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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