Acid batteries have long been used in combustion engines (it is very likely that your car also has an acid battery installed) or for electric drives.
In addition, it can be used as a “backup” in the event of a power failure. Such batteries are then switched on as an emergency power supply. The acid battery owes its particular popularity and widespread use to its efficient operation.
On the other hand, maintenance work is usually very expensive. In contrast, closed gel-based battery systems, which have been in use for several decades, promise significantly less effort during the service life.
The main function of the sealed lead acid battery in a car (or motorcycle) is to provide you with the energy you need so that you can even start the engine. In addition, it also serves as a kind of replacement for the alternator.
If it fails or only provides low performance, the acid battery is able to supply your electrical devices such as the radio, air conditioning, or navigation system. However, the battery is charged via the alternator, so in principle, both devices should work.
Acid batteries consist of electrodes, which in turn contain a large proportion of lead. The problem is that these electrodes are placed in a “bathtub” that is over a third made up of highly corrosive sulfuric acid.
You should therefore avoid coming into contact with battery acid at all. But if it does happen, the acid must be washed off as quickly as possible. The advantage of the gel battery is that the gel encapsulates the acid, reducing the risk of chemical burns.
Although these advantages have not yet led to gel batteries becoming the standard, they are increasingly being fitted as standard. In most cases, it is also possible to convert your car to an adequate gel battery without any problems.