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Tips For Choosing and Maintaining a Utility Battery

The last thing that your Wisconsin company wants to happen is a battery failure on a critical piece of equipment. Such an even could grind your business to a halt. To prevent these types of events, most companies that use battery operated equipment have made the decision to stock up on utility battery components to have on hand.

As the name implies, a utility battery is a general purpose battery that can be used to power a wide-range of systems, equipment, and devices. These can include both wet cell and sealed cell batteries. The sealed cell batteries will require only limited maintenance, while wet cell will require monitoring of water levels in the cells and topping off the system as required during use or storage.

If your Wisconsin business is storing these standby batteries, here are some important tips from our battery experts at Courtney Industrial Battery:


A utility battery used for industrial types of applications should ideally be stored at a temperature of 20° Celsius. This equates to approximately 68° Fahrenheit. It is critical to avoid temperatures that are too high (over 40°C) or too low (less than 5°C).


High humidity can result in damage to the terminals, particularly if they are a brass or lead alloy. They can oxidize rapidly with high levels of humidity, often resulting in visible oxidation on the terminals in less than six months.

UV Light Exposure

Direct sunlight or other types of UV light can not only change the temperature of the battery, but it can also result in damage to the plastic housing of the battery. This is often seen as cracking, fading, or crazing of the surface.

It is possible to store these batteries safely for the time indicated by the manufacturer. To learn more, give the experts at Courtney Industrial Battery a call today: 920-731-7651.