Deep cycle marine batteries need to be handled and charged properly in order to reap full benefit from them. Additionally, certain guidelines should be followed when it comes to storing and using deep cycle marine batteries.
Here are a few basics everyone who handles these batteries should know.
Placement: Avoid placing your battery at an uneven level. Make sure that the battery is fastened securely to avoid it from tipping over. This will permit the battery electrolyte to force upward and enter the battery vent compartment.
Charging: When charging deep cycle marine batteries, make sure the area is well-ventilated. This will avoid the inhalation of any fumes. If you accidentally inhale fumes from the battery, step out in the open and take deep breaths.
Examine for impact: Once you purchase your battery, check for any signs of impact or dents. If there is any wetness on the battery, chances are that it was tipped more than 45 degrees during shipment.
Charging Procedure: Deep Cycle Marine batteries should be completely discharged before recharging. Use your battery for a full cycle and then place it on charge as advised by the OEM.
You can expect your deep cycle marine batteries to last about 3 years from the date of purchase. Battery life is typically gauged by the amount of cycles it goes through. Following proper guidelines while charging and maintaining the battery can prolong its life.
If the battery was damaged when you received it, contact your OEM to place an order for reshipment. Usually a damage report is filed and your OEM will ship the deep cycle marine batteries within a week.
After receiving your batteries, make sure you fully charge them before putting them into use. This can simply be done by connecting the battery charger to the charging port on the machine. You don’t have to worry about overcharging your deep cycle marine batteries because the charging facility will automatically shut off once the battery is full.
Deep cycle marine batteries initially consume a relatively low amount of water. The requirement of water in these batteries differs from vehicle to vehicle. The environment in which the RV or boat is being used in also has a significant impact on the water requirement in marine and trolling batteries.
As your deep cycle marine batteries get older, they will consume more water. If you reside in a warmer climate, the deep cycle marine batteries will require more maintenance and service. Marine battery owners have to stay on their toes when it comes to the maintenance of this equipment.
Make sure you only use distilled or de-mineralized water to elongate the life of your deep cycle marine batteries. Never add battery acid, commercial liquids, or any foreign objects to the batteries. The watering phase of the battery should only be carried out once the battery is fully charged and disconnected from the charger. Watering before charging can cause the battery electrolyte to spill which can is harmful for the skin.