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If you're wondering how to select the right battery or ever found yourself in need of a jump-start, then the information you need is here. We'll also provide you with some basic information on how a battery works and a bit of history on the development of lead-acid batteries. And for fun, you can take our battery recycling quiz. You may not realize it, but lead-acid batteries are one of the most recyclable products around. So, take a tour through "Battery Basics" and improve your battery IQ!

How a Battery works

When you place the key in your car's ignition and turn the ignition switch to "ON," a signal is sent to the car's battery. Upon receiving this signal, the car battery takes energy that it has been storing in chemical form and releases it as electricity. This electrical power is used to crank the engine. The battery also releases energy to power the car's lights and other accessories.

How to jump start a Battery

It's one of the worst fears of every driver---you turn the ignition key on and the car won't start! Time for the jumper cables! But wait--before you flag down another driver and try to jump start your battery, there are some things you should double-check and some safety precautions you need to keep in mind.

Safety and Handling

Lead-acid batteries contain hydrogen-oxygen gases than can be explosive and sulfuric acid that can cause severe burns. To help avoid risk of danger and injury, observe several very important precautions when handling or working with a lead-acid battery. In any case: Whenever you’re handling or working with a lead-acid battery, consult your vehicle and battery owners’ manual for instructions and safety precautions.

Maintenance and Storage Tips

On our brands websites you find more information about how to jump start a battery.

Charging a battery

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To charge an automotive or deep cycle battery, refer to your car or marinecraft owner's manual and your battery charger manual for instructions. Review the safety instructions that came with your charger and battery. Remember that batteries contain sulfuric acid that can cause severe burns, and hydrogen-oxygen gases that can be explosive. On our brands websites you find more information about the special technologies used.
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