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Is it time to Change your Tires on Your Car?

Purchasing a good set of tires will go a long way – literally.  Making sure you purchase correct tires for your car, your terrain, and your season is very important.  In addition to that, making sure you regularly rotate or change the tires on your car is an important method to prevent accidents.

Here are some tips on when to know it’s time to switch those tires up for those with a deeper groove.

Tread Designs Matter

First of all, don’t trust Abraham Lincoln here.  While he was an extremely efficient president, using the imprint of his head on the Penny is not an efficient way to tell when you need to change your tires.  While it’s a good story, using a Penny to measure tread depth won’t get you out of deep water when depending on your tread on icy roads.

Any driver knows that tread is the thing that counts when you need to count on your car to stop on time.  Tires now feature tread designs that generate traction on icy, snow-covered roads (which is why it’s recommended that at the beginning of the winter season, drivers should at least check their tires, if not replace them completely).

You should check your tread design, and check with your manufacturer to make sure your tires are well-suited for the roads you’re driving on, in the season you’re driving.  Certain designs are better suited for different roads, so do your research before you buy new tires.

How Deep is Your Groove?

A typical passenger car tire has about one third of an inch of tread depth.  This is the ideal depth you should consider when buying a new set of tires.  But when should you change your tires?  Before you use poor Abe Lincoln’s head to measure the depth, go see a mechanic, who will be able to properly measure the groove.

Most mechanics agree that you should change your tires when they reach about 4/32 inches of the remaining tread depth. This means that the water cannot be compressed within the tread, and you are in danger of hydroplaning on slippery roads.

In addition, if it’s winter and you need to worry about stopping on an icy or snowy road, you should change before that, when the tread reaches 6/32 inches of the remaining tread depth.

Following these tips will help make sure that the only things you’re replacing this year are your tires, not your entire car.

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How Important it is To Keep your Car Clean

Did you know that in some countries (the United Arab Emirates, for one), it is actually illegal to not wash your car regularly? While this may have more to do with the fact that the gasoline companies hold a monopoly over all the automatic car washes in the country, the UAE may be on to something. Keeping your car clean can actually help extend the life of your car. 

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Monsters on a Mission: A WOW Story!

WOW! WOW! WOW!

What away to start out a testimonial letter, but that’s what is WOW!

Monsters on a Mission
have been fortunate to be able to use, Kinetik batteries and CTEK battery chargers for a few years, with absolute perfection with both products.  We have put these two products through more punishment in one weekend than most will do in a life time.

A brief description of Monsters on a Mission, we are a faith biased monster truck team with five monster trucks need I say more about normal wear and tear, ok I will.  Our trucks weight 10,000 lbs, have 1200-1400 horse power blown and injected methanol motors, the speed 0 to 60 is 2.2 seconds, but here is the big one “can jump 30 feet in a blink of an eye”. A 10,000 lb truck constantly jumping, landing, and pounding these incredible products. (more…)

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Modern Battery Problems: Calcium/Calcium Premature End-of-Life

Batteries constantly improve, perform better and last longer. The 2010 BCI (Batteries Council International) study about “Failure modes from batteries removed from service” showed that since 1962 the average battery life has increased steadily, gaining about 11 days every year! This increased battery life has been utilized by battery manufacturers to increase the warranty.

This improved battery life has been achieved during the same time when battery maintenance for daily used cars is almost eliminated. Watering is history. The terminals are not affected by acid as in the past. What a hidden Success Story!
Anything that darkens the picture? Unfortunately, yes. The modern batteries are more sensitive to abuse, which affects the return rate. A recent study in Germany show that batteries returned simply because they are drained and difficult to recharge properly have increased dramatically.

 

The reasons for this increase are partly due to the car, partly due to the battery itself. The use of electronics in a modern car is sky-rocketing. The engineers call it “parasitic load” and it could be as harmful as it sounds. Leave your unattended for ten days at the airport, and you risk hearing just a “click” sound instead of your engine running. Batteries are therefore more often deep discharged than they were before the cars turned out to be your most expensive computer!
The other reason is inside the battery. The low water loss has been achieved by reducing the gassing through replacing the Antimony in the grid with Calcium. These so called Calcium/Calcium are great from most aspects. The water loss is reduced by more than 80%. The self discharge is reduced, which extends the shelf life in a store. Unfortunately they dislike being deep discharged.
The problem with Calcium/Calcium occurs when they are deep discharged. The reduced water loss on these batteries is gained by reducing the gassing during recharge. Unfortunately this gassing helps to mix the acid. As a result the Calcium/Calcium batteries very often experience stratification, i.e. uneven acid weight height wise. The acid weight could be 1.17 or lower at the top and 1.35 or higher in the bottom for a battery that seems fully charged. This could cause sulphation and grid corrosion, which leads to underused capacity and premature end-of-life.
The larger CTEK models have a unique RECOND mode for these batteries. The battery is fully charged with a normal charge cycle. After that the RECOND step kicks in, where:

1. The voltage is increased to 15.8V to get gassing and therefore mixing of the acid.
2. The current is decreased to control the gassing.
3. The time is computer controlled to 4h if the battery started as being deep discharged, otherwise 30 minutes.

This unique method reduces or eliminates the typical Calcium/Calcium stratification problem.

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Small can also be GREAT!

Our VP of Business Development got the following mail from a –definitely now- “CTEK fan” and I really wanted to share it with all people considering charging options or those having doubts about the differences between quality and cheap chargers.

Hi Börje,

As you probably know, I´m a “great fan” of CTEK chargers.

Recently, my Jaguar XJ6 stood unused for 5 weeks.

The battery was completely dead and then I discovered that the battery had frozen and the sides had expanded about 6-7mm on each side.

I got the battery inside (74Ah) into the warmth and I connected my CTEK charger (the smallest model). After 24h the battery “woke up”, 9V!, after 72 hours 12,3V, after 96 hours, 12,8V and after 144 hours it was charged with 14,6V.

After that I reinstalled the battery in the car and let it be until next day.

The engine got going after the first try!

Next day, the same thing, despite being so cold, -10o C.

CTEK saved my battery!

Best regards and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Carl

(Carl Holgersson from Sollentuna, Stockholm)

That is what really makes us proud, being able to solve real battery related problems

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The CTEK MULTI US 25000 Battery Charger Gives Vehicle Enthusiasts the Most Powerful Smarter Charger Yet

CTEK Smarter Charger’s newest charger, the MULTI US 25000, is a fully automatic, primary switch mode battery charger designed to power 12V batteries with a rapid-charge capability ideal for RV’s, boats ATVs or any other heavy-duty electric utility. CTEK has leveraged their innovative technology to harness total Smarter Charger performance into a sleek and simple charging device, rendering the MULTI US 25000 an ideal tool for both commercial business owners and home-garage devotees alike.

The 25000 boasts a signature 8-step charging process to ensure optimal battery powering upon every charge. This in-house patented system synchronizes basic and maintenance charging throughout a fully automatic charge cycle to deliver unparalleled performance in its simplest form. Float capabilities ensure batteries are maintained at full capacity for a 10-days post cycle. After this period, the chargers transition to pulse maintenance; the optimal storage method to enable long-term use and maximum service life.

Beyond the sleek and simple user interface, CTEK Smarter Chargers are powered by cutting-edge technology and performance. The MULTI US 25000 utilizes a patented method for reconditioning sulfated batteries through battery analysis and advanced recovery techniques. The built-in weather sensory system adapts charging voltage to accommodate fluctuating battery temperatures with an operating range of 120°F to ensure effective charging no matter the climate. These robust chargers have achieved an IP44 classification and are fully approved for outdoor use.

Two unique features make the MULTI US 25000 the absolute top of its class: the SUPPLY and RECOND modes. The SUPPLY mode serves as a power supply unit which can run 12V equipment up to 25A while keeping important user settings intact. The unique RECOND mode restores power capacity in a stratified battery to sustain ultimate battery life. Furthermore, the CTEK MULTI US 25000 is specifically designed to support sensitive electronic systems offered by today’s top vehicles. Unlike traditional chargers, there is no need to disconnect the battery or risk damaging complex electronic systems through abrupt changes in power sources.

The most important feature provided by CTEK products is safety. Innovative spark-free technology allows for safe, easy battery connection and complete protection from harmful gas emissions. CTEK MULTI US 25000 batteries also provide protection from reverse polarity connections and potential short-circuiting. Red light indicators provide a clear signal for correct battery connection, a requirement for initiating a charge cycle.

CTEK continues to provide the most reliable and innovative charging products in its class. The new MULTI US 25000 is a powerhouse that provides unrivaled charging and reconditioning abilities and is proven to be the most versatile, long-lasting power resource for all the utilities of your garage.

CTEK Power Inc. designs and develops a unique series of high-tech battery chargers and special solutions for all types of lead-acid batteries for both private and professional use.

To learn more about CTEK Battery Smarter Chargers including the 25000, visit: http://www.SmarterCharger.com.

About CTEK Smarter Charger
CTEK was formed in 1997, and is a sister subsidiary to Creator Teknisk Utveckling AB (a leading consulting firm within design and development) which was formed in 1982. CTEK’s battery knowledge began in 1992, when a leading battery manufacturer hired Creator for research and development of batteries and later for research on a new system of battery chargers. Since its inception, CTEK has gained the reputation of producing the smartest battery chargers in the world. Over the years, CTEK has sold close to three million battery chargers in 60 countries throughout the world. CTEK is also a reliable OEM supplier to many of the world’s most prestigious car and motorcycle manufacturers.

Media Contact:
Matt Ingram
Regional Sales Manager
CTEK Power USA
Phone: 330.963.0981
http://www.SmarterCharger.com

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Why Car Batteries Fail [infographic]

Enough already! The last thing you need to hear is the sound of “click” “click” “click”, only to discover that your battery is dead. A dead battery when you’re on your way to anywhere is a nuisance. There are many reasons why this happens to your battery and a few ways to solve the problem of a failing battery.

The infographic below illustrates and uncovers how important your car battery really is to the overall health and livelihood of your vehicle. It also lists key considerations when choosing between a smart battery charger vs. jumper cables. After reviewing this infographic you’ll never look at your battery the same way.

Why Car Batteries Fail

[via CTEK Smart Battery Chargers]

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Never Lie To Your Parents…!: I’m in BIG trouble!!

As part of CTEK’s Smarter Battery Charger Dead Battery Story Contest we are highlighting several of the stories that were submitted over the last few months. Come back and visit our blog to read other great stories and check out our Facebook page to join our community and learn of other contests and events.

I’m in BIG trouble!!

“Ok so I was 15 years old and it was New Years Eve I had stayed out all night with some friends and my boyfriend. Of course my parents knew nothing about the party or the boyfriend being with me. So I get a call early the next day from a friend telling me I better get home that my parents found out where I was and are extremely mad!! So Im a little scared now, I call home and try to (lie) my way out of it, but my dad was not buying it. He told me I had 30 min. to get home or he was coming after me.

So we jump up, clear across town and all pile up in the car to take me home. Uh Oh the car wont start. No way!! We get a jump after 30 min. of searching and head to the nearest Kmart to get a battery, Needless to say It took 2 hours to get the battery, replace it with the old one and get me home. My dad comes running out of the house ready to whoop some You know what!! I was grounded for 6 months!!! Unreal. Wow those were the times.”

Parents always know ….

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Mom To The Rescue: Stranded on Thanksgiving

As part of CTEK’s Smarter Battery Charger Dead Battery Story Contest we are highlighting several of the stories that were submitted over the last few months. Come back and visit our blog to read other great stories and check out our Facebook page to join our community and learn of other contests and events.

Stranded on Thanksgiving

“This past Thanksgiving, after spending the day with family, I stopped by the mall to price check some items for Christmas. When I saw that it was closed I pulled out my laptop to log onto the wi-fi connection instead of going straight home. I decided to talk on my phone while I browsed the internet and was too preoccupied to notice that I had left the keys in the ignition and my headlights were still on. By the time I was ready to leave my battery had died and I couldn’t start the car.

I tried calling for help but my phone battery died and when I opened my laptop to email a message for help my laptop battery died as well! I had to sneak into the mall (it was closed by now) and plug in my laptop to get a charge so I could go back online and post a help message on facebook and send a quick email to my Mom’s cell phone telling her I had no communication and was stranded. It sounds easy enough but there was no wi-fi in the mall so I had to wait a couple of hours while my laptop charged before going back to my car to use it. Not to mention that it was freezing cold.

I decided to wait in the mall as long as I could since it was warm inside and because if I got caught and had to leave, I’d rather leave on a full laptop battery than a semi charged battery. I didn’t know how long it would take for help to arrive and the fuller battery sounded better at the time. I spent most of the night stranded in a freezing mall parking lot with a dead car battery, a dead phone and a dead laptop.

To top it all off, in the beginning of this ordeal, I had texted a friend that my car wasn’t starting and my phone was dying so I texted him my location in case I wasn’t able to call for help. He suggested I take my keys out of the ignition and sit and wait for a half hour then try to restart my car. The problem was that after the half hour was up, my car wouldn’t start and my phone was dead. He lived locally but never came to help me. I stayed stranded until my Mom finally looked at her phone after leaving a friend’s house and saw my help messages. Thank goodness my Mom didn’t go home and go straight to bed or she might not have gotten my messages until the next morning. My Mom is my superhero!!”

The holidays can sometimes be stressful and getting stranded in the cold at the mall doesn’t help.

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A Battery Charger Could Save a Life: My Dad on his 80th Birthday-Pacemaker and All

As part of CTEK’s Smarter Battery Charger Dead Battery Story Contest we are highlighting several of the stories that were submitted over the last few months. Come back and visit our blog to read other great stories and check out our Facebook page to join our community and learn of other contests and events.

My Dad on his 80th Birthday-Pacemaker and All

“Recently My dad and I were on our way to Victoria to get his Batteries changed on his pacemaker. We stopped just outside of Merrit and when we came back out to the jeep, the battery was dead.

It was not a good situation as we had to make the Ferry before the rush hour. Needless to say, my dad was very stressed and restless and we did miss the Ferry, Making older people wait or when your plans change is not good for seniors, A CTEK Battery Charger would of solved all my problems. I have some issues with my battery at this time. At the end of the day we did get there and I was happy to say my dad survived the trip, it was hard on my nerves though waiting that extra time at the ferry.”

This is a serious story. Glad everyone was safe in the end.

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