MAINTENANCE & TIPS:
As with all power sport batteries, proper battery care is important to the performance and life expectancy of a battery. Knowing how to properly maintain, charge and store the battery will keep your battery ready to perform when you need it.
- Higher temperatures mean faster self-discharge. Temperatures over 130 degrees Fahrenheit will kill the battery.
- Keep the top of the battery free of dirt & grime. Always check for loose connections and do not over tighten. Clean terminals & cable ends as necessary to insure proper contact. Inspect the battery case for obvious damage. DO NOT remove the caps or lids of a sealed battery.
All batteries have a natural tendency to self-discharge. There are a number of reasons why discharge takes place. Some examples are high temperatures, parasitic draw, non-use and trips that are not long enough to recharge the battery.
- A fully automatic, low amp charger is highly recommended.
- Always charge batteries in a well ventilated area & wear proper eye protection.
- Make sure the charger is off and unplugged before connecting the leads to the battery.
- Never try to charge a visibly damaged or frozen battery.
- Make sure the charger leads are securely attached to the battery terminals.
- Keep all sparks, flames and cigarettes away from charging area.
The ultimate goal when storing your battery, whether you leave it in the vehicle or remove it, is to keep the battery fully charged. When the battery becomes discharged, it could fall victim to one of two things, sulfation or freezing. Either way this will likely result in replacing to battery.
SULFATION & FREEZING:
All power sport batteries experience some level of sulfation. This starts when batteries begin to discharge. Occurs when sulfur in the electrolyte forms crystals that attach to the lead plates and then act as “insulation” keeping the battery from taking a charge.
The more your battery becomes discharged, the more the battery’s electrolyte becomes water and the acid starts to absorb into the lead plates.
- Discharged batteries will begin freezing at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
- This can result in a cracked case or buckled plates.
- If the sides of the battery are bulging, the battery is frozen and permanent damaged has occurred.
All lead acid batteries (including automotive, power sport, conventional lead acid and AGM batteries are 100% recyclable. Every component of lead acid batteries gets reused. All components, which are extremely harmful to the environment & humans if thrown in the trash. They can easily be re-purposed into useful consumables – including power sport batteries.
Recycling sites like RBRC.com or Earth911.com can direct you to local recycling facilities searchable by city and state.