Banner: Correct battery choice ‘vital’
Sell premium quality batteries, they Cost less than a tank of fuel. That’s the view put forward by Banner, the battery maker, which suggests it is prudent to supply and fit the best battery you can: “Budget batteries are fine for older cars without any electrical consumers but there are less of those on the roads today.”
According to the company, the times that budget batteries automatically offered a viable alternative to more expensive, longer life batteries have passed. Most outlets selling and fitting batteries over the last 15 years would never consider recommending a low AH budget battery for a top of the range Porsche, BMW or Mercedes, acknowledging that the presence of power consuming luxury specifications demanded a high performance, OE quality replacement.
Today power consuming specifications such as air conditioning, electrically operated windows, central locking, intruder alarms, Sat Nav, onboard computers are no longer considered to be luxuries and are fitted by most car manufacturers even on their smaller models. A modern day Skoda Fabia or Fiat 500 has as many, if not more, high power consumers than a 2001 BMW. However because they are small cars many are still being fitted with inadequate low AH budget batteries as replacements.
According to Banner, low AH leads to deeper discharge which cannot cope with the higher power demands of modern vehicles and these budget batteries reportedly go flat more often, especially on low mileage cars, leading to lasting battery damage, warranty disputes and disgruntled customers.