Written on September 21, 2013 at 5:26 pm
Manbat The Start-Stop For VARTA
GROUPAUTO members will be interested to know that according to the latest survey by ADAC (German Automobile Club) and the Stiftung Warentest, the German consumer organisation that carries out impartial comparative product tests, the best battery for vehicles with advanced Start-Stop technology and regenerative braking is the VARTA® Start-Stop Plus.
Not only did the VARTA Start-Stop Plus with AGM technology take top spot in a cross-market survey, the judges also rated the VARTA Start-Stop with EFB technology – designed for vehicles with standard Start-Stop functions – as ‘good’. The good news for members of course, is that both these versions are available to the membership through approved supplier Manbat.
The ADAC and Stiftung Warentest joined forces to put the two VARTA batteries through their paces against five other Start-Stop batteries from well-known manufacturers. Both excelled, with the VARTA Start-Stop Plus achieving the top score against two other AGM batteries. The AGM and EFB versions also boast impressively high reserve capacity and low water consumption and the judges rated their partial discharge cycles and charge acceptance ‘very good’.
The judges’ verdict, which backs up Manbat’s longstanding assertion, is that conventional batteries are just not suitable for modern vehicles with a Start-Stop function. According to the ADAC, normal wet-cell batteries are not able to cope with being discharged for such long periods, which leads to their failure.
In light of this impressive performance, Manbat continues to encourage members to make a conscious effort to gear up for the increase in the demand for Start-Stop batteries that is shortly to impact the industry.
The VARTA Start-Stop Plus is an AGM battery that is completely leak-proof, 100% maintenance-free and delivers three times the cyclic stability as a conventional battery. These properties are of particular importance when fuel-saving and regenerative braking technologies are involved. With AGM technology, almost all the battery acid is held within a glass-fibre mat, which means that AGM batteries boast a considerably longer service life and are known for their outstanding performance.
The VARTA Start-Stop battery with EFB technology was specially developed for basic Start-Stop functions found in such popular small cars as the Fiat 500 and Toyota Yaris. This technology restarts the engine in a fraction of a second and ensures a reliable power supply even when the engine is switched off. It also boasts twice the cyclic stability of conventional batteries, meaning it can be discharged more deeply without suffering any loss in functionality.