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Action Tyres & More stock a wide range of premium quality Supercharge Batteries to suit a range of passenger and four wheel drive vehicles. If they do not have the battery on the shelf, they are more than happy to order one in for you.

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Supercharge Batteries

For over 25 years, SuperCharge Batteries Pty Ltd has been one of the major players in the Australian battery market.

Since its inception in 1984, SuperCharge Batteries has been distributing automotive, marine, industrial and motorcycle batteries of superior quality and value throughout Australia and is now the leading distributor of Expanded Calcium Grid Maintenance-Free Batteries in the Oceania Region.

Our batteries are made using patented EXG technology to deliver superior power and convenience. They are ISO 9002 and TUV certified certified which declares that the batteries are of high quality products.

The Supercharge EXG (Expanded Grid Technology)

Battery grid technology has drastically changed in the recent years. Grids were traditionally made using gravity-casted lead-antimony alloys for both the positive and negative plates. Some manufacturers then shifted to casting lead-calcium alloys and now produce either a hybrid design of casted antimony and calcium, or casted calcium-calcium.

SuperCharge Batteries belongs to the Ramcar Group of Companies, one of the largest, most fully-integrated battery manufacturers in Asia, nestled in a modern, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that produces 600,000 expanded metal calcium-calcium batteries per month. Together with its own lead recycling plant, its tool, die and mould fabrication facility, and its plastic injection and acid plant, the Ramcar Group gives SuperCharge the manufacturing backup it needs. Ramcar prides itself with quality products and systems as evidenced by its ISO 9001 and TUV certifications. Ramcar continues to improve its product offering and is expanding its coverage in and beyond Australia. It is fast becoming the leading distributor of Fully Sealed Expanded Calcium-Calcium Batteries in the Oceania and South East Asia Region.

Today, 50% of the 300-million unit North American and European battery markets consist of Expanded Grid Maintenance-Free Batteries, which have been growing by nearly 15% every year. This same trend is happening in Asia as Asian OE Manufacturers are now requiring Expanded Grid Batteries. In contrast, the growth of expanded grid batteries in the 4.7-million unit Australian market is only just beginning. Whilst the total Australian battery market is growing by 4%, the Expanded MF market is growing by 30% every year, and is expected to nearly double its size every year in the next 3 years. And SuperCharge is all set to lead the market growth and shift through their premium battery product, the SuperCharge Gold Series Maintenance-Free, powered by EXG Technology.

EXG Technology is an advanced, fully-automated process that uses continuous rolled strips which are then compacted under high pressure, sliced, expanded and cut into grid strips. Compared to ordinary gravity-casted grids, EXG Technology calcium grids have a more compact grain structure and are inherently stronger. This makes them less prone to heat and corrosion and ensures more efficient current conductivity and cranking power, as evidenced by the battery’s superior specification ratings.

On top of that, the unique chemical composition of the EXG calcium plates extends both the battery’s useful life and shelf life and significantly reduces water loss. And because EXG plates are engineered to be shorter in height, the battery has more space for acid, thereby completely eliminating the need to top up and making the SuperCharge Gold Battery truly "Maintenance-Free".

Other batteries using hybrid antimony or calcium grids claim to be "Maintenance-Free." But because water loss is more evident in these batteries, they need to have constant access through the covers to top up the acid levels, hence negating the maintenance free claim.

The SuperCharge Gold MF Battery continues to set the standard in terms of Maintenance-Free battery technology. On top of its superior specification ratings, the Gold has other unique advantages for resellers as well. It has a longer shelf life, meaning it can hold charge and stay on your shelf for a longer period of time.

And as an assurance to resellers and car owners of the battery's quality and service life, the SuperCharge Gold Series battery carries with it as much as 36-month nationwide full replacement warranty - the longest guarantee period in the market today.

Battery Care

A battery is considered as the heart of your vehicle. It releases electricity to crank the engine and to power the car's lights and other accessories. With its vital functions, your battery needs utmost care and attention. Here are some tips and information to help you maintain and extend the life of your battery.

Causes of Battery Failure

Major cause of premature battery failure is lead sulphation. Using tap water to refill batteries can produce calcium sulfate that also will coat the plates and fill the pores. Recharging a sulfated battery is like trying to wash your hands with gloves on. When the active material in the plates can no longer sustain a discharge current, the battery “dies”. Other causes of battery failure are as follows:

  1. Deep Discharges
  2. Vibration
  3. Heat
  4. Under-Charging
  5. Non-Use
  6. Over-Charging

In cold climates, normally a battery “ages” as the active positive plate material sheds (or flakes off) due to the expansion and contracton that occurs during the discharge and recharge cycle. Brown sediment, called sludge or “mud”, builds up in the bottom of the case and can short the cell out.

In hot climates, additional causes of failure are positive grid growth, negative grid shrinkage, buckling of plates, or loss of water.

Battery Myths

Storing a battery on a concrete floor will discharge it

All lead-acid batteries will naturally self discharge. The rate of self discharge is most influenced by the temperature of the battery's electrolyte and the chemistry of the plates. Some experts believe that storing car or deep cycle batteries on a colder concrete floor might actually slow down the leakage rate because the floor acts as a heat sink.

Driving a car will fully recharge a battery

Generally, idling the engine or short stop-and-go trips during bad weather or at night will not fully recharge a car battery. When a dead battery needs to be recharged, it is best to use an external battery charger because you could over heat and damage your vehicle's charging system.

A battery will not explode

Charging a wet lead-acid battery produces hydrogen and oxygen gasses as electrolysis of the water occurs. While spark retarding vent caps help prevent external battery explosions, sparks occur when jumping, connecting or disconnecting charger or battery cables and ignite the gas causing an explosion. Loose terminal clamp is the most common cause of explosion during starting.

A battery will not lose its charge sitting in storage

Depending on the type of battery and temperature, batteries have a natural self discharge at a 1% to 60% rate per month. Over time the battery will become sulfated and fully discharged. Higher temperatures will significantly accelerate this process. A battery stored at 35° C will self-discharge twice as fast than one stored at 23.9° C.

"Maintenance Free" (Ca/Ca) batteries never require maintenance

Though MF batteries don’t require addition of water, there is still a need to check for the following: correct charging system, tight connections, corrosion between terminal clamps and posts and flayed or damage cables.

Test the alternator by disconnecting the battery with the engine running

A battery acts like a voltage stabilizer or filter to the pulsating DC produced by the alternator. Disconnecting a battery while the engine is running can destroy sensitive electronic components or the charging system because the peak voltage can rise to 40 volts or more. In the 1970s, removing a battery terminal was an accepted practice to test charging systems of that era. That is not the case today.

Pulse chargers, desulfators, aspirins or additives will revive sulfated batteries

Most battery experts agree that there is no conclusive proof that pulse chargers work any better than constant voltage chargers to remove sulfation. They also agree that there is no evidence that additives or aspirins provide any long-term benefits. Short term gains are achieved by increasing the acidity (Specific Gravity) of the battery.

On really cold days turn your headlights on to "warm up" the battery up before starting your engine

While there is no doubt that turning on your headlights will increase the current flow in a car battery, it also consumes valuable capacity that could be used to start the cold engine. Therefore, this is not recommended

Car batteries last longer in hot climates than in cold ones

Car batteries last an average of two thirds as long in hot climates as cold ones. Heat kills car batteries and cold reduces the battery's starting capacity

A larger capacity battery will damage my car

A starter motor will only use a fixed amount of current from the battery, based on the resistance of the motor. A larger CCA, RC or AH capacity battery supplies only what is required. It will not damage your vehicle; however, using batteries with higher or lower voltage or physically too tall could potentially cause harm.

Bad batteries will not harm the charging system or starter

A bad or weak starting battery causes additional stress on a charging system, starter motor or starter solenoid. It can cause premature failures to other electrical components on the starting circuit due to compensating for the voltage or current.

Use tap water to refill batteries

Use only distilled, de-ionized or de-mineralized water to replace the lost water in batteries because using tap water can produce calcium or magnesium sulfate crystals that can fill the pores and coat the plates. In an emergency, use rain water because rain water does not contain calcium or magnesium

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