging plates become exposed and begin to dry out, causing permanent and irreparable damage.

Although these issues are common, they are all completely avoidable if caught early, by using a 12v battery charger such as the CTEK MXS 5.0 TEST and CHARGE. It has been specially designed to test and recondition deeply discharged batteries and allows simple but in-depth testing on a vehicles battery, ensuring it is free from problems and is safe for use. Furthermore, not only are CTEK chargers capable of detecting and reversing potential battery problems, before they cause irreparable damage, but they also make the whole process incredibly easy and safe.

Katariina Stahl, director of sales and marketing at CTEK, commented: "There are a number of serious problems that can arise if a battery is poorly maintained and unfortunately these issues are quite common. Luckily, these concerns are completely avoidable by ensuring that a proper maintenance regime is upheld and frequently implemented. By using a smart battery charger, such as one in CTEK's extensive range, it is extremely easy to ensure that a vehicle's battery is free from potential problems."

Whether it's a boat, caravan or car battery charger which is required, CTEK's range of smart chargers has it covered. Please visit us www.ctek.com or follow us socially on Facebook.com/Ctekbatterychargers or on Twitter @CTEKchargers.

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