Green Bean Battery vs Prolong
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Green Bean Battery vs Prolong Chargers
There’s always going to be more than one way to fix something these days. Just take a quick detour over to Youtube and search the word “fix” for hundreds of DIY solutions to even the simplest problem. Some people look at auto repair as a hobby, and enjoy fixing things themselves. Most others would rather leave it to the professionals and have the peace of mind that comes with the pro route.
The same thing goes for your hybrid vehicle and the hybrid battery. There are tons of videos and blogs out there, explaining how you can replace a few cells or recondition the battery in your driveway, but not everyone has the time, energy or desire to go that route. So this is why we’re going to discuss Prolong chargers vs Green Bean Battery and their approaches to failing hybrid batteries.
First the DIY/Hobbyist Approach
The manufacturer of the Prolong system recommends “performing a full reconditioning service 2-3 times a year on aging and/or deteriorated batteries”. Their product is marketed as an on-going process and not a one-time event. And their full DIY battery restoration takes about 3-4 days to fully complete and their basic routine maintenance takes around seven hours. Yes, I’m sure there are people out there who have had success with the product, but as you can see, it also involves quite a bit of time, energy auto know how to see results and there’s still no real guarantee. According to the Prolong website:
“If the battery is degraded, charging alone will not yield optimal results. Performing a full battery reconditioning 2-3 times per year, as well as a charge & balance every 8-12 weeks (and/or anytime the car sits unused for more than five days) is recommended.”
So, unless this is a hobby for you and you have a background in automotive repair…Who really has time and energy for all that? Why not just get the professionals to take care of it AND cover it with our Green Bean Warranty. With Green Bean Battery, we come to your location and take care of all the dirty work for you. We will replace your old hybrid battery with our fully reconditioned hybrid battery, clear the trouble codes and test drive the vehicle. Then we cover it with our Green Bean Warranty. So if you ever have troubles in the future, we’ve got your back! We will come out and take care of it for you, free of charge.
Hybrid batteries can not be properly evaluated and balanced by just charging and discharging the entire battery; which is what you are doing with the Prolong DIY equipment. To properly recondition a hybrid battery, you need professional equipment that lets you see the performance of individual cells/modules and you need to replace these underperforming cells accordingly. And plus, all of Green Bean’s reconditioned hybrid batteries are put through our multi-step reconditioning process and three stages of testing in one of our reconditioning facilities, not in your driveway!
During Green Bean’s proprietary reconditioning process, we load test our old customer’s batteries in their entirety and identify their current state of health. The batteries are then disassembled, and the individual modules or cells are exercised on our equipment, which restores their ability to store electrical energy. The modules are then tested, where their capacities are determined, and any modules that fail the tests are discarded and recycled. We then group the good modules with ones of similar power and capacity. After a final charge and testing of the modules, the battery is then built around the good cells. The remaining electrical and wiring components are checked, reconditioned, and tested to ensure proper operation. The battery connections or “Bus Bars” are upgraded with a nickel plating to prevent corrosion, and to ensure top performance and long battery life. And finally, the entire battery pack is reassembled and load tested in its entirety. Only now is it ready for your vehicle!
The Wrap Up
So unless you are a DIY’er or a Hobbyist, who enjoys this type of thing and has an automotive background, the more sensible option is to buy a fully reconditioned hybrid battery from Green Bean Battery. With Green Bean Battery, you can save time, energy, and get peace of mind all at the same time.