How To Extend A Battery's Life
So, you've purchased your battery and you are expecting several good years out of it. Congratulations. But, it's not going to happen on its own. Maintenance is key. And key to proper maintenance is choosing a quality battery charger-maintainer-desulfator. Your charger will not only save you money by extending battery life, but will also help the environment by lowering the amount of energy expended in producing so many new replacement batteries. So here are some simple guidelines for extending battery life:
- Invest in a decent battery in the first place. Not all batteries are alike. For the best return on your investment, get a good one and maintain it properly with a high quality charger-maintainer-desulfator.
- For safety reasons, charge in a well-ventilated area. Hydrogen gas generated during charging is explosive.
- Choose the appropriate charge program for flooded, gel and AGM batteries. Check manufacturer's specifications on recommended voltage thresholds.
- Charge your batteries before they are completely dead. Though we have products that will bring a completely dead battery back to life, most products require a minimum voltage in order to begin charging. Additionally, charging before they get to this point will save you time and energy in the long run.
- Clean off the dust and dirt from the tops of each battery. Just common sense here.
- Charge lead acid batteries after each use to prevent sulfation. Do not store on low charge.
- Check the water frequently (like once or twice a week), to make sure levels are appropriate. If needed, fill water level to designated level after charging. Overfilling when the battery is empty can cause acid spillage.
- The plates of flooded batteries must always be fully submerged in electrolyte. Fill battery with distilled or de-ionized water to cover the plates if low. Tap water may be acceptable in some regions. Never add electrolyte.
- Reduce float charge if the ambient temperature is higher than 29°C (85°F) or use a temperature compensated charger/maintainer.
- Do not allow a lead acid battery to freeze. A partially discharged battery freezes at a higher temperature than one that is fully charged. Never charge a frozen battery.
- Do not charge at temperatures above 49°C (120°F).