Monthly Archives: December 2015

Ring’s Christmas gift guide

Stuck for present ideas? Dreading the prospect for Christmas Eve shopping, frantically barging round the shops, wondering if Uncle Dave would really like a novelty snow globe?
Don’t panic: we’ve collected a few ideas so that you can give them something they actually want this Christmas. And they can use them well into 2016.

RPP900For the lone drive

If one of your loved ones does a lot of solo driving – or is prone to leaving their headlights on – then a Compact Jump Starter is an ideal gift. This handy little device is powerful enough to jump start a car battery, but small enough to fit in the glove box. Just clamp onto the battery, turn on, then press the jump start button – and you’re back on the road. Far easier than using jump leads, and far quicker than waiting for roadside recovery. And it comes with a built-in LED torch and a USB charging point for tablets and smartphones.

Shop for the Compact Jump Starter

 

RSC612 MainFor the multi-vehicle owner
Whether they’re a classic car enthusiast, they love their motorhome or simply have more than one car in the household, they all have batteries that need looking after. For comprehensive battery care, whatever the vehicle, the RSC612 SmartCharger is a motoring essential. This one device will diagnose, recondition, service and charge vehicle batteries to makes them last longer, work better and be more reliable. It can be used on lead acid, gel, EFB, AGM and calcium batteries on vehicles up to 5.0L in size, including those with STOP/START technology.

Shop for the RSC612 SmartCharger

 

RIL3600 Tilt 2

For the DIY enthusiast

We all know someone who just loves a home improvement project – whether it’s putting up a new set of shelves or building a full-blown extension. Whatever the job, an effective inspection lamp is an essential. The MAGflex Twist is the all-round torch that can help even the most ambitious home builder. Its bright LED light, built in magnet, and 360° rotating head make it the ultimate DIY tool.

Find out more about the MAGflex Twist

 

For the stylish driverRW3372 H4 Pack 3 QTR
If they love their car more than anything – and insist on only the very best – then a set of high performance, bright white headlight bulbs could be the icing on their Christmas cake. The Xenon130 bulbs put 130% more light on the road, and emit a bright white light for a high spec, crisp look. These bulbs have the latest advanced micro filament technology and 100% xenon gas produce more light that goes further.

Shop for the Xenon130 bulb

 

 

The RSC612 SmartCharger

Big battery freeze

It’s a common thing: on the coldest day of the year, you get in the car and the battery won’t start. You might think “just my luck”, but it’s not coincidence. When the temperature plummets, your battery has to work harder. A battery in good condition can handle the temperature changes – one that isn’t, simply can’t.

Under pressure
Of course, it’s not just the cold that puts more strain on your battery. As winter takes hold, we use the heaters, lights and wipers more. Add to this demand from charging smartphones, tablets and sat navs – often all plugged in at once – and you’ve got a battery that will quickly be put under a lot of pressure. However, you can take steps to make sure you don’t get left out in the cold.

Out and about
A battery will naturally discharge if it is left unused – and if you leave it for long enough, it will go flat. It could be that you take your car out every day – but if you don’t, be aware that after a long period of time you might find your battery flat.

If this does happen, you will need to jump start it to get back on the road. You might think that taking it for a drive will replenish it – however, this may compromise the battery’s ability to hold charge in the long run. You need to attach a charger to make sure it is properly replenished.

Charge ahead
You don’t have to wait for your battery to go flat before taking action. By charging regularly as part of your routine car maintenance, you’ll make sure your battery is in tip top shape and resilient against the dropping temperatures. You have two battery charger options – a traditional charger or a SmartCharger. The traditional charger simply attaches to your battery and keeps putting in charge until it is disconnected.

A SmartCharger is a cleverer machine altogether. Instead of just charging, it will run diagnostic tests on your battery to see how it is performing. The best – like the Ring RSC612 – will charge and:
Measure the battery’s voltage, and show you the potential for your battery as a percentage.
Check the alternator, to measure how well it recharges and to give an indication if there might be some issues.
Assess the cranking performance, to see the starting ability of the battery.
Carry out a start power test, to see how much the voltage drops during an engine start.

It will also select the fastest charging programme for your battery, and then carry out a multi-stage charging cycle. Once the battery is full, it will automatically switch into maintenance mode – allowing for long-term connection. And it is compatible with lead acid, gel, calcium, AGM and EFB batteries, as well as engines with STOP/START technology.

A SmartCharger can’t jump start a completely flat battery, but it is the best option for battery maintenance. It’s also a good idea to attach one if you know that you won’t be driving your vehicle on a regular basis – using a SmartCharger will keep the battery healthy.

Longer life
By using a SmartCharger, not only are you less likely to find your battery flat, but you can extend its life by two to three years – saving you money. Find out more about Ring SmartChargers here.