Car Batteries

Top Tips for Car Batteries

  • ~ Before fitting or removing a battery, make sure that all the equipment connected to it is switched off.
  • ~ When undoing the connections to the battery terminals, disconnect the earth/negative connection first (usually a black cable).
  • ~ Connect the battery to the charger before switching the charger on.
  • ~ The charging rate in amps should not be more than 1/10th of the battery’s rated capacity in ampere-hours (Ah).
  • ~ If a battery has become deeply discharged it will not accept a charge rate of more than 1/20 of the stated ampere-hour capacity.
  • ~ Using automatic chargers or boost chargers is not recommended for deeply discharged batteries.
  • ~ Charging batteries can give off flammable fumes, so make sure there are no naked flames nearby and there is adequate ventilation.
  • ~ If battery acid gets into your eye, rinse continuously with clean running water and consult your doctor.
  • ~ If a battery is to be taken out of service for a period longer than a month, then it should be fully charged and disconnected.
  • ~ If a battery is to be taken out of service for a period longer than a month, then it should be fully charged and disconnected.
  • ~ When reconnecting the battery, connect the positive connection first (usually a red cable).
Car Batteries