It's an event that can even bring a man with the patience of Jobe to his knees. It's the sound of the engine doing nothing except sending out an audible "click" when the ignition key is turned. You've busted your back at work all week, and since it's Friday night, you have decided to get in your Mopar, and head downtown to check out the local action, but that's not happening now, because the battery in your car is dead. You're the subject of dead battery syndrome, and now you can't drive your car until you charge the battery. But, what drained it in the first place?

The main reason for a dead battery to occur while your car is parked for a period of time, is that somewhere in your electrical system, there is a drain of battery power. An electrical "drain" can be anything that is drawing power (draining) from the battery with the engine/key turned off. Every vehicle will have some amount of electrical drain, which is normal. If you have an aftermarket radio or even a factory or aftermarket clock, they will drain a small amount of battery power with the key off, and that is normal. But regardless of what does it, it's a pain in the butt.

A quick and simple fix is to make sure your car is hooked up to a trickle charger, which will maintain battery power and prolong its life. There are many trickle chargers available, but we found one company that takes it to the next level. Granite Digital has developed a trickle charger does more than just keep your battery in shape. Their Save A Battery line of high tech battery Chargers will not only maintain your battery's charge, they have a version that will also test it, and show you haw many volts you have.

We got our hands on their Charger/Maintainer/tester, and decided to put it to the test. We've had it on our car for a while, and all seems to working well. We like the fact that the LED screen tells us the status of our battery, and since we have a trunk-mounted battery, it's nice that we can simply unplug the modular connection cord from the control box, and drop it in our trunk until we get back home and simply plug it in.

So if you're tired of having to constantly drag your battery charger out, hook it up every time, and then lug it back to its spot in the garage, the Granite Digital save A battery Is for you.