DIY Maintenance for Off-Grid Living

Maintenance requirements vary by battery technology and may include cleaning battery terminals, checking and adjusting fluid levels, checking cell voltage, and equalizing batteries. Your battery manufacturer will share their recommendations.

And with a few simple steps, you can avoid costly battery failures and technician visits -- and make maintenance easy, simple, and fun.

Step one: Do what you can to reduce maintenance in the first place

Step 2: If you haven’t already, put batteries in an enclosed structure to reduce or eliminate exposure to temperature extremes

This can reduce watering requirements, and it will improve reliability, lifecycle, and performance.

Step 3: Make maintenance simple and automatic

  • Get a few simple, quality tools like a hydrometer, voltmeter, and personal protective equipment. They’ll make it easy, safe, and fast to measure and maintain batteries.

  • Ask your manufacturer for maintenance schedule charts – guidelines on when and what maintenance to perform.

  • Put it in your calendar, so you don’t have to think about it. We all have enough other things floating around in our heads. But if it’s on paper or in your phone, you are freed from the burden of having to remember – and it’ll always get done.

Step 4: Follow this simple-to-use safety and maintenance guide

Our engineers have condensed decades of vital safety and maintenance strategies into a simple guide - “Safety First.” It’s free – our gift to you for reading.

Click here to download Crown Battery’s “Safety First” maintenance guide.

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