There are two types of lead-acid batteries: starting (shallow cycle) and deep cycle. Deep cycle batteries are intended to provide long periods of continuous power. They are primarily used for golf carts, small boats, and auxiliary or recreational vehicles. Starting batteries are the ones used for cars and trucks. They deliver large bursts of power in a short time-frame in order to start a vehicle’s engine.
Car Battery Care
Car batteries require a certain degree of maintenance and care, even if they are “maintenance-free” car batteries. Depending on the type of battery, some will need occasional re-fills of electrolyte fluid, water, or battery fluid. Once a battery is old or defective, it needs replaced. If it runs out of power, it needs re-charged right away. Below are some helpful “do’s and don’ts” for automotive battery care. Review these lists and apply this knowledge to your vehicle or when purchasing a new car battery.
• Never Forget that Safety Always Comes First!
• Never disconnect battery cables while engines are running.
• Do not mix battery sizes and types.
• Do not use tap water when re-filling battery cells.
• When charging car batteries, do not use an unregulated high-output charger.
• Do not discharge a car battery deeper than needed.
• Do not wait too long to re-charge a car battery.
• Do not let batteries get too hot and boil when charging.
• Always Remember Safety.
• Read through manuals for detailed instructions and information.
• Watch tutorials before attempting to charge or replace car batteries for the first time.
• Regularly inspect and maintenance car batteries.
• Increase frequency of battery maintenance and inspection during hot seasons.
• Immediately re-charge a car battery once it discharges.
• Choose a car battery with the highest reserve capacity or amp hour for your vehicle.
• Contact a licensed mechanic for trusted car battery services.