Basics Of Marine Batteries and Battery Chargers Every Skipper Should Know


Consumers today are very conscientious about the purchases they make. This is true even for leisure and recreational equipment. And with the Internet available, it's easier than ever to be well informed before buying and ensuring you get the biggest for the dollar.

The water is not somewhere you want to be stranded. When you make the decision to buy a marine battery, it is a serious consideration. You will want to factor in type, size and capacity of the unit you need for your recreational vehicle. Whether it will be exposed to severe weather or water spray are additional considerations.

A marine battery should be protected from the elements, even if that means acquiring a special container to store it in onboard the vessel. This also applies when the vehicle is stored on shore; try to keep it in a covered environment.

Always check the charge on your batteries before going on an outing. Nothing will wreck a day or weekend in the sun faster than a dead-lined vehicle. Plus, it may be very dangerous to become stranded out on the water with no way to get back in or communicate with shore.

A good, reliable marine battery charger is a must for the outdoor enthusiast. There is any number of them available online in sizes and price ranges to fit every need and budget. Go with a brand name or ask friends what they recommend.

Some Basic Knowledge About Marine Batteries And Chargers

Of course there are different types of batteries for different purposes on marine vehicles. Keep in mind what your unit will used for; as example, will is be cranking a large inboard Mercury engine or running a trolling motor for a fishing boat. Match the equipment to the purpose it is intended for.

Ensure your charger is matched to your type of unit. If you neglect this warning, you may cause severe damage to your marine battery.

Avoid overcharging your battery. It will critically decrease the useful lifespan of the unit. On the other end of the same stick, undercharging causes irreparable damage to the unit as well. Both practices drastically reduce the life of the battery.

It's highly recommended that you carry a fully charged back-up battery with you if you are going a distance offshore or into remote areas where you could become stranded. Short of that, you must have a portable battery charger at a minimum to safely operate your vehicle under these situations. It just makes good sense.

Matching A Charger To The Battery

A marine charger should, at a minimum be waterproof and small enough to store on the boat. It is a good practice to store the charger there, even why in the boathouse or shed because then you know without a doubt where it is when inevitably need.

Any charger will revive a battery, but the proper mix between output of charger to unit capacity is key. 20% of unit capacity is the magic number to prevent damage to your unit. This will prevent under- or over-charging.

The proper match between the two means you will get the longest life possible from your equipment. Extend the life of your marine battery by doing your research before you purchase. Buy the perfect charger the first time.

 


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