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What Different Types of Batteries are there?

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Last time we talked about how vehicle batteries work; this time we are going to look at the most common types of batteries that are used in vehicles.

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CTEK Continues Miller Racing Sponsorship in 2014 TransAm SSCA Pro Racing Series

TWINSBURG, Ohio — CTEK Power Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of the CTEK/Northstar Miller Racing Chevrolet Camaro driven by Cameron Lawrence for Cameron-Lawrence-and-Car_RGBthe 2014 season. Last year, Lawrence was the TransAm TA2 class overall champion after winning eight out of 10 races.

Lawrence, now in his fourth year of racing in Trans Am, has begun 2014 just like he finished 2013—in winning fashion. To date, Lawrence has claimed four of the five TA2 races this year.

“As a supplier to, and partner with NorthStar Battery on their premier line of battery chargers, we are honored to sponsor Cameron Lawrence and Miller Racing,” said Matt Ingram, regional sales manager for CTEK.  “So far, it is shaping up to be another championship season for the team.”

“Miller Racing is thrilled to continue its relationship with CTEK,” said Mike Miller owner of Miller Racing.  Miller says CTEK battery chargers are used for every race weekend and around the Miller Racing race shop. He points out that CTEK chargers have become an integral part of keeping Miller Racing batteries conditioned.  “The demands made on our racing batteries are very high and with the use of our CTEK chargers we have never had a failure or problem,” continued Miller.

NorthStar Battery Chargers by CTEK are multi-step, fully automatic primary switch mode chargers for batteries that can support fast charging. Unlike traditional battery chargers, CTEK chargers are designed with a focus on simplicity, safety and flexibility. The NorthStar Battery CTEK chargers are weather resistant, with unique Supply and Recond modes, and a patented desulphation function.

The Trans Am Series, America’s Road Racing Series, dates back to 1966. The series now features three distinct classes; TA, TA2 and TA3 and is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. For more information, visit www.gotransam.com.

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CTEK Renews Sponsorship of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Motorcycle Racing Team

TWINSBURG, Ohio — CTEK Power, Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of Valerie Thompson Racing for the 2014 season. Owner and driver Valerie Thompson is a six-time land speed record holder and one of America’s fastest females on two-wheels.

Riding the CTEK-sponsored BMW 1000 RR, Thompson shattered the East Coast Timing

Photo courtesy of Valerie Thompson Racing

Photo courtesy of Valerie Thompson Racing

Association (ECTA) one-mile record in the MPS/Modified Class during the recent Ohio Mile competition in Wilmington, Ohio. Thompson clocked in at 208.7 mph, easily breaking the former record of 205 mph. Thompson’s new record also qualified her for membership in the exclusive ECTA 200 MPH Club while claiming bragging rights as the fastest RR in the MPS/F-1000 Class.

“It is a great honor and achievement to be the newest member of the ECTA’s 200 MPH Club, especially since I am only the third female of less than 100 members,” said Thompson. “I’m proud to represent CTEK throughout the 2014 campaign and we thank them for once again being one of our valued sponsors.”

Thompson and her CTEK-sponsored BMW team now turn their sights on setting new land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the August 9-15 speed trials.

“We offer our congratulations to Valerie and her team for this incredible achievement at the Ohio Mile,” said Matt Ingram, regional sales manager for CTEK. “Valerie is a great ambassador for our chargers and accessories, and we are thrilled to renew our sponsorship. She brings passion and enthusiasm to her loyal fans who help support her sponsors.”

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How Batteries Work

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Last time we talked about why vehicles have batteries; this time we are going to take a look at how vehicle batteries work. For the purpose of this article we are going to look at the standard wet / flooded lead acid battery. There are several types of batteries on the market today. Although they may use different materials…

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Roger Parker Joins CTEK Power, Inc.

Twinsburg, Ohio – Roger Parker, an experienced automotive business manager, has joined CTEK Power, Inc.as the company’s logistics coordinator and inside salesRoger-Parker-photo-2_RGB representative. Most recently, Parker was general sales manager for Fitzgerald Automotive Group and spent four years as the park services director at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

In his new role at CTEK, Parker will help lead technical support for the company. He will also be responsible for order fulfillment, customer service, inventory planning and marketing support for CTEK’s sales team.

“Roger’s exceptional interpersonal skills combined with his automotive experience, including his time as an ASE certified automotive technician, provides CTEK with a strong technical support background that will benefit our customers,” said Andreas Naeslund, president of Americas for CTEK.

Parker studied business administration, marketing and automotive technology at Bowling Green State University and Terra Community College.

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Tech Battery Solutions

Multi US 3300
CTEK Multi US 3300 Battery Charger
The CTEK Multi US 3300 battery charger (Part No. 56-158) is a versatile battery charger in a compact format that makes it convenient and easy to charge and maintain all household vehicles. The special cold mode means that you can also charge during cold winters days without problems.
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Vintage Veloce

CTEK vs NOCO
Choosing a Battery Charger: CTEK or Noco Genius
Looking at the new smart chargers available it seems there are two main contenders available here in the USA: CTEK and the newer NOCO Genius.
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The Motor Report

CTEK 5 Step Charger
CTEK – D250S DUAL DC – DC 12V 20 AMP 5 STEP CHARGER
The CTEK D250S Dual is an in-vehicle dual-battery management system. It features a starter battery isolator and a five-step charger that automatically adjusts the charging voltage and current according to the auxiliary battery’s state of charge and temperature – reducing a battery’s charge time.
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Performance Racing Industry 2014

Taking place December 11 – 13, 2014.PRI 2014

Don’t miss the three biggest business days in motorsports when the worldwide racing industry gathers in Indianapolis, December 11 – 13, 2014, for the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.

1200 companies will display the latest advances in racing products and race engineering. Engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, safety gear, new metal alloys and coatings, machining equipment, race electronics—it’s all part of the world’s largest racing trade show.

Arriving from 70+ countries, more than 48,000 buyers will scour the displays to source the new technology that will be winning races next year. It’s all hardcore racing. No fuzzy dice. No neon windshield wipers. The PRI Trade Show is so big, they can’t afford to miss a single day.

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AAPEX 2014

AAPEX 2014
Taking place November 4 – November 6, 2014.

Over 4 days, those who shape the future of the automotive aftermarket will gather here in Vegas. Here, brands, markets and economies converge in what’s far more than a trade show, it’s an event. And in 2014, there are more opportunities than ever to Grow Your Business.

Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Thursday, Nov. 6, over 39,000 targeted buyers and more than 130,000 professional from around the globe will gather in Las Vegas – industry leaders and innovators all in one place.

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