As the winter period draws ever closer and temperatures begin to plummet, vehicle batteries will have to work increasingly hard to operate in the harsh conditions. The financial cost of a flat battery can easily escalate and with factors such as call-outs, vehicle down time, hire vehicle cost and potential loss of business, it is easy to see why Battery Guard is a must-have for many fleet operators.
Batteries hold their charge by a chemical reaction that takes place when a connection is made between the positive and negative terminals. In cold weather this reaction is slowed and the battery can easily run flat. Battery Guard eliminates flat batteries by isolating the power source when the voltage drops below a critical threshold, ensuring that your vehicle starts first time – every time.
According to the Department for Transport there are 34.4 million vehicles on the UK’s roads as of January 2012, making it is easy to see how flat batteries could have a catastrophic effect on both private and commercial users. Replacement vehicles, driver down time, call out costs and the potential loss of future business are all possible factors which could have as a result of a vehicle failing to start.
By constantly monitoring the available battery voltage when the engine is not running, Battery Guard is triggered if the vehicle’s battery falls below 24.1v or 12.1v (dependant one vehicle type) and isolates enough power so the engine can be started. Upon returning to the vehicle the driver is immediately alerted to the fall in voltage by a flashing dash mounted Battery Guard button. To start the vehicle the driver simply presses the button, restoring ignition power, and starts the engine.
Available for both 24 and 12 volt vehicles, Battery Guard also protects your battery against potential damage caused by jump starting and stress & strain on the alternator and starter motor. The system also features a programmable auditable alarm that can be linked to both voltage and time.
In addition to two 10A outputs that can be used to switch external alarms, Battery Guard can be fully integrated into the vehicles electrical system and will not cause any conflict or warranty issues on ECUs.
For further information on Battery Guard call Maple Fleet Services on 0161 429 1580.