Author: Frank Ross
Matching the right marine battery for a particular job is the first step toward happier times on the water and more fish in the livewell. If you’re not sure which battery is the best for your particular needs, read this buyer’s guide to help sort out the different types, sizes and applications.
With proper safety precautions, explosions should not be an issue with wet-cell batteries. When in use, and especially when being charged, wet-cell batteries should be well ventilated and care should be taken not to introduce a spark into the battery compartment that is not well ventilated. Another good rule to follow when installing or removing batteries is to always connect the positive (red) lead first and disconnect it last when removing a battery. When the negative lead is connected first and then the positive lead, a spark can result and ignite gases in a confined space.