Discharging batteries is a function of your application.

Here are a list of helpful items:

  • Shallow Depth of Discharges (DOD) will result in a longer battery life. <50% DOD is recommended
  • 75-80% DOD is the maximum safe discharge for flooded and AGM batteries
  • Do not discharge flooded batteries >80%. This will damage (or kill) the battery. Recommend operating DOD for flooded batteries is 50% to 75% of capacity
  • A periodic equalization charge for flooded batteries is a must
  • Do not leave batteries deeply discharged for any length of time
  • Lead acid batteries do not develop a memory and need not be fully discharged before recharging
  • Batteries should be charged after each period of use
  • Batteries that charge up but cannot support a load are most likely bad and should be tested
General Lead Acid Battery Description
General Lead Acid Battery Applications
General Lead Acid Battery Types
General Lead Acid Battery Chemistry
Discover® Sealed Valve Regulated Lead Acid Batteries
Discover® Deep Cycle AGM Battery
Discover®700 Series Dry Cell Battery
Discover® EV Traction Dry Cell Battery
General Benefits and Features of Discover Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) Technology
Sales Channels for Discover Battery Technologies
Things to question when making a battery buying decision
What to consider when buying a deep cycle battery
Information gathering before buying batteries
Calculating cost to own when purchasing batteries
Safety First
Safety and Productivity
When working with batteries
When handling battery acid
When installing or replacing batteries
When booster cables are used
Danger of exploding batteries
Warning and warning labels
Parallel connections for sophisticated users and installers
Parallel connections for unsophisticated users and installers
Charging
When charging batteries
Selecting a charger
General charging information for AGM and GEL batteries
GEL battery charging
AGM battery charging
Equalizing (Flooded batteries only)
Discharging
Typical self-discharge of VRLA batteries at different temperatures
Typical self-discharge of high quality deep cycle flooded batteries at different temperatures
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