Tommy Bridewell: Charging Ahead with Traction Charger

This season will see Tommy Bridewell donning our Traction Charger logo as he speeds through the rounds at British Superbikes 2018. 

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As part of our sponsorship deal we have given Tommy a MPL10 unit, our most popular battery charger model and OEM approved in various forms by Jaguar, Landrover and Nissan. Tommy talked to us for Professional Motor Mechanic last month about his race strategy this year and why this Charger is doing its small bit to help him win that elusive podium place.

Since the interview Tommy has split from his Halsall Racing and is now racing with Moto Rapido on a Ducati. He has already made a fantastic come back to the BSB circuit at Brands Hatch on 22nd July.

Speaking in May, Tommy said: “I have a mechanical background whilst gives me a good understanding of the bike and what’s required in each debrief. We’ll use the MPL10 as it automatically switches to conditioning mode when it’s finished charging, so we get the absolute maximum out of the battery’s ability.

“It’s great that the battery charger is OEM approved too as it gives me the reassurance that we’re using the best bit of kit available, and to win it’s all about incremental improvements which add up to great performances.

“As with every year, my plan is to try to get a podium place. The best I‘ve done is 3rd in 2014 and I feel ready to improve on that. The goal is to reach the showdown which is where those with the highest scores from the last 9 rounds will get to compete for the BSB championship. The rules of BSB changed in 2010 to include the showdown which makes it a fairer and more exciting sport now.

“When the MPL10 isn’t with me in the paddocks, it’s with my dad who owns Wayside Garage in Etchilhampton, which does car and vehicle maintenance and commercial sales. It’s where I spent my teens working and learning. The charger is an asset to the workshop, charging and conditioning to add value to each service.

The MPL battery charger is available in 12V, 10A, 20A, 50A and 24V 10A and 20A versions to meet the charging requirements of most battery sizes. 

The MPL is suitable for use on AGM, GEL, Calcium and Lead Acid battery types. The battery charger is OEM approved, and used by some of the world's leading vehicle and battery manufacturers.

It features Traction Charger’s own patented Sulphation Recovery System. Other features include: Short Circuit shutdown without blown fuse, Reverse Polarity Protection, Soft start current control, 3 stage charging (CI-CV-Float), Proportional timing with minimal gas emission, Constant voltage float/standby and many other features. It is fully flexible to match almost any battery specification.

Although featuring sophisticated charging methods, it is very simple and safe to use. Batteries can be left connected indefinitely at the end of charging.

All Traction MPL chargers are sourced and manufactured in the UK, ensuring exceptional quality in every unit.


A Bit about Tommy Bridewell

Age: 30

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 71Kg

Nickname: “Rock on Tommy”

Interest: Motorcross, Triathlons, 2 dogs, and motorcycling sports

Traction Charger sponsors Tommy Bridewell at British Super Bikes 2018


British battery charger manufacturers Traction Charger is proud to announce their sponsorship of Tommy Bridewell in the 2018 British Superbikes.

Tommy is from Devizes, UK which is where Traction Charger is based and as such the company has followed his rise through the biking world over the last 15 years. Tommy started racing bikes in 2000, graduating through the years up to racing in the British 125 GB class finishing 4th in 2003 and 8th in 2004. In 2005 he moved into the Yamaha R6 cup first year on a 4 stroke, winning four times. 2007 was a tough year for Tommy and his family losing his race companion and brother Ollie. In 2008 Tommy moved to Italy to compete in the Italian Superbike Championship where he broke his leg in round one but returned to action after only eight weeks and secured 3rd overall in the championship. From 2009 he has competed in the European stk100 championships and British Superbikes regularly securing podium spots.

 Photo Credit:  BSB

Photo Credit: BSB

2018 will see Tommy ride Suzuki for Halsall Movuno Suzuki, and battle once again for podium and showdown spots.    

Sponsors Traction Charger create battery charging technology for many industries including automotive, haulage, and many other industries. Their units are suitable for both industrial and workshop use. They also design and manufacture bespoke charging solutions for both ‘one’ off production or volume applications.  The company has been at the forefront of battery charging technology since the 1980’s when the company developed the first charger to correctly charge the then new Calcium/Calcium and Calcium/Silver lead/acid batteries. Since then Traction Charger have developed many new charging related products, including the patented Sulphation Recovery Programme used by many of the world’s leading battery and vehicle manufacturers.

As part of the sponsorship deal, Traction Charger will be supplying a MPL10 Battery Charger for Bridewell’s Suzuki bike. The MPL is suitable for use on AGM, GEL, Calcium and Lead Acid battery types and is used by some of the world's leading vehicle and battery manufacturers. It features a patented Sulphation Recovery System, as well as reverse polarity protection, soft start current control, fast constant current bulk charge, 3-stage charging, constant voltage float/standby, independent overrun timer and accurate zero-crossing voltage sensing. It will allow Bridwell and his team constant support and output functionality during diagnostic support.

Of the new sponsorship deal, Tommy Bridewell comments “We’re delighted to welcome Traction Charger on board as Sponsorship partners. Traction Charger have great battery support technology that will make a real impact in our race strategy, giving us the support and reliability during our crucial race diagnostic moments.  We appreciate that Traction Charger sees the potential in us and is willing to support us as we focus on achieving our 2018 goals.”

Chris Walker comments on the sponsorship. “We’ve been monitoring Tommy Bridewell’s performance for some time and felt that his performance is excellent, he’s consistent, and he has great energy - principles we feel represent the core pillars of the Traction Charger brand and products. We are proud to start this journey with him and his team, and to be part of his successes in the 2018 races. “

As part of the sponsorship deal, Traction Charger will be demonstrating the use of the MPL10 with the team in the workshop, to be published through various medias. The deal also includes logo placement on helmet and leathers, as well as social media exposure.

Traction Charger looks forward to the 2018 British Superbikes beginning of April and wishes every success to Bridewell and the team for the season.


Reduce the risk of winter issues with our MPL battery range

Looking after a battery is about more than simply re-charging. By using a Traction MPL Battery Charger, the battery can be conditioned, increasing its life expectancy and reducing the risk of winter issues – through its de-sulphation process.

Winter can be a tough time for automotive batteries. Low temperatures can affect a battery’s ability to charge, its power output and available amperage. Cold weather can push a weak battery over the edge.

Preventing battery sulphation

Batteries have a finite life and cannot be expected to last forever, however it is possible to increase the life expectancy of the battery by following a few simple rules.

  • Physically inspect for leakage or damaged cases, remove any corrosion, clean and dry the tops of the batteries to remove possible discharge paths from dried battery electrolyte, and clean the terminals.
  • If the battery is in a vehicle, remove the negative connection from the battery to eliminate the additional parasitic (key off) discharge.
  • If the battery has filler caps, check the electrolyte (battery acid) level in each cell. If required, add only distilled, deionised or demineralised water to the recommended level, but do not overfill.
  • Fully charge and equalise levels in wet (flooded) batteries, if required, and recheck the electrolyte levels when the battery cools.
  • Store a battery in a cold dry place, but not so that it will freeze, and where it can be easily recharged. The freezing point of a battery is determined by the SoC and the higher it is, the lower the freezing temperature.
  • Do not use a cheap, unregulated ‘trickle’ charger or a manual two-stage charger that was not designed for ‘float’ charging or you will overcharge your battery. A less desirable alternative to float the charging would be to periodically test the State-of-Charge.When it is 80% or below, recharge. The frequency of testing and recharging will depend on the ambient storage temperature.

How the MPL battery charger can help

Commonly, a charger will need to ‘see’ more than eight volts in the battery when connected to recognise that a battery is present and to start the charging process but the MPL will recognise a battery with only one volt. At the start of each charge the MPL charger tests the battery to determine if it is deeply discharged or if sulphation has occurred and the correct recovery algorithm is automatically applied. After the deep discharge test, the constant current charge provides the fastest possible return of energy to the battery. Even deeply discharged batteries can be recovered, in this way. After the completion of charging, the MPL switches to the standby or float mode, which compensates for self-discharge and holds the battery at peak charge ready for use. The company claims that using the MPL can dramatically improve the performance of batteries that have been stored.

Find out more about our MPL battery charger range here.

Read the original article on CVW here.

CVW Magazine Special Report: Duo 12/24 Charger Product Test

We recently featured in Commercial Vehicle Workshop Magazine, where our Duo 12/24 Combination Charger was put to the test by commercial garage owner Rob Cooper. Below is the full article, where you can read what Rob had to say about using the charger in his workshop. 

Q. What were your initial thoughts upon receiving the charger?

A. I think I was struck most by the display. Some of the chargers I have used in the past are not always clearly marked and you can find yourself looking at a series of blinking lights with no idea as to what they are actually showing. After flicking through the instructions you may find out but this process can and should be made easier. The Duo display shows everything you need to know, from the great, big on/off switch to the LED light sequence indicating the rates of charge.

Q. What sort of vehicles have you managed to use the charger on?

A. The charger is very adaptable. I’ve used it on a number of vehicles that have come rolling through the door, ranging from an ERF ECM truck to a Volvo BR7 coach. In fact, I am currently using the charger on that very coach.

 Rob cooper using the Duo Charger on a Volvo BR7 Coach.

Rob cooper using the Duo Charger on a Volvo BR7 Coach.

Q. How long does it take to charge up a battery from flat?

A. It can take a couple of hours, but after just 10 to 15 minutes the vehicle will start. When you’re constantly getting large vehicles coming into the workshop, being able to quickly charge a battery has a number of benefits, not least being able to easily organise workshop space.

Q. What would you say is the charger’s defining feature?

A. In a technical respect, the product is pretty spot on. It has the capability to charge batteries individually, whilst they are still connected to the vehicle. So, taking the Volvo coach as an example, it has two batteries with 24V in total. With the Duo, I can charge both of these at the same time, even if they are at different levels of charge. I also don’t have to worry about overcharging simply because the charger doesn’t overcharge, which means the battery life is extended and ultimately saves my customers money down the line.

I should also mention that the charger adapts to the particular battery type, and charges at gradually increasing levels. This is reassuring for us technicians since it means there is little chance of damaging the battery, or the ECU come to think of it, from charging a battery at too high a rate.

Q. To finish up, can you think of an instance where the charger has really come into its own?

A. On a specific vehicle, nothing really springs to mind. However, I did find the charger particularly useful when running diagnostics tests. I could leaveit charging knowing that it will do its job correctly. This is a massive benefit whenever the workshop and I have multiple jobs on my mind. It’s this reassurance, knowing that you can leave the charger on its own to do its job, which appeals to me the most I think.

 The Duo 12/24 Combination Charger in situ at Rob's workshop.

The Duo 12/24 Combination Charger in situ at Rob's workshop.

Product information

The Duo Charger can charge the two batteries of a 24V system, simultaneously saving money and extending battery life. In use, the two 12V batteries that make up a 24V system discharge and charge at uneven rates, which results in loss of capacity and early failure.

The charger assesses each battery individually, applying the correct charge and improving battery life and reliability.

This happens without the need to remove or disconnect the batteries, it takes no longer to set up than a conventional 24V charger, and because it assesses the batteries individually, it takes less time to fully charge them.


  • Patented sulphation recovery program
  • Short circuit shutdown without blown fuse
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Soft start current control
  • Fast constant current bulk charge
  • 3-stage charging: CI-CV-Float
  • Constant voltage float/standby
  • Proportional timing – minimal gas emission
  • Independent overrun timer
  • Accurate zero-crossing voltage sensing
  • Flexibility – to match battery specification
  • Available in UK/Euro/110V versions
  • Optional trolley available

The Duo 12/24 Combination Charger is available to buy in our online shop.