How Does a Battery Work?
A battery provides power to a carís engine, and absorbs voltage spikes.
But, before explaining the batteryís workings, Iíd like to take a moment to
define three electrical terms youíve heard many times, but may not know the
full meaning of.
They are: volt, current,
For simplification, where I can, I will compare electricity flowing through
a wire to the example of water running through a pipe.
Volt: a force creating movement or flow, like water pressure forcing
the flow of water through a pipe. The force of electricity flowing
through a battery wire is measured by volts.
Current: the amount or volume of electrical flow measured in amps,
thus making an amp a unit of current. In simpler light, compare an
electrical current to a particular measurement of water flowing from a
faucet in a particular measured time, for example: a gallon of water per
Watt: one volt combined with one amp equals one watt. A watt is the
measure of power available, as a result of the amount of electricity and
at what speed it is traveling through a wire.
The Battery Process
At the point you turn your ignition key, a battery must provide a
considerably high current for a short time, for example, lasting as much as
300 amps for only 15 seconds.
This process was designed to start a motor only once. The battery does not
keep a car running, itís the alternator that does that, generating the
electricity required to keep the engine going and enabling other operating
The starter ís job is finished once the car starts, and is dormant until the
car needs starting again. The battery, after providing the current needed to
start the car, is also needed to absorb sudden drops or surges in voltage.
These are called voltage spikes. A minus 200 volt spike can occur once the
car is started, then at other times large positive and negative spikes can
occur. This fluctuation of electricity must go somewhere, so the battery
acts as a buffer and soaks it up, basically shielding the carís electrical
system from damage.
The Battery Life Saver electronic device
Unfortunately, batteries die over time. But youíd be surprised to know
thereís a fix for this.
First, however, letís look at the most clear causes of battery death: a
defective alternator, loose alternator belts, leaving your lights on,
overcharging, corrosion--and there are more.
But sometimes we canít figure out why a battery has died. You check
everything and everything is working fine, you didnít leave the lights on,
and the alternator is good. What could it be? Well, you never really find
out, so you do like everyone else, you discard what you think is a dead
battery and buy a new one, unfortunately paying a high price at the most
inconvenient time, of course. Something you didnít know: most dead batteries
are perfectly good.
Your battery may seem dead because of a build up of lead sulfate; crystals
that form on the batteryís lead plates. This is the result of the chemical
reaction that produces the electricity. These crystals disrupt the flow of
electricity in and out. Up until now there hasnít been a way to remove
sulfate crystal. Imagine the millions of good batteries that have been and
are still being thrown away senselessly.
The solution: The Battery Life Saver electronic device