Published at Friday, 14 September 2018. Car Chargers. By Summer Holland.
This is one of the reasons why normal rechargeable triple-A batteries got a bad name. They had to be continuously recharged, and even then you weren‘t guaranteed they would work very long because they discharged so quickly. On top of that, if you charged the batteries without them being completely dead, you drained its ability to recharge.
Keep the battery terminals clean. Dirty terminals can create increased resistance and impairs optimum recharging of the battery. 'White' stuff found on the terminals is sulfate. Pour hot water over the sediments. This will dissolve the sulfate.
When planning to not use your vehicle for extended periods, checking and boosting every 30 - 60 days is simply not enough to guarantee your battery will not self-discharge to a critical level. This 'under charging‘ results in ‘sulphation‘ if the battery voltage is allowed to drop and remain below 12.4 volts. This sulphation is the hardening of the lead plates within the battery and it reduces the battery‘s ability to accept or hold a charge. This is where we would then recommend the use of a charger to maintain the charge in a battery.
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