Batteries have always been an important issue for all boat lovers and sailors. In addition to their main function as an energy source to start the engines, batteries run a host of and have to feed all those cool electronic onboard appliances and all sorts of apps.
Batteries are a triumph of science. They allow many cool appliances like smart phones or GPS navigation to exist without being helplessly wired to power cables. Yet even the best batteries slowly lose their capacity until they finally die. Why do batteries die and how can they even store so much energy in the first place?
We all have serious need for electricity onboard and a good working battery is one of the most important crew members. It’s not encouraging, yet it’s a fact: batteries degrade over time. At some point, you shall be looking forward to buying a new one.
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?
Many (if not most) boat owners face the problem of keeping the batteries charged. If you want your battery serves you for a longer period of time, you should ensure it is fully charged prior to using it. Half charging will shorten its life cycle and spoil your sunny days out in the ocean.
Not understanding your boat batteries can be an expensive and chronic problem. Batteries could also be a real party breaker. Most of us have experienced this scenario: the wind is just right, the sky is perfectly clear and the boat is prepared to sail away to new adventures. Just before grabbing our favourite sailing shoes and hitting the docks we check the battery bank.
We all love to get out on the water and disconnect, but probably we still have a soft spot in our hearts for the apps. It’s amazing how many useful applications you can store on your smartphone or tablet and there are some really cool apps that can make life afloat easier.
Boat batteries are pricey items and it’s worth investing in appropriate technology to get the best possible performance out of them. Nothing illustrates this point better than the dull click of a flat battery when you try to start your engine or a GPS that stops working in the middle of the ocean. While an empty battery on a boat is somewhere between inconvenient and outright dangerous, our work to prolong their life starts way before.
More good news, the Simarine Pico is nominated for the product of the year at the HISWA boat show 2018. https://www.hiswarai.nl/innovaties/hiswa-product-van-het-jaar/ HISWA 2018 is renewed. Why? The boat market changes and online is more important than ever. Experience a new HISWA with everything in the field of water sports, lifestyle and recreation. From maritime accessories to maintenance workshops, from navigation equipment to exhibition offers, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show has everything one could need to prepare for the next watersports season. Visitors looking for a new vessel will find a wide array of launches, open sailboats, daysailers and speedboats, most of which are ready to immediately hit the water. And HISWA Funsports offers everything in the field of windsurfing, kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddling, wakeboarding and much more besides. From Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 March 2018, RAI Amsterdam will be the place to be for all watersports fans.