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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...

News Update | New Warehouse for

Posted on January 25, 2011
Well, we’ve finally done it. has outgrown our current location and has secured a newer, larger warehouse that will better accommodate all our operations. This larger facility will allow better access for our local customers with a new full service showroom that will make regional pickup and purchasing easier for any walk in traffic. The increase in our warehouse space will allow for more products to be stocked and even added to our already great product lineup. 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...

Written Tutorial | Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery FAQ

Posted on January 10, 2011
What makes Shorai Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries different from other batteries?

A. Shorai LFX batteries contain proprietary eXtreme-Rate Lithium Iron prismatic cells (chemistry LiFePO4). Shorai LFX batteries contain no poisonous lead, no acid, and do not create gasses during charge, as traditional Lead-Acid batteries do. Compared to lead-acid, Shorai LFX lithium are also extremely light, have much lower self-discharge, do not sulfate, and are environmentally friendly. While there are other companies now offering Lithium-Iron based powersports batteries, all except Shorai use cylindrical cells originally made for power tool applications. Such cells are inferior to Shorai Prismatic LFX, for several reasons. read more...

Battery Myth | How Often Should I Charge My Motorcycle, ATV or Boat Battery?

Posted on January 6, 2011
Any type of lead acid battery should always be left in a fully charged condition. Having done that, you should either charge your battery every 30 days or so, or consider getting a smart charger to maintain your battery all the time. These new ‘smart’ chargers will hold the voltage at its prime voltage, while reducing the current to almost nil, thus preventing overcharge even when left on for months at a time. A battery will self discharge over time, even while not in use or connected to anything, thus the benefit of constant maintenance charger. read more...

Written Tutorial | Lubrication Tutorial

Posted on January 3, 2011
/images/tutorial_lube.gifThere are a lot of options available when it comes to lubricants. We have mineral based (oil that comes from the ground), blends, a combination of mineral and synthetic, and full synthetic. We use these lubricants in engines, transmissions, gear cases, and hydraulics.

Mineral based oils are the minimum standard products to get us through a warranty period. A great deal of additives must be used in these lubricants to meet the requirements mandated by vehicle and equipment manufactures. With warranties getting longer, lubricants have to be improved. read more...

Written Tutorial | Cooling Tutorial

Posted on December 28, 2010
Years ago environmental required cleaner burning engines and thus engine operating temperatures were raised in order to reduce exhaust emissions. Today's engines run on the borderline of overheating. We have found that many people neglect their cooling systems until it becomes a costly problem. A properly maintained cooling system will provide excellent service for many years. There is more to maintenance than just changing the antifreeze every two years. read more...

Video Feature | AGM Battery Visual Tour

Posted on December 13, 2010
The Absorbed Glass Matte (AGM) Battery is a type of Lead Acid Battery. The plates inside of the cells are covered with active materials, and when a load is applied, the electrolyte in the glass matte allows for easy discharge of electrons. What does this mean? Watch to find out!

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Written Tutorial | Shorai Lithium Battery Abuse Test

Posted on December 3, 2010
Lithium Iron Phosphate. At first thought, it sounds like a vitamin supplement that I should be taking to calm my nerves and keep the doctor away. While it won’t calm the nerves or help the joints, Lithium Iron Phosphate is actually a battery chemistry that allows for superior energy storage in a much lighter than lead package. Also known as LiFePO4, and in this case LFX, Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries have finally made it to the world of Powersports. 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...

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