How to Store Batteries during winter?

The temperature is plunging lower with every fleeting week. The season no fan needs to consider. It’s the ideal opportunity for one final drive before you toss the spread over the paint for winter stockpiling.

While putting away your vehicle for winter, something that may get ignored is the battery. As a devotee, you definitely realize that you need to keep up the battery while you’re making the most of your drive, however genuine battery storing amid the off-season is pretty much as imperative. Here are some batteries stowing tips that will guarantee your battery is in great working request when it’s idyllic opportunity to pull the spread off.

Points to Imitate:

All batteries progressively drop their charge when put away over drawn out stretches of period. Be that as it may, AGM batteries, including superior OPTIMA┬« batteries, lose their charge a great deal gradually. This keeps the battery from turning out to be deeply discharged amid storage; however it won’t totally shield it from harm.

Although when your vehicle is turned off, there still may be a strain on the battery. This is particularly valid for more current vehicles outfitted with PCs, alert systems and clocks that keep on running all the same when the automobile is off. After some time, these will deplete a battery to voltages excessively low to jolt the vehicle. It could even keep on depleting to the point of harming the battery.

You can significantly broaden the life of the battery and evade changeless harm by following these forthright storing tips.

Battery Stowing in Vehicles:

You can remove the battery from your vehicle amid storage, yet now and again, access can be a trial. Along these lines, it might be less demanding to abandon it in. That is fine, yet you’ll have to disengage it to avert leakage brought about by electronic gadgets.

To start with, check the voltage to guarantee the battery has a complete charge. On the off chance that it’s not completely charged, give it a full charge before storing. At that point, release the negative terminal and separate it from the battery. Every single electrical draw on the battery will stop and your battery will be secured.

In springtime, the battery will have depleted some; however ought to still have enough energy to start your vehicle. Try not to surrender it over to the alternator to completely energize the battery, because that is not what it’s for. Rather, utilize a battery charger to finish it off. You’ll amplify the life of the battery like this.

Preserving Batteries:

You might need to think about utilizing a battery maintainer to keep the battery at full capacity amid storage. This is the technique that OPTIMA batteries prescribe.

After your vehicle is put away, simply connect the battery maintainer with the battery of the vehicle, socket it in and leave. This will guarantee a full charge when you’re prepared for your first drive in spring.

Some battery maintainers, similar to the OPTIMA┬« Chargers Digital 1200 12V Performance Battery Charger and Maintainer, additionally incorporate ring terminal leads. These will give you simpler access to keep up the battery both amid storing and amid the energetic time of year. Attach the leads to the battery links and extend them so they’re reachable from under a bumper or wheel well. The leads can stay there uncertainly, so you’ll never need to open the lid to keep the battery completely charged.

You’ll augment the life of your battery and guarantee your vehicle is good to go in spring with these straightforward battery stockpiling tips. Simply recollect checking the battery’s charge before your chief drive regardless of what stockpiling strategy you apply.


Learn about the Influenza vaccine

It’s flu season and I wanted to post on the community page and share what I’ve learned about the Influenza vaccine, the difference between the shot and the mist and some variables that may influence which you may choose for your family.

My motivation is myself becoming one of the millions immuncompromised in this country, learning about the vaccines and how they can affect my health, and also learning that patients are sometimes not told that their choice can affect the health of the people around them. Keep in mind, I’m not a healthcare professional and I’m still learning. I also know as a parent, every parent’s goal is to have a healthy and happy child and for many parents, part of that is getting the annual flu vaccine. We all want healthy kiddos.

First thing is first, the influenza shot is a an inactivated virus vaccine. It does not shed, meaning the recipient can’t sicken those around them. The FluMist is a Live Attenuated Vaccine, meaning the recipient can shed and can sicken the immunocompromised around them. It is approved for people ages 2-49 years old. When I attend events with large amounts of children, I wear a mask and gloves to protect myself. While this is not scientific at all, the two times I did not wear a mask and gloves I became sick afterwards. I do know the first time I sat next to a sweet little girl and helped her with her projects and she had recently received the FluMist vaccine, the second time was a large event with 500 children and God knows what was floating around.

How many immunocompromised are there in the United States? Well, we don’t know. In 2008 there were over 10,000,000 immunocompromised, but that only included HIV/AIDS patients, cancer patients, and organ transplant recipients. However, the immunocompomised also includes anyone with an autoimnune disorder, anyone with rheumatoid arthritis, anyone on steroids, and the undernourished and I’m certain I’m forgetting some. The number of immunocrompromised people is much higher than 10,000,000. Everyone of us know at least one person that’s on this list. I’m personally annoyed by this well known in the medical community but not well told to the Average Joe fact. It reads very clearly on my prescription pamphlet to avoid any contact with a person that’s received a live virus vaccine (FluMist and polio ).

The downside is there appears to be a slightly better efficacy rate with the FluMist over the injection. However, ( just my perspective ) given how many immunocompromised we have among us, am urging people to really research both options before you choose and then ultimately make the best choice for your family. Overwhelmingly, when a healthy person gets the flu, they are sick for a week and fully recover. That outcome is very different for the immunocompromised. This also means if your little one has recently received a FluMist vaccine and they’re attending a Halloween party or birthday party, asking the host if she’s aware if there any immucompromised children in attendance. The parent of a highly asthmatic child may want to know and choose to keep her child home. It means holding off on visiting Grandma if she’s getting over a significant illness. You would think if an immunocompromised person simply gets the flu shot, it negates the need to restrict contact with FluMist recipients, however my doctor says that’s not the case, further complicating the issue.

That’s my public service announcement. Ultimately, the message is to do your own research and make a choice that works for your family. The CDC has some great information. I’ll attach some links in the comments.


Did you know there are only 56 days left until Christmas??

I’m sure many of your children know it even if you don’t want to think about it. And I bet many have their lists made out already, too, right?

What if you couldn’t afford Christmas? What if your excited child(ren) was bouncing around talking about Christmas and wanting that new Barbie doll and her car or that awesome Hot Wheels that shoots halfway across the room but deep inside you know you’re doing all you can to provide for their daily needs and just don’t have a way to provide Christmas gifts. How can you explain to a wee one that Santa visited her classmate but didn’t visit her? Well, it’s happening…to many families in the Triangle area here. cry emoticon

Carolina Cares has taken on helping almost 50 families with a combined total of just shy of 300 children! We want to give these families the best Christmas possible and help these parents get thru it w/o being stressed and having to tell their young children that they just can’t make it happen. Can YOU help US make their Christmas that much brighter? Go purge out those toy boxes or hit those before Christmas sales. It’s season change, do you have some good condition clothes that your young one has grown what seems like 6″ since last winter and can’t wear anymore? Let us put them to use with someone who really needs them.

How can you help? We’re looking for donations of new or gently used toys, new or gently used clothing for children of all ages toddler thru high school, donations of toiletry type items (shampoo/conditioner, soap/body wash, toothbrushes & toothpaste) and non-perishable goods to give each family a Holiday meal they can prepare.

If you have any of these items and would like to donate them or would like to volunteer your time to help with our event the 1st weekend of December please send us a message OR an email to [email protected] and the Founder, Co-Founder or a Co-Director will be glad to get back with you and set up a time/place to meet or come pick up your donations or get you directed to the right person to sign up to volunteer.

Please join us in our FaceBook group, Carolina Cares, to see the other things that we do to help the community all year long. IE: Feed The Homeless the 2nd Sat of every month, make weekly bread drops in various areas around the Triangle to help those in need, help families with food, clothing and resources for housing or utility bill assistance among many other things!