Knowing your battery inside out is impossible, but knowing and being able to read the signs will help you determine for how long more you can use it and when you have to change it. Changing it at the right time will help you avoid other potential problems it could cause to the entire boat. Here are some tips to help you determine the right time for a change;
Check your Optima battery beforehand to avoid having to encounter surprises when you do use your boat. Because in most cases you could tell if your battery needs to be replaced by simply taking a good look at it. Be sure to take a note if you come across some sort of dislocation in the battery in the form of a bump, a broken terminal, a crack and may be even discoloration. These are clear signs that hints that you need to replace these as soon as possible. Especially if there is a short in the circuit, using it without replacing is a very dangerous thing to do. It would not only affect your entire boat but will also affect your safety as well when you do choose to ride it. However if you don’t come across something so extreme but you do notice a slight bump in the battery then there’s your sign that you are overcharging it.
An over charged battery too has many ill effects to the entire boat thus threatening your safety as well. So instead of counting your luck and using it some more, take steps to replace them as soon as possible to avoid any potential damage from occurring. Another thing to look for is any discoloring in the battery. If you have noticed it has turned out to be brown or any other darker shade, change them instead trying to keep using it, because there is a possibility where it could blow up thus causing damage to your entire boat.
Checking the volts
Make sure to keep a constant check on the voltage of your Optima blue top marine battery. This will help you determine the possible time period for which you can use these. If you get a battery reading of a hundred percent charge then the voltage at that point ought to be ranging from 13.2 to 12.7, and when it is discharged it should usually carry around 11.9 to 0 volts. Accordingly when you do charge it fully and the battery doesn’t reach more than 12.4 or less volts then this means that it is sulfated. However when you are charging and if it isn’t able to reach more than 10.5 volts then this means that one of the cells aren’t functioning well and now would be the best time to replace it. You can view more information by clicking here.
Consider the above and make sure to look out for other signs as well so you know when to change your batteries!