Best Ways to Restore A Deep Cycle Battery
Deep cycle batteries may die before their life expectancies. This may occur due to continuous usage without reconditioning the batteries.
Batteries should be reconditioned after every single year to improve their functioning as well as efficiency. If not reconditioned, they may die or perhaps fail to function.
To avoid such things, we are here going to reveal the best possible ways for restoration of a deep cycle battery.
- SHOOT WITH A HIGH VOLTAGE
Deep cycle batteries usually die because of the accumulation of some sulphate oxides or sulphate ions on the plates or the cells.
These sulphate compounds act like corrosion and do not allow the cells of the battery to exchange ions and work.
These layers need to be removed in case you want to revive your battery.
To do this, you have to charge the battery with a very high voltage.
Say if the battery is of 12V, charge the battery with a 15V or 17V charger.
This may melt thode layers of sulphides and help the battery gain life again.
2. EPSOM SALT AND WATER
This method is only applicable to deep cycle batteries that need maintenance.
Non-maintenance batteries are sealed and thus can not be opened.
And therefore, replenishing the battery with some water would not be possible.
Heat some water and dissolve a little bit of Epsom salt in it.
Open up your deep cycle battery and fill it with this Epsom salt solution.
Charge it for a few hours and then try to turn it on.
If it works, great! But if not, replacing your deep cycle battery with a new one is the only way out then.
3. DISCHARGING AND RECHARGING
No matter how best deep cycle battery you have, if it is still functioning but has lost its maximum efficiency, then maybe you can try this method.
Discharging the battery to the extreme end and then recharging it to the fullest is the best way out to make your old battery like a new one.
This method is a very commonly known battery reconditioning method that is not just applicable on deep cycling batteries but has also helped a lot of users with their mobile phone batteries and other automobile batteries.
Discharging and recharging for a couple of times for a few days will give you amazing results that you may have ever seen.
So just go on and try it!
4. AVOID STORING THE BATTERY FOR TOO LONG
A must known tip for all the battery users. Whether you have got a new battery or using an old one.
You should never ever store the battery for a very long time.
This makes the electrolyte react with the electrode and make a paste which can kill your battery.
Even if you are storing it make sure that you charge it regularly say once a week or twice a month, depending upon your battery’s self-discharge rate.
Do not make a stupid mistake of storing your battery for months or for years.
5. DO NOT COMPLETELY DEPLETE THE BATTERY
Until and unless you are trying the method of battery recondition which involves highly discharging the battery and then recharging it to its maximum, you should never deplete the battery completely.
Many battery users use their battery continuously without realising that this may actually end up making the battery sick.
We know that deep cycle batteries are for continuous usage but still you should make sure that at least you are leaving 25% battery level unused.
Continuous usage without any break and that too on a regular basis can cause a lot of problems with your battery’s life.
- What is the benefit of restoring a deep cycle battery?
The most important thing about battery restoration is that you end up saving a lot of money and you make a piece of trash again useful.
- How should I know if my battery needs to be reconditioned?
Very simple, try and notice whether your battery is holding the charge for too long or not. Also, look for the rate at which your battery drains out and compare it with the rate at which it used to get drained out when it was new.
- How much time it will take to restore a deep cycle battery?
Depending upon which method you are choosing, some ways to restore battery can take a few hours while some may also end up in using a few days.
- What should I do if my battery does not get back to life with any of the methods?
If your battery is not able to revive with any possible trick then maybe it’s high time to realise that you need to replace it with a new one. It is better than wasting your precious time with something that can not turn out as good as it used to be.
One thing that everyone should take note of is even after restoring your battery, it can never have that much optimum voltage that it had before.
Say if your battery has a voltage of 12V then after restoration it may become 11V or a little less than the original value.
You can not revive a deep cycle battery to its maximum potential.
Secondly, a 12V battery that has decreased to less than 10V is just meant to be recycled and replaced.
Because it cannot work in the same manner and is useless.
Battery reconditioning and restoring has been useful for a number of users and has changed their life.
You should also try and recondition your battery and make it like a new one.
But, always make sure that it is not necessary that these methods will be useful for all the batteries in this world.
If you are using a battery from the past 5 years and you are disappointed in being unable to restore it then you must buy a new one.
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