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His first battery lasted 12 years. He had an easy choice for his next one.

January 14th, 2015 by
John Lisica's battery lasted 12 years in his Dodge Ram.

John Lisica’s battery lasted 12 years in his Dodge Ram.

When it comes to cars and trucks, we’re always surprised at what can go wrong: ignition coils, pinion bearings, undersized cup holders.

For Albuquerque resident John Lisica, the big surprise was what’s worked really well.

In 1995, John bought his brand new Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. When it was time to replace the original battery, his local mechanic recommended an MT-27 from Interstate Batteries.

John gave it a try. After all, how long can a replacement battery last? Try 12 years. Talk about dependable.

John was so impressed that his battery could withstand Albuquerque’s extreme temperatures that he only wanted an Interstate to replace it. Besides, he has more to do in the next 12 years than think about finding a new truck battery.

Cars and trucks may not always be reliable. It’s good to know their batteries can be.

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Our intern’s tips on finding the perfect hobby

January 12th, 2015 by

The Interstate Batteries intern wants to be a fashion blogger or vlogger.

January is National Hobby Month, so we asked our Interstate Batteries communications intern Madison to tell us about her passion. She said she wants to be a fashion blogger.

Madison, who has a tendency to overcaffeinate, told us how she decided to make blogging (or vlogging) her hobby, and the portable power devices available at interstatebatteries.com that will help her get there. 

Check it out here.

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Interstate Batteries Driver Whistles His Way to Stardom

December 24th, 2014 by
Interstate Batteries Route Sales Manager Ron Kneifl gets a touch-up before taping his recycling commercial.

Interstate Batteries Route Sales Manager Ron Kneifl gets a touch-up before taping his recycling commercial.

A typical day for Interstate Batteries route sales manager Ron Kneifl involves delivering batteries to mechanic shops and retail stores along his Sioux City, Iowa, route. Lately, however, his stops have been taking a little longer as his clients want to talk about more than just batteries – they want to talk about Ron Kneifl, the emerging television commercial star.

Kneifl, who earned an Interstate Batteries Route Sales Manager of the Year award in May, appears in one of the company’s national television commercials that began airing in November. The advertisement promotes Interstate’s commitment to keeping America beautiful through the company’s recycling program and features Kneifl whistling the tune of “America The Beautiful” while steering his route truck along a spectacularly scenic road.

“When you can’t sing, you have to learn how to whistle,” Kneifl joked about his talent on display in the commercial. “It wasn’t very hard to do, actually. It’s one of those songs we’ve all heard since childhood, so I didn’t have to think about it much. It just came out.”

During filming, Kneifl sat in the driver’s seat of his route truck in front of a green screen. Later, the production company edited in the scenic background video, which was shot in the Lake Tahoe area. Kneifl admits to being a little nervous on camera.

“I think it took five or six attempts at whistling the song before we got it just right,” Kneifl said. “We had a wonderful director who told me exactly what was needed.”

Quiet on the set! Behind-the-scenes at the Interstate Batteries commercial shoot.

Quiet on the set! Behind-the-scenes at the Interstate Batteries commercial shoot.

Kneifl has worked with Interstate Batteries of Sioux City since 2008.

“Ron’s contribution to our national advertising campaign is wonderful,” Interstate Batteries Vice President of Communications Jane Koenecke said. “We wanted to tell the story of Interstate Batteries being a caring and committed neighbor, and this commercial expresses that message, well… beautifully.”

Interstate Batteries recycles more batteries than it sells, and the Dallas-based company has a special commitment to responsible and safe battery handling practices.

Learn more about Interstate Batteries Recycling.

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Mower Christmas Miracles

December 23rd, 2014 by

Santa Claus delivers lawn & garden batteries? Who knew?

The Interstate Batteries system just pulled off a customer service miracle for a U.S. serviceman trying to get his dad the only thing he wanted for Christmas: a new lawn & garden battery.

In early December, Ben Rohweder, a Vector Control Specialist stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, wrote to Interstate customer service about ordering a lawn mower battery. He didn’t realize the shipping restrictions on lead-acid batteries – but that’s only the start of his problems.

Interstate Batteries SP-35R lawn & garden battery

The Interstate SP-35R lawn & garden battery.

“Two problems, the closest dealer to my house is more than 30 miles away and a little over 6,500 miles from my current work location,” Ben wrote to Interstate. “I need this as a Christmas gift for my father. Amazingly, a lawn mower battery is all he has asked for Christmas.”

Customer service specialist Dawn Dumar set to work, finding the Distributor who served the area where Ben’s father lived and coordinating a battery delivery and pick up. She reached Distributor Todd Cook at Interstate Batteries of Southwestern Florida.

“I spoke with you yesterday regarding one of our servicemen whose dad lives in Lake Placid, Fla.,” Dawn wrote. “He’s trying to purchase an SP-35R for his dad for Christmas, and since he’s in Afghanistan, it’s a little difficult!”

Todd delivered the battery with instructions for its pickup, and “Also, let the serviceman know there is no charge, and please thank him for his service on behalf of IB of Southwestern Florida.”

By Dec. 10, Ben’s family had picked up the Christmas gift battery.

“All I can really think is just thank you! Thank you to you and Todd. This really means so much to me and I know that I will make my father happy for Christmas,” Ben wrote in a thank-you note to Dawn.

With a little extra effort, the Customer Service group and Interstate Distributor helped turn a hard-luck Christmas shopping experience into a holiday miracle.

And that’s what enriching lives is all about.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Gadgets

December 22nd, 2014 by

Interstate Batteries offers 12 great Christmas gift ideas

You know the old song, “12 Days of Christmas?” We thought it might be a bit outdated and unbalanced. Think about it: 12 drummers, but only 11 pipers? And with the seven swans, six geese, four calling birds, three hens, two doves and a partridge… well, that’s a lot of birds. And a lot of mess to clean up.

Merry Christmas from Interstate BatteriesAt Interstate Batteries, we thought it was high time to update the classic Christmas carol, so we asked our communications intern Madison to write something up about batteries and gadgets. We figured with all the great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers available at our online store and at Interstate All Battery Center locations, what could go wrong?

We may regret that decision after her caffeine-fueled essay.

Check it out: The All-Electronic 12 Days of Christmas

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Classic Christmas Movies Saved by Batteries

December 18th, 2014 by

Clockwise from top left: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Warner Bros. Pictures), You've Got Mail (Warner Bros. Pictures), It's A Wonderful Life (Paramount), and Elf (New Line).

Clockwise from top left: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Warner Bros. Pictures), You’ve Got Mail (Warner Bros. Pictures), It’s A Wonderful Life (Paramount), and Elf (New Line).

If you’re like us, you love curling up during these cold winter months to watch classic Christmas movies. At Interstate Batteries, we realized that many of our favorite Christmas movie plots depend heavily on battery power.

It’s true! Even It’s A Wonderful Life features an important battery.

That’s why we’re paying tribute to these unsung Christmas movie heroes with our own awards ceremony. There’s no red carpet (batteries can’t walk, of course) and nobody’s expected to give a speech.

Read on to learn How Batteries Saved 5 Classic Christmas Movies.

 

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How to be a Power Packer for Christmas Vacation

December 16th, 2014 by

Hacking the Packing: Interstate Batteries offers holiday packing tips for the savvy traveler.

Does the notion of packing for that holiday trip to the in-laws’ house drive you a little nutty? We don’t mean the trip itself (though that could present its own challenges) — we’re talking about the vacation packing.

What do you bring? Where do you put it? And how can you make sure you didn’t forget the essentials?

Interstate Batteries offers a few holiday vacation packing tips that can make life a little easier. From choosing a color palette and fashion accessories to deciding which electronic accessories to take, Interstate’s list could be an essential part of your planning.

Read, then relax. You’ve got this.

Hacking the Packing: Holiday Packing Tips for the Savvy Traveler

 

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Interstate Batteries Voted Overall Best in Auto Battery Market

December 10th, 2014 by

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Frost & Sullivan has recognized Interstate Batteries, Inc. with the 2014 United States Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership.

Every year since 2007, at least 50 percent of automotive technicians have chosen Interstate Batteries as the overall best brand, while the nearest competitor has never been granted the top ranking by more than 12 percent of the technicians.

Another finding: 93 percent of technicians whose shops primarily install Interstate Batteries’ products rate Interstate Batteries as the top brand.

“While quality and maintenance appear to be the backbone of Interstate Batteries’ success, the company’s belief system also plays a major role in its success,” said Frost & Sullivan Global Director, Tonya Fowler. “For instance, Interstate Batteries recycles more batteries than it sells, helping the environment support future generations of automotive battery consumers.”

The high level of ownership has given Interstate Batteries a strong reputation among auto technicians. Even technicians who don’t work in shops that install Interstate Batteries regard the products highly – so much so that 19 percent of those who don’t primarily install Interstate Batteries selected them as the overall best.

About Frost & Sullivan 

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated product and implementation excellence to increase market share – recognizing vision alignment, process design and operational efficiency, as well as the technological sophistication and favorable culture within the company. It also lauds the value, reliability and quality of the product/service and its relevance to the needs of the industry in terms of value and design.

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Buying Christmas Gifts is Easier, Thanks to Technology

December 9th, 2014 by
Two great gift ideas are the Antigravity Micro-Start XPS, which can power your phone and jump-start your car, and  the Soundlogic XT Brick Bluetooth speaker.

Two great gift ideas are the Antigravity Micro-Start XPS, which can power your phone and jump-start your car, and the Soundlogic XT Brick Bluetooth speaker.

The kids these days…

Ever shake your head and mutter that phrase? I saw a commercial recently where an older man shook his head and lamented that “the kids these days” only cared about electronic gizmos and gadgets.

If you’re shopping for Christmas gifts for those young whipper-snappers, however, that’s a very good thing. Why? Because if everyone wants high-tech web gadgets and the accessories that go with them, your shopping chore just got a lot easier.

That doesn’t mean you have to buy a pricey electronic toy. No, you can get something better. You can gift the power that fancy toy needs.

Interstate Batteries has tips for making your Christmas gift shopping easier, all the while making you the favorite friend/aunt/uncle, etc. Read on.

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How your battery affects your fuel economy

November 25th, 2014 by

The federal government aims to double present the average fuel economy of a manufacturer's new cars to 54.5 mpg by 2025.

Everyone’s talking about fuel economy these days.

Even as gasoline prices fluctuate, drivers are trying to get the best fuel economy possible. And auto manufacturers are racing to hit the federal government’s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which aim to double present the average fuel economy of a manufacturer’s new cars to 54.5 mpg by 2025.

Those standards were started in 1975 when the American economy was disturbed by an oil embargo, and now it’s one of the most important numbers car buyers consider.

Your battery’s supporting role

mr-battery-web-300x300Did you know the battery plays a part on how many miles per gallon you get?

It’s all about the horsepower.

An alternator rated at 100 amps requires about 2 horsepower. When a battery is undersized compared to OEM starting and reserve requirements, it requires the onboard charging system to draw more horsepower more often.

If the battery has too large of a capacity and becomes severely discharged, the vehicle’s charging system is working harder and longer – drawing more horsepower.

Penny wise, pound foolish

Let’s take a vehicle that requires a 600 CCA, 120-minute RC battery, as rated by the manufacturer.

To save money, a car owner decides to purchase a 400 CCA, 90-minute RC battery. The starting system requires 500 amps for 4 seconds on an extremely cold or hot day. Due to amps needed to start the vehicle, the battery discharges down to a much lower voltage and power availability, requiring further recharging (i.e. horsepower) for an additional time.

At that point, the battery is already affecting the mpg since the alternator has to draw more horsepower to recharge a weak battery.

The money the car owner thought he saved now goes into gasoline – and another battery because he shortened the life of the first one.

With many vehicles experiencing electronic-laden overload, having the quality battery with the proper power rating can reduce horsepower needs and result in slightly better fuel mileage.

In fact, to ensure the best fuel mileage, CAFE testers always charge the battery before running their tests.

That’s how closely your CCA is related to your mpg.

For the best gas mileage, choose a high-quality battery that’s the right fit. Then test it regularly and replace it at the first sign of deterioration.

Got a question for Mr. Battery? Send him a note at interstatebatteries.com/mrbattery.

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Interstate Batteries® sells more than 16,000 kinds of batteries—from AA alkalines and automotive batteries to critical power solutions, and everything in between. Combine professional battery services, recycling programs and the largest battery distribution network in North America, and you’ll find Interstate has EVERY BATTERY FOR EVERY NEED®. Learn more about Interstate Batteries or shop online!