Three Guidelines to Help Maintain Your Marine Batteries


At some point, even the best-maintained batteries outlive their usefulness. When this happens, you will have no choice but to replace them. However, it is possible to use and maintain your batteries in a way that gives them the longest and best life possible. If you want your batteries to serve you for the longest time possible, you have to start by understanding why marine batteries fail. Here is what you might not know about marine battery failure and how to prevent it from happening.

Understanding Battery Failure

One of the main reasons behind the failure of marine batteries is partial charging. Most batteries fail because the owners have a habit of leaving them in a partially charged state. When a battery is completely discharged, lead sulphate forms on the plate of the batteries and is absorbed by the electrolyte solution. If, however, the battery is left in a state of discharge for three days or more, the lead sulphate hardens on the plates and creates a barrier. The resulting barrier complicates the recharging process because the ability of the battery to accept energy is diminished.

The Importance of Multi-Stage Battery Charging

If you want your marine batteries to last for a long time, you have to understand the multi-stage battery charging process and follow it. For the multi-stage battery charging process to be completed, you have to have the right charger to deliver optimum voltage for your battery type, and expose your battery to the recommended length of charging time. The battery user manual comes in handy when you need to accomplish multi-stage charging.

Monitoring the Charging Process

The other thing that is not well understood about battery charging is the importance of regularly monitoring the charging process. First, your marine battery should never fall below 50 percent voltage level. Also, ensure that the electrolyte level stays within the recommended levels at all times. Also, note that marine batteries only need water to be added as an element. You shouldn't have to add acid to the system.

These are the simple, yet effective ways to ensure that your marine batteries give you the longest and best life. Equalisation is another process which will come in handy when dealing with marine batteries. Here, you overcharge the battery, but in a controlled manner. If you are not sure about any of the mentioned maintenance processes, it would be best to get an expert to handle the maintenance process. 


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