ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR BOAT BATTERY
The battery of your boat provides the power to most onboard systems especially your engine. Maintaining your battery means more efficiency to other boat parts like navigation systems, pumps and more. If you know the proper way to maintain your boat battery, it can prolong the life of your investment.
Check out some tips on maintaining your boat battery.
MAINTAIN PROPER VENTILATION
You must have a boat battery box with vents to provide proper ventilation. Your boat battery may heat while charging or when under heavy load. Ensuring that your battery receives air properly, you can avoid the risk of serious combustion.
MONITOR FLUID LEVEL
Monitor the fluid level of your battery especially if it is a deep-cycle battery with caps. If there isn’t enough fluid, add ion-free distilled water. Avoid overfilling of fluid because water will flow out through the caps when your battery heats up while charging.
CHARGE BOAT BATTERY PROPERLY
Overcharging your battery can cause permanent damage. Follow the right way and proper amount of volts your battery needs. For example, a 12-volt battery has a usual charging voltage of 14.2 to 14.4 volts.
SECURE BOAT BATTERY
Secure your boat battery with brackets. Nylon is the prominent material used for brackets, so make sure that it’s not loose. Tighten your bracket since it can be the reason for leakage, moving of your battery, damage and failure to function at its best performance.
USE A BATTERY TESTER
Use a battery tester to see the capacity of your battery and if it’s still functioning well. Moreover, you also have to check all the connections to switches and electronics regularly to ensure that everything is properly connected.
Maintaining your boat battery prevents you from being stranded in the middle of the water. It can also help your boat function well, so in order to have the best boating experience always keep everything in your boat under proper maintenance.
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