There is a limit to everything. And knowing when a battery has had enough, could mean the
difference between a battery that lasts for years or one that has to be replaced every
other season. More serious than the loss of the battery, is that the battery could become
dangerous, and, unfortunately, I have seen my fair share of battery explosions. I know of
a situation where the battery was so seriously over charged that it melted while out
boating and took out the entire electrical system. (not one piece of electronic equipment
survived the failure) So, in an attempt to keep yourself from that fate, at least learn
performing any tests on a battery, check electrolyte level and top off
with only distilled water, as needed. The likelihood of a
battery explosion increases significantly as the temperature and charging rate increases
and the electrolyte level decreases.
Replace battery if any signs that the battery has run completely dry,
cracks in battery case, and/or terminal post damage.
information on this page should not be used for
"Maintenance free", "Gel" and/or "AGM"
type batteries. Also, these type batteries are not always charged
properly by an old fashion battery charger.
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