Many experts recommend that batteries be equalized periodically, ranging anywhere from once a month to once or twice per year. However, we only recommend equalizing when low or wide ranging specific gravity (± .015) is detected after fully charging a battery.
Equalizing is an over voltage - overcharge performed on flooded lead acid batteries after they have been fully charged. It helps to eliminate stratification – the uneven distribution of acid - and sulfation – the build up of sulfate crystals on the plates. These are two of many conditions that can reduce the overall performance and life of a flooded battery. An Equalize charge – or equalizing – should only be used on flooded batteries when specific gravity readings vary from cell to cell at +/-.015 on a fully charged battery.
Equalize charging should not be performed on AGM or GEL batteries. Balance Charge modes are included in all our Discover® Industrial, Commercial and Electric Vehicle charges. Balance Charging is similar to an equalize charge cycle but is performed at formulated and temperature compensated voltage, time and current data.
Step by Step Equalizing
Note: Many chargers do not have an equalization setting so this procedure can’t be carried out.