Off-Season Battery Storage Suggestions

  1. Store your battery in a cool, dry place. Heat causes your battery to dicharge at a faster rate.
  2. Never allow a battery to remain in a discharged condition for a long period of time. When your battery is to be stored, it should first be fully charged. Recharge your battery approximately one every two months, or when the specific gravity of the electrlyte drops to 1.225. 
  3. Do not overcharge your battery. This will cause damage to the cell plates. When charging your battery, feel the sides of the battery container from time to time. When the battery is warm, it has had an adequate charge. The specific gravity of a fully charged battery is 1.265.
  4. Never allow a battery to freeze.
  5. As a battery gives off flammable hydrogen gasses when it is charging, never bring an open flame near a battery. Always charge your battery in a well-ventilated area.
  6. When charging a battery, remove or completely loosen the vent plugs or filler caps (if equipped). This is important for both the push-pull types, as well as threaded types of vent plugs. AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat), Gel and Maintenance-Free batteries are sealed and rely on interal vents to release pressure. These batteries appear to have removeable vents but they are not. Do not attempt to remove vent plugs or caps on these types of batteries.
  7. Keep the cells of a battery filled with pure water at all times. Do not use well water, distilled water is preffered.
  8. Keep the top of the battery, as well as the terminals, clean.

To extend the life of your battery or batteries purchasing a battery maintainer will help. There are many brands of battery maintainers - to view maintainers we suggest for battery short and long term storage click here.

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