(Flooded batteries only)
Equalizing is an overcharge performed on flooded lead acid batteries after they have been fully charged.
Equalizing reverses the buildup of negative chemical effects like stratification, the condition where acid concentration is greater at the bottom of the battery than at the top. More importantly equalizing also helps to remove sulfate crystals that may have built up on the plates. If left unchecked, sulfation will reduce the overall capacity of the battery.
Many experts recommend that batteries be equalized periodically, ranging anywhere from once a month to once or twice per year. However, we recommend equalizing every three months or when low or wide ranging specific gravity (+/- .015 sg) is detected after fully charging a battery.
Equalization is complete when specific gravity values no longer rise during the gassing stage.
NOTE: Most good Inverter/chargers have an equalization setting. If we set your system up parameters will have been set within your inverter. Most normal battery chargers are not equipped to undertake the equalize procedure.
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