5 super tips to maintain your motorcycle batteries during winter
When it’s winter, all of us like to sit back, stay warm and not move. That means even bikers need to park their bikes for a few months before the weather starts clearing up.
But there’s just one problem when bikes especially e-bikes are stored for these long months. They start to winterize.
No, it is not at all recommended to drive in the chilly winter for “keeping it in action”.
Most bikes do not even face the problem of gas leaking out or thickening oil. The only thing that needs major attention is your battery.
Yes, in colder regions where the temperature starts to drop significantly with the onset of winter, the battery power reduces by 20%.
So, it’s important to prioritize storing your battery power if you don’t want to go through the hassle of continuous battery draining once the winters are over. How can you do that?
Let’s take a look at 5 super tips on how you can maintain your motorcycle batteries during winter.
- Store it at room temperature
The basic reason why motorcycle batteries get affected is because of the temperature. The lower the temperature drops, the higher batteries start to winterize. So, it’s important to park your bike in a place where it is seemingly warmer than the temperature outside. But that doesn’t mean you keep it near a fireplace or beside a kitchen door.
Keep it in a dry, non-flammable space where the temperature doesn’t fall beyond 15 degrees. And also don’t forget to cover your bike properly, so it doesn’t become too prone to cold.
- Keep the terminals clean
It’s no surprise that the terminals accumulate dirt and grease when they are used a lot. But when you don’t clean them regularly, and winter arrives. It starts to develop rust and ultimately falls prey to corrosion.
And as your bike is going to stay in for long durations, it will become easier for the corrosion to develop more and totally disrupt your bike’s performance.
Apply dielectric grease or anti-corrosive spray and clean it with a brush to make sure the grease doesn’t stay.
- Recharge once in a while
You may think that recharging your battery fully is a great way to keep it standing for the whole winter. But no, it doesn’t work that way. Batteries tend to self-discharge during winters.
So, how to make sure that doesn’t happen?
Recharge your batteries once in a while. If you have kept it plugged in, check on it once it a while and keep recharging it. If you unplug it after recharging, it’s even better. But make sure you don’t overcharge. It’s going to do more harm than good.
- Check for the power status regularly
After recharging, the second most important thing to do is, checking on the battery once in a while. If the battery stays above 12.73 volts, then you are all good. If it goes beyond 12.06 even then you can manage.
But if it comes down from 12.06 volts you need to consider a replacement as it will not last long. And when you go for buying a new one, make sure you know what batteries are going to suit your bike instead of going for others’ recommendations.
You can also check out the manual for that information if you still have it.
- Tip the battery
Most EV motorbikes have lithium-ion batteries and when they are kept unused for longer durations, the acids and water start to separate, resulting in deterioration of the battery condition, even when it’s new. To prevent that, top up your battery every now and then with distilled water ONLY.
Never make use of tap water, because it contains many impurities and metals that can react with the electrolyte and make it retarded. So, make sure that you don’t do this mistake.
- Charge the right way
The last but definitely, the most important tip is to charge the right way. It is indeed possible that even after covering, the batters tend to absorb the cold. So, whenever you are charging or topping up your batteries; make sure you warm the batteries, bring them to room temperature, and then do it.
Lithium battery is very reactive to temperature. Charging in a frozen state is likely to deteriorate the battery power rather than enhance it. So, don’t make this mistake.
Over to you…
With these tips, I am sure you will be able to protect your bikes from these cruel winters and get ready to ride again!