Marine battery care

Marine Battery Care - Do’s and Don’ts

Marine Battery Care - Do's

  • Always think Safety First. 
  • Do read the Marine Battery Guide 
  • Do regular inspection and maintenance especially in hot weather. 
  • Do recharge batteries immediately after discharge. 
  • Do buy the highest RC reserve capacity or AH amp hour battery that will fit your configuration. 
  • Freshness - Check the date code on the battery to make sure it hasn't' been sitting on the shelf for ages. This can seriously affect performance. 
  • Batteries are perishable, so buy the freshest available

Marine Battery Care - Dont's

  • Don't forget safety first. 
  • Don't add new electrolyte (acid). 
  • Don't use unregulated high output battery chargers to charge batteries. 
  • Don't place your boat into storage without some type of device to keep the battery charged. 
  • Don't disconnect battery cables while the engine is running (your battery acts as a filter). 
  • Don't put off recharging batteries. 
  • Don't add tap water as it may contain minerals that will contaminate the electrolyte. 
  • Don't discharge a battery any deeper than you possibly have to. 
  • Don't let a battery get hot to the touch and boil violently when charging. 
  • Don't mix size and types of batteries

It is recommended that you obtain following equipment for use in battery care and maintenance:

Wrench - Distilled water - Voltmeter (an instrument used for measuring the voltage between two points in an electric circuit) - Hydrometer (a tool used to measure the specific gravity of the electrolyte solution), multimeter, post cleaner - Baking soda - Petroleum jelly - Goggles and Gloves.