Battery Charging

Charging batteries properly requires administering the right amount of current at the right voltage. Most charging equipment automatically regulates these values. Some chargers allow the user to set these values. Both automatic and manual equipment can present difficulties in charging. Tables 2 & 3 list most of the necessary voltage settings one might need to program a charger. In either case the original instructions for your charging equipment should also be referenced for proper charging. Here is list of helpful items to remember when charging.

  • Become familiar with and follow the instructions issued by the charger manufacturer.

  • Batteries should be charged after each period of use.

  • Lead acid batteries do not develop a memory and need not be fully discharged before recharging.

  • Charge only in well-ventilated area. Keep sparks or flames away from a charging battery.

  • Verify charger voltage settings are correct (Table 2).

 

Additional VRLA Charging Instructions:

  1. Become familiar with and follow the instructions issued by the charger manufacturer.

  2. Verify charger has necessary VRLA setting.

  3. Set charger to VRLA voltage settings (Table 3).

  4. Do not overcharge VRLA batteries. Overcharging will dry out the electrolyte and damage battery.