What is a trickle charger?
A trickle charger is a device that prevents your car's battery from losing charge to keep it working. It charges the vehicle battery through low-voltage. This design improves and preserves the battery's health —more on this topic below.
While the car is running, your alternator is responsible for keeping your battery at full charge. If your mobile's battery experiences a heavy discharge, an alternator might have difficulty recharging it.
When choosing your trickle charger, it is best to remember that not all car batteries are compatible with all chargers. There are three types of car batteries. AGM [Absorbent Glass Mat], EFB [Enhanced Flooded Batteries], and SLI [Starting, Lighting, Ignition].
It is usually indicated what kind of battery is compatible with the charger. But there are universal trickle chargers available in the market that can charge all three types.
How long does it take to charge a battery with a trickle charger fully?
Determining how long a car battery will be charging depends on how drained the battery is and how strong the trickle charger is. A completely dead battery charged in a one amp trickle charger may take two days. If it is plugged in using a two amp charger, the charger can fully charge the battery within 24 hours.
Sometimes you can mistakenly identify a battery that already needs replacing with an only drained one. A car battery may last you roughly 3-4 years on average.
But multiple factors can affect your car's battery. If it is often drained for whatever reason [be it with a faulty alternator or you just forgot to turn off your vehicle without the engine running], draining can shorten the battery's life span.
Signs that car battery needs replacing
A battery that needs replacing may take longer to charge, even with a more robust amp. It may also quickly discharge even while connected to a properly functioning alternator. Below are some telltale signs that your vehicle's battery has surpassed its life cycle.
One of the most common symptoms you can quickly notice when your car battery fails is malfunctioning electronic parts. Some indications may include power windows not responding, cabin lights flickering has weakened, windshield wipers not working, sunroof unresponsive, and other car electronic components.
If your battery is depleted or running low on power in some cars, a warning light pops out of your dashboard display. Also, a warning light may indicate a problem with your battery.
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