Here's some useful information to help you get the most life out of your battery.
- Most leisure batteries benefit from not being discharged lower than 50%. This is understood to be a level in which the battery will continue to recharge and not loose capacity over a long period of time.
- You must not fully flatten a leisure battery or regularly discharge it over 50%. This will result in loss of capacity. If you do this often you may find that the battery will retain charge but starts to drain quicker than normal. This is not covered under warranty as it is not a manufacturing defect.
- Never leave your leisure battery flat for long periods of time. If you intend to leave your battery for a time then please ensure the battery is fully charged and then recharged once a month. This will ensure the battery does not sulphate and stays in tip top condition!
- Ensure that your battery is getting the correct charge. Automatic/smart charges are great as long as you do not discharge the battery over 50%. If you discharge over 50% frequently you will find that the automatic chargers will cut off too early before the battery is actually fully charged. This will result in loss of capacity. In our experience good old fashioned chargers perform well in battery recovery if you inadvertently fully discharge your battery.
- If your battery is used within a purpose built battery monitoring/charging system then please check the setting the charger is currently set to. There may be different settings for different types of batteries ie: lead acid, sealed, gel etc. Please ensure that your system is set up correctly for the type of battery you have. If you are unsure then please refer to your charger manual or contact us.
- If your battery is used with an alternator as a charging method then please ensure it is giving out the correct voltage.
- If you have more than one battery in operation that share the same charging input it is crucial that you replace the bank of batteries at the same time. This will ensure that the new batteries are all fresh and will perform well. Even if you suspect that one or some of the batteries are ok they will fail before your new battery and will bring the new battery down resulting in failure.
- Banks of batteries benefit from all being the same type and capacity. This will ensure even charging and prolong the life of your batteries.
Did You Know?
Over 90% of warranty claims within the battery industry are due to a fault with the following: Vehicle malfunction, Charger malfunction, Negligence and incorrect application.
Modern battery manufacturing has moved on significantly and the rate of battery failure due to manufacturing defects has been reduced to around as little as 1.5%.
So provided the right battery is used in the right application, the chances of you having a battery problem will be minimal. All batteries have a finite lifespan which is governed by the conditions under which the battery operates.
Batteries caused by sulphation, wear and tear, over charging, under charging and deep cycling are not manufacturing faults and are not covered by the warranty.