Here at Orius, we stock a wide range of Varta car battery products for our customers. Varta is one of the leading brands in the automotive industry, and any car enthusiast will tell you that a Varta battery is a top-of-the-range product that can last a long time.
But no matter the brand, no battery will last forever, and they will all need to be replaced eventually.
So how long will a Varta battery serve you? Experts say that Varta batteries generally last between five and six years if your car’s electrical system is in good condition.
It also depends on the Varta battery type. The Varta Silver Dynamic, for example, is one of the best choices out there, and can a last long time even when used to power more energy-intensive cars and accessories.
If you want a long-lasting battery for your start-stop vehicle, then opt for the AGM variant of the Varta Silver Dynamic. It has three times the cycle life of conventional batteries, making it one of the top choices in terms of longevity.
However, no matter how excellent these batteries may be, their lifespan can is significantly affected by other factors.
Freezing temperatures are bad news for car batteries. Once the temperature drops, the oil thickens, making it more difficult for the battery to start your car. When this happens, your vehicle will need more power, forcing the battery to work harder. This, in turn, puts a lot of strain on the battery and can have a significant impact on battery performance and lifespan.
One great solution for this problem is to get a battery with a high CCA - or Cold Cranking Amps- if you expect to see a lot of cold-weather starts. A battery's CCA rating is defined as the number of amps that a 12V battery can provide your vehicle at 0°F within 30 seconds while still maintaining a voltage of at least 7.2V. The higher the CCA rating of a car battery, the faster it can to start your car in freezing conditions.
Cold temperature is not the only thing that will affect your car battery’s longevity. Extreme heat has the potential to take an even more significant toll on a battery’s condition.
Although it is much easier to start your vehicle in the summer, the temperature under the bonnet, where most car batteries are located, can rapidly increase. This causes the water in the electrolyte solution to evaporate, leading to corrosion. If ignored, high heat can even cause your battery to die.
Some car models store batteries under the rear seat or in the boot instead of the bonnet. Although this means heat is less of a concern, overheating is still possible, so make sure to check your battery temperature regularly.
There are not a lot of options to help keep a battery cool unless it has a removable cap that allows you to add water in it. The best thing that you can do is to test your battery regularly, so you know when it’s time to get a replacement and avoid breakdowns.
Every time you turn on your car, your 12V Varta car battery exerts a lot of energy to start the engine. For this reason, your battery will need to be recharged after starting the car.
With the help of your car’s alternator, you can recharge your car battery while you are driving. However, it takes some time to fully recharge a car battery, so it’s best to avoid short rides as much as possible. Experts recommend regular 20 to 30-minute trips if you commonly drive short-distances to make sure that the car battery receives a full charging cycle. Failing to do so may result in damage to your battery, or car breakdowns.
If long drives don’t fit your schedule, you could invest in a portable car battery charger. These chargers allow you to jump-start your car without another vehicle, providing you with a useful backup plan in case you get stranded.
Strong vibrations are one of the most common causes of damaged car batteries. These vibrations are often caused by engine vacuum leaks, worn-out spark plugs, or potholes on the road. A strong vibration can cause cracks in the battery’s separators and cell connectors.
Your car’s engine and transmission mounts are the first lines of defence against these vibrations, so regularly checking their condition is imperative. When a mount fails, it loses the ability to effectively absorb engine vibrations, leaving your battery unprotected.
To protect against vibrations, make sure your battery is tightly fixed in the mounting bracket and that all parts of your engine are working properly. Buying a vibration-resistant Varta car battery also helps, especially if you frequently drive on bumpy roads.
Human errors and car accessories
Modern vehicles nowadays are equipped with energy-intensive accessories, and people commonly forget to turn them off when not in use. Leaving the headlights and interior lights on overnight will completely drain the car battery, rendering it too weak to start the engine.
Luckily, newer car models will notify you if you’ve forgotten to turn off the lights, and others have headlights that automatically turn themselves off when the engine is off.
Aside from demanding lighting systems, vehicles these days come with an accessory socket that can recharge smartphones, music players, or portable video game devices. If you forget to unplug these electronics, they can also drain your car battery.
Always make it a habit to properly check and turn off your lights and electronic accessories before you leave your car overnight. Making a checklist can be very helpful to ensure that you don’t miss anything.
These factors are some of the common issues that might shorten the operating life of your Varta car battery. Taking precautions against these things will extend the lifespan of your battery and help you avoid major car breakdowns in the future.
But all batteries fail eventually! If you’re looking for a high-quality replacement, we provide a wide range of Varta batteries at low prices! Give our staff a call, and we’ll be more than happy to help you get back on the road!