CTEK says it leads the way on battery maintenance

With almost 50 percent of all vehicles arriving in the workshop with a battery that needs attention, it is important to ensure the battery is properly supported by dedicated battery support equipment.
“Battery Support is vital for the supply of ‘clean’ constant voltage for vehicle diagnostics and programming,” CTEK Asia Pacific Director of Sales and Marketing, Robert Briggs, said.
“By opting to use a stand-alone battery charger, or not providing any sort of battery support at all, workshops are risking programming failures and damage to vehicle ECUs that can affect workshop efficiency, profitability and reputation.”
CTEK explains choosing the right equipment is important for the modern workshop for the following reasons:
• Voltage specific: diagnostic work, flashing and reprogramming requires a fixed voltage and ripple free current throughout. For many vehicles, a specified voltage is required across the vehicle system before it will even start communication with diagnostic and/or re-programming equipment.
• Reaction: during diagnostic and flashing and reprogramming work there may be certain ‘spikes’ in power demands. In order to maintain constant voltage across vehicle systems, any battery support needs to react immediately to avoid voltage drop that can result in diagnostic or programming failure or damage to vehicle ECUs. CTEK says a standard battery charger/maintainer will not react quickly enough.
• Using a battery charger: however smart a standard battery charger/maintainer is, it will be working on pre-programmed charging algorithms that will see voltage rise and fall to achieve optimum charge levels – good for charging but not so good when constant voltage is required. This means there may be certain times when battery voltage is above (and of course below) operating levels for diagnostic work, flashing and reprogramming.
• De-rating: battery support units deliver high levels of power over a relatively long period of time, and therefore they can generate a lot of heat which can make a unit de-rate. De-rating is where the unit will reduce output levels and charge levels, and at really high temperatures reduce current output – this can affect the unit’s ability to maintain battery voltage.
The CTEK MXTS 40 has both 40A/12V and 20A/24V output and provides selectable constant voltage settings to avoid ECU damage due to voltage fluctuation during programming. As well as the eight-step charge progress display, the MXTS 40 also has an easy to read OLED display to give clear readouts of key charge parameters, including current, voltage and amps charged. It also has a ‘Recond’ mode for reconditioning deeply discharged batteries and a temperature sensor for optimised charging regardless of weather conditions.  
The CTEK MXTS 40 is available to purchase from Repco/NAPA.

For more information, visit www.ctek.com