Charging Best Practices

Posted by Crown Battery on Feb 23, 2017 11:59:34 AM

Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (SLA) typically have a long life. Even at an older age, they have the ability to perform exceptionally well, if cared for properly.

For most, batteries are not only a necessary investment, but also a significant purchase. Choosing the right battery is a key factor in the success of your project. The right battery will save you money and improve your ROI.

However, once you find and purchase the perfect battery, the next steps are taking care of it to ensure it has a long and productive life. One of the easiest ways to take care of your SLA battery is by following best charging procedures listed below.

Use Proper Voltage:

Pay attention the voltage requirements as provided by the manufacturer and make sure the charger you’re using provides that charge. If the voltage is too high, you risk damage. But, if the voltage is too low, the battery will never fully charge.

Don’t Try to Speed Things Up:

It may be tempting to try to up the voltage in order to charge the battery faster, but don’t. Overcharging will cause overheating and excessive heat will kill batteries, fast. You also want to avoid taking the battery off the charger before it’s fully charged. This will cause the charge to drain faster than it would will a full charge.

Don’t Store on “E”:

Always store your battery fully charged.  Even when not in use, apply a full charge every 6 months to keep the batter in prime working order, as the charge on a battery will slowly deplete over time even if they aren’t being used.

Don’t Drop to “E”:

Do not let the charge of you battery drop all the way to empty if you can help it. Frequent recharges from a semi-used state, rather than charging from a completely depleted state are better for your battery.

 

For more thoughts on charging, and to get more tips for extending the life of your battery, check out this blog.

 

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