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Do I Need a Trickle Charger?

Learn about automotive trickle chargers with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

There are so many different types of battery chargers available in the automotive world. If you have a seasonal vehicle, or just a vehicle that’s not used all the time, a trickle charger might be what you need. To learn more about what trickle chargers, and what they can do for a car battery, follow along with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Do I Need a Trickle Charger?
Whether you have a seasonal vehicle, ATV or something in between, you might wonder if you need a trickle charger. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help.

What is a Trickle Charger?

A trickle charger is made to be left on a car for a long period of time in order to re-charge the battery. It slowly charges the battery over time – and some models are even made to be left on indefinitely. When you’re looking to purchase a trickle charger, it’s important to research specific makes and models to determine what’s best for your vehicle.

According to Schumacher, a trickle charger will “charge no matter whether the battery is fully charged or not, so it needs to be connected and disconnected periodically. If left in place too long, it will eventually boil the electrolyte out of the cells or damage the plates. Trickle chargers will work to keep the battery charged, if used once a month or so for a day or two.” It’s important to not charge a battery too fast or over-charge it, as it can damage the car battery.

Do I Need a Trickle Charger?

Now that you know what a trickle charger is, you have to ask yourself if it’s right for your vehicle and your needs. While it’s not a necessary thing to have in your garage, it can definitely come in handy. If your battery completely dies, and you can’t be without your vehicle, investing in a trickle charger is the right move. Just always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and don’t overcharge the battery.

For more tips on battery chargers, automotive maintenance, DIY projects and more, visit the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Automotive blog.

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