How the Wrong Battery can Kill your Safe Lock.

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Does it matter what kind of batteries you use in your electronic lock?

Absolutely.

Have you ever tried to turn your car on, and in response, heard the struggling sound of rolling clicks from your engine?

Despite your engine not working, the dome might still be dimly lit, or you might able to still honk your horn. This depends on the severity of battery drainage.

Although your battery has the amperage to run the horn or dome light, the voltage has decreased because the plates in the battery have lost their charge. Without enough voltage to push the necessary amount of amperage from your battery, your car will not start.

This example illustrates how important voltage is for your electronics to operate properly. Be very cautious about a battery that will not allow enough voltage to sufficiently push out the amperage.

How would you know? It’s all about quality. All battery manufacturers are required to meet a minimum standard in production, but this minimum is definitely not ideal. Batteries work by voltage flowing through terminals created by liquids and other materials inside of the battery. Using cheaper materials to create these terminals may result in a lower upfront cost, but it also results in these materials being used up and worn out very quickly. After this happens, voltage is not able to push amperage through these worn-out terminals.

And as you remember, when there is not enough voltage to push the amperage, you get a clicking engine, or in our case, a malfunctioning electronic lock. This is one situation where brand names really do matter.

If you have questions as to whether you are using the correct battery for your lock, please contact one of our security experts at 1.800.225.2984 or info@rslc.net.

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