Frequently Asked Questions:
When should an industrial battery be watered?
We suggest that all batteries be checked for water on Monday morning, following an equalize charge.
How much water should I add to the battery?
If the filling is done on Monday morning, we recommend filling to within 1/4" of the base of the vent well (neck). We also recommend the uses of a battery watering gun to aid you in maintaining the proper level as well as reducing the time to water.
What is an equalize charge?
Oftentimes referred to as a weekend charge, this charge is nothing more than an extended period of charge (2-3 hours) to aid in removing all the sulfate on the plates made during the discharge.
How often should I equalize?
Every weekend unless the battery is in a limited duty application. An example could be a truck that is called on to work only an hour a day. An equalize in that situation would only be necessary once a month.
How often should I routinely charge my battery?
If your workload is very active during the day, we recommend charging every night. If the duty is light, then we recommend charging every other day or even less frequently. Keep in mind that the fewer amount of charge cycles received by the battery, the longer the life of the battery.
What is the life span of a battery?
The average is 5-7 years depending on the duty cycle, and more importantly, how well it is maintained.
What is the best way to clean a battery?
For a long time, we recommended cleaning with a solution made of baking soda and water, and although this is still OK, we find that using spray bottles of a neutralizer or cleaner to be more effective and easier on the user.
When is a battery vulnerable to explosion?
Usually during the last few hours of the charge cycle. During this time, a battery gives off hydrogen gas through the vent holes of the cap and care should be given not to have a flame or metallic objects near the battery. Proper ventilation is required to help displace the gasses.
How deeply can I discharge my battery?
Lead acid batteries should never be discharged below 80% of the battery’s capacity. This can be determined by a "fuel gauge" mounted on the truck. Most meters will indicate a warning if that battery’s capacity gets too low.
Should batteries be given a "cool-down" period following a charge?
Not as much with today's high-tech controls on the chargers. These are designed to charge back only what has been removed from the battery