If your vehicle sits for long spells without being driven or if you live in a cold climate, it might be a good idea to keep your battery on a charger. Shop Advance Auto Parts for top-quality battery chargers from brands like Schumacher and Battery Tender!
Cold temperatures will slow down the chemical processes in your car's battery - at 32 °F, your battery can only deliver about 60% of its cranking amperage. Combine this with the fact that motor oil thickens and becomes viscous at cold temperatures (making it harder to crank the engine), and you can find yourself stranded when it's cold.
A battery charger can be just the right precaution in case of an emergency - and is also perfect for a vehicle that doesn't get driven often. Shop our selection of battery chargers, from simple units to feature-rich professional-grade chargers!
Do you drive your car infrequently?
If so, the car battery may be unable to keep a charge. If connected to a battery charger, you'll ensure your car always starts.
Are there other batteries you want to keep fully charged?
Stored batteries, including those used for seasonal equipment, will eventually lose power. When connected to a battery charger, you'll keep it supplied with electricity. This is one of many things you'll want to consider when storing vehicles.
Do you own multiple vehicles?
A battery charger provides an ideal boosting source. There is no need to drain a good battery to serve a weak one; especially when dealing with batteries in the winter.
Buy replacement batteries online or visit your local Advance Auto Parts store and have one of our knowledgable Team Members help you.
** Portable Car Battery Charger**
Using a car battery charger is an easy process, but one involving several steps. For our example, we've condensed the instructions for the Schumacher 6V/12V Automatic Battery Charger. Always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for your particular unit.
Is your car battery beyond redemption?
If you find yourself boosting the same car battery again and again, the problem may be with the battery itself. Use a multimeter to measure voltage. Fully charged batteries will measure 12.66 volts when the engine is off. Bring your old battery to Advance Auto Parts for recycling and receive a $10 gift card.
Do you live in a cold climate?
Choose a robust battery charger offering 50 to 100 amps. On cold nights, connect the Carquest battery charger to trickle enough power to keep your battery alive, enabling you to head out to work in the morning.
Would a trickle charger do?
Consider a trickle charger instead of a battery charger if you store your classic car for months at a time.