Charging up a deep cycle jet boat battery is not a difficult thing to do. With that said, it is critical to know about things that you can do incorrectly or what can go wrong when proceeding in the wrong way. Doing things incorrectly could damage your battery permanently so it dies suddenly and refuses to hold a charge which would then require a replacement. Therefore, it’s important to know a few facts to keep things going well.
- Risks of ACM Marine Batteries
To extend the life of your best marine battery or at least have it last as long as possible, avoid damaging it. It is more easily damaged than other types. A greater number of batteries die due to being mismanaged than come to the end of their useful life naturally.
- Check the Battery First
Decide where is best position to mount the battery. If it’s in a dark place that picks up debris and seems to magically collect dirt, you’re asking for trouble. The terminals can get dirty with this accumulation risking causing problems when recharging it and possible accidental damage.
Be sure to clean the battery and make sure it’s dry before working with it.
Run some general checks. Find the battery, remove the box where the battery is stored and turn the battery to the off position. This ensures you won’t receive a shock while checking it out.
Check each of the battery terminals and grip connections. Dust off any dirt or debris. Avoid corrosion to prevent energy loss.
- Re-connect the Charger
Once the battery has no corrosion and is clean, then you can charge it. Connect the terminals of the battery charger to the deep cycle battery. Usually, a multi-stage charger is used. These ones are smarter and avoid damaging the battery.
- Use a Smart Charger
A smart charger charges in multiple stages. The bulk stage is followed by the acceptance stage and lastly the float stage. This is done to avoid damaging the components inside the battery.
- Charging Deep Cycle Batteries
Charging deep cycle batteries are not a complicated, Once using a quality charger, attach the clips to the terminals on the battery. When they’re on, turn on the charge and let the battery charge up.
Read the instructions on the charger if it’s a more sophisticated one and has multiple options relating to charging modes, etc. See what your options are to keep your batteries healthier to help them last the duration.
Watch the LED on the charger to see how the battery is being charged up. The charger will control the process from this point on. It automatically adjusts through the three charging stages if you have a smart charger.
- Removing the Battery Charger
After the battery is charged up, turn off the charger and then remove the clips from the battery’s terminals. Put the cover back on the battery box and reposition the battery into its regular spot.