Proper 12 Volt DC Battery Maintenance

Most people know to check their battery during the winter months. Winter months are notorious for dead batteries and morning jump starts. A less known fact is summer heat can affect a dc battery more than bitter cold winter weather. The summer heat can speed up the chemical reaction in a battery causing it to be overcharged. The heat can also evaporate the battery fluid which can lead to internal structure damage. Excessive heat and over charging can shorten the life of a battery.

Luckily there are a few simple steps to protect your battery and avoid being stranded in the hot summer sun.

Caring for your 12 Volt DC Battery

Keeping the battery clean is the best way to ensure it works properly. Regularly detach the battery cables and wipe off the terminals. Make sure all connections are secure and the battery is strapped down tightly. Another easy tip is to be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. Overcharging or undercharging can kill a battery quickly. If the battery is the type that needs topped off be sure to check it regularly and top it off with distilled water as needed.

If there is reason to believe the battery is not working properly, have it tested and replace it with a proper battery when necessary. Following these simple tips can greatly increase the life of your battery and avoid annoying break downs during the summer months.