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Denise Tilley Freckled Zebra Marketing

Don’t let a flat battery ruin your motorcycling fun.

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Do you love a motorcycle adventure as much as I do? The thrill of a journey where it is just you, the bike and whatever you can carry in your panniers. The promise of the big open road and an itinerary that is all about the ride. But have you ever had a much-anticipated ride cancelled because your motorcycle battery was flat?

I love to ride, and I’m lucky to live in Tasmania. Motorcycle nirvana.

Therefore, for our last anniversary, instead of my husband and I doing the usual romantic couple stuff, dinner for two, a romantic getaway etc. we went on a ride down the west coast of Tassie, and up through the centre.

The ride from Launceston, where we live, to Cradle Mountain, our first stop for lunch, starts sedately until you get to Mole Creek (the last chance to get a decent coffee for a while). 

Then the riding fun begins as you get to one of my favourite pieces of road in Tasmania. Winding your way on the Mersey Forest Road is pure bliss up to Round Hill, where you can pull off and admire the stunning vista of rolling hills and majestic mountains. The corners are many, varied and as though designed for riding rather than road engineering. The scenery is stunning, and the ride through the beautiful forest smells like heaven. 

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Now, if you know anything about Tasmania, you’ll know that it can be a cold place. Particularly the central highlands. I remember setting off from Cradle Mountain after a hearty breakfast at the Cradle Mountain Lodge (where we spent the night in a cosy cabin after a delicious meal and wine in front of a roaring fire) and riding with my teeth chattering through to Tullah (cool little village on the edge of a large, beautiful lake). 

Another amazing piece of road is the Lyell Highway from Strahan to Queenstown. 

99 Bends Road (as the locals call it), is a curvy, winding piece of tarmac perfection that snakes its way over the mountains above Queenstown. Your smile will be wide on all 99 corners.

But the conditions are unpredictable and can be harsh. Weatherwise, you need to be prepared for anything.

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The west coast of Tasmania is renowned for its rain. In Strathgordon, deep in the Southwest, it rains 250 days of the year! But the road in… well, it’s magic. Worth getting your wet gear on for, and the pub has a lovely fire and plenty of good food and drink to warm you up again.

Fortunately, I am married to one of the most prepared people on the planet. My husband and I are like yin and yang. I’m the ideas, inspiration and drive person and he’s the planning, preparation, and detail person. Which is a brilliant combination when preparing for a trip.

Because if it were just me, I’d probably head out the door without considering gear or bike maintenance (and then complaining loudly if I get wet or cold). Whereas he, on the other hand, will have checked everything. The chain, tyre pressure, and, of course, the battery.

He spends hours reading up on the tests of all the motorcycles and parts before choosing the perfect equipment for the type of riding he loves to do–a combination of bitumen and off-road. 

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Sometimes it’s a compromise, for example, tyre grip versus longevity, but for battery, there’s no compromise. We don’t want to be ready for an epic ride, only to find that our bike battery isn’t on board.

Batteries that decide to die on Fridays are the ones we want to avoid. You also want a battery that is spill-proof, reliable, durable and built for the environment and terrain.

AGM batteries are a good choice. You won’t have to worry about maintaining the battery and they are designed for enhanced starting performance. They are strong and durable for a long, trouble-free life. 

Fortunately, for us riding enthusiasts, advances in technology have come a long way to overcoming the challenge of fitting reliable power into a small space. You can now get a battery that lasts longer and is a dependable source of energy. 

Because, let’s face it, unless your motorcycle is your only source of transport, it will probably sit idle during the week. Sometimes longer.

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Did you know that your motorcycle constantly draws a tiny bit of power even when stored? So, after a few weeks/ months of no use, it will draw the battery down. And a dead battery will have a permanent reduction in capacity. 

If you aren’t getting out as regularly as you would like, and you want to avoid the disappointment of a flat battery, you can invest in an OzCharge Battery Charger and Maintainer. This charger can be left on and connected 24/7 to ensure your battery is always fully charged and ready to go. It monitors the battery voltage and maintains it at peak performance, ensuring a start whenever you want to ride.

The other solution is just to ride more. There’s nothing like a little throttle therapy for your mental and battery health. Ride for at least 30 minutes if you can. Explain to your partner that, for the good of your battery, you must go for a ride. And if you want to test the relationship, bring your bike inside during the colder months to keep it warm.

Or, to ensure a hassle-free ride, get your motorcycle battery tested at Battery World before heading out on your next adventure. 

Visit https://www.batteryworld.com.au/ for all your battery needs.


Which Deep Cycle Battery is best for Camping?


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Are you swag in the back of your ute, a soft patch of grass by a river or the sea type camper? Or do you like a canvas home with rooms and a few modern conveniences to keep you somewhat shielded from the elements? Perhaps you prefer a proper bed in your portable home on wheels where you can enjoy being in the great outdoors, without having to constantly be outdoors.

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Whichever type of camper you are, there are some things you are going to need if you’re spending more than a night in nature. One of these things is the power to charge the essentials such as a fridge, a laptop, phone, lights, air compressor, or even a blender for those margaritas by the sea.

If going for more than a night, you’ll need to keep your food cold, or the camp toilet will become your best friend. You may also need some lights because you may not want to go to bed when the sun goes down. And you’ll certainly need to charge your phone to post that all-important ‘having a fabulous holiday’ selfie.

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So, how do you provide power to all these necessities when away from a handy socket?

Fortunately, there are a few power storage options available. And technology has made them more reliable, longer-lasting and more portable than ever. Because you’re going to need a battery that copes with the harsh and varied Australian climate.

Unlike a car battery, which is designed to deliver a burst of energy for a short time, deep cycle batteries provide energy at a steady rate over a long period. Which makes them the perfect solution to the energy requirements of camping.

Now, there are different deep cycle batteries.

The flooded battery is the most common and similar to a car battery; gel batteries with a gel-like substance in them; and AGM batteries, which comprise acid suspended in a glass mat separator. These three types of deep cycle batteries are used mainly in off-grid situations.

The oldest type of rechargeable battery still in use are Flooded Lead-Acid batteries, or wet cells. This battery must be kept upright, are quite heavy, and require monitoring and topping up with distilled water. But, on the positive side, they have a high surge current and are easy to troubleshoot and are an inexpensive option. The Century Deep Cycle Flooded Batteries offer an easy-to-access design so that you can top-up electrolyte levels for maximum battery life.

The two types of sealed lead-acid batteries are AGM and gel batteries. These are often referred to as maintenance-free lead-acid batteries.

AGM batteries are sealed and therefore easy and safe to transport. They are designed for long-life performance and are dependable and never need topping up with water. These batteries can be safely mounted inside your caravan or motorhome, charge quickly, will charge fully at a lower voltage, and accept a greater current. Meaning they can be charged from a car alternator in about 3 hours. AGM batteries can also discharge deeper than conventional deep cycle batteries without major damage. They only discharge at a rate of up to 3% per month, which means they can sit for 12 months and then recharge without any major damage.

AGM batteries are very robust, having been originally developed for the military, and are built to cope with the demands of the harsh Australian environment. Battery World AGM batteries are made with an extra-strong grid design, superior vibration resistance, longer cycle life and improved recharge capabilities.

AGM Deep cycle batteries are a good battery choice when you need a fast recharge and are therefore suitable for RVs and their accessories.

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Then there is the lithium battery. Lithium-ion batteries are used to power many devices, including power tools, laptops, and mobile phones. They are the perfect companion to your camping kit, whether it be a motorhome, caravan, or camper trailer and have many advantages over the wet-cell batteries. They are lighter, have a greater energy capacity, greater operating temperature range, have a higher energy density, a lower self-discharge and require lower maintenance. They also have no “memory effect” and offer an increased life cycle. If you need longer-lasting power with a faster recharge, then a lithium battery is the right choice for you. And, unlike your camping mate, who forgot to bring a can opener, they are dependable.

You can also keep a check on your lithium battery through a Bluetooth monitoring system that connects to your phone to ensure the life and performance of your battery.

Deep cycle batteries are a dependable, long-lasting power source for your accessories and the perfect camping companion–quieter and less demanding than the family. They are also ideal as secondary batteries for your 4x4s, caravans and recreational vehicles.

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The type of battery you buy will depend on how often, and how long you go camping. If you are only going for short periods, a few times a year, then an AGM battery is a good option.

If you are a more regular, serious camper, or if weight is an issue, then a lithium battery would be the best choice. These are much lighter than the AGM batteries and have a greater charging efficiency, charge at a higher current rate and you can safely use up to 80% of the charge.

You want your camping trip to be peaceful and relaxed. Ensuring that you have the right setup for the trip planned helps avoid any nasty surprises. You can’t guarantee the weather, the fish, or your neighbours, but at least you can rest assured that the essentials are taken care of.

Visit https://www.batteryworld.com.au/ for all your battery needs.

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