The Different Types of Batteries for Boats

Our family proudly loves the water and the things that are usually associated with it, like boats and fishing. If we could spend time on the water and do most of our family’s activities there, then we are at our happiest. It is something of a tradition and also stretches back several generations, since we really came from a family of seafarers. So it runs in our blood, and we try to be on the water as often as we can even if there is really nothing to celebrate or get together about. Going after the chance to have some very nice and relaxing moments while on the boat is almost priceless for me.

Of course, we have to make sure that the maintenance of the boat that we own and use is never taken for granted at all. That’s what would make our boating adventures as awesome as the past ones that we have had. And this time around, I have been given the task of caring for our boats’ batteries, which is the first time that I am actually going to do something like this. So I need to learn about the different types of batteries for boats and the information about each one.

Batteries for Boats

It was a revelation for me to know about the different types of batteries for boats, especially since our family has been associated with boating for so long. When I was researching about each one I realized that it should actually be a point of pride for me to learn more about boats. And the first thing that I learned was that there are three general types of batteries: flooded cell, AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) or gell cell.

• Flooded cell Batteries – Flooded cell batteries require a monthly inspection of the fluid level within the cells. If it is low then the addition of distilled water might actually be warranted. It is equipped with removable cell caps. Proper use of the batteries that it should be recharged right after each use. Charging once a month would do for these batteries.

• AGM and Gell Cell batteries – These types of batteries only have pressure relief valves and do not have cell caps, which mean that it does not require any maintenance. The AGM and Gell Cell batteries also lose charge a lot more slowly than the flooded cell batteries and can even stand being left in a partially discharged condition better. But there are downsides to it too as the AGM and Gell Cells cost a lot more and yet would not last as long flooded cell batteries.