By: Berdj Mazmanian, Senior Product Manager, Weego
We have all seen the impact of portable power in our lives, especially over the last two decades.
Everything from our cell phones to our laptop computers have gotten smaller and hold a charge longer. We have witnessed the evolution of chemistry used in battery technology, the latest of which is Lithium, currently taking center stage. Lithium battery capacity is a viable successor due to its density to power ratio. Basically, it packs a lot of punch in a small package which is why our electronics are getting smaller and lasting longer between recharges.
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.
In the past, jump packs have always utilized lead-acid batteries, but the jump packs of the future are turning to lithium-ion batteries for their ability to deliver the same amount of power in a much smaller and lighter product. Take for example in our every day lives, our cell phones and laptop computers have gotten smaller yet still manage to hold a charge a lot longer. Why? It’s all due to the growing use of lithium-ion batteries.
Here are some of the ways lithium-ion and lead acid batteries stack up to one another:
There’s a lot of confusion regarding jump starter specifications and what kind of power they are capable of delivering. Different batteries have different standards – you can’t take the parameters for a lead-acid battery and apply them to a lithium-ion for an apples-to-apples comparison. Each battery serves a different purpose and each battery has different chemical limitations. The main ratings we’ll focus on are Cranking Amps (CA), Cold Cranking Amps (CCA), Starting Amps and Peak Amps
When you’re stuck with a dead battery, the most common tool you reach for is traditional jumper cables – those archaic, complicated, and incredibly risky things that have been sitting in your trunk since you bought your car.
What many people do not realize is there’s more to a successful attempt to jump start a battery than just having a capable jump starter. In the following article, we have detailed the two biggest culprits of failed jump starts.
Myth-busting Nonsensical Claims of the Competition | At Weego we understand why you would want to know the answer to the question: do portable jump starters work multiple times on just one charge? We can confidently say yes, however, the more difficult question is how many times?
Battery corrosion is a very common yet debilitating occurrence under the hood of your car. Too much corrosion build up will hinder the delivery of power from your battery to the rest of your vehicle, which means it could prevent you from starting your car!
If your lights are dimming, your radio sounds like it’s struggling, or your vehicle seems to have a hard time getting started, check out your battery terminals before assuming you need to replace it. If it looks as though there’s a lot of grime and buildup around the terminals (the posts where those big cables connect to your battery) then you’ve identified the culprit. The best part? It’s really easy to clean them yourself!