Have you ever had the feeling you are buried in information on how batteries work, some of which is conflicting? What should you really do to increase battery lifespan? Which battery dos and don’ts should be remembered?
Batteries don’t last forever. The life of a battery is based on the number of times it is discharged and recharged, i. e. the number of cycles. Therefore battery care is essential to extend its lifetime. To take good care of your batteries you should:
One of the biggest things that reduces the life of a battery is temperature. A battery loses charge capacity when temperatures are extreme. Store your batteries at room temperature or below, the recommended storage temperature for most batteries is 59 °F (15 °C).
As temperatures increase, especially over 100 °F (38 °C), so does internal discharge of your batteries. If a new fully charged battery is left sitting 24 hours a day at 110 °F for a month, it would most likely not start an engine.
Cold weather isn’t nearly as hard on batteries as hot weather. Still, cold weather can also be very hard on a battery. The chemistry just does not make the same amount of energy in bad conditions. A deeply discharged battery can freeze solid in sub zero weather.
Looking for a perfect place for storing, keep in mind your batteries should stay away from a high humidity environment. A vapor-proof container is an option to keep them dry.
Check the state of charge (SoC) before the battery storage, many batteries will permanently damage themselves if kept in a discharged state. The ideal SoC depends on the technology:
+ Recharge batteries immediately after discharge.
+ Maintain and inspect, especially in hot weather or after your battery did hard work.
+ Read tutorial and think safety first.
– Don’t use unregulated chargers.
– Don’t add tap water.
– Don’t add new electrolyte.
– Don’t discharge a battery any deeper than you possibly have to.
We all agree keeping batteries properly-maintained and fully-charged all year round will greatly increase their performance and lifespan. But how can we achieve such control over our batteries?
Monitoring is the magic answer and the best solution. Keep it simple and working and install a battery monitoring system – in the long run it surely saves money.
Simarine Pico battery monitor measures the actual amount of energy remaining in a battery and delivers in a clear and understandable way other important information like:
There’s nothing worse than getting out in the sea and having your battery die. Let the two most heard phrases ‘my battery won’t hold a charge’ and ‘my battery won’t take a charge’ never hit you again!