Frost is forming on windshields across the Prairies – the first sign that Winter is truly on its way.

Yes friends, the mild temperatures are sticking around for a bit, but we shouldn’t count on them lasting forever. After all, as Prairie Battery’s loyal customers know, soon it will be time to start plugging in our cars overnight, especially following that first fateful permanent snowfall.

We’re not looking forward to winter coming, in the sense that it does mean that driving becomes more of a test. Yes, there are some elements of winter drives that are fun, such as drives down streets on Christmas Eve as you get to your holiday destination and see all the decorations; but it also means that the bite-to-the-bone chill will soon be in the air, and the worst fear becomes the staying power of your car’s battery.

Don’t let this winter become a terror waiting to happen. Take advantage of the still-mild temperatures this weekend and come to Prairie Battery in Regina, Brandon and Winnipeg for a battery test. Be sure to also stock up on everything you may need this winter, including auxiliary power sources, jumper cables and your emergency kit.

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Fall’s arrival means it’s time to get working on those home renovations on the prairies before winter hits.

Whether you’re in Regina, Winnipeg or Brandon, you’re likely facing the same questions – am I ready to renovate? With properly working power tools, you will be!

Check out our latest video, then visit one of our three battery locations to get your power tool battery prepped for the month ahead.

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We love our smartphones. Androids, iPhones, Windows Phone… we just can’t get enough of them.

They have become our lifeblood in some ways. Going anywhere without them is almost a slanderous thought. Think for a moment about how often you check your email, play Candy Crush Saga or Angry Birds, stream something off YouTube or, shockingly, call someone.

All that usage results in a rapidly disappearing charge on your mobile and unfortunately can result in your phone being dead when you need it most. Without your trusty USB chord or charger, you’re powerless (pardon the pun) in your efforts to stay connected.

In cases like this, it helps to have additional power at hand. One of the great accessories we carry in-store at our Regina, Brandon and Winnipeg is an extra battery cell which you can plug into your phone, giving you that extra boost you need. Easily storable in your car, purse or business bag, that charge can be your life saver.

There are also a few things you can do, preemptively, to ensure you have the maximum battery power throughout the day:

1. Shut down your apps – Each program takes up power to run, even if you seemingly have only one open.

2. Let your phone die – We all know that the first usage after you purchase your phone should run the battery until its dry before you recharge. Do this each and every time – rather than charging in the middle of usage – will ensure that each charge continues to have a long lifespan.

3. Careful how you store -Exposure to extreme heat or cold (something we’re used to in Winnipeg) can negatively affect your battery’s performance.

4. Dim your screen – the brighter the screen, the more power you’re using.

For more power tips from your Prairie Battery power experts, contact us today.

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There’s no more critical mission than keeping your home and family safe from the hazards that your security system is in place to prevent.

Today, with recent advances in mobile computing and communications technology, it’s possible to monitor your home from a distance.  Events at your home are known to your alarm service provider instantaneously, and with the download of a simple app and some hardware, it’s easy to monitor many of your home’s systems directly from your smartphone.

The best hardware, however, is useless if the batteries that provide power for its operation fail when they’re needed.

We all know that we should test our smoke detector batteries frequently. Even if your system uses the main AC power in your home, there is a backup battery that needs to be changed.  Conventional wisdom says that you should use the best batteries available – not rechargables, and do it twice a year – summer and winter solstices, or the start and end of daylight savings time (though there are some complications here on the prairies), or any other time you can keep track of.

New lithium cells have a very long shelf life, and are good for several years in your smoke detectors.  Though we prefer to recommend that you switch them out far earlier, and use the perfectly good batteries in regular applications.

Many alarm systems are powered by a sealed lead acid cells.  These batteries are reliable, but they don’t last forever.  If you have any reason to doubt your alarm system’s battery, bring it in to any Prairie Battery location and we’ll be happy to test it for you, and provide a replacement if needed.

Whatever alarm and battery backup system you have in place, Prairie Battery has the experience, expertise, and inventory to provide one stop shopping for all your replacement needs.
If you have questions about batteries, contact the experts. Prairie Battery has locations in Winnipeg, Brandon, and Regina and can be reached, Toll Free, at 1-800-615-1176.

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Lead Acid batteries are the go-to power source for automotive, marine, and powersport equipment, as well as many other applications.  While conventional battery chargers have been relied on for decades, CTEK chargers have been manufacturing the world’s most recommended battery chargers since 1997.

On the outside, they are deceptively simple.  CTEK has designed the most advanced charging system available for Lead Acid batteries.  When used regularly, their technology can extend the useful life of your battery two to three times.  This is because the charger conditions the batter when it charges, using a unique charge algorithm that goes through 8 steps, while constantly monitoring your battery, ensuring that it meets its direct needs without overcharging or incorrectly charging.  The first phase of the 8-step process is a unique desulphation stage, which actually reverses the process that ends the life of most batteries.

While other battery chargers may look the same, the CTEK charger is wildly different.  The company proudly provides chargers to some of the most prestigious automotive and powersport manufacturers in the world, including BMW, Lamborghini, Yamaha, and Arctic Cat.

CTEK battery chargers are small and easy to use, but their sophisticated design has earned them 50 editorial recommendations, 14 Best In Test prizes, and the enthusiastic endorsement of the staff here at Prairie Battery.  We specialize in batteries, and can attest to the usefulness of the CTEK chargers.  Whether you just want to make sure that your car starts every time, or that your stored motorcycle or watercraft is ready to go when you want it, CTEK chargers from Prairie Battery can do the job.  They can extend the life of all of your batteries, for about the price of one.

If you have questions about batteries or chargers, contact the experts. Prairie Battery has locations in Winnipeg, Brandon, and Regina, and we also do business online.  Contact us on our web site, or call us Toll Free at 1-800-615-1176.

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This weekend is looking like one of the best we’ve had all summer(/winter) in Manitoba, so naturally there are going to be a lot of people on the highways out to lake country.

If you’re in an older cabin in Winnipeg Beach, Grand Beach or Falcon Lake, there’s always the issue of power. After all, these seasonals weren’t equipped to handle all of the modern power needs when they were built in the 1950s for simple usage.

Given the bright sun that’s going to be hanging in the sky this weekend, there’s no better time to use solar power, and there’s no better source for your solar power panelling and storage than Prairie Battery. We have panels of all sizes available for you at our Winnipeg, Regina and Brandon locations, leaving you with enough power to energize all of your cabin activities.

Enjoy the weekend!

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We were so excited to see Peter’s interview with Eleanor Coopsammy on CTV Morning Live this morning.  We thank Eleanor for the opportunity to be on her show.

Peter only had a few short minutes but we think he did a pretty good job. If you own any power tools and have any issues with the battery, before you go to buy yourself a replacement too, give us a call or drop by our shop. We may be able to save you from replacing the tool completely.

What did you think of the interview? Is there anything battery-related that you would like to know? Email us because we have lots of tips to share!  If you missed the interview this morning, you can watch it online here:

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/ctv-morning-live/help-for-your-home

Click on Peter’s segment “Help for Your Home:Power Tool Batteries”

 

 

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Prairie Battery is coming to CTV!

Last week, our own Peter Vander Linden chatted with CTV Morning Live host Eleanor Coopsamy about the power we provide to Manitobans.

From power tool replacement to solar paneling for your road trip, we covered a lot in just three short minutes.

So tune in on Friday, August 2nd, at 8:26am to CTV in Winnipeg. You’ll learn a lot in a short amount of time!

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Yuasa has been manufacturing batteries in Laureldale, Pennsylvania since 1977.  Originally a partnership between Japan’s Yuasa Corporation and the US General Battery Company, Yuasa made a name for itself in providing aftermarket batteries for the powersports industry.

Today, Yuasa Battery provides more OEM batteries to manufacturers of powersport equipment than all other battery companies combined.  Their reputation for consistent quality and constant product innovation has earned the company a position as leader in the market. Yuasa has become America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of batteries for motorcycles, scooters, all-terrain vehicles, and personal watercraft.

Prairie Battery is proud to be your source of Yuasa batteries.  We know that many of our customers choose them for the same reason the manufacturers do – they generate more power, last longer, and require less maintenance than most other small engine starting batteries.

Yuasa’s workhorse batteries are conventional SLA cells, which are the industry standard for motorcycles and riding mowers.  They’re engineered to provide superior cranking power even when they’re subject to vibration Their posts are sealed using a unique process that helps them resist corrosion, extending the life of the batteries, which are encased in a tough polypropylene cover to protect them from gas, oil, and impact damage. For added performance, the YuMicron and YuMicron CX conventional batteries offered by the company are available in 12 Volt designs, and can provide a wide range of capacities to meet the needs of even the most demanding applications.

Yuasa’s AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries use an advanced design that eliminates water loss, so that they will never need to be filled. Because they uses lead calcium, they’re able to maintain their specific gravity more than three times longer than conventional batteries when not in use, which means that they will require less maintenance in off-season storage. AGM batteries are virtually maintenance free, and all of the acid is absorbed in the special plates and separators inside, so you don’t have to worry about acid leaking and damaging your equipment.

Yuasa’s batteries provide plenty of power for powersport applications, and are backed by the company’s dedication to providing top-flight batteries to their customers.  Yuasa’s manufacturing facility is registered to the ISO-9000 standard.

If you have questions about batteries, contact the experts. Prairie Battery has locations in Winnipeg, Brandon and Regina, and we also do business online.  Contact us on our web site, or call us Toll Free at 1-800-615-1176.

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A boat (or any other watercraft) is a sophisticated piece of equipment.  Unlike your car, if your boat fails to run appropriately, you can’t simply get out and walk.

When the time comes to replace the batteries in your boat, there are some things you need to consider.  Most importantly, you need to know about the different types of batteries that are available for marine use, and how to apply them correctly to your specific situation.

The most important distinction is between starting batteries and house batteries.  Both are important, but they’re not interchangeable.

Starting batteries are for just that – starting the engine.  They’re mission critical – when you’re sitting at the dock, they’re maybe not so important, but if you’ve been fishing, swimming, or otherwise have the engine shut down in open water, you absolutely positively need to know that you have plenty of power in reserve to get started and get to shore.

The primary attribute of a starting battery is its ability to deliver a great deal of current on demand.  Their capacity is measured in Cranking Amperes (CA).  Basically, a good starting battery can crank your engine over long enough for it to start even if other factors aren’t ideal – when it’s flooded with gasoline, or the wiring is damp.  Starting batteries are designed for low levels of discharge (their charge is replenished as soon as the engines is started).

House batteries serve a different purpose – they keep lights and accessories working while the engine is turned off.  House batteries have a high reserve capacity, which means that they can sustain a relatively moderate current draw for a very long time.  House batteries should be of the deep cycle type, which means that they can be nearly fully discharged without damage.

One should not “make do” by using the wrong type of battery for an application.  They’ll never work as intended, and in extreme cases can damage your equipment or even endanger your life!

When you’re getting your boat ready for the season, visit the specialists at Prairie Battery.  We have locations in Winnipeg, Brandon, and Regina, and also do business online.  Call us Toll Free at 1-800-615-1176.

Batteries for Boats

A boat (or any other watercraft) is a sophisticated piece of equipment.  Unlike your car, if your boat fails to run appropriately, you can’t simply get out and walk.

When the time comes to replace the batteries in your boat, there are some things you need to consider.  Most importantly, you need to know about the different types of batteries that are available for marine use, and how to apply them correctly to your specific situation.

The most important distinction is between starting batteries and house batteries.  Both are important, but they’re not interchangeable.

 Starting batteries are for just that – starting the engine.  They’re mission critical – when you’re sitting at the dock, they’re maybe not so important, but if you’ve been fishing, swimming, or otherwise have the engine shut down in open water, you absolutely positively need to know that you have plenty of power in reserve to get started and get to shore.

The primary attribute of a starting battery is its ability to deliver a great deal of current on demand.  Their capacity is measured in Cranking Amperes (CA).  Basically, a good starting battery can crank your engine over long enough for it to start even if other factors aren’t ideal – when it’s flooded with gasoline, or the wiring is damp.  Starting batteries are designed for low levels of discharge (their charge is replenished as soon as the engines is started).

House batteries serve a different purpose – they keep lights and accessories working while the engine is turned off.  House batteries have a high reserve capacity, which means that they can sustain a relatively moderate current draw for a very long time.  House batteries should be of the deep cycle type, which means that they can be nearly fully discharged without damage.

One should not “make do” by using the wrong type of battery for an application.  They’ll never work as intended, and in extreme cases can damage your equipment or even endanger your life!

When you’re getting your boat ready for the season, visit the specialists at Prairie Battery.  We have locations in Winnipeg, Brandon, and Regina, and also do business online.  Contact us on our web site, or call us Toll Free at 1-800-615-1176.

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