Cleaning Your Flooded Lead Acid Batteries

Flooded Lead Acid Batteries

You have some flooded lead acid batteries. Due to the way in which they are constructed, it does mean that you are probably going to need to put a bit more effort into ensuring that they are clean. This is because many of the options on the market are prone to corrosion. That is why we have decided to put together this guide. We want to give you a brief overview for how you can ensure that these batteries are kept in prime condition.

How often should you check your battery for corrosion? Flooded Lead Acid Batteries

We recommend that you check the battery every couple of months for corrosion. This may seem like a little bit of a hassle, but don’t worry too much. It only takes mere seconds. Taking those seconds to check your batteries will ensure that you are able to save a lot of money as you will not constantly be needing to replace those batteries!

You will notice if there is corrosion of your battery if one of these has occurred:

  • A fine white powder appears around the terminals of the battery.
  • There is a thick crust on the terminal of the battery. This is going to be a bit tougher to deal with, but don’t worry too much. If the crust is not too thick, then you should be able to handle it.

Disconnect the Battery

It is important that you disconnect the battery before you start to clean it. If you can avoid it, do not use metal tools to disconnect the battery terminals. There is a good chance that you may cause a short. If you absolutely must use metal tools, maybe because the corrosion is too thick, then ensure that you do not form a bridge between the two terminals or between one of the terminals and metal.

Cleaning the Battery

You need to take great care when you are cleaning your battery. This is because they are not sealed units. A small amount of spillage may get into the battery which can cause all sorts of issues. We recommend that you make up a solution of baking soda and water. It will form a thick paste which is less likely to spill and penetrate the battery. One part baking soda to one part water should be fine.

You can then use a wire brush to tease the corrosion from the metal. If it is thick, then feel free to brush quite aggressively. Once the battery is clean, wipe it dry and connect it back up to the system.

If you want to get your hands on some new flooded lead acid batteries, perhaps because the corrosion is a little too tough to deal with, then you will be able to head on over to our SEP batteries website where you can browse through the complete range of products that we have on offer. We are sure that you will be able to find the right one for your project.

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