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Aug 17, 2020


A proper “care and feeding” schedule is paramount to extending battery life

When it comes to batteries, a proper “care and feeding” schedule is paramount to extending battery life. Here are some useful tips to get the most out of your bus’s battery.

  • Keep the battery clean and away from dirt Post and cable connection must be clean and free from corrosion

  • Never keep battery discharged for extended period. Avoid continuously operating batteries in a partially charged condition. This will shorten battery life and reduce capacity

  • Non-use can be extremely harmful to all lead-acid batteries. If seasonal use is the norm, the following is recommended:

    • Make sure that battery is fully charged before storing

    • Remove all electrical connection from the battery

    • Store the battery in a cool dry place. The cooler the better, but do not store in a location that will be normally be below freezing temperatures. Batteries will discharge even when not in use, the lower the temperature the lower the self-discharge

    • When not in use for long period boost charge battery every two months

  • In applications where multiple batteries are connected in series, parallel or series-parallel, replacement batteries should be of the same size, age and usage. Do not put a new battery in a pack with more than 80 cycles. Either replace all batteries in the set-up or use good batteries of same age

  • Remember that the battery is just one part of the vehicle electrical system. In most cases, the battery masks the weakness/failure of the other parts before it fails



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