Do You Need a Battery Tender?

BYKaren Hewell
Are you planning a lengthy getaway, or do you have a vehicle you don’t drive often? Nothing ruins your post-vacation glow quite like turning the key in your car to find the battery dead.
For many who go weeks without driving a particular vehicle, this problem is all too common. That’s because when a car is left unused for extended periods of time — or simply isn’t used frequently enough — the battery charge dwindles, sometimes leading to a dead battery.
Rather than leaving your battery’s health to chance and spending time and money on battery-related repairs, consider using a battery tender. These microprocessor-controlled, low-current chargers maintain your car or motorcycle battery by first fully charging it, and then automatically switching to a “float” or maintenance charge indefinitely. They can be connected to your vehicle battery for days, weeks, or even months, and can be used to maintain batteries in gas golf carts, RVs, motorcycles, ATVs, and personal watercraft.
By maintaining the charge of your battery with a battery tender, you could avoid other costly repairs caused by battery issues down the line. Those issues can include excessive load on the starter and insufficient voltage to operate electronic ignition — not to mention the cost and inconvenience of having to replace a battery at an inopportune time.
KAREN HEWELL is a contributing writer for
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Purchase a Battery Tender Junior — perfect for cars, small boats, and ATVs — at your local AAA office. Have a dead battery? Call AAA Mobile Battery Service at 1-800-222-4357 to replace your battery on the spot.
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