October 26, 2011 13:00 ET

Long Holiday Journeys Mean Summer Car Battery Maintenance is as Important as Winter Checks

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2011) - While winter is the time where people expect car batteries to fail, in the summer when many are planning long journeys to go on holiday, ensuring the car battery is reliable is often not at the top of the list of holiday planning. Dead batteries can happen at the worst possible time, so being prepared and taking measures to maintain the car battery is a must before setting off on long journeys, according to CTEK, a leading global brand in the care and maintenance of vehicle batteries.

A flat battery can cause an inconvenience and spell expense, however, it is preventable. There are many different car batteries on the market with differing maintenance needs, however, unlike many battery chargers available on the market, CTEK's Smart Battery Charger range reacts only to the needs of the battery meaning that it can charge, condition and prolong the life of all types of car battery without the worry of over or under charging, providing the utmost in Battery Protection.

According to Mikael Mobey, European Sales Director at CTEK, "The most important property of a battery charger is that it reaches the exact voltage during the charging cycle. If voltage is too high, the battery boils. The battery becomes unusable due to dried-out cells and crevice corrosion, which occur due to high acid concentration and overheating during charging. If voltage is too low, you end up with an incompletely charged battery that will lose more and more capacity until it gradually becomes unusable.

"Our smart chargers accurately read the battery power so that the correct amount of charge levels is given. There's no need to disconnect the battery whilst charging either, making the process incredibly simple," he added.

The unique CTEK system quickly and safely deals with the problems that reduce battery life and cause failure – sulphation and stratification - safely and at the touch of a button. CTEK's dedicated charging programme (or algorithm) goes to work automatically, detecting battery issues and dealing with them systematically to restore power, condition and, at the same time, avoid fluid loss – a major problem with sealed batteries.

The most commonly used charger for most standard vehicles is a 12V Battery Charger, and CTEK has a wide range to choose from including the compact 0.8A, the MXS 3.6 and the MX 5.0. All of the battery chargers in the CTEK range are easy to use, fully automatic, require no specialist knowledge for use and come with a five year warranty.

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

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