Over time, your battery may begin holding less of a charge. SLA batteries can be restored and have their lives extended in multiple ways. It’s always a good idea to increase the life of an SLA battery, not only to save money but also for environmental reasons.
Try Charging Multiple Times
You may not realize this, but you can actually charge a battery after you’ve already charged it. Charge your battery fully and then wait one or two days, and then charge the battery again. You’ll get a more thorough charge and you’ll ultimately extend the life of your battery, and you can repeat this multiple times. You should perform this additional charging at least once every six months and any time you notice that your battery is not holding as much of a charge as it used to.
Always Charge Your Battery Before Storage
Before you set aside your battery, you should charge it – this is especially true if the battery will not be used for some time. Many people make the mistake of charging their battery when drained, but this is not a good idea.
Try Not to Discharge Your Battery All the Way
It’s always ideal not to let your battery discharge all the way. Running out of a charge completely is bad for the battery and could lead to premature degradation. As much as possible, your battery should be charged on a regular basis and up to the maximum capacity. The more time your battery spends not at maximum capacity, the shorter its life will be. If you find that you often need to discharge your battery fully, you should instead switch to a battery that has a larger capacity.
Avoid Using Your Battery in Hot Environments
Cooler environments are always better for batteries. When your battery runs hot, it will often reduce the usable life of the battery. Try your best to keep your battery’s temperature regulated, either by using cooling devices or keeping it out of hot environments.
By using the above tips, you should be able to significantly extend the life of your SLA battery. As long as you remember to keep your battery as charged as possible and to avoid discharging it too often, you should be able to get a long life out of your battery without significant work.