How to recondition a car battery
All cars need a battery, whether they are equipped with internal combustion, hybrid or electric engines. But the battery is also one of the many parts of our vehicle that we take for granted until the car starts. Turn the key as much as you want or repeatedly press the ignition button, but a dead battery is a dead battery.
Vehicles with an internal combustion engine (ICE) rely on standard flooded lead-acid batteries – those familiar 12-volt black boxes. Hybrids Add a larger nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) or lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery to power a small electric motor that helps an ICE improve fuel economy. Then we have our plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, which are usually fitted with large Li-ion batteries to provide pure electric autonomy.
Let’s go back to the dead battery dilemma. For this article we are talking about 12 volt lead acid batteries, and when we die a Jump start or recharging the battery is the obvious solution. With traditional batteries, it’s also easy (but possibly expensive) to visit a local auto parts store or big box retailer to purchase a replacement. But what if, instead of replacing the battery every time it died, you could just charge it to full power – and do it multiple times?