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How does a battery work?

 
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A battery stores electricity for future use. It develops voltage from the chemical reaction produced when two unlike materials, such as the positive and negative plates, are immersed in the electrolyte, a solution of sulphuric acid and water. In a typical lead-acid battery, the voltage is approximately 2 volts per cell, for a total of 12 volts. Electricity flows from the battery as soon as there is a circuit between the positive and negative terminals. This happens when any load that needs electricity, such as the radio, is connected to the battery.

Most people don't realize that a lead-acid battery operates in a constant process of charge and discharge. When a battery is connected to a load that needs electricity, such as the starter in your car, current flows from the battery. The battery begins to be discharged.

In the reverse process, a battery becomes charged when current flows back into it, restoring the chemical difference between the plates. This happens when you're driving without any accessories and the alternator puts current back into the battery.

As a battery discharges, the lead plates become more chemically alike, the acid becomes weaker, and the voltage drops. Eventually the battery is so discharged that it can no longer deliver electricity at a useful voltage.

You can charge a discharged battery by feeding electrical current back into it. A full charge restores the chemical difference between the plates and leaves the battery ready to deliver its full power.

This unique process of discharge and charge in the lead-acid battery means that energy can be discharged and restored over and over again. This is what's known as the cycling ability in a battery.

Absorbent glass mat (AGM) lead-acid advanced technology

Upgrade to AGM to get the best of the best. By choosing an AGM battery with the most advanced technology, you will get an outstanding battery that is capable of powering the most demanding vehicles and accessories. The innovative VARTA® AGM technology offers three times the endurance of conventional batteries, perfect for advanced start-stop systems in which the battery needs to be quickly recharged through the energy provided by the regenerative braking system.

Our Powersports AGM battery is designed with extreme conditions in mind. With the (AGM) lead-acid built in, this sophisticated product provides maximum power over a long life and is completely maintenance-free.

Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM)

The special AGM lead-acid soaks up all the acid in the battery, providing high cyclic stability. This enables the battery to be repeatedly charged and discharged without any loss of performance.

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VARTA® AGM advanced technology for start-stop cars

The detailed cutaway of an AGM VARTA® battery
 

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