Caravans are becoming a popular alternative for people who are looking for a more relaxed and environmentally friendly way to travel. They have been around for hundreds of years but with advancements in technology, caravans have been able to go further and stay cool during the summer.
Caravan batteries are essential when trying to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Caravans can be plugged into the main power source or solar batteries can be used to supplement energy. This can reduce your carbon footprint significantly and help you go green!
Here are a few tips to select & look after your caravan battery.
What kind of battery can we use in a caravan?
This can be a challenging task when in the market. There are four types of batteries that you would want to consider: leisure battery and car battery.
Car batteries can be used for the caravan but they are not necessarily the best option for most situations. That is because car batteries are designed for use with cars and cars cannot accommodate some features that you may need such as any deep discharge. As a result, a leisure battery is usually the better choice in most cases.
Types of leisure battery.
- Lead-acid batteries: These batteries are commonly found in cars and trucks due to their high power density. They are also used for starting equipment on large diesel-electric locomotives.
- Nickel-cadmium batteries: These types of batteries include nickel-metal-hydride and nickel-cadmium types which can be found in electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, and even solar panels.
- Gel Battery: A gel battery is a type of rechargeable battery specifically designed for use in portable electronics, primarily those powered by solar energy. Solar cells on the surface of the gel Battery create electrons that travel across a thin layer of gel between two electrodes, through an external circuit and back into the central electrolyte pouch, splitting the hydrogen and oxygen atoms to produce electricity.
- AGM battery: AGM battery is a lithium-ion battery (Li-Ion) that has the ability to hold a reserve charge during long periods of inactivity. It is crucial in the field of solar energy. This is because it provides energy for the inverter that converts DC current into AC current.
Choosing a right caravan battery
In order to select the right caravan battery, you first have to know how long it is going to last and how much it will cost. It is important that you know how long you will be out at the same time.
Caravan batteries range in size depending on their approximate amp hours or Ah. The higher the Ah, the longer run-time and power output it has. The amp hours should be high too because on average a car will use 2A for two hours of playtime which means that a 6Ah battery would only last for about 2 hours at most.
When selecting your caravan battery, consider the price per Ah as well as the year of manufacture.
Now, let’s discuss how we can take care of our caravan battery to last longer.
Keep it fully charge
The caravan battery is one of the most important pieces of equipment that we take with us when we are on a long trip. It is also one of the most expensive pieces that we need to purchase. A fully charged caravan battery can go anywhere from 6 hours to 12 hours. But if you forgot to maintain your battery, it may result in no power and a frustrating time for everyone involved.
Keep it clean
Caravan batteries are the most common type of battery used by campervans and motorhomes. They are necessary for the vehicle to keep running without being plugged into an electrical outlet. When it comes to caravan batteries, it is important that they are kept clean and fully charged. Not only will this prevent problems, but it will also extend the lifespan of your battery.
Check the vent tube
When it comes to caravan batteries, you might have heard of the term vent tube. The vent tube is an essential part of the caravan battery. It is located on the side of the battery and is used to vent hydrogen gas produced by the battery. One reason why we need a vent tube on our caravan battery is that if there is no such thing then the hydrogen gas will come into contact with air and create heat that can potentially ignite.
Caravan batteries are an important part of many people’s day-to-day life. If a caravan battery has reached its warranty, then there should be no cause to worry about it.
However if a caravan battery is not giving you the right amount of power, then you need to replace it. Replacing the caravan battery is not for everyone, and can be quite expensive before you know it. To save on cost and time, you should use the problem indicators that tell you what your current status is.
During their daily routine people rely on many different things that are not always working properly as they should – from car batteries to water leaks or even our number pad. With these problem indicators in place, users can avoid costly repairs by simply replacing parts as soon as necessary in order to keep them working.
Your battery is your caravan’s lifeline. If it’s dead, you’re pretty much out of luck. Many people assume that the battery in their caravan has a long life and will never die. However, this can’t be further from the truth. The lead-acid battery in your caravan lasts for about four to five years before it needs replacing or a battery change needs to be made.
Batteries need to be cared for properly so they don’t stop working unexpectedly. A good tip is to regularly check the water levels and if they are too low, add more distilled water and leave the batteries on charge overnight while you sleep. It’s also recommended that you use an automotive trickle charger that plugs into a 12-volt socket to replenish the levels of charge in your batteries every once in a while.