RV Battery Resource Page

Everything you need to know about RV Traveler's Choice batteries all in one spot.

RV Battery Types

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Flooded Deep Cycle

Flooded Deep Cycle

More power for RV appliances.

AGM Deep Cycle

AGM Deep Cycle

2X the cycle life, never-add-water design.

Gel Deep Cycle

Gel Deep Cycle

Longest deep cycle life.

Flooded Deep Cycle Battery
Flooded Deep Cycle Battery
AGM Deep Cycle Battery
AGM Deep Cycle Battery
Gel Deep Cycle Battery
Gel Deep Cycle Battery

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Which is battery is right for you?
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Maintenance and Charging Guidelines

Be sure to read these frequently Asked Questions about RV Traveler’s Choice Deep Cycle Batteries

BATTERY SAFETY TIPS

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!

SERVICE TIPS

WARNING: Always wear safety glasses when working around batteries. Batteries can explode! Protect your eyes.

  1. Perform a visual inspection. Inspect for defective or cracked case and cover, and loose or damaged terminal posts or cables. Replace battery and/or cables immediately if any damage is found.
  2. Look for loose connections or hold-downs. Tighten snugly if appropriate. TO AVOID BATTERY DAMAGE, DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN!
  3. Keep the batteries and battery compartment clean and corrosion free. Dirty, corroded batteries can self-discharge, which will affect performance and life. Clean corrosion with a paste made from baking soda and water. Apply liberally. Any corrosion is neutralized when the solution stops bubbling. Wash off with large quantities of water to avoid environmental damage.
  4. Shine lead posts and terminal ends with a wire brush or steel wool to clean corrosion and assure a low resistance connection. Reassemble and coat lead parts with petroleum jelly or a terminal protection spray. Repaint hold-down, tray and surrounding parts if necessary.

OFF-SEASON STORAGE

Batteries that are not in use during the off-season must be cared for as follows to extend battery life and reliability:

  1. Disconnect the batteries to avoid self-discharge due to parasitic loads such as clocks, ground faults, etc.
  2. Put batteries into storage fully charged and keep them above 75% state-of-charge. Check state-of-charge every 90 days and recharge if necessary.
  3. Ideally, store batteries in a cool, dry place with temperatures not below 0ºC (32°F) or above 27°C (80°F). Typically, batteries will self-discharge at faster rates at higher temperatures.

Battery Off Season Storage

CARE OF DEEP CYCLE BATTERIES

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).

Care of Deep Cycle Batteries

CHARGING TIPS

Always leave filler caps in place, tight and secure to reduce the risk of battery explosion and serious injury! Always wear safety glasses when working around batteries. Batteries can explode! Protect your eyes. Do not charge batteries without proper instruction.

  1. Batteries should be charged if hydrometer reading is below 1.225 specific gravity, or open circuit voltage is below 12.4 volts, or if a load test is below 9.6 volts.
  2. Carefully read and follow the instructions that came with the charger to avoid serious injury, property damage and/or battery damage.
  3. Unplug the charger before connecting or disconnecting a battery to avoid dangerous sparks which can cause a battery to explode.
  4. Do not leave a battery on charge for more than 48 hours to avoid damaging the battery by over-charging. If gassing or spewing of electrolyte occurs, or the battery case feels hot, reduce or temporarily halt charging to avoid damaging the battery.
  5. Stop the charge when two hydrometer or voltage readings recorded two hours apart indicate no increase. Further charging would be useless and may damage the battery and shorten its life. If the battery won’t come up to full charge, replace it.
  6. NEVER attempt to charge a frozen battery. To avoid explosion and serious injury, allow it to warm to 16°C (60°F) before charging.
  7. NEVER leave a battery on a trickle charger longer than 48 hours. Serious damage to the battery WILL occur.

Charging Tips

GEL & AGM BATTERY CHARGING GUIDE

Charging Guide

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.

GEL & AGM BATTERY APPLICATIONS

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:

Battery Applications

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Winter Battery Storage

winter battery storageBatteries 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:

  1. Remove any corrosion using a mixture of baking soda and water, and then clean and dry the top of the battery. This will eliminate potential discharge paths.
  2. Terminals can be cleaned with a wire brush to remove remaining traces of corrosion.
  3. If the battery is being stored in a vehicle, disconnect it to avoid self-discharge due to parasitic loads such as clocks, ground faults, etc.
  4. Fully charge your battery before putting it into storage.
  5. If the battery has removable vent caps, check the electrolyte (battery fluid) level in each cell. If required, add distilled* water to bring the fluid level to just below the filler tube. CHARGE THE BATTERY PRIOR TO TOPPING UP THE ELECTROLYTE, otherwise electrolyte expansion during the charging process could cause the fluid to overflow. *using regular tap water may introduce contaminants that could cause internal corrosion and premature battery failure
  6. Keep your battery above 75% state-of-charge at all times. Check state-of-charge every 90 days and recharge if necessary.
  7. Store your battery in a cool, dry place with temperatures no lower than 32°F (0°C) and no higher than 80°F (27°C). Do not allow your battery to freeze and NEVER attempt to charge a frozen battery - the battery could explode!
  8. Never leave a battery on trickle charge longer than 48 hours, or serious damage to the battery will occur.

Winter battery storageHow 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.

Other Batteries for Your Winter Needs

Winter is time to get out the snow machine and ATV for winter riding. RV Care dealers have access to the specialized line of batteries to meet your snowmobile and ATV needs. Read more... (pdf)

RV Traveler's Choice Battery Warranty

NOTE: All warranty begins at date of installation for all batteries

RV batteries:

  • Conventional flooded, AGM and Gel 12 - volt RV batteries include a 36-month warranty, the first 24 months are free replacement and an additional 12 months pro-rated.
  • Conventional flooded, AGM and Gel 6 - volt RV batteries include a 12-month free replacement warranty.

Power sports, Automotive / Commercial Starting batteries:

  • For current warranty information, please check with your local RV Care dealer or email info@rvcare.ca