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Category Name - Battery Care14 Sep 2016

How to Care for your Battery when not in use

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We all know that when a battery is left unused for a long period of time, it drains out on its own. So what do you do when you know you will be away for a long time and your car will not be in use? Well, in this case you need to know more about ways of storing your car battery and prevent it from getting damaged.

Storing your car battery properly ensures that the battery lasts longer and functions properly when you need to use it again. Most batteries can last quite a while if you follow the simple instructions for storing the battery. If you know how to care for your battery, you'll save money by making your battery last longer.

First and foremost...If possible, disconnect the battery from the vehicle during storage to prevent the vehicle from discharging the battery. Also, make sure the battery is fully charged prior to storage. You can use a battery charger to charge it.

Next is the temperature at which the battery is being stored. Store the battery in cooler places whenever possible. Heat damages batteries. A cool, dry location is perfect for parking your car while you are away. The ideal thing to do is to park your vehicle in a garage or a shaded area. This would help in keeping the temperature of your car battery stable. 

A weatherproof car cover also helps to keep the temperature from going too high or too low, both of which can damage the car battery. It also keeps the car clean and dry and protects the battery from corrosion damage. 

When you are ready to use your battery again...When you are back and need to use your car again, it is advisable to make sure your car battery functions smoothly and it has the optimum charge. Observing the following guidelines before charging the battery should help -

  • Check the battery terminals. Make sure these are clean and free from corrosion.
  • If you notice that the battery has dried-out, do not attempt to charge it. If needed, you can add distilled water as marked on the battery. Note, do not overfill.
  • Also, identify the positive and negative terminals of the battery and make sure the correct charger leads are attached. 
  • In case the battery is connected to the vehicle while charging, make sure that the vehicle’s electrical system has protection against overvoltage which may damage the vehicle’s electrical system. 
  • Lastly, before anything, refer to the instructions manual for your battery.

Ideally speaking, to keep the battery from draining out, the best thing to do is to drive the car on a regular basis or at least every twice or thrice every two months. In case you know that the car is not going to be used twice or thrice every two months, at least the battery should be checked every three to six months to ensure a minimum charge is maintained. So follow these tips on how to care for your battery and do your bit to extend its life!

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