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Battery Terms & Definitions

  • What is reserve capacity?

    Reserve Capacity (RC) indicates the amount of time a fully charged lead acid battery discharged at 25 amps will last before falling below 10.5 volts. In a perfect world this test is measured at 80F or 26.7C.

    Odyssey and NorthStar Battery are great examples of a dual purpose AGM battery with a high Reserve Capacity.

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Battery Charger FAQ

  • Will a solar battery charger keep my battery charged?
    Yes, but you must match the output of the solar charger to the amount of energy you need to replace. Other considerations in determining the size of solar charger needed to restore your batteries include the amount of time the solar charger is exposed to sunlight, temperature, and the angle to the sun.
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Sulphation, Desulfation, Rejuvenation

  • Battery Desulfators - Do They Work?

    Yes, battery desulfators work. Those who say otherwise either have not tested one and or work for a battery company and don't want to diminish sales. To read more on this subject read this blog post.

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General Battery FAQ

  • What are the advantages of a sealed battery?
    Sealed batteries are maintenance-free, whereas conventional or serviceable batteries may occasionally require maintenance – such as restoring proper water levels. Sealed batteries will not spill caustic electrolytes, and can therefore be mounted in most any position.
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ATV Battery FAQ

  • What kind of battery should I use for my winch?
    For applications that require one battery to handle starting and deep cycle usage – such as winches, lights and other accessories used when the engine is not running – choose a battery with highest storage amps and cold cranking amps – and capable of being deeply discharged without damage. Odyssey batteries are often a great choice for such applications. When using a battery dedicated to accessories such as a winch, choose a deep cycle battery.
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Portable Power Banks & Jump Starters

  • What is a Power Bank?

    A Power Bank is an external and most often portable battery pack that is used to recharge your 5V electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and game players. They can range in capacity from 2000mAh to 20,000mAh. Some are small enough to fit in your hand and resemble a tube of lipstick. Others can easily be stowed in your glove box or purse and fit in your pocket. Still others are thinly designed to sit under and connect to your laptop via the 18-20V output port. Depending on your capacity you can recharge your device once or a dozen times before needing to find an AC outlet.

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Electric Scooter Battery FAQ

  • Should I disconnect my scooter battery during storage?
    If you know you won't be using your scooter battery for a long period of time, it is best to disconnect the battery and store it in a dry cool place. Ideally, batteries should be stored connected to a smart battery charger – or charged occasionally – to maintain optimal performance.
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Golf Cart Battery FAQ

  • The golf cart has 6 Trojan deep cycle batteries. How do we know if they are flooded or AGM?

    Trojan makes both flooded conventional deep cycle batteries and sealed AGM deep cycle batteries. They also make a sealed flooded maintenance free battery. There are several differences in appearance:

    1. Flooded will have caps on top that allow you access to the battery to add distilled water. AGM batteries will have a smooth top that cannot be opened.
    2. Most often if it is not flooded the battery will indicate in type font somewhere on the label that it is an AGM or maintenance free battery.
    3. If you shake a flooded or flooded maintenance free battery you will hear liquid jostling around. AGM batteries should have no sound of liquid.
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Household Battery FAQ

  • What is the difference between a disposable and rechargeable battery?
    Disposable batteries, also called single use or primary batteries, are designed to be used once and discarded when the energy has been completely drained. Rechargeable batteries, also called secondary batteries, can be drained and recharged multiple times before losing the ability to hold a charge.
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Marine Battery FAQ

  • Do I need to charge my new marine battery before installing?
    Sealed marine batteries arrive charged and ready to install. Conventional marine batteries require adding water or acid, and charging before use.
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Mobility Scooter Battery FAQ

  • Do I need to charge my new mobility scooter battery before installing?
    New mobility scooter batteries arrive charged and ready to install.
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Motor Scooter Battery FAQ

  • Do I need to charge my new motor scooter battery before installing?
    New motor scooter batteries arrive charged and ready to install.
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Motorcycle Battery FAQ

  • Should I disconnect my motorcycle battery during storage?
    If you know you won't be using your motorcycle battery for a long period of time, it is best to disconnect the battery and store it in a dry cool place. Ideally, batteries should be stored connected to a smart battery charger – or charged occasionally – to maintain optimal performance.
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Personal Watercraft Battery FAQ

  • Should I disconnect my personal watercraft battery during storage?
    If you know you won't be using your personal watercraft battery for a long period of time, it is best to disconnect the battery and store it in a dry cool place. Ideally, batteries should be stored connected to a smart battery charger – or charged occasionally – to maintain optimal performance.
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Racing Battery FAQ

  • Should I disconnect my racing battery during storage?
    If you know you won't be using your racing battery for a long period of time, it is best to disconnect the battery and store it in a dry cool place. Ideally, batteries should be stored connected to a smart battery charger – or charged occasionally – to maintain optimal performance.
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RV Battery FAQ

  • Should I disconnect my RV batteries during storage?
    If you know you won't be using your RV batteries for a long period of time, it is best to disconnect the batteries and store them in a dry cool place. Ideally, batteries should be stored connected to a smart battery charger – or charged occasionally – to maintain optimal performance.
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Snowmobile Battery FAQ

  • Should I disconnect my snowmobile battery during storage?
    If you know you won't be using your snowmobile battery for a long period of time, it is best to disconnect the battery and store it in a dry cool place. Ideally, batteries should be stored connected to a smart battery charger – or charged occasionally – to maintain optimal performance.
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Solar Battery FAQ

  • Will a solar battery charger keep my battery charged?
    Yes, but you must match the output of the solar charger to the amount of energy you need to replace. Other considerations in determining the size of solar charger needed to restore your batteries include the amount of time the solar charger is exposed to sunlight, temperature, and the angle to the sun.
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Toy and Hobby Battery FAQ

  • Do I need to charge my new toy and hobby batteries before installing?
    Toy and hobby batteries arrive charged and ready to install.
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UPS Battery FAQ

  • Do I need to charge my new UPS battery before installing?
    New UPS batteries arrive charged and ready to install.
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UTV Battery FAQ

  • Should I disconnect my UTV battery during storage?
    If you know you won't be using your UTV battery for a long period of time, it is best to disconnect the battery and store it in a dry cool place. Ideally, batteries should be stored connected to a smart battery charger – or charged occasionally – to maintain optimal performance.
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