If you’ve had your car for a relatively long time then you’re probably aware that car batteries last only for a period of about two to four years. But, did you also know that you don’t have to throw your car battery away as soon as it goes dead? What if we tell you that there’s a way for you to bring your battery back to life and get it working as if it was brand new? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could extend your battery’s life and not have to buy a new one for at least a few more years?
The good thing is that this is actually possible. Most car batteries can actually be reconditioned and made to work like new with a device called a battery desulfator.
What causes a battery to go dead in the first place?
It is important to learn the answer to this question before you can even begin to understand how a battery desulfator works. A battery’s lead plates normally come into contact with the sulphuric acid content of its electrolytes whenever the battery goes into a discharge. The resulting compound is known as lead sulphate. When the battery is recharged, the lead sulphate is once again broken down into separate lead and sulphur components. However, some of the lead sulphate crystallizes on the battery’s lead plates and does not get broken down. Over time, the crystallized sulphate accumulates until it covers a majority of the lead plates, leaving no room for it to react with the electrolytes and create an electrical charge. This is when we say that a battery is -dead.-
A battery desulfator brings your battery back to life and gets it back to working like new by breaking down the crystallized lead sulphate and clearing up the battery’s lead plates. This way, the lead on the plates can react with the electrolytes properly and your battery can once again hold an electrical charge. Battery desulfation and reconditioning can be done at an automotive shop for a fee, but you can save on the cost by reconditioning the battery yourself. Of course, you’ll have to have your own desulfator for this purpose.
Where to get a battery desulfator
Desulfators can be bought from any automotive store, but why spend that much money when you can actually make the device for much less? The materials needed in making your own battery desulfator can be easily found in your junk box or somewhere around your house. And even if you don’t have them handy, these materials can be bought at very low prices from your local hardware or electronics shop. As for the process itself, you can get some good schematic diagrams and instructions online.
Aside from DIY battery desulfator guides and diagrams, the internet is also rife with reconditioning guides, so the process of both making your own desulfator and reconditioning your own battery is definitely easy enough for you to undertake. As soon as you have completed your desulfator project, you can practice reconditioning an old battery and then perform the process on your existing battery in order to prolong its lifespan.