How to Maintain Your Marine Battery

A boat battery, also known as a marine battery, is just as important to take care of as the battery in your car. By doing proper maintenance, you ensure that you aren’t left out at sea when you take the boat out one morning. Here are some tips for maintaining your battery and making sure you are ready to go anytime you want to take your boat out.

Different types of batteries need specific sorts of care depending on both the construction and chemistry of the battery.

Lithium-Ion

This is a newbie in the world of the marine battery, but it’s also proving to be a real powerhouse. Keep in mind, though, that this type of battery costs more than many other types that exist. With a lithium-ion battery, you’ll find they carry a deep charge and are relatively lightweight. They are also known for having a long life and being able to recharge more often and longer than other options.

Wet-Cell

This is the most popular battery when it comes to marine vehicles. They are also the cheapest option you can get. These batteries have cells with battery acid, an electrolyte liquid. With this kind of battery, letting fluid levels drop can lead to a dead battery. That means you’ll need to refill the cells with distilled water from time to time. However, this type of battery does have a long lifecycle and is lightweight compared to some alternatives.

Gel

With a gel battery, the contents are similar to the wet-cell, but they use gel rather than liquid. That means you don’t have to refill them like the other type. This battery tends to require little maintenance and is designed to have a higher resistance to vibrations for your boat. They also have a low self-discharge rate, meaning they can be stored for a season without needing constant recharges.

Absorbed Glass Mat

This battery is slightly different from the others. It contains a mat of fiberglass that is soaked in electrolytes and then placed between battery places. There is no requirement for refilling these batteries, and they have the superior resistance to vibrations, similar to the gel. However, they are heavier than a wet-cell and can break down if they are overcharged.

Choosing the Right Battery

For those in the market for a new marine battery, consider Motor City Battery Company. We offer both deep cycling and starting models. To learn more about your options, you can reach us at 313-451-8471 or visit our website at www.MotorCityBatteryCompany.com. You can also follow them on Google+ for more updates.

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