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Video Feature | Interactive Battery Tutorial

Posted on November 5, 2010
Ever wonder how a lead acid AGM battery works? You know, the ones that start our motor bikes? If you're like me, it's nothing short of a miracle when I think about how electricity comes out and gets put back in the black little box. Check out our latest tutorial, visually giving you a guided tour about an AGM Battery, and how it works. read more...

Written Tutorial | How Do I Pick a Battery Charger?

Posted on November 16, 2010
Let me start with a disclaimer; BatteryStuff.com does not sell inexpensive off the shelf chargers such as the type often found at retail outlets and certain other online stores. We cater specifically to microprocessor controlled chargers, also known as Smart Chargers. All the chargers we stock are reviewed, tested, and selected based on function, reliability and durability. These chargers are designed to charge lead acid and other types of batteries based on computer generated algorithms. Simply put, the charger collects information from the battery and adjusts the charge current and voltage based on this information. This allows the battery to be charged quickly, correctly, and completely when using a smart charger. read more...

Written Tutorial | Rechargeable NiMH Battery FAQ

Posted on November 19, 2010
What does NiMH stand for? The material is Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) which has many advantages over other battery construction materials.

What is meant by battery memory? Older generation and batteries with other chemical make-up were subject to a memory effect. This is when a battery must be fully drained before recharge or their capacity is reduced. The New Generation of NIMH batteries do not develop a memory effect and can be recharged at anytime during usage cycle. When uncertain about battery charge level or condition, recharge it. read more...

Product Review | Motorcycle/ATV/Jetski Winterizing Kit

Posted on November 29, 2010
This powersports weatherizing kit is designed to include all the bits you need to put your motorcycle, jet ski, or ATV away for the winter, insuring that it will be 'ready to ride' as soon as the weather is again favorable.Kit includes:

1 each BatteryMinder 12 volt battery maintainer/desulfator
1 Quart of PRI-G gasoline treatement
1 8" x 12" BatteryMat
1 Battery Terminal cleaning brush
1 10oz Aersol can of Battery Terminal Corrsion preventitive spray read more...

Product Review | Battery Tender Plus 12 volt 1.25 amp 4 Stage Smart Charger

Posted on December 1, 2010
This is a very popular 12 volt unit for battery storage. The Battery Tender Plus is a 1.25 amp battery charger designed to fully charge a battery and maintain it at proper storage voltage without the damaging effects caused by trickle chargers. The E-Z quick disconnect harness (1 of each ring ends and alligator clips included) allows you to leave the charger wiring attached to the battery while operating the vehicle. read more...

Battery Myth | Will a Small Charger Maintain a Large Bank of Batteries?

Posted on January 17, 2011
Quick answer: No. When you are dealing with a bank of batteries that is collectively larger than a car battery (max 100 amp/hours), you should crunch the numbers to find the ideal charger for your situation. Normal, static power drain on a brand new battery can be as high as 2-3% a month, which in the case of a 1000 amp battery pack(total)would translate to roughly 30 amps. Assuming the batteries are hooked up to something, it would be fair to double that. If your batteries are not new, the drain will likely be even more. So triple that number. If we assume a total 10% monthly drain, in this case 100 amps, you can see that you are tasking a small battery charger to recharge the same amount of power normally reserved for a larger charger. read more...

Product Review | Noco Switch Mode Multistage charger 3.5 Amp G-3500

Posted on January 31, 2011
The G-3500 Smart Charger by Noco is a 3.5 Amp battery charger designed to charge and maintain medium batteries. This is a perfect charger for cars, SUVs, boats and trucks. Noco uses true Switch mode technology in this super efficient line of chargers. This charger has a noise factor of 150mV, less than 50db. This charger is a true multistage, microprocessor controlled charger that will not overcharge your batteries ever. Also incorporated in this unit is the ability to adjust to low voltage input, which could happen if running it off of a generator or a very long extension chord. read more...

How to choose a Safe & Reliable Boat Battery Charger

Posted on February 7, 2011
Maintaining your boat battery charger is something no one wants to think about. You never want to be "that guy" - you know the one we're talking about. The guy that's sitting in the lake tied to the dock with the engine cover off, kids crying and dog barking. The guy that is dead in the water because his battery is dead. Proper maintenance of your boat battery will ensure that you never become that guy. read more...

Tips and Tricks | Keeping Your Vehicle's Battery Alive

Posted on February 23, 2011
There is one component that can terminate your car’s performance - the battery. One could say your battery is the heart of your vehicle, and because of that fact, your battery, like your heart, requires maintenance, good care and the proper charger in order to support your vehicle’s life cycle. Without a functioning battery, your car or motorcycle will not start without a great deal of assistance and odds are other electronic components will not operate correctly either. There are four stages involved in charging your vehicle’s wet battery. read more...

Product Review | Shorai Charger for LFX LiFePO4 Batteries

Posted on May 11, 2011
The Sho-BMS01 is a Charge/Store dedicated battery management system that is designed specifically for Shorai batteries. This charger has a 2 amp max charge rate, and it connects to your Shorai battery through the BMS 5 pin port on the LFX batteries. The charger has a selector for full charge, and for long term storage. Universal input of 100/240vac, 50/60 Hz makes this charger usable world wide. It's perfect for a shop or shed, wherever you store your motorcycle during non-use. Rated ★★★★☆ read more...

Get to Know the Brand | Pro Mariner Marine Chargers

Posted on June 10, 2011
Pro Mariner is recognized as one of the leading brands in the boating industry, and for good reason. With their products they have won the 2010 IBEX Innovation Award, specifically from their new Pro Nautic All Digital Marine Charger series, and they continue to be on the frontline of marine innovation. With chargers for the occasional boater, devout boat-a-holic, to the professional user, Pro Mariner has products for everyone. Let's look at one of their more popular units: read more...

New Product Announcement - QuadLink

Posted on December 1, 2011
The QuadLink turns any brand 6V or 12V DC battery charger into a 4-station maintenance charger, automatically splitting and distributing all of the charger’s capabilities into 10-minute sequencing charge segments. Depending on the charger’s capability, QuadLink can distribute charges simultaneously to up to four AGM, gel-cell, VRLA inducing or deep cycle for marine, standard automobile and truck and even small motorcycle batteries. The QuadLink works with ANY 6V or 12V battery, regardless of size of CCA rating. read more...

Battery Myth | How Much Does it Cost to Maintain a Motorcycle Battery?

Posted on March 7, 2012
It's time to be honest. Companies and experts will tell you that it's a good idea to keep your motorcycle battery on a trickle charger/maintainer. They'll claim, accurately so, how it will extend the life of your motorcycle, ATV, or other powersports battery. This is especially important to consider this practice if you let your big boy toys sit in storage during the winter months or off-season. But somehow or another, nobody ever mentions the cost involved in battery maintenance. Is it really worth it? Can't I just buy a cheap battery every 1-2 years instead of purchasing *gasp* a battery charger? read more...

Battery Myth | Can a Battery ‘Reverse’ its Polarity?

Posted on May 8, 2012
Actually, yes, but not without help. Reversing the polarity on a battery can happen only a couple of ways. For all intents and purposes, the battery will be ruined. You could technically charge it up, negatively, and continue to use it, but your plates are designed with the positive plates being lead dioxide, and the negative being composed of a sponge lead, which would now be reversed. The fact of the matter is, a lead acid battery cannot reverse its own polarity without an external stimulus. It is just not possible. read more...

BatteryStuff Motto | We Have the Stuff

Posted on May 30, 2012
For starters, we sell batteries (as the name suggests). We’ve got batteries for motorcycles, ATVs, RVs, UPS systems, power tools, lawn mowers, and many more applications. We’ve got small lithium CR123 batteries for cameras, AA NiMH batteries for small electronics, sealed lead acid batteries for mobility scooters/wheelchairs, and large deep cycle batteries for storage and off-grid systems. Okay, so maybe you don’t need a new battery, but if you own any of these temperamental things you may want to know how to maintain them, and we got you covered there too. Let’s run through our other categories, and I’m sure there will be something just for you! read more...

What are the 3 Stages of Smart Chargers?

Posted on June 13, 2012
You may have heard it said "you need a 3 stage charger". We've said it, and we'll say it again. The best kind of charger to use on your battery is a 3 stage charger. They are also called "smart chargers" or "micro processor controlled chargers". Basically, these types of chargers are safe, easy to use, and will not overcharge your battery. Almost all of the chargers we sell are 3 stage chargers. But here's the million dollar question: What are the 3 stages? What makes these chargers so different and efficient? Is it really worth it? Lets find out by going through each stage, one by one. read more...

From the Mind of an 8 Year Old | Charging a Shorai Battery

Posted on July 10, 2012
The families of the employees at Batterystuff.com are also enthusiast about the work we do. It's fun for the whole family (well, considering this one particular family rides motorcycles together). More specifically, their 8 year old boy, rides a mean 65cc SX bike. He participated in the Youth Hare Scrambles at the Funky Chicken race earlier this year! He received 4th overall. Great job! read more...

Why Wait to Maintain Your Battery System?

Posted on August 21, 2012
When our economy took its little spill nearly 4 years ago, most of us assumed it would be back to normal by now, and this little hiccup would be a memory. Unfortunately that thought couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, making decisions for the future has become tougher rather than easier. It seems like the whole world is waiting on the outcome of the upcoming presidential election before moving forward. But why wait to maintain your battery system? read more...

Classic Cars | Restoration Hardware

Posted on September 11, 2012
One of our loyal customers had this older classic car, which originally ran a 6 volt system but he had converted to 8 volt, on an 8 Volt Battery Tender Plus. The charger went out and we replaced it, so he sent us this note with a picture of the beauty to share with everyone. Another satisfied customer and another classic still on the road! read more...

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