The lifespan of any object depends on “how you maintain it?”
It is like a Universal law in the Motorcycle World. From a Cruiser Bike to a single battery, everything needs special maintenance and care to achieve the maximum life. Plus, you also need to understand the fact of limited life.
Nothing last forever.
So, do not believe your brand new battery will work as your partner until the end of the days. No, absolutely not. There is no such thing which designed to last forever. Everything has a limited usage time. Even for a battery which is approx. 2 years. Although, you can manage to increase that considerably if you maintain your battery properly and make sure it charges through the vehicle charging system or external charger if needed.
Anyways, that’s not all. Today we are here to give you some tips on maintaining a motorcycle battery properly.
Don’t miss it.
Motorcycle Battery Types
Well, I can tell you straight. There are two types of motorcycle batteries come in the market.
- Sealed Maintenance Free Type
- Cell Type
In old days, if you remember the motorcycle battery was lead acid cell type which contains the electrolyte solution – a solution of distilled water and sulphuric acid.
These batteries sometimes loose water during charging. This became the common problem with Cell type batteries and known as “Wet” Cell Battery. A result, these batteries become messier and less efficient compared to modern Maintenance free type which uses absorbed glass mat technology which holds the electrolyte. These maintenance free batteries don’t let the level of electrolyte drop like cell batteries during charging.
After few years, Sealed Maintenance Free Type Battery become very common in motorcycles.
The biggest battery myth is: People think batteries store electricity.
I think you need a lesson from the book of fundamental science. I am not going to bore you but must clear your doubt.
Guys! Batteries are devices that store energy in a chemical form and convert that chemical energy into electrical energy when required.
The reaction causes the motorcycle battery to “discharge” and charging reverse these changes. Just make sure you don’t leave the batteries in a partially discharged state, it can shorten its life.
So, better to use a smart charger for this.
Check for Electrolyte Levels
Like I said, Lead acid batteries contain the mix of sulphuric acid and distilled water. According to the manual of battery shouldn’t need to add acid into it but when the battery does chemical reactions it evaporates after time to time.
So, to maintain the electrolyte level and ensure battery function perfectly and deliver maximum life, it is important to do the monthly check up and provide demineralised water to it in requirement.
Yeah! One more thing.
Don’t overfill battery with the demineralised water otherwise, it can lead to damaging acid spills.
To be Continued…