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With summer approaching, many of us have plans to enjoy ourselves and letting loose. If you're planning on going jet skiing, there's something you should know about the battery in your jet ski.
A Jet Ski battery works like a car battery. It starts the engine, and powers the headlights and all electronic components. The only difference is that car batteries are charged constantly by the car's alternator, whereas jet ski batteries are not. It is not necessary for jet skis to have an alternator to charge their batteries because they take up less energy. However, this doesn't stop the batteries from completely losing their charge.
Neglecting your personal watercraft battery is the fastest way to end weekend fun. If the battery is stored for an extended period of time without a recharge or being maintained, sulfate crystals will form on the battery plates. The sulfation will decrease the performance of the battery as the overall run time is shortened, or it will hold not hold the charge at all. To avoid corrosion or build up on the battery terminals, remove from the watercraft. Store the Jet Ski battery in a cool dry place.
It costs about $80 for a new jet ski battery. A more reasonable alternative would be to buy a Battery Tender and use it to charge the battery over and over again. It saves you money, and it's more convenient.
Our battery tenders are designed to charge rechargeable SLA batteries and keep them at proper storage voltage so that they do not lose capacity over time.
If you do happen to need to replace your Jet Ski battery, take a look at alternative replacements available. Depending how often you ride, there are many battery chemistries available that will fit your style. The following are the different chemistries available for your jet ski.
|Conventional Battery- Conventional batteries are typically the least expensive of the group. However, there is a reason for that. These batteries require more attention than the others in the way of careful and constant maintenance. Due to the high operating temperature and the process of electrolysis and evaporation, they require regularly adding water and battery acid (electrolyte). Conventional batteries also discharge faster than maintenance free and maintenance free dry charge batteries.|
|Maintenance Free Batteries- The name pretty much says it all. Maintenance Free batteries are just that- maintenance free. Whereas conventional batteries require constant care and adding water, maintenance free batteries are perfectly sealed so the acid can't escape. While the initial cost of maintenance free batteries is typically higher than that of conventional batteries, you will be saving yourself a lot of time and effort by using them.|
|Maintenance Free Dry Charge Batteries- Think of Maintenance Free Dry Charge batteries as a cousin to Maintenance Free batteries. The main difference here is that they require you to add battery acid before they can be used. Once the acid is filled, however, these batteries are completely maintenance free and spill-proof.|
Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4)- This type of battery has significant advantages over conventional lead based batteries. They offer superior thermal and chemical stability, rendering the battery virtually incombustible. They also provide up to a 2000 cycle life, longer shelf life and virtually maintenance-free operation with a typical service life of 5 Years.