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Deep Cycle Battery Maintenance- Discharging And Charging Methods

Deep Cycle Battery Maintenance- Discharging And Charging Methods

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Deep cycle batteries are batteries that are very different from other batteries in many aspects. Although their internal chemistry is different, the form factor of these batteries is almost the same that makes people confused about these batteries.

The technology of the deep cycle batteries is rather the latest, and this technology helps the deep cycle batteries to get fully charged. Another great thing about these batteries is that you can get some extra power from these batteries. It is because these are designed to provide the necessary power from the last bits of the charge present in the battery.

This makes these batteries great for the application like to be used in wheelchairs where getting some extra distance might save our day. However, the maintenance of these batteries is something that most people do not know about.

The main reason for this is that the battery technology is new and now yet popular. So, here we will discuss the charging and maintenance of the deep cycle batteries.

Should you completely discharge a deep cycle battery?

The main way of making people attracted to these batteries that the manufacturers use is that they advertise these batteries as they can provide extra power from every bit of charge left in the battery. Although this is true that these batteries are designed to provide every bit of power present in them, this is not something that you must do every time.

It is because doing this will damage the battery and it will also decrease the life of your battery. Here we will discuss the amount of charging that you must keep inside the battery before you recharge it.

What must be the lowest percentage of charge?

As you are using the deep cycles, there will be very little chance of you getting in a scenario where you have to complete the use of the battery. Otherwise, you can charge the batteries without completely discharging them.

So, when you are discharging the batteries while you are getting enough time to charge the battery, make sure that there is about 20% left in the battery. It is because if you go below this, you might have to face the following issues.

  • The battery life will decrease.
  • The battery plates might get permanent damage to some extent.
  • The runtime of the batteries will get lower.

When should you recharge the deep cycle battery?

Although the lowest amount of charge to keep in the battery is about 205, this does not mean that you must only charge the deep cycle batteries only when they reach this low level of charge. So, when you are using the battery, you must keep track of the battery percentage and try to charge the battery as soon as it reaches below 50%

How much water should be in a deep cycle battery?

Although the physics of these batteries is a lot different from the other batteries, some things are still the same. The water that needs to be in the battery is just like other acid batteries. So, you need to keep check of the water level in the battery.

When you are regularly using the deep cycle battery, it is a good practice to keep the check of water level in the battery, and to do this, you can check the battery every once in two weeks. If we talk about the best level of water that must be maintained in the battery, this will be the level where the water fully covers the battery plates.

However, the water level must not reach too much in the battery as this will not be very good. The maximum level of water present inside the battery must not exceed too much that it is only approximately 0.5 centimeters away from the lowest point of the opening. However, this will vary from battery to battery depending on the model and the manufacturer as well.

So, if you are looking to maintain the water level inside the battery, you must check the user’s manual for the battery to know the exact measurements.

What is the significance of maintaining the water level in the battery?

The significance of maintaining the water level in the battery is discussed below.

The Benefits

  • The battery life will not be damaged.
  • The battery will be able to perform adequately.

Consequences

  • If the water level is lower than necessary, the battery plates will be permanently damaged.
  • If the water is over-leveled, the battery will not perform well.

Should you trickle charge a deep cycle battery?

One question that most people ask is about the charging of these batteries. As there are special charges for charging these batteries in the best possible way, people think if they can charge these batteries with other chargers as well. Some of them ask if they can trickle charge the deep cycle batteries and if it will be harmful or beneficial for the batteries.

So, here we will answer all your queries related to trickle charging the deep cycle battery.

What is trickle charging?

This is a special way of charging the regular batteries where the charger provides enough power to keep the charging in the battery at the max. In other words, the trickle charger charges the battery equal to its discharge rate so that the charge level of the idle batteries will not drip with time. However, if the battery is connected to a load, the trickle charging will not work.

Why is trickle charging not good for deep cycle batteries?

If you are thinking if you can trickle charge the deep cycle batteries, then the answer is a big NO. It is because the deep cycle batteries are not designed to be charged in the way other batteries are charged. Especially the charging specifications of the trickle chargers are very different from the requirements of the deep cycle batteries.

The major difference in the charging specifications is for the charging amps and if the deep cycle batteries do not get enough amps, they will get permanent internal damage.

Conclusion

The performance of the deep cycle batteries makes them a good candidate for the future competition of the battery technology in the world. However, with great performance comes the need for great maintenance and care. So, here we discussed the care and maintenance of the deep cycle batteries so that you can practice it in the best way.

 

 

 

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