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How to charge a lead acid battery with a power supply 
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lead acid battery should be kept charged as much as possible. A sealed lead acid battery left in a discharged state for over 2 weeks will significantly lose capacity or may not be able to be recharged at all. All of our maintenance-free motorcycle batteries are shipped with a 80-90% charge on them. Typically they can be installed and used immediately. In some cases, the batteries should be charged to 100% before placed in use. the operators manual shipped with the equipment should indicate whether the battery needs to be fully charged before placing into service.

deep cycle lead acid batteries can be charged manually with a commercial power supply featuring voltage regulation and current limiting. Calculate the charge voltage according to the number of cells and desired voltage limit. Charging a 12-volt ups replacement battery (6 cells) at a cell voltage limit of 2.40V, for example, would require a voltage setting of 14.40V.

The charge current for small maintenance-free lead acid battery should be set between 10% and 30% of the rated capacity (30% of a 2Ah battery would be 600mA). Larger batteries, such as those used in the automotive industry, are generally charged at lower current ratings. Cells constructed of a non-antimonial lead grid material allow higher charge currents but have a lower capacity. The cylindrical Cyclone is sealed and can sustain a pressure of up to 3.5 Bar (50 psi). A pressurized cell assists in the recombination of gases.

Observe the
tubular battery temperature, voltage and current during charge. Charge only at ambient temperatures and in a ventilated room. Once the battery is fully charged and the current has dropped to 3% of the rated current, the charge is completed. A good car forklift truck battery will drop to about 40mA when fully charged; a bad
industrial battery may not fall below 100mA.

After full charge, remove the MF motorcycle batteries from the charger. If float charge is needed for operational readiness, lower the charge voltage to about 13.50V (2.25V/cell). Most chargers perform this function automatically. The float charge can be applied for an unlimited time.

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