Have you ever worried about getting stranded out on the water, your battery dead? Worried about losing necessary power in your RV?
If you operate any machine with a deep cycle battery, it's important to maintain its charge. But how you charge a battery is important. You do not want to damage the battery or destroy its life expectancy.
Do you want to learn how to charge a deep cycle battery? Keep reading and we'll teach you!
How to Charge a Deep Cycle Battery
Not every battery connected to your vehicle is a "deep cycle battery". Chances are you have both a starting battery that helps turn over the engine, and a deep cycle battery that provides consistent power throughout your vehicle's operation.
If your starting battery dies, you'll need a jump starter. While a starting battery delivers high current in a short cycle, a deep cycle battery generates a low current over a longer length of time.
The benefit of all deep cycle batteries is that they can be fully discharged, from 100% down to zero, and fully recharged. There are different styles of deep cycle batteries, AGM and gel batteries for example, but they provide the same relative function.
Opinions differ on how this "cycling" of the battery affects battery life in the long term. Some say you shouldn't completely drain your battery, while others say you also shouldn't "top off" your battery if you only use 10 or 15% at a time.
Opinions aside, there are important steps to take when charging a deep cycle battery.
Check the Battery Health
Before you charge any battery, you want to be sure it is in good working condition. Check the exterior for any cracks or corrosion. If the battery is damaged, replace it - but be sure to recycle your old battery if you do replace it.
Deep cycle batteries contain water. Ensure that the battery is filled. If the water is low, you can fill it with distilled water.
You must regularly maintain the liquid level, or the battery will deteriorate.
Choose Your Charger
Choose a charger that outputs an appropriate amount of power for your battery and your use. Chargers often generate either 5, 10, or 15 amps.
If you choose a float charger, you'll have the added advantage of the "smart" on/off feature. These cycle power to your battery and turn off when the battery has reached capacity.
You may also choose a trickle charger. The trickle charger will cycle power to your battery in the same way as a float charger, though it will not turn off.
When using a trickle charger, you'll need to set a timer to make sure you do not overcharge your battery. Charge times change based on how much you've discharged your battery and the amperage of the charger.
Once you've calculated your charge time, you're ready to charge up! Connect your battery and check its capacity periodically.
Be sure you do not charge your battery in extreme conditions. Extreme heat and cold can damage your battery and the charger.
Now you know how to charge a deep cycle battery: Whether you have an AGM battery, a gel battery, or another deep cycle battery - the charging process is the same.
And whenever you charge your batteries, be safe! You are dealing with electricity.
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