Battery Care with BEAT®

Using the BEAT to take care of your batteries!

Read these instructions carefully. The manufacturer is not responsible for any damage, which results from neglect, misuse or noncompliance with this installation instruction. If you are not competent to carry out product installation on to a battery, we strongly advise having the installation performed by someone qualified to work on low voltage installations.
Note: Any work on lead acid / lead gel acid / AGM batteries should only be carried out in open air or well ventilated areas. Always read the battery manufacturers’ instructions and be careful to observe the safety instructions.

General instructions on battery care

  1. Use only high-quality batteries suitable for the respective application.
  2. Use battery chargers fit for the batteries. Be aware of the longer charge times for gel lead acid batteries.
  3. Regularly check the level of the electrolyte (the fluid in the battery) and refill with distilled water when necessary, when you are using lead acid batteries. Maintenance free (or VRLA) batteries must of course not be opened.
  4. To keep the battery in best possible condition:
    1. Avoid deep discharge of the battery.  (Avoid situations when the voltage becomes lower than 10,5 V).
    2. Avoid long periods without charging, which will reduce service life and may cause permanent damage to the battery. (All battery will self discharge over time)
    3. After a deep discharge, allow for double the charge time if possible, in order to give to the battery the chance to regenerate itself with the BEAT50.
    4. Keep batteries cool and dry. A high temperature of the environment will definitely decrease the lifetime of a battery.

Conditioning the battery at the START of a longer period of disuse

(For example at the start of the winter season)

  1. Add distilled water to the electrolyte (if necessary) up to the MIN mark; never add acid.
  2. Connect the BEAT according to the instructions. Connect the battery to the charger and let it charge the voltage and specific gravity (s.g. 1,28) of the electrolyte does not change during a time frame of at least two hours.
  3. Fill the water level up to the MAX mark or until the indicator.
  4. Prevent stray current to discharge the battery by the following actions:
    1. Disconnect the BEAT.
    2. Disconnect the battery from the system (the negative pole first);
    3. Clean the poles and the cover of the battery thoroughly.
    4. Grease the poles with acid-free vaseline.
    5. Store the battery in a cool and dry place. Check the specific gravity of the electrolyte every 2- 3 months. If s.g. is 1,24 kg/l or less, charge the battery.

Battery care charge condition

 

 

If these rules are observed, a good battery can last for years.


Conditioning the battery at the END of a longer period of disuse

  1. Add distilled water to the electrolyte (if necessary); never add acid.
  2. Grease the poles with acid-free vaseline (before the terminals are connected)
  3. Connect the BEAT to the battery according to the instructions.
  4. Connect the battery to the charger. Allow for double charge time if possible, in order to give to the battery the chance to regenerate itself with the BEAT50.
  5. Connect the battery to the system. Leave the BEAT50 permanently installed on the battery.

Note: If sulphation is the root problem, low capacity (or “dead cell”) batteries can be restored to as much as 50% of its designed capacity using a 12V battery charger and the BEAT50. Keep charging continuously for periods varying from 12 to 40 days.

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