By:\u00a0Nicolas Stecher\r\n\r\nAnd in the best car charger arena, have a look at this. There\u2019s a dirty little secret in the automotive world that OEM\u2019s are reticent to discuss openly, but they\u2019re doing their damnedest to resolve behind the scenes. The problem, for lack of a better term, is battery abuse. Modern technologies like Start\/Stop \u2014 where the vehicle\u2019s engine shuts down at red lights, gridlock, etc \u2014 are smartly employed to boost fuel efficiency. This has a positive effect not only on the environment, but also on automakers aiming to hit crucial mpg milestones mandated by federal legislation such as CAFE standards. This gadget could be as crucial as the best transmission jack.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBut there\u2019s a catch. Starting your car over and over again at repeated intervals taxes the vehicle\u2019s battery in a way that it never has before, and it can \u2014\u00a0and will \u2014\u00a0wear down your battery\u2019s charge level. And eventually its ability to recharge.\r\n\r\nEnter CTEK. The Swedish company has developed battery chargers they\u2019re calling \u201cbattery maintenance systems\u201d, because they go beyond simply charging your battery \u2014\u00a0their proprietary, patent-holding 8-step charging cycle not only charges your battery, but maintains its long-term health and charging ability.\r\n\r\nThis battery abuse is obviously well known among auto manufacturers,\u00a0especially performance and luxury manufacturers whose vehicles\u2019 complex computer systems use even more electrical power than normal. Hence, several\u00a0manufacturers have struck deals with CTEK to provide their battery chargers standard in their vehicles. First was Porsche who saw their products at a trade show in 2004, and recognized their chargers were exactly what its customer base had been requesting. They struck a deal to supply Porsche-branded chargers, and soon thereafter the likes of Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, AMG, Lamborghini and many more have jumped onboard. Now, every Corvette Stingray that leaves the Bowling Green, Kentucky factory comes with a CTEK charger packaged in the trunk.\r\n\r\nFor interested consumers, their top-tier civilian product is called the MUS 4.3 Test & Charge, a charger that offers state-of-the-art technology previously only found in CTEK\u2019s professional product range. Here\u2019s how it works:\r\n\r\nFirst, the MUS 4.3 will diagnose a battery to see if it can even retain a charge. Some batteries that have been discarded for not being able to recharge are not actually dead \u2014they have simply built up sulphates that \u201cseal\u201d the battery shut, preventing it from charging. These need to be reconditioned. The MUS 4.3 has a special desulphation function that breaks up the blockage, restoring stratified and deeply discharged batteries so they can hold a charge once again. Its low current\/high voltage charge \u201cstirs\u201d the battery to mix the lead and water, akin to stirring a pitcher of fresh OJ that\u2019s separated into pulp and liquid.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOnce the battery is reconditioned it is ready for charging, and once fully charged can be kept plugged into the MUS 4.3 endlessly. CTEK\u2019s unique \u201cmaintenance\u201d will never, ever boil a battery \u2014 a distinct difference between CTEK and traditional trickle chargers. Leave a trickle charger on too long and you will destroy your battery; leave a CTEK on for a month and when you return your battery will be 100% charged, ready to go.\r\n\r\nThis is what makes CTEK\u2019s range especially good for those with a fleet of motorized toys. If you\u2019re the guy with dirt bikes, an old Ducati, a couple Waverunners or snowmobiles in your garage, then anything in the CTEK range will do. Move it from vehicle to vehicle at regular intervals (or even when you think of it) and all your collective toys will always be ready to go.\r\n\r\nDo the same with your luxury barge or mid-engined V8 racer \u2014\u00a0once every five weeks or so \u2014 and your prize investment will never be unprepared.\r\n\r\nAll of CTEK\u2019s chargers are designed to protect a vehicle\u2019s fragile electronics: they\u2019re splash and dust proof, non-sparking, reverse polarity protected and short-circuit proof. A 5-year warranty is standard.