Exide Technologies is a manufacturer of batteries and battery charging equipment. The battery chargers made by Exide are capable of charging any car, boat or motorcycle battery. By slowly building up an electric current inside the dead battery cells, the battery charger is able to breathe new life into an old battery, so long as the battery is viable. Connecting and using an Exide battery charger is an easy process that requires no special skills or training.
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Things you need
- 3/4-inch wrench
- Exide battery charger
- Dead battery
Disconnect the battery from the engine. Use a 3/4-inch wrench to loosen the connections on the battery cables. Remove the red, positive battery cable first, then disconnect the black, negative cable. With both cables disconnected, lift the battery away and take it to an area where it can be connected to the Exide battery charger.
Connect the charging cables to the battery. The Exide battery charger has two cables with large alligator clips at the end, similar to a set of automotive jump leads. Connect the black clip to the negative terminal on the battery, then clip the red connector to the positive terminal on the battery.
Select the proper volts/amps for the charge. The Exide battery charger has a "Volt/Amp Selector" that lets you specify the size of the battery being charged so you can deliver the appropriate charge for either a large car battery or a smaller motorcycle battery. Turn the knob so that it points to the corresponding battery size.
Plug the Exide battery charger into an electrical socket and set the charge time. This will vary depending on the size of the battery and whether or not it has a partial charge. Typical charge times range from eight to 12 hours, although a car battery that is completely drained may require as much as 24 hours to receive a full charge. The battery charger has safeguards to prevent overcharging, so do not worry about the battery being charged prior to the charge time expiring.
Unplug the Exide battery charger from the wall and remove the clamps from the terminals. Return the battery to its original position on the engine and use a 3/4-inch wrench to tighten the cables on the battery terminals. Connect the negative cable first, then the positive.
Tips and warnings
- An Exide battery charger can recharge any battery brand, whether the battery is manufactured by Exide or by another company.
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