Sometimes it’s because of winter, sometimes it’s just time to keep your Garage Queen in the garage because that’s what they do, sit in the garage, looking all pretty. However, leaving your car unused for a long time can be detrimental to your AGM car battery, which could lose its charge and eventually die. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep your car battery charged while your car is in the garage during winter to ensure that it’s ready to go when you need it.
Why it’s important to keep your AGM car battery charged during winter
Leaving your AGM car battery discharged for an extended period is not only bad for the battery life, but it can also cause irreversible damage to the battery. Besides, batteries lose their charge naturally over time, and when temperatures drop below freezing, the process accelerates. A dead battery can be very frustrating, especially when you need to use your car in an emergency. Therefore, it’s essential to keep your AGM car battery charged to preserve its life and ensure it’s always ready to go.
Tips for keeping your car battery charged while your car is in the garage
A simple and effective way to keep your AGM car battery charged during winter is to use a battery maintainer or a trickle charger. These devices will keep your battery charged and prevent it from dying while your car is in the garage. The battery maintainer will automatically charge and maintain the battery’s charge level, ensuring that it’s always ready to go when you need it.
I purchased this Schumacher charger 3 years ago and it has done a great job of keeping the battery charged on the car that I don’t drive all the time (the one I should probably just sell and let someone enjoy it!)
Another way to keep your AGM car battery charged is to start your car and let it run for a few minutes every week. This will help recharge the battery and keep it from dying. Better yet, take it for a spin around the block to ‘blow out the cobwebs’. If you do decide to just let it idle in the garage, it goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway, make sure to open the garage door or park the car outside when running the engine to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Lastly, don’t forget to disconnect any aftermarket accessories, such as GPS systems, dash cameras, or phone chargers, as they can drain the battery even when the car is not in use.
Keeping your AGM car battery charged while your car is in the garage during winter is crucial to ensure that it retains its lifespan and is always ready to go when you need it. Using a battery maintainer or a trickle charger, starting your car every week, and disconnecting any aftermarket accessories are all effective ways to keep your battery charged. By following these tips, you can be sure that your car battery will be in good condition, and you won’t have to worry about a dead battery when you do finally decide to take the car out for a spin.