Mobile Car Battery Fitting
Car battery failure is one of the most common causes of vehicle breakdowns. It can also be one of the most inconvenient and expensive motoring problems to resolve. Although it is the heart of your vehicle, a car battery is only expected to have a life span of around five years and yet the advances in automotive technology can shorten this even further.
We increasingly rely on them to re-charge our mobile phones, iPods and anything else we can charge through the 12v lighter socket. Then there are the heated seats, electric windows, demisters, all of which enhance your driving experience, but drain the life out of your battery. Even stop-start systems, while good for the environment, are an extra drain on your battery power. That is why it is important to be aware of the age of your battery, signs that it is on its last legs and maintenance tips to ensure it doesn’t let you down.
Buying your new car battery can be daunting. Hundreds of different makes and models means choosing the right battery for your car is no simple task. However, we ensure that each battery order is personally checked so that when our mobile battery fitters arrive they will have the right battery for you.
Simply select the type of battery which suits your budget, and call our dedicated battery phone number so we can confirm which battery your car needs.
We have been fitting car and van batteries for over 25 years, some of our branches also provide stop-start (AGM) batteries. Search online today and find the right battery for your vehicle.
Buying your new car battery can be daunting. Hundreds of different makes and models means choosing the right battery for your car is no simple task. However, we ensure that each battery order is personally checked so that when our mobile battery fitters arrive they will have the right battery for you. It's part of our commitment to service.
How to maintain your car battery
Most motorists take them for granted and only give them a second thought when they fail. Yet there are several simple steps you can take to get the maximum life and value for money out of your car battery.
1. Check the charge. Make sure your cell voltage is checked when you have your car serviced. A fully charged battery will have a charge of 12.5 to 12.6 volts. When the engine is running this should rise to 13.7 to 14.7 volts.
2. Condition. Inspect your battery every few months to make sure it is clean and secure. A dirty battery connection will weaken the charge, so remove the connectors from the terminal to clean away grease, dirt and dried acid build-up. A wire brush is ideal for this. You could even apply a layer of multi-purpose grease to protect the battery from rust and corrosion.
3. Prevention. As temperatures drop more power is needed to start the engine. In order to give your battery a helping hand, ensure all accessories (phone chargers etc) are unplugged and switch off anything else that drains its power (seat warmers, fan, windscreen wipers and demister, radio, etc). Get into the habit of turning everything off before you leave your car, not just the lights, but the wipers, radio, heater, etc.
4. Use it or lose it. While cold temperatures can have a detrimental affect on your battery, not driving your vehicle enough can also be a problem. Often batteries will refuse to work when vehicles have been left standing idle for days or weeks on end. Equally, if your car is only used for short trips, the battery will not have enough time to recharge itself properly, which will ultimately leave it flat.
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We have been fitting car and van batteries for over 25 years, some of our branches also provide stop-start (AGM) batteries. Call us today and we'll find the perfect battery for your vehicle.
We supply and fit car batteries for any make and model vehicle.
Start-Stop (AGM / EFB) Batteries
Modern vehicles are increasingly being equipped with more technology and advanced systems to enhance our driving experience. Electronic devices, including navigation, parking sensors and sophisticated audio systems are all being fitted as standard to everyday vehicles.
A key advancement has also been the widespread use of ‘Start-Stop’ technology, which has been developed to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. However, in order to maximise its effectiveness, a new kind of battery is required, the Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery.
Whilst an AGM battery may look the same as a regular battery, the internal construction and performance are very different allowing it to deliver an effective upgrade to its traditional counterparts in terms of performance, durability and lifespan. First and foremost, it is designed and manufactured to cope with increased vehicle starts. It can be repeatedly charged and discharged without any loss of performance. While a normal battery can generally be relied on to provide 30,000 to 50,000 engine starts, an AGM battery can generate around 360,000 engine starts.
Does my car need a start-stop battery?
All Start-Stop vehicles must be fitted with either an AGM or Enhanced Cyclic Mat (ECM) battery. While an AGM battery is more expensive than a conventional battery, this can be offset against the fact that a Start-Stop vehicle can be expected to deliver savings of around 5 to 8 per cent on fuel costs. To illustrate the savings, it is estimated that if you clock up 15,000 miles annually, the fuel savings could amount to between £210 and £330 over a three year period (the average length of a warranty for a battery).
Advantages of start-stop batteries
Other advantages of AGM technology include good electrical reliability, resilience to low temperatures and slow self-discharge. AGM batteries can also sit in storage for much longer than a traditional lead acid battery before a charge becomes necessary. These are all functions and characteristics, which will benefit motorists.
Another big gain from the use of AGM technology is its contribution to helping reduce CO2 output. Cars are responsible for around 12 per cent of total EU emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, and the use of Start-Stop technology assisted by AGM batteries will help to lower this figure.
Although AGM batteries are relatively new to everyday modern vehicles, they have been around for decades. The technology became popular in the early 1980’s when it was employed for use by the military.
How many vehicles have start-stop batteries?
Even if your current vehicle is not fitted with an AGM battery, it is very likely your next one will be. Around 4.5 million Start-Stop vehicles were registered in the UK from 2012 to 2014 and there are now an estimated 1.4 million Start-Stop vehicles four years or older in the UK market.
It is important to recognise that when a vehicle fitted with an AGM battery needs a replacement, it must be an AGM product. A vehicle fitted with an ECM battery can accommodate either an ECM or AGM alternative.