How to Maintain Your Car’s Battery with Solar Panel

Many people do not realize the importance of their car’s battery.  It is one of the most essential parts of the car.  It is vital in starting the car, powering the car, and supplying power throughout the vehicles components. Nowadays, most car batteries are maintenance free although some older models will require maintenance.  Older models will require you to constantly keep an eye on the fluid levels.  You will then have to replace with battery fluid alkaline.  Most fluids can be bought at your local stores or gas station.

Most car batteries are advertised as maintenance free, but they will still require routine check ups.  It will require constant care and maintenance in order to keep it functioning for a very long time.

Solar Trickle Charger

A solar trickle battery charger is used to provide a slow trickle of power to things that may be used infrequently. Some good uses for this charger are recreational vehicles, boats and outbuildings. By providing a steady stream of very little power, this type of charger prevents the batteries from being depleted of their charge over time.

Storing vehicles for long periods tends to drain the batteries. This happens frequently with vehicles that you may only use seasonally. Snowmobiles, motorcycles, lawn mowers, travel trailers and all terrain vehicles are all examples of vehicles that are prone to battery drainage because of they are generally stored unused for long periods of time. When you shop for a solar trickle battery charger, it is important to consider several factors, such as the following points.

Find the right charger for your vehicle.

Wattage is important. Review the voltage requirements for your vehicle.

External conditions – some chargers are more resilient to weather conditions than others. This is important if you are storing your RV outdoors.

Take other consumers’ reviews into consideration. Often, the very best recommendations come from other people who have used the same product.

Solar trickle battery chargers can be used to power outbuildings and burglar alarms.

The slow flow of power will not overcharge the battery, but it will provide necessary power.

Batteries at their best (new or in very good condition) will respond to trickle charging.

It’s annoying to pack up for your great adventure of 4×4 off-roading, boating or snowmobiling, only to realize at the last minute that the vehicle’s battery is dead. Most outdoors men only make this mistake once. The next time, the batteries are charged because they have remedied the situation and installed a solar trickle battery charger to help maintain their all terrain vehicle, boat or snowmobile. With this preparation, they are always ready to embark on the next adventure.

Car owners may stow their cars for months on end for various reasons. They may choose to do this because they prefer to drive a sturdy four-wheel drive SUV during the winter months and a sporty convertible during the summer months. Elderly folks may choose to store their cars for months on end because they no longer drive or they choose not to drive during inclement weather. Whatever the case may be, storing a car often means that the battery will be drained when you try to start up the engine again. Of course, if you use a solar trickle battery charger, you will be covered and your battery will have the necessary power to start right up.

Maintaining a slow flow of power to a battery while it is out of use is the ideal way to keep your batteries fresh and out of season vehicles ready for use when the time is right. Solar power is a great way to conserve the energy costs of using a trickle charger.

Here are some other important and helpful hints to help you maintain peak battery life.

Before doing anything to the battery always make sure the cables are properly disconnected.  Doing so will greatly reduce the chances of electrical shock or injury.


1.  Check the casing and cell cover.

Check the casing box and cover for any signs of moisture or pungent acidic smell.  These are indicators that the battery may be leaking and it should be repaired or replaced immediately.

Be careful when handling batteries that are leaking because the acid can be very dangerous.

2.  Clean terminal clamps and cable.

Over time the terminal clamps of the battery and cables build up corrosion.  These corrosion look like white powdery dust that builds up on the clamps.  It almost looks like toothpaste.  Clean the terminal clamps and cables with a copper wire brush.

3.  Make sure everything is dry.

It is vital to make sure everything is dry at this point.  You can take a dry cloth to dry everything up.  It won’t end will if you reconnect the battery while it is wet.  Electricity combined with water will lead to inevitable injuries.

4.  Check the wiring and connection.

Make sure to check the wire and clamps for strips or signs of corrosion.  This is different from the terminal clamps and cables.  A stripped cable should be patched with electrical tape.  The battery should then be secured in place.  If it comes with a hold down bar, it should be replaced.

5.  Lubricate the terminals

Lubricate the terminals with petroleum jelly.  This will make it easier to put the clamps back on.  In addition, it will keep the cables clean and free of corrosion for a longer period of time.

6.  Change your battery if it has been more then 3 years.

This step may not always be necessary.  Of course it depends on the brand and manufacture.  Some people have stated that they have had their car battery in their car for over 5 years and it still functions perfectly.   A very simple and easy way to check your car battery is to see if it is holding the proper charge.  When a car is on, the alternator powers the battery.  Using a multimeter or voltmeter, the car battery should be at around 13-14v while the car is running.  If the car is off, the multimeter or voltmeter should read around 12.6v more or less.  A battery that is not properly holding its charge will read around 10v.  This is a quick and simple way to test your car battery