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How to Hook Up the Battery Charger- Methods and Usage

How to Hook Up the Battery Charger- Methods and Usage

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One of the most ignored things about the batteries is the way you charge them. Although most people connect the batteries to the chargers considering the amperes and time, one thing that is mostly ignored is the way you connect the battery to the charger. This is something that plays a very important role in the health of your battery.

As everyone must be aware of using their battery chargers in the best way, here we will discuss how you can use the battery charger and what is the best way to use it.

Do you hook up a positive or negative terminal first?

It is one of the most confusing facts about battery charging and usage. Whether you are connecting the battery for charging it or you are connecting the battery for using it. The most important thing is that you connect the battery terminals in the right order.

Why is the positive terminal connected first?

This is considered to be a traditional thing that everyone connects the positive terminal of the battery at first. It is something that has to do a lot with the passage of power. So, here we will discuss some benefits of connecting the positive terminal of the battery.

The Benefits of Connecting the Positive Terminal First

The following are some of the benefits of connecting the positive terminal of the battery first.

  • Lower Chances of Creating a Spark Arc

The positive terminal has a higher potential and when you connect the positive terminal at first, the circuit is completed when the negative terminal is connected. This negative terminal has low potential so the chances of creating sparks are significantly reduced. This is very helpful in keeping the environment safe.

  • The Chances of Creating an Arc are Reduced

With the same science that is discussed above, the chances of creating an arc through your body and getting electrocuted are significantly reduced.

  • The battery terminal remains safe.

As the sparks are not created when the negative terminal is connected after the positive terminal of the battery, the chances of damaging the battery terminal are significantly reduced. This is very helpful because if there is a spark on the battery terminals, they can get corroded over time.

How do you hook up the battery charger?

One of the most important things in charging the battery is the way you connect it to the charger. This is also one of the most mistaken things about the battery charging that people connect the charger to their batteries in the wrong way. So, here we will provide the step by step guide on connecting the charger to the battery in the best way.

The steps you need to follow.

The following are the steps that you need to follow for connecting the charger to the battery.

  • Making sure that the charger is off.

The first thing that you will need to check is that the charger is off. The best practice is to turn off or disconnect the supply to the charger. However, if you are unable to do this, you can also turn the output of the charger off.

  • Connecting the positive terminal to the charger.

Once you are sure that the charger is off, you can connect the terminals of the charger to the terminal of the battery. Now you will firstly need to connect the positive terminal of the charger to the positive side of the battery.

  • Connecting the negative terminal to the charger.

The next step will be connecting the negative sides of the battery. This is the last step before you turn on the charger. So, you must make sure that the charger is not turned on before connecting the negative terminals.

  • Setting the charging speed.

Now you can set the charger speed. It is recommended that you start the charger with the lowest speed possible. However, if you know the rated charging speed, you can also start the charging process from that speed.

  • Starting the charger.

The last thing to do is to start the charger and you will be done with the process.

How do you use the battery charger properly?

Now that you know about connecting the battery charger correctly, the last thing that is left is the best and the correct way to use the battery charger. So, here we will discuss some factors that will help you in using the battery chargers in the best way.

Using only the right amperes.

This is beneficial for both the charger and the battery. Every battery and charger has some amperage ratings that are required to be followed. So, when you are using the battery charger, make sure that you use the charger on the correct amperage as this will be helping you in making the life of the battery better. It will also keep the charger safe from any kind of damage.

Using the charger for the recommended time only.

Using the charger for a specific time also affects the battery health and the charger because when the battery charging is full, the charger must be stopped. In this case, if the charger is not stopped, the charger and the battery can get damaged. So, if you do not have an intelligent battery charger, make sure that you use no more than the recommended time.

Connecting and disconnecting the charger in the right way only.

Connecting the charger to the battery also has a lot to do with the health of both. So, you must connect and disconnect the charger in the best way. The current way of connecting the battery to the charger is discussed above in this article. However, for disconnecting the battery from the charger, you will need to follow the exact steps for connecting the battery to the charger.

This time the steps will be following in the opposite direction for disconnecting the battery from the charger.

Conclusion

Charging the battery in the right way can save you from a lot of emergencies and it can also improve the performance and life of the battery. Here we discussed everything about connecting the charger and the things that you need to consider for using the battery charger. Following the things mentioned in the article will be very beneficial for your battery and the charger as well.

 

 

 

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