The battery charging requirements for the domestic, deep cycle batteries found on most boats differ, depending on the type and capacity of the battery.
Correct charging will maintain your marine leisure batteries for a longer life.
These batteries are popular as they are designed to provide power over long periods and are tolerant of being run flat occasionally.
Using the correct
charger for your deep cycle batteries will prolong its life, keep it
charged and take much of the guesswork out of battery charging.
The correct charger will
depend on the type and capacity
of your battery.
Not all chargers will be right
for all types.
Also, having a battery
maintenance routine can help
prolong all your batteries.
They require cycled
charging and re-charging for the
battery to reach its maximum capacity.
need a charger that will perform a multiple re-charging processes,
single stage charge of a normal automotive charger.
of the lower priced ones
have to be started and stopped manually and unhooked when not in
The chargers also come
sizes, to suit the
battery's capacity, for banks of batteries you will need a multiple
If you have paid a lot
money for your batteries it
will be worth while investing a bit more and fitting a Smart
A smart charger monitors
battery and controls the
charging voltages and currents needed to provide a complete charge and
will also equalize the charge in the individual battery cells.
Boat Books on-line
battery you have on a boat is should be secured in a vented battery
This will protect it and the
connections from any
While it is good practice to
coat the terminals with a
thin layer of grease, you should also give them a regular clean.
Any build up of oxidation on
the terminals will result in
a voltage drop.
If you don't have a 'smart
occasional extended charging with a lower electric voltage will
equalize the charge in the individual cells.
And of course check all
electrical connections for
tightness and corrosion.