Caring for your battery over winter
As winter comes around it becomes more important to take care of your battery, whether it’s for a golf trolley, a motorbike or a caravan, if it’s not being used it needs to maintained. Here are a few tips on how to care for your battery over winter.
Disconnect Unused Batteries
It is imperative you disconnect your battery over winter. Batteries should always be disconnected if they’re sitting unused for an extensive amount of time. Some things still draw some power when they aren’t being used, meaning the battery could potentially run out of charge faster if connected. County Battery recommend storing batteries somewhere where the temperature does not fall below freezing.
Recharging Batteries in Storage
Unused batteries will deteriorate much faster than a battery that is in constant use or constantly being recharged. Batteries begin to self discharge when it is not being used and the chemicals inside start to react. Topping up the charge periodically will vastly improve its life.
Be sure the charger used is correct for your battery. Lead Acid and Gel etc all require different types of charger. Be sure to monitor your battery when it is on charge, especially if your charger is not automatic as the battery may overheat/overcharge. If the battery is overcharged the acid/water will begin to boil and evaporate.
Once you have removed a battery from the vehicle, before charging it is a good idea to clean the batteries down to rid them of any corrosion. A mixture of clean water and baking soda can be used to neutralise any acid on the case and remove any corrosion that may have developed on the terminals.