The technology used for leisure batteries is different than your standard car battery and unless connected to the main electrical supply, the 12v equipment situated in a caravan or motorhome will rely on the leisure battery to function.
This is because leisure batteries are built to deal with the loads and usage patterns that are common with caravans and motorhomes. Within this article, we will be explaining the difference between car batteries and leisure batteries.
What are Leisure Batteries?
A leisure battery is designed to store power over a long period of time. A leisure battery will release a lower amount of energy over an extended period of time. Leisure batteries differ from your standard car battery- they are two very different power sources.
A Platinum car battery (as supplied by National Tyres) uses power when initially starting up your car, then the alternator replenishes the lost battery capacity while you are driving. This is why, if you have not driven your car for a considerable amount of time, your car battery may be out of charge and cause your car not to start. If this is the case, you may need to jump start your car. If you are wanting to know how to jump start a car, please click on the related article below.
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A standard starter battery is designed to produce a high level current to start a car. Car batteries focus more on the start-up of engines, whereas Leisure Batteries are designed to focus more on durability.
In contrast to standard car batteries, leisure batteries provide a balanced flow of electrical current over a lengthy period of time and only when the voltage level has fallen substantially does it need to be recharged. It is vitally important that if the leisure battery falls below the recommended voltage level that it is recharged. The recommended voltage for Leisure batteries is between 13.6 and 13.8 volts. If left for a long period of time in a discharged state, the leisure battery will not regain its former condition.
Here at National, we stock a wide range of batteries. Whether you are looking for a battery for your car or van, or whether you be an owner of a motorhome or caravan, we supply a variety of car and leisure batteries. To find the correct battery, should that be a Platinum car battery, or a platinum leisure battery, please click on the link below to find the battery to fit your requirements.
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Can a car battery be used instead of a leisure battery?
Car batteries can be used to power caravans and motorhomes however this is only a short term solution as car batteries are not designed to release the power over an extended period. Despite both car and leisure batteries both using lead acid technology, a leisure battery is not equipped to be fitted in a car. A car battery is also not equipped to be fitted within a caravan or motorhome. The function of a leisure battery is to provide a consistent flow of power over a long period of time, whereas, a car battery main function is to start the vehicle. If a car battery would be fitted in a motorhome, it would degrade and permanently reduce the performance of the car battery.
Why does a Leisure battery last longer than a car battery?
Within a car battery, the structure internally contains many, thin lead plates. The combination of the thin lead plates enables the power required to start the car engine. In comparison, the plates with a leisure battery are thicker and there are fewer of them. Whether it be a car battery or a leisure battery, each of these lead plates are capable of storing energy. The think lead plate used within leisure batteries will release its energy slowly and over a longer period of time. The thin plates used within a car battery will do the opposite. A leisure battery can tolerate being discharged, however, car batteries cannot.
If you think that you have an issue with your battery, you can purchase a new battery by clicking the related article link below. This can be fitted at your local National Tyres and Autocare branch.
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Alternatively, your battery will be checked as part of an Interim or Full service. To read more about or servicing packages, please click on the link below.
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As part of your MOT, the battery and any electrical wiring that is visible will also be checked. To find out when your MOT is due, please click on the link below.
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Where can I buy Leisure Batteries?
Leisure Batteries can be purchased online for collection at your local National Tyres and Autocare branch. To do this, please click on the link below.
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