Battery Maintenance Tips | Auto | Marine | 12 Volt Battery

Jan 17
2010
Goggles

Goggles

Rubber Gloves

Rubber Gloves

Battery Fill Can

Battery Fill Can

Distilled Water

Distilled Water

Non-Sealed (with filler caps) batteries are often neglected routine maintenance, and as a result their life expectancy is often cut short. Only 15 percent of consumers perform maintenance on their batteries as they should. Batteries have a average battery life in the U.S. of 37 months Performing maintenance on batteries, is quick and easy to do. A properly maintained battery can expect a battery life of 5 to 7 years. Depleted water level is the number one issue in a batteries shorted battery life. The water level inside of battery should never be below the lead grid plates inside of the battery. Once the water level dips below the lead grid plates inside the battery, the plates are exposed to air. The lead grid plates once exposed to air begin to sulfate. Deposits build to the lead grid plates, reducing the batteries ability to move electrons as efficiently. Even after the water level inside the battery is filled above the lead grid plates, the deposits are still attached to the plates. The damage done due to lack of water level remains after the fact. Checking your water level periodically can prevent this condition, and extend your battery life dramatically. The water level in batteries should be checked monthly in the summer and every 3 months in the winter. You will want to check the batteries state of charge before adding water.Be sure the battery is fully charged and cooled down, before adding water to a battery.  When filling batteries only use distilled water, never use tap water to fill batteries. Tap water contains contaminates such as chlorine, and calcium that will over time attach themselves to the lead grid plates. Distilled water has be removed of all contaminants. Be sure not to over fill the battery with distilled water, when the battery heats up it will begin seeping electrolyte. Remember to always wear rubber gloves, and goggles when performing any maintenance on a battery.

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