How to Get the Most Out of Your Recreational Battery?
Maintaining and charging your leisure battery properly, as with any battery, is the key to getting the most out of it and extending its service life. A leisure battery is the power source for the 12V appliances and equipment in a caravan or RV. It provides a steady flow of power for a long time for things like kettles, microwaves and TV’s. Recreational and leisure batteries are the same thing, just a naming convention used by different people.
Charging Habits You Should Practice
Keep your leisure batteries completely charged at all times; if the charge level falls too low, you risk destroying the battery and inflicting irreparable harm.
All batteries lose their charge over time, especially if they are not used for long periods of time, which is frequent in campervans and motorhomes by their very nature. When your vehicle is left for any length of time, it will take power from alarms, tracking systems, and other electrical equipment.
When your car is not in use, we recommend utilizing a maintenance charger, which is meant to be left attached at all times without the risk of overcharging the battery and will charge, monitor, and maintain your battery for extended periods of storage. This will keep your battery at optimum voltage and your security systems operational.
You should charge your battery as soon as it drops below 50% power and never let it run completely flat, since this might damage the battery and drastically reduce its service life.
A measurement of roughly 12.4V on a battery monitor display or a multimeter shows a 50 percent charge level, whereas anything around 12V or below indicates the battery is completely depleted.
Get Ahead of Battery Failure With Proper Maintenance
The first recommendation, as previously stated, is to maintain your battery completely charged at all times.
If you're going to store your battery for a lengthy amount of time, or if you're going to travel, make sure it's safe and secure, and that the terminals are properly linked, since any vibrations or improper connections can cause damage to your battery. Clean the terminals and connectors and smear them with petroleum jelly on a regular basis.
Check for strange scents, such as a sulphurous rotten egg odor or check for extreme heat, which can indicate that the battery is being overcharged.
If the battery has a vent tube, make sure it is properly installed.
All batteries will degrade over time as a result of internal chemical processes. When compared to a fresh battery, this will usually result in a lower capacity, and you will find yourself charging the battery more frequently.
The battery will eventually need to be replaced, but proper maintenance and charging can guarantee that you get the most out of your battery and extend its life.