Battery Protection & Charging on the Farm
When crops need to be harvested or livestock fed, the last thing a busy farmer wants to deal with is a dead battery. Battery protection needn’t be a chore on the farm, especially when connected to a CTEK smart charger.
There are more than 911 million acres farmed in the United States. From small hobby farmettes to large-scale agricultural operations today’s farmer relies on an array of equipment to get the job done. Delays caused by battery trouble can be costly.
To keep a farm’s operations running smoothly, all CTEK chargers are fully automatic, spark proof and reverse polarity protected. No specialist knowledge is needed to use them.
A farm tractor battery isn’t the same as a car battery. The lead acid batteries found in tractors and combine harvesters are typically dual purpose starting/cycling batteries.
Dual-purpose batteries do the work of two batteries. The starting portion has a high power density, which means it is able to release large amounts of power quickly. That is ideal for the high current required to start a motor.
However, once the tractor is started, the alternator - the component that keeps the battery charged - isn’t able to recharge the battery enough to keep up with the electoral demands. Between stop-and-start use, long periods of idling at low engine speeds, add-ons being used by the vehicle and comprehensive lighting systems, farm tractors and combines place high demand on batteries.
To meet those needs, tractor battery design incorporates deep-cycle service, which provides a steady amount of current over a long period.
Certain agricultural implements may be used daily on a farm while others are only used for specific functions or times of the year. CTEK products are designed to meet a farmer’s needs.
CTEK’s US 0.8 is perfect for charging smaller 12-volt batteries. If you utilize an ATV to check on livestock, ride a snowmobile to inspect perimeter fencing, or simply use a riding lawn mower to maintain the yard, the US 0.8 is ideal.
The display allows a user to follow the entire charging process. The US 0.8 is designed to protect vehicle electronics. It is non-sparking, reverse polarity protected and short-circuit proof.
The US 0.8 charges batteries up to 32 Ah and maintains larger batteries up to 100 Ah.
If you’re looking for a battery charger to use with multiple vehicle types like those found on a farm, CTEK offers the MXS 5.0, the fastest, most effective and versatile consumer charger CTEK has ever made.
The MXS 5.0 has capabilities for improved charging in all weather. It charges batteries up to 110 Ah and maintains larger batteries up to 160 Ah.
It has a unique eight-step approach to battery care with AGM and EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery) charging capabilities. The MXS 5.0 has a built-in automatic temperature sensor.
CTEK’s MUS 4.3 Test & Charge combines an advanced microprocessor controlled battery charger with a battery and alternator test function to provide battery testing, charging and maintenance.
The MUS 4.3 Test & Charge has three easy-to-use programs to test battery voltage, starting power and alternator performance, providing a complete picture of battery and vehicle charging system health.
The Test & Charge provides excellent charging performance. The charger solves a broad range of battery problems and features a patented automatic desulphation program and special reconditioning function that revives and restores deeply discharged and stratified batteries.
CTEK’s patented Float/Pulse maintenance makes the charger ideal for long-term maintenance.
The MUS 4.3 Polar is known for its cold-weather performance. MUS 4.3 Polar offers specially adapted cables designed to handle severe cold down to -22° F (-30°C). The “Snowflake” option ensures ideal charging performance even in the most extreme cold conditions.
All of the mentioned CTEK chargers have a five-year limited warranty and are splash and dustproof to an IP65 rating, which makes them ideal for a rugged farm shed or shop.