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The RSC612 SmartCharger

A Smart Investment

Vehicle batteries are becoming more and more sophisticated. In a modern vehicle, your battery could be lead acid, gel, AGM, EFB or calcium – and have START/STOP functionality. These advances have helped batteries to handle the ever-increasing quantity of vehicle electronics, and START/STOP capability has cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

These advantages are great, but with better functionality comes a higher price tag. Replacing a modern battery can be expensive – up to £200. And with as many as 85% of all new vehicles in Europe expected to be fitted with START/STOP batteries by 2020 – and worldwide demand for START/STOP batteries expected to be as high as 56 million by that time – it is essential that we have battery care that can keep up.

Smart move
To help prevent damage – and keep vehicle batteries healthier for longer – it can pay motorists to invest in a smart charger. These battery chargers are more advanced than a traditional linear charger, and are therefore suitable for a wealth of different battery types – including those with START/STOP technology.

Smart chargers have a multi-stage cycle that charges, protects and repairs batteries. This means that instead of just adding charge, the charger responds to the condition of the battery, then applies the fastest charge available. It also has a repair function, which removes sulphite build-up on the battery plates. It also protects from overcharging by switching to a lower voltage charge once the battery is full.

Plan ahead
If you’re putting your classic car, motorbike or caravan away for the winter, a smart charger could help you avoid a large bill in spring. Smart chargers that have a maintenance mode are ideal for vehicles that are used infrequently; the charger will keep the battery in good condition and ready to be used while it is being stored. This way, when you go to use your vehicle, you won’t find that the battery is flat, or worse – damaged beyond repair.

Knowledge is power
A smart charger can also analyse the health of a battery. This will give you a full picture of the battery’s health, and potentially an early warning of any problems. It’s an opportunity to address issues before they escalate and become a costly disaster.

See the results
By using a smart charger, you could avoid an emergency and an unplanned expense replacing your battery. You could also help your battery last for an extra few years, which means spending less on maintenance and more on enjoying your vehicle.

For complete battery care, take a look at the RSC612/RESC612 Smart Charger. This 12A smart charger is suitable for lead acid, gel, AGM, EFB and calcium batteries, including those with START/STOP technology. It’s ideal for all 12V vehicles up to 5.0L.

See the RSC612/RESC612 in action – charging a battery and running tests.

Standard headlight bulb vs Xenon130

Got January blues? Treat yourself to Ring’s Xenon130 headlamps

The festive period is without question a special time of the year, but it’s often not a ‘relaxing’ holiday. For the most of us, the frantic present shopping and stresses of Christmas dinner add up. If you feel like brightening up your New Year, then our Xenon130 high performance bulbs are just the thing.

New Year – new look
These high performance bulbs emit a bright, white light for a modern, high spec and crisp look that will transform the look of your car on the road. This is down to the 100% xenon gas within the bulb and a more tightly wound filament, which produces the brighter, whiter light.

Style and substance combined
It’s not just about the look – the quality of light matters too. These Xenon130 bulbs produce 130% more light on the road and have a beam pattern that’s up to 60m longer than a standard bulb. The light they produce is the closest thing to daylight, and with these dark, long nights it is essential that you have a headlamp that makes night time driving as safe as possible.

Xenon130 brighter than standard bulb

Xenon130 bulbs when compared to a standard headlight.

Specialist advice
At Ring, we recommend that you check your bulbs regularly to make sure they are working correctly. If you are stopped by the police for having a faulty headlamp you can be given an on-the-spot fine. Looking after your bulbs will make it safer for you and other road users. If your checks reveal a bulb has gone and needs changing, then we recommend you always replace both headlamps. This is to make sure there is an even distribution of light on the road.
Want to find out more?

See our Xenon130 range to pick the best light for you.

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.

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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.

Winter is coming

The nights are getting colder, and longer. Mornings are chilled and filled with fog. It can’t be ignored – winter is coming. As driving conditions become tougher, it’s a good idea to be extra careful when you hit the road. One important way to make driving easier – and safer – is to make sure your headlamps are up to scratch.

Darker for longer
Not only are the nights getting longer, but in some places, they are getting darker too. Many councils are turning off street lamps for part of the night – often from 12am to 5.30am. Making sure you have the best possible headlamps is essential for navigating unlit streets.

Regular check ups
Check your bulbs regularly to make sure they are all working correctly. If you are stopped by the police with a faulty headlamp they could give you an on the spot fine. Far better to check before you drive and keep other road users – and your bank balance – safe.

When a bulb has gone, you might think you only need to replace the broken one. While you can do this, it’s far better to do both at once. That way, the light emitted from each of your headlamps is equal, making driving much easier for you and other road users.

Clear as day
The newly-launched Xenon130 puts up to 130% more light on the road and has a beam pattern that’s up to 60m longer than a standard bulb. For a driver, this means seeing what’s coming sooner and increasing the time period you have to react.

It’s not just about quantity; the quality of light matters too. For the best possible conditions when you’re driving at night, look for bulbs with a whiter light. This light is closer to daylight, improving visibility while you’re on the road. This will make signs and road markings easier to see and help reduce eye strain and fatigue.

Standard headlight bulb vs Xenon130

Standard headlight bulb vs Xenon130

Specialist help
Investing in upgrading your bulbs is a sure-fire way to make night time driving easier. These bulbs – like the Xenon130 – are specially designed using micro filament technology and xenon gas to produce a brighter, whiter light.

To see the difference – and pick the best light for you – see our light comparison app.