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The battery - the heart of the car.

Unexpected failure to start the car due to lack of battery voltage are a thing of the past.

The battery is one of the most important components in the car.

Their task is to store electrical energy and supply voltage to the vehicle electrical system with all electrical components. Without a battery, a vehicle cannot be started independently and ignition or glow plugs function just as little as electronic assistants or vehicle lighting. In new models in particular, the battery supplies power to comfort elements such as air conditioning, heated seats, antilock brakes or ESP. They all require additional energy from the battery. In addition, new drive systems such as the start-stop function or hybrid vehicles place new demands on the battery in terms of performance and reliability.


But the centerpiece also has its dark side. The battery is the most frequent cause of breakdowns in 2020. Out of a total of 3.4 million breakdowns per year, the battery accounts for 46.5%. Electric vehicles also require a classic starter battery, just as they are installed in vehicles with combustion engines. In a special evaluation by the German Automobile Association (ADAC), the battery is the most common reason for a breakdown in these vehicles, accounting for 56% of all breakdowns.


Basically, however, the heart in the car is not so sensitive at all.

The causes of failure often lie in improper use and lack of care. The lack of tension can be triggered by various causes.

Short journeys, for example, are the main contributory factor. The voltage consumed when starting the vehicle must be recharged by the alternator within a short time while driving. In addition, however, other consumers such as lights, radio, seat heating etc. have to be supplied with power while driving. This increases the time needed to recharge the battery. If only short trips are made all the time, the battery cannot be fully recharged and becomes increasingly discharged. Other causes of voltage reduction can also be long periods of standing, cold, or creeping currents. If the battery has lost its voltage, it is no longer possible to start the engine. Mobility thus falls by the wayside.

Our test phase has already shown that the battery issue has already presented one or two users with problems. Whether it's the baker who can't deliver rolls at five in the morning or the businessman who wants to start early in the morning for his appointment, if the vehicle won't start, the appointment is missed and the rolls stay with the baker. Even rental vehicles face this problem from time to time, especially if the 12-volt battery has been stolen.

But there is also good news: The unexpected failure of a battery due to a lack of voltage can be a thing of the past if a DCoder with battery monitoring is on board. This retrieves the current voltage of the battery every two hours. If the voltage drops noticeably, the driver is automatically alerted if, for example, the lights or radio still need to be switched off. It can even make it more difficult for battery thieves to act or prevent them from doing so, because if the battery is disconnected, a message is sent to the authorized user. This data is reserved for authorized users such as fleet managers or motor home owners.

Even if the battery should lose voltage, a nasty surprise because the vehicle won't start is a thing of the past. Since you can easily view the current voltage of the battery at any time via the app, an early response is possible.

The interaction between the vehicle and the DCoder is so short-lived that the battery is not affected by the use of the DCoder unless the vehicle is not moved at all for up to two years.

Your DC Connected Team



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