Why Your Car Battery Struggles in the Cold

Why Your Car Battery Struggles in the Cold

It’s no coincidence your car battery seems to struggle more during the winter months - cold has a significant effect on a battery’s ability to generate power. To understand why, you first should know the very basics of how a battery works. Inside a battery there’s a bunch of chemicals just waiting to react with one another; when these chemical reactions occur, electricity is generated. The cold freezes these chemicals just as it freezes water, and when this happens the chemicals can't react as well; that means it can't get electricity from the battery to your engine to get it started. Think of how hard it is to move your fingers around outside in the cold versus moving them inside your warm home. The concept with batteries is the same – it’s just harder to get things moving in freezing temperatures. Those brave souls living in the northern U.S. or across the border in O Canada often combat this predicament by installing heaters under the hood of their car that keep everything at a comfortable temperature; however, if heaters are not an option, Weego makes for a great alternative. Weego Jump Starters can always provide the extra push you need to start your engines in the frozen tundra! Another tip: if at first your car start (or jump start!) doesn’t succeed, try, try again…Sometimes the cranking warms up the chemicals within, making it gradually easier to get your car started. Just don't over-due it…you don't want to put strain on your system.
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