Clean batteries last longer and achieve peak performance. Dirt, oils, and electrolyte on a battery case, even in small quantities, diminish battery performance. Wet acid, even dry acid salts, allow a trickle discharge and shorts. These shorts or surface currents can cause the battery to overheat, catch fire, and even explode. Controlling electronics can be “fooled” by these currents and equipment can shut down. Personnel can receive shocks and acid burns. Electrolyte causes corrosion of metals. Repair and replacement costs increase. Battery and equipment warranty claims are challenged because of suspect battery maintenance practices and user abuse.
Safe neutralizing and cleaning techniques are good battery management practice in both motive and stationary batteries. Regular cleaning will:
- Eliminate corrosion damage to batteries and related equipment.
- Reduce the time required to effectively clean battery.
- Minimize the risk of shocks and acid burns from acid covered batteries.
- Eliminate acid caused shorts, trickle discharge, and resultant overheating.
- Improve battery performance and longevity.