Winter Battery Storage

Now that summer is over, and we’re already entering into the summer season, you’re probably putting your summer toys (boats, motorcycles, four wheelers, etc.) into storage. Now that they are in storage, you probably don’t think too much about them during the summer; however, it would be a great idea to run some maintenance and checkups on the batteries, so that come spring they are ready to go.photo

You should disconnect the unused battery for all boats and vehicles that will not be in use until the spring. Any item that is not going to be in use for an extended period, i.e. a whole season, should have its battery disconnected; some vehicles draw a little power from their battery, even when they aren’t in use. What will this do to your vehicle? If you leave it connected, the vehicle could drain out the battery’s juice, meaning you will have to purchase a new one come spring time.

Do your best to keep batteries clean and dry during this cold and wet season! When batteries are wet or dirty, corrosion can occur, which is a battery’s biggest enemy! You can clean your batteries with a mixture of baking soda and water. Make sure you rinse with clear water, and wipe the product dry!

Be sure to recharge these batteries at least once every month; when batteries sit idle for an extended period, the chemicals inside will begin to react causing a lot of damage to the insides of your battery. Be sure to use a charger that is made specifically for your battery model; if you have questions regarding which charter to use, please feel free to give Batteries Unlimited a call!

Batteries that are in storage need to be properly maintained in order for them to survive the cold winter that is ahead of us! For more information about battery maintenance programs, or if you need to purchase a new battery, please give Batteries Unlimited a call at (508) 752-8777.