Battery warranties are a little different to warranties most consumers are used to, as they are not set and forget. This applies to all batteries from automotive and marine to deep cycle and more. To make your battery last to exceed it’s warranty, the battery requires a certain amount of maintenance. The two main factors manufacturers assume in their warranties is the battery has been consistently kept in a high state of charge – this is by either:
- Used in a regularly driven vehicle that’s well maintained
- Kept on a quality carrier / maintainer
Why Does The Warranty Expect This?
A well maintained vehicle assumes the alternator delivers between 14.0V and 14.4V – no less and no more. Coupled with regular driving will assure the battery is kept in a high state of charge (SOC).
Batteries which are not in regular use or left for long periods of time with drastic drain quickly fall below 12.2 Volts, this damages the battery to a point in which it cannot fully charge or becomes inefficient in accepting charge, producing excess heat and continuing the damage. In some cases, this can in fact cause swelling of the battery, a dangerous situation in which charge should be removed immediately. In extreme cases of battery neglect when the battery has fallen below 10 Volts there is almost no chance of recovery!
Battery Warranty Terms
The above mentioned are the common reasons warranty is not accepted as battery manufacturers consider this abuse / misuse or neglect. To avoid warranty claims and enjoy years of battery trouble free driving, always keep your battery in a high state of charge and head over to this article to see more battery tips.