Maintain Your Gel Battery

Cleaning a Gel Battery

Did you know that cleaning a gel battery is nowhere near as hard as you may think? While these batteries, for the most part, tend to thrive with the minimum amount of maintenance, you may still want to give them a quick clean every now and then. It keeps them in peak condition and ensures that you do not have to replace your battery in the near future.

Does Your Battery Need Cleaning? Gel Battery

The first thing you are going to need to do is work out whether your battery needs cleaning in the first place. If the following has occurred, then you certainly need to clean it:

  • If the battery has a fine white powder around the terminals.
  • If the terminals of the battery have begun to ‘crust’

The latter problem will be a touch trickier to deal with, but it is always worth giving the battery a clean, just to see whether you can deal with the problem.

Prepping

In order to clean your battery you will need the following:

  • A cleaning solution. Your best option will be to mix some water with baking soda. You can purchase dedicated cleaning solutions for batteries, but there is no real need to do that. Just mix one part baking soda with one part water and you should be good to go.
  • A wire brush.
  • A toothbrush
  • Clean cloth

Cleaning the battery

Now you can start cleaning the battery. Begin by applying the cleaning solution directly to the terminals of the battery. Of course, at this point the battery should be unhooked from your system! You will notice that the cleaning solution starts to fizz up a little bit. This is what you want. The fizzing means that the cleaning solution is having an impact on the oxidization.

When the fizzing stops, take your toothbrush and gently tease the corrosion off. If the corrosion is thick and crusty, that is when you are going to need to use your wire brush. Don’t be afraid to be firm with that corrosion. Try to get off as much as you can.

When you have everything off, give the terminals of the battery a wipe clean with your rag. You should not connect up the battery to your system until you are positive that it is dry. We suggest that you apply petroleum jelly to the battery terminals. This helps to keep corrosion at bay. It will not completely eliminate the corrosion, but it will certainly slow it down to the point where it is unlikely to cause you any major issues in the future. This is also a tip that you can use when you purchase batteries in the future!

If you want to get your hands on a gel battery, then you can do so through our website at SEP Batteries. We make sure we are among the most affordable companies out there, so you can be sure you will get a cracking deal.

Click here to learn more now!

Leave a Reply