Recovering the Dead Golf Lead Acid Batteries

Just as it is easy to use a lead acid battery for your golf buggy or trolley, it is easy to maintain it for enjoying a smooth ride on the dedicated paths of a golf course. If properly maintained, you can even enjoy an increased lifespan of the batteries. Some of the most basic maintenance ways include regular recharging after every use so that the batteries do not run down too far and cleaning them.

In case you do not charge regularly or fail to replenish the energy on time, the health hazards are likely to occur due to the increase in risks such as sulfation, acid leakage, mineral deposits, and electrical shocks. All these risks negatively affect the performance as well as lifespan of the battery. If mineral deposit or sulfation occurs, even the battery’s current flow is blocked, as sulfur gathers on the lead plates and minerals accumulate on terminals.

If maintenance is not done properly, chances are high for you to have a dead battery. In such a situation, most owners will think of buying a new battery. However, avoid thinking so until your trial to revive the dead battery fails. In most cases, it is possible to recover a dead lead acid battery by simply following a few simple steps.

Materials/Tools Needed for Revival

• Epsom salt
• Crescent wrench
• Distilled water (no tap water please!)
• Safety goggles and rubber gloves as a safety precaution

Steps to follow for Recovering a Lead Acid Battery

1. Start by reading the manufacturer’s manual for battery revival. Note down points that you need to remember and follow. These points can be regarding how to remove cables and caps, and how to drain water safely.

2. As a precaution, wear anti-acid gloves and goggles. During the process, ensure that you never stand directly on top the battery.

3. With the help of crescent wrench, remove the battery cables carefully.

4. Make a liquid mixture by dissolving Epsom salt (four ounces) in warm, distilled water (one quart). Using distilled water accelerates the dissolving process, while the tap water is more likely to damage the battery.

5. Empty all the water from the battery cells.

6. Refill each cell equally with the Epsom salt solution.

7. Allow the battery to charge throughout the night with the help of a three-stage compatible charger. Charging overnight ensures you best results. Once the charge is full, the charger usually converts into a trickle charge.

8. Restore the battery and place the cables back. Now, it should work properly. For a complete satisfaction regarding its full recovery, consider repeating these steps twice or thrice over a week.