Ever found yourself stuck with a dead car or motorcycle battery in the morning? It’s not very common, but whenever disaster strikes in that form, it creates quite a chaos. It is on the rise with increased demands on the battery for newer vehicles with electronic components. If you’re one of those who don’t mind a bit of elbow grease, you’ll probably have a set of jump cables handy, and then you’ll go hunting for that friendly neighbour who won’t mind lending you his car keys to draw some power from his battery unit. But in most cases, you’ll end up with that elusive battery mechanic who’d take half a day before showing up, and would ask for an unreasonable sum of money to have your battery recharged. Worse still, he’d not be sure if the battery could be revived and would take at least a day before breaking the news of the battery being unsalvageable. Battery replacement is not cheap, and when you add to it the ‘service’ provided by the battery guy in pronouncing your existing battery dead – the whole scenario comes across as rather agonizing and EXPENSIVE. Not to mention the hazard if it happens in a not so friendly place.
Is there a solution to this bothersome issue? Well, we recently stumbled upon a world class product designed with legendary Swedish prowess. It’s a handy battery charger which comes with so much tech and convenience packed in that it presents itself as a must-have for those who would want to have themselves covered in such scenarios.
The product we are talking about is called the CTEK MXS 5.0 battery charger. Made by CTEK, which is the global leader in battery charging Management systems, with reputed motorsport teams and supercar makers having put their faith in the brand – this product is a hassle-free way to ensure that you can overcome and better yet avoid battery issues almost as simply as charging your cellphone. CTEK supplies its chargers to more than 60 countries throughout the world and is an OEM supplier to many of the world’s most prestigious car and motorcycle manufacturers. It is brought to India by naredi.in Here’s a small video showcasing the technology prowess and brand equity of CTEK.
The CTEK MXS 5.0 is a sophisticated, microprocessor controlled battery charger with automatic temperature compensation built in. It works with a wide range of lead-acid batteries from 1.2Ah up to 110Ah. It can be used for your motorcycles as well as cars, and using it is a simple, plug-and- play exercise. There is no need to even remove the battery from the vehicle. The MXS 5.0 is splash proof and dust proof with IP65 certification. It’s also safe to use with built in checks to protect vehicle electronics, is spark-free, and also has protection against short circuit and reverse polarity. So even if you connected the wrong terminals, nothing would happen. In addition with regular use battery life can be increased by 2-3 times with some users claiming to using their battery for over 10 years. The MXS 5.0 also comes with a solid 5-year warranty covered by naredi.in.
So how does it work?
Much thought has gone into the making of the MXS 5.0 and it’s designed to solve a wide variety of battery related issues. It can diagnose your battery to ascertain if it’s capable of being properly recharged, can automatically remove deposits with its patented desulphation step and also features a special reconditioning process which can revive and restore deeply discharged and stratified batteries. The system also comes with an AGM option which is suitable for maximising performance and life of most Stop-Start batteries. The entire process of battery testing, charging and maintenance is easily followed on the clear LED display light system.
CTEK terms the MXS 5.0 as a fully automatic ‘connect and forget’ 12V charger with 8 charging steps and selectable programmes. Let’s first see what all can be done with the CTEK MXS 5.0 charger
- To start off, you just have to connect the charger to the battery, and then get power supply from a wall socket. There would be absolutely no sparks and even if you connected the wrong ends, nothing would happen. What makes the MXS 5.0 very convenient is that it comes with a connector that can be installed one time and then you can just connect the charger without having to reach out into the battery compartment. If you connect to the terminals wrongly, a warning light will duly notify you about the issue.
- Next, you press the MODE-button to select a charging program. You can choose to charge your bike or car battery, and combine the function with AGM option (for start-stop batteries) and/or RECOND option which works to recondition a deeply discharged battery which may otherwise be tough to revive. You have to press and release the MODE button several times until the desired combination of charging program (car / bike) and options (AGM, RECOND) is lit.
- The system will then automatically go take you through the 8-step display representing the charging process. The battery can be used to start the engine when STEP 4 is lit. The battery is fully charged when STEP 7 is lit.
- You can stop charging at any time by disconnecting the mains cable from the wall socket.
The unique, 8-step charging process of the CTEK MXS 5.0 is provided below:
STEP 1 – Desulphation : Patented pulsing voltage mechanism of the unit removes sulphates from the lead plates of the battery while also restoring the battery capacity.
STEP 2 – Soft Start : This step tests if the battery can accept charge. Charging begins if the battery is OK.
STEP 3 – Bulk Charge : Once the health of the battery is established, charging begins with maximum current to charge the to approximately 80% of its capacity.
STEP 4 – Absorption, battery ready to use : At this point, the battery can be used to crank the engine. Hereon, charging continues with declining current to top the battery up to 100% capacity.
STEP 5 – Analyse : This step analyzes if the battery can hold charge. Batteries that cannot hold charge may need to be replaced.
STEP 6 – Recondition : This step tries to recondition and make useable again deeply discharged batteries.
STEP 7- Float, battery fully charged : The battery voltage is maintained at its maximum level by providing a constant voltage charge.
STEP 8 – Pulse maintenance charging : Maintaining the battery at 95–100% capacity. The charger monitors the battery voltage and gives a pulse when necessary to keep the battery fully charged. Here’s a video highlighting all the features of the CTEK MXS 5.0 charger, and showing how it works.
The CTEK MXS 5.0 is a top quality, handy tool to keep your car, motorcycle battery or any 12v battery in top shape, and have it diagnosed, maintained and reconditioned from time to time. It’s not the cheapest of such products available in the market, but in terms of quality, technology and assurance to protect your car’s electrical and electronics, there isn’t a better product in the market today.
The CTEK MXS 5.0 is now available in India for bike and car enthusiasts through naredi.in . The product is available with free shipping. Our readers at Motoroids will get a special discount of INR 500 and free shipping by using the code MROID500 till end of Independence Day 15 th August 2017 or till stocks last. Perfect for those who have more than few cars or motorcycles or have vehicles used occasionally. the product can be bought from their secure site by clicking here.
- Charging voltage: 14.4/14.7/15.8V
- Charging current: Max 5A
- Type of charger: 8 step, fully automatic charging cycle
- Type of battery: 12V lead-acid batteries
- Battery capacity: 1.2–110Ah, up to 160Ah for maintenance
- Insulation: IP65 (splash and dust proof)
- Temperature comp: Built In
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