In this article we are going to clarify how and when you can charge your battery. Can a battery that is bigger than the actual battery loader be charged for example? The answer is yes, if you use a smaller charger the charging time will increase. You can load faster when you use a regular battery but it is okay to charge a bigger battery than your battery loader. We are going to explain this by some facts:
Can a battery actually freeze and if so at what temperatures? A fully charged battery will freeze at -67 degrees. An empty battery will even freeze faster, just a few degrees below 0. Do you think your battery is freeze or frozen in the past? You should check it right away! The battery can be damaged and possibly replaced. The so called dry batteries like AGM- are better resistant against lower temperates. This is why most cars in Alaska use AGM. Can a frozen battery be recharged? No it cannot; you will first have to make sure it dries again. Again always check if your battery is fully charged and if it does not shows any cracks or other damage. After this you can fully charge your battery again.
What are the reasons of an empty battery? It can be wear of the battery, it could be a wrong charge of the battery or a deep unloading of the battery. It could also occur that there is a leakage voltage in the vehicle. The leakage voltage should never be more than 0,03A. If you doubt if this is the case; go and check your vehicle yourself or at a garage.
The light or users could be switched on. Even if a light is not on, you can use battery life. If you want to charge your battery you should always use a proper charger and make sure the dynamo of the vehicle is turned on. If your battery is not used for quite some time it could also occur that your battery is empty and needs to be recharged. Some great steps to charge your battery fully can be found here. If you only drive 10 miles every day it could also be a reason for your battery to turn on you. You should always make sure that your dynamo gets enough and sufficient time to charge itself. If this is not the case, your battery will not fully charge itself and eventually stop.
Also make sure that when you life in an area of extreme weather conditions; such as the Arctics or the Sahara dessert you chose a reliable battery. This is not only the case for vehicles but every battery you use in your daily life. Charging a battery is easy, but making sure you pick the right battery under the right conditions, is the most challenging part!