There’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned caravanning holiday with beautiful beaches and countryside to visit. Caravanning makes for a great holiday, but be sure to look after your batteries to ensure your holiday is problem-free. One of the most important things to remember about looking after your leisure battery is that it needs to be fully charged at the end of the season. Storage of your battery should be in a cool, dry, frost-free environment and preferably off the ground. Once fully charged and stored you need to keep an eye on it over the winter months, filling up and recharging as necessary. |
It is vital to have your battery fully charged before use. You can do this using a battery charger with a minimum output of 10% of your battery’s total capacity. This will ensure your battery is charged from a 50% discharge state to 100% overnight. Once the battery has rested for a few hours the charge state should read between 12.60 and 12.75 volts and you can check the charge of your battery using a calibrated digital volt meter.
There are a number of things that you can do to get the most out of your battery and to maximise its lifespan. If you restrict your batteries discharge to 50% you will automatically improve its service life. Try not to let the discharge drop to a low voltage too often as this can cause your battery to lose its capacity prematurely. Another factor that can significantly reduce the life of your battery is leaving it in discharge condition, so try not to do this. All batteries have a finite lifespan, but if you follow these simple tips you will end up getting the most out of your battery.
Caravanning holidays will often involve longer car journeys, so give your car a health check too before you set off. There’s nothing worse than breaking down or having car problems while you are away. Check the car battery and make sure it is in good working order, ensuring that it is topped up with de-mineralised water and re-greased. Remember that all car and leisure batteries contain sulphuric acid so take caution when changing or charging them.
Remember ... recharging your caravan battery means that you can recharge your batteries too!
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