It’s that time of the year again when we wear heavy clothes, gloves and leave the tops up on our convertibles unless, of course, they are our babies and don’t (Heaven forbid) go out in the cold! Many of us tend to leave our toys inside during the winter months for fear that Yeti is going to do something terrible to it. We all have our reasons for this and all perfectly justified in our minds. A friend in another car club when asked a question about his windshield wipers paused for an instant before answering, and stated “you know, I’m not really sure how to even turn them on…” Okay, that’s a little extreme but you get the point. Those of us who enjoy spirited driving from time to time know our performance tires don’t perform in colder temps even on dry surfaces, but that’s a separate topic for later. The bottom line is we generally leave our cars in the garage for extended periods during the winter months which brings me to the topic of this article; Battery Tenders. I didn’t use a battery tender until about four years ago; I’d not had any trouble to that point. One day I went to start the car after it sat for only a week and it was completely dead. I now have two and wouldn’t live without them — here’s why.
Today’s vehicles use power constantly whether they are parked or driven because of the multiple computers, sensors, clocks, Bluetooth, security systems, etc… Leave one sitting for a length of time and you run the risk of having little or no battery life when you need it. A battery tender is not a charger in the true sense. Many believe using a trickle charger is accomplishing the same thing, but not true. Leaving a slow or trickle charger hooked to a battery for a length of time can actually damage or fry your battery. A battery tender is automatic and correctly charges your battery then maintains that charge level. You can leave a battery tender on a battery for weeks, months, even years. Battery tenders are inexpensive, small, easy to use and once in maintenance mode uses less energy than a light bulb! I won’t save an old battery that’s run its course, but prolong the life of a battery in good condition for perhaps years.
There are several battery tenders on the market that come with good warranties. My two have 10-year warranties! They can be purchased almost anywhere auto parts are sold and of course, on line. They are extremely reliable and are used not only for your car, but motorcycles, and your lawn tractor as well. Some tenders even allow you to maintain batteries connected in a series. Battery tenders are cheap insurance not to mention peace of mind!