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Posted: 12/02/2022

What is an SLI Battery?

SLI batteries, or Starting, Light, and Ignition batteries, are designed to power the electrical systems in a vehicle. They are often used in conjunction with a deep cycle battery, which powers the accessories in a vehicle, like the stereo or lights. SLI batteries are designed to provide a high initial burst of power, which is necessary to start a car's engine. They are typically smaller and lighter than deep cycle batteries.

How SLI Batteries Work

To understand how an SLI battery works, it's important to first understand what it's made of. SLI batteries are lead-acid batteries, which means that they have six cells made of lead and lead dioxide. These cells are filled with a sulfuric acid solution, which acts as an electrolyte.

When you turn the key in your ignition, electrons flow from the negative terminal of the battery to the positive terminal. This creates a current that flows through the starter motor, igniting the spark plugs and starting your engine. The lead-acid cells in an SLI battery can handle this high demand for current without being damaged.

Once your engine is started, the alternator takes over and powers your vehicle's electrical systems. This includes the lights, stereo, and other accessories. The alternator also recharges the battery so that it's ready to start your engine again the next time you turn the key.

Types of SLI Batteries

There are two main types of SLI batteries: flooded lead-acid (FLA) batteries and sealed lead-acid (SLA) batteries. FLA batteries are the most common type of battery used in vehicles. They're cheaper than SLA batteries and require very little maintenance. However, they're also more likely to leak acid and need to be replaced more frequently.

SLA batteries are more expensive than FLA batteries but require less maintenance and have a longer lifespan. They're also less likely to leak than FLA batteries because they're sealed with valves that release pressure when necessary.

How to Shop for an SLI Battery

When shopping for an SLI battery, it's important to choose one that's designed for your specific type of vehicle. Each vehicle has different electrical requirements, so using the wrong battery could damage your vehicle's electrical system. You should also make sure that the battery you choose can handle the cold weather in your area. Batteries that are designed for warm climates may not work as well in cold weather, and vice versa.

How To Prolong The Life Of Your SLI Battery

It's important to keep your battery charged. You can do this by regularly starting your vehicle and driving it for at least 30 minutes. If you don't drive your vehicle often, you should hook it up to a battery charger once every few months.

It's also important to avoid overcharging your battery. This can happen if your alternator isn't working properly or if you leave your lights on for too long. Overcharging can damage the lead-acid cells in your battery and shorten its lifespan.

You should also check the level of electrolytes in your battery every few months. If it's low, you can add distilled water to bring it back up to the proper level.

If you take good care of your SLI battery, it should last for several years. However, all batteries eventually need to be replaced. When it's time for a new battery, make sure to recycle your old one so that it doesn't end up in a landfill.

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