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Trickle vs Regular charge vs Fast battery charger

Your battery's best companion

We know that choosing the right battery was challenging enough, not to mention maintaining or jump-starting it, but you will need to differentiate between a trickle, regular and fast battery charger at some point, too. Battery chargers are a relatively cheap accessory that are worth every penny investing if you plan to purchase one. Think about it: why buy a new battery in the next few years when you can prolong the life of the one you have simply by charging it and giving it some oomph. If you've never heard of these terms before, don't worry. We’re breaking down the difference between them so you can find the perfect match for your battery.

A vehicle battery charger is a component that charges your battery while it runs. It gives it a spark of life after a certain period of use based on your vehicle’s battery and how it often it runs. Battery chargers are available in different charging capabilities, namely trickle, regular and fast charging. There are some factors that you have to think about before purchasing any battery charger, such as whether you drive your vehicle every day, how far you drive your vehicle, how many times you stop, and for how long it stands.

Regular battery charger:
This type of battery charger was designed to charge your vehicles battery safely and as quickly as possible. This vehicle battery charger gives your battery a constant amount of voltage as you charge it. This is perfect for individuals who drive their vehicle daily and need to charge their battery for immediate use.

Trickle battery charger:
This type of battery charger gives your vehicles battery a low amount of voltage over a longer period, and therefore charges it slower. This battery charger eliminates the need for you to recharge your battery once in a while, as it delivers a constant charge and number of volts while charging your battery. Due to the low amount of voltage, your battery doesn't run the risk of overcharging and can be considered the safest battery charging option. This battery charger is ideal for an individual that doesn't drive their vehicle every day and can afford to charge their batteries for that long period of time.

Fast battery charger:
This is the simplest and quickest battery charging type for those who don’t have the time to trickle or regular charge their batteries. Fast battery chargers have some implications, such as the fact that if you charge your battery too quickly with a high amount of voltage, you run the risk of damaging your battery. This damage reduces the batteries performance capabilities all while shortening the life cycle of your battery. Fast chargers are ideal for winter months. We advise that you charge your battery for a short period on a fast battery charger to make up for the winter strain on your battery. Winter strain includes the fact that you use your head and fog lights, wipers and heater twice as much during the winter months.

An example of a regular battery charger would be to say that it uses an average of 6-8 amps for an average of six to ten hours to fully charge. An example of trickle battery charger would also be to say that it usually uses less than 6 amps for about twenty-four and forty-eight hours to fully charge. Then finally to use the example that a fast battery charger usually uses 9-12 amps for an average period of four to six hours to fully charge your vehicles battery. This just simply explains that a trickle charger uses less power over a longer charging period, and that a regular battery charger uses a standard number of amps for a considerable period to fully charge. It also explains that a fast battery charges uses a high number of amps and therefore a short period of charging time for your vehicle’s battery.

How a battery charger works:
You simply clip the positive battery charging clamp to your battery's positive post and then clamp your negative battery charging clip to your battery's negative terminal. Then you switch on your battery charger once you've correctly attached it. Tip: remember to clean the terminals before attaching your battery charger. The ammeter gauge will show that your battery is being charged, and usually how many amps it is being charged with, as well. Do not be alarmed if the charging rate is quite high at first, after a few short minutes it should gradually drop to the rate you desire.

If you are uncertain about your battery or battery charger or might have suspicions about buying a new battery or battery charger, try doing some research or see a battery specialist for any assistance. Your battery is what runs your vehicle and is even referred to as its 'heart', so be sure to look after it well. In return, will be rewarded with many loyal years from your vehicle.