Updated: Sep 29
WINTER BATTERY CARE
No denying it – Fall is in the air and temps are dropping. Here’s some tips for proper battery storage when you put those boats, RVs, and powersport vehicles away.
If your boat is outside in the winter it is best to remove your batteries completely. If you have access to heated storage, still make sure to disconnect the batteries via a disconnect switch or by removing the positive cable from the battery. Either way use an automatic battery maintainer with 2-5 amps output to keep them healthy.
Same as boat batteries – if you are able, completely remove the batteries and store in above freezing temps with an automatic tender with 5-10 amps capacity. If staying outside (it’s risky), make sure they are fully charged and filled to start and use a 5-10 amp tender all winter.
Don’t leave them outside at all! Powersport batteries come in a small package and are prone to freezing. Remove them and store them in above freezing temps. Use a 1-2 amps battery maintainer on them – They will thank you!
RECYCLING YOUR LEAD ACID BATTERIES
We all play a part in protecting the environment. Recycling your vehicle batteries is a great step you can take. So – what happens to my car or truck battery when it gets recycled? Read on below!
First the battery is broken apart in a mill and the pieces are placed into a liquid vat. Lead and heavy materials fall to the bottom and the plastic floats and is scooped away. The plastic is cleaned, melted, and extruded into plastic pellets to be reused again – usually to make more battery cases!
The liquid water/battery acid mixture is drained away where it can either be neutralized with a product similar to baking soda, or it can be turned into sodium sulfate which is used in laundry detergent and glass/textile manufacturing.
The lead battery grids, and lead oxide are cleaned and then heated to melting point in a furnace. Any impurities float to the top and a removed and disposed of. The remaining pure lead is poured into lead ingots and sold to the battery manufacturers to be reused.
All told almost 98% of the battery is recycled. Battery Boss is a certified battery recycler and we pay cash for used lead acid batteries!
What is the best 12-volt battery for my boat?
Basic Boat Battery Types:
There are two basic types of 12-volt batteries: 1) cranking batteries, designed to start your main engine, and 2) deep-cycle batteries, which power electrical accessories such as fish-finders and radios. Dual-purpose batteries that can perform both these functions are also available.
Dual Purpose Batteries:
It’s best to install separate cranking and deep-cycle batteries. However, if there’s only room for one battery or budget is a concern then consider buying a dual-purpose marine battery that handles starting and cycling. Keep in mind most dual-purpose batteries won’t start an engine quite as well as a true cranking battery and won’t endure as many deep discharge/recharge cycles as a deep-cycle model.
Why Choose AGM Batteries?
AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) are a great choice for marine applications. They are non-spill, maintenance-free batteries that don’t off gas. They can be installed in any orientation and have superior resistance to heat, cold, and vibration. Battery Boss has the AGM cranking and deep-cycle marine batteries to suit your needs!
GOLF CART BATTERIES – GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR INVESTEMENT
Electric golf carts are a clean, reliable, and versatile mode of transportation whether playing golf, driving around the campsite to visit friends, or doing chores on your farm. They provide years of enjoyment if properly maintained. One of the biggest maintenance items is the battery system. Most electric golf carts have 36Volt or 48Volt motors. A 36Volt motor requires (6) 6Volt batteries or (3) 12Volt batteries. A 48V cart requires (6) 8Volt batteries or (4) 12Volt batteries. These are always deep cycle batteries and are usually flooded lead acid batteries, which will take care for you if you take care of them. Here are the top three maintenance items to monitor regarding flooded batteries:
1. Make sure all cables and are in good shape and connections are tight. If cables look cracked, degraded, or oxidized replace them immediately.
2. Monitor the electrolyte level in your batteries weekly or more frequently. Top up with distilled water only.
3. Charge your batteries after every use! These batteries have no “memory” so this wont harm the battery it will extend their usable lifespan.
GET YOUR BOAT READY FOR THE WATER DURING THIS DOWN TIME With all signs pointing to social distancing and non-essential travel policies being a reality for the next few weeks, why not take advantage of the down time and get your boat or watercraft ready for the summer! That way when COVID-19 policies are relaxed you can still enjoy your time on the water this summer. At Battery Boss we have dual purpose and starting batteries in both maintenance free and AGM models for all your ski, surf, or pontoon boats. We also have a wide selection of batteries for personal watercraft such as Seadoos and jet skis. If electric trolling motors are more your thing then we also have you covered with our wide selection of deep cycle AGM batteries. We are not just batteries either. We carry everything from solar chargers and battery maintainers to smart boxes for batteries and custom battery cable manufacturing. We take our responsibility as an essential service very seriously and we have adopted AHS recommendations for social distancing and enhanced disinfecting procedures in store. Come see us or call us about delivery options!
GET YOUR RV READY FOR SPRING! WHY 6V-VOLT BATTERIES ARE RIGHT FOR YOU! People ask us every day, what is the purpose of a 6-volt RV battery? And why are two 6-volt deep cycle batteries better than two 12-volt batteries? A 6-volt battery for RVs is a true dedicated deep cycle battery. They have thicker plates inside than a 12-volt deep cycle battery and they are not designed with any engine starting purpose in mind. With a thicker battery plate, the 6-volt battery can deliver more long-term energy and sustain deep discharging and recharging. Most 12-volt “RV/Marine” batteries are dual-purpose batteries that have some starting capacity as well as deep cycle characteristics. These are perfectly fine if your RV lifestyle is traveling park to park with powered campsites, in which case a 12-volt deep cycle battery with 80 to 100 amp hours will work great. But if you camp in remote places and need as much stored energy as possible, you should use two, four or even six 6-volt batteries. At Battery Boss we have a wide selection of rugged 6-volt batteries as well as 12-volt RV/Marine batteries. Come see us or call us about delivery options!
WHY IS MY MOTORCYCLE BATTERY DEAD EVERY SPRING????
Too often, motorcycle batteries die young, murdered by neglect. Dehydration, improper charging, and a slow discharge during storage all shorten battery life. But it doesn’t have to be that way; how long your battery lasts is up to you!
Motorcycle radios, clocks, alarms, computers, etc., draw a small current even when the ignition switch is off, which can drain batteries. To prevent these draws from killing your battery, you could disconnect the battery, but even with no load on them, batteries self-discharge. When batteries are left discharged they become sulfated and permanently lose the ability to be charged, so always recharge a discharged battery as soon as possible.
STORAGE AND CHARGING
If a motorcycle is stored for several weeks or longer, keep it on a “smart” multi-stage maintenance charger with multiple modes. During extended storage, remove the battery and place it indoors, connected to a maintenance charger. Often, we don’t expect to leave the bike as long as we do, so make it a habit to connect it when parking at home.
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