Be sure to read these frequently Asked Questions about RV Traveler’s Choice Deep Cycle Batteries
WARNING: Batteries produce explosive gases. Keep sparks, flames, and cigarettes away from batteries at all times. Protect your eyes at all times. Never lean over battery when jumping or performing other maintenance. Remember, always wear safety glasses when working around batteries!
WARNING: Always wear safety glasses when working around batteries. Batteries can explode! Protect your eyes.
Batteries that are not in use during the off-season must be cared for as follows to extend battery life and reliability:
RV Care deep cycle batteries are designed to provide excellent service life in deep cycle applications. The life of an RV Care deep cycle battery will be determined not only by the number of cycles (one discharge + one recharge) it receives, but also by the depth of each cycle. The deeper the discharge, the more damage to the battery plates and consequently the shorter the battery life.
To obtain maximum service life, your RV Care deep cycle battery should be fully charged every day it is used, even if it is only discharged 25%. Do not completely discharge any deep cycle battery if it can be avoided as the deeper the discharge the less life you will obtain from your battery.
To fully recharge a battery, you must replace the ampere hours removed from it, plus a 20% charge. This is because a lead acid battery is not 100% efficient on recharging. Do not charge your battery beyond the fully charged state as this also shortens service life.
The chart below gives you the state of charge at various specific gravities (determined with a hydrometer), corrected to 26.7°C (80°F). Never allow the fluid level in your battery to drop below the tops of the plates because the exposed portion of the plate will become permanently inactive due to sulfation. Check your fluid levels before charging and add distilled water to just above the level of the plates. After the battery is near full charge, recheck the levels and top up to just below the bottom of the filler tube. Overfilling before charging will result in an overflow of electrolyte (due to expansion).
While our VRLA batteries accept a charge extremely well due to their low internal resistance, any battery will be damaged by continual under- or overcharging. Capacity is reduced and life is shortened.
Overcharging is especially harmful to any VRLA battery because of the sealed design. Overcharging dries out the electrolyte by driving the oxygen and hydrogen out of the battery through the pressure relief valves. Performance and life are reduced.
If a battery is continually undercharged, a power-robbing layer of sulfate will build up on the positive plate, which acts as a barrier to recharging. Premature plate shedding can also occur. Performance is reduced and life is shortened.
Therefore, it is critical that a charger be used that limits voltage. The charger must be temperature-compensated to prevent under or overcharging due to ambient temperature changes.
IMPORTANT CHARGING INSTRUCTIONS: The warranty is void if improperly charged. Use a good constant potential, temperature-compensated, voltage-regulated charger. Constant current chargers should never be used on VRLA batteries.
VRLA batteries can be substituted in virtually any flooded lead-acid battery application (in conjunction with well-regulated charging), as well as applications where traditional flooded battery can’t be used. Gel batteries excel in super-deep discharge applications. AGM batteries excel in high current, high power applications and in extremely cold environments.
Because of their unique features, GEL & AGM batteries are particularly well suited for:
Batteries naturally self-discharge while not in use. The rate at which this happens depends on battery type and ambient temperature - cold will slow the process down and heat will speed it up.
When storing your battery over the winter months, you need to minimize the degree of discharge in order to keep it in good working order. That's because when batteries sit in a partially discharged state, the lead sulfate on the battery plates start to crystallize and harden. (This process is known as "plate sulfation".) Once fully crystallized, that portion of the plate is no longer capable of generating power. Should too much plate area become crystallized, the battery may no longer be able to generate enough power for your RV needs come Spring.
Here are a few simple storage procedures you can follow that will extend the life of your battery:
How long a battery will last is dependent on a number of factors, including manufacturer, power capacity, usage level, operating conditions, etc. But taking the time to properly prepare your battery for storage and remembering to maintain its state of charge during the winter months will help ensure you obtain maximum possible service life from your battery.
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NOTE: All warranty begins at date of installation for all batteries
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