Thursday, July 8, 2010

Battery Desulfator and Battery Charger

A lot have been talked about regarding the 308 batteries that don't last. Many 308 owners here in Malaysia and Singapore suffer from premature death. My first battery went dead, just 7 months owning the car. This 2nd battery has already given signs that its going to have some problems as the car couldn't start 4 days ago. I went googling for a solution and this is what I found.

This is called a Battery Desulfator. This version is an electronic version that does not need to put any  chemicals into the battery. It is said to maximise the battery life span 2 to 3 times and revive dead batteries.

From the same website, I bought a 12Amp intelligent battery charger. Its light and portable as well.

 This is what they have to say about their charger in their website.

"Without the need of bulky and heavy transformers, our chargers are now smaller, lighter and more portable than before. The smaller footprint allows them to be used virtually anywhere. End users will enjoy the savings gained from material cost and logistics.
Our modern high frequency switchmode charger designs, operate at efficiencies higher than 85% compared to the old designs that have typical efficiencies of 50% - 60%. This means less heat is generated and less electricity is wasted.
Switchmode chargers also have stable output voltages, regardless of input AC fluctuations. This ensures that batteries are never undercharged, preventing sulfation, which shortens the lifespan of batteries. In fact, when used in parallel with the Infinitum Desulfator, batteries that had previously failed and were junked due to sulfation can be restored to optimum working condition."

So, I decided to try to do both. This is how I did the setup.
First, I clip the Desulfator on the positive polarity of the battery, its easy, just unclip the red tab, put the wire in and clip it back...
Then, I found an engine mount to touch the negative side since the negative side of the battery is hidden. I saw the green LED light up, that means its working. I am supposed to leave it there for 8 hours.

Next, I attached the battery charger to the same points as follows:-
The orange LED on the charger means its charging. Once it turns green it has reached 90% of charge, it will trickle charge, which means that it will be on a very low charge and the amperes is lower. This type of charger will never overcharge the battery. Its an intelligent charger. This way, I hope that my battery will last longer and I can do the same for the 2 more vehicles I have at home. You do not need to put the Desulfator on your battery permanently, however, if you have only 1 car at home, you can do so. The Desulfator will do its job in 8 hours. 

Lastly, you can buy what I did from this website

Pos Laju delivery on the next day, which is pretty fast!