The best Advice from The BBL Battery Experts!
Without any clear direction on holidaying abroad or even in the U.K., many leisure vehicles including Caravans and Motorhomes remain static and in many cases have stood still for nine months or more. All batteries will suffer from non use and leisure batteries are susceptible to irreparable damage in these situations. Batteries that fail and need replacing under such circumstances have not failed due to manufacturing faults or failed components. They fail due to a lack of care and poor maintenance.
Keeping your leisure battery healthy during extended periods of non use is simple. All you need is a good quality, intelligent battery charger and the know-how. Please see below for some top tips from the BBL Battery Experts.
CHARGING YOUR LEISURE BATTERY
All batteries will self-discharge, even those that have been removed from the vehicle. If the charge is allowed to drop too low then they cannot be recovered. Batteries that remain in situ for long periods of time without being used may also have the additional problem of devices, such as security alarms, draining the battery even faster and further.
BBL advise that any battery that is not in service is charged regularly using a good quality, intelligent battery charger designed to maintain charge and to gently work to battery keeping it at optimum voltage and healthy.
When charging, you can either remove the battery or leave it connected which will allow any security devices to remain active. It is very important to check your battery charger’s instructions to ensure it does have a maintenance mode and is safe to be left connected for long periods of time.
When it comes to maintaining AGM or Lithium Iron batteries you will need a compatible charger that will work with these technologies. Failure to do so will result in permanent damage.
CHOOSING YOUR LEISURE BATTERY
Choose a battery that will suit . BBL recommends that you consider all of the points below when making your choice.
SIZE - You will always be limited by the amount of space you have to fit your battery in. The battery’s footprint must be the same size or smaller than your battery tray or locker it is being fitted into.
WATT HOURS - This relates to the amount of power your battery can supply when at full charge. Certain appliances will require more power than others. This must be taken into consideration and be based on the highest powered equipment you will be using.
CYCLIC LIFE - This relates to the number of cycles the battery is capable of performing or in its simplest form, how many times the battery can be discharged to 50% and then charged back up again to 100%. This is a cycle. The more cycles a battery can perform, the longer its service life will be.
CAPACITY - Which is the amount of power your battery has to run your appliances. The amount of power is finite. A comparison can be made to a glass of water. The larger the glass, the more water it can hold.
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