Can you charge a Frozen Battery?
Never charge a frozen battery, the frozen electrolyte will not allow the electric current to
pass uniformly. This leads to burned plates, or worse in a short circuit scenario. To be
safe, first, allow your frozen battery to thaw. Then once the battery is thawed, go ahead
and recharge it. If the battery takes a charge, feel free to use it. If the battery fails to
charge, replace it.
Do I attempt to use my battery charger if the charger cables are damaged?
Damaged battery cables are an easy way to short circuit things, causing fires, sparks, and
worse. To avoid the negative repercussions of short circuits, take care to confine the
electrical current. The wires that carry the electricity from the charger to the battery are
coated for your protection. If these protective coatings on the wires of your battery
charger are damaged, at least repair them prior to use. Replacement of bad wires is
always the safe, and proper answer.
Where should I put my battery charger?
The location of the battery charger should be as far away from the battery as charger
cables permit. DO NOT extend battery charger cables beyond their natural length. Longer battery charger cables can result in loss of efficiency, inability to charge the battery correctly, or even inability to charge a battery at all. During a charge cycle
never put charger on top of battery nor the battery on top of charger. Charging batteries emit explosive and flammable gases, and the electronics in the same area just isn't a good idea. Instead keep the battery charger in a dry, stable, and well ventilated location while charging. Never charge batteries near sparks or
Battery Charger Warnings:
Always read and follow the manufacturer's battery charging instructions prior to
connecting your battery, or trying to charge a battery bank. Do not attempt to charge batteries
in a confined environment. Explosive and hazardous gases are an inherent byproduct of
battery charging, do think ahead. Batteries contain sulphuric acid, and lead, both of which are hazardous material if removed from the battery, or disposed of improperly, do take care to be
environmentally responsible. Batteries are useful, just be safe.