- by Joe Weber - updated on 9/9/2022
Batteries can be a huge investment depending on what they are being used for and can even reach upwards of $1000 for high-end batteries. Understanding the reasons batteries might die before they should is key to making sure they last as long as they can. Read on to be able to recognize some of the common areas where batteries fail and how to protect your investment.
There are many reasons that batteries can fail too soon. Below is a list of the most common causes of early battery failure.
To make sure your batteries stay healthy and last as long as possible there are some easy things that you can do.
The easiest step for car batteries is very simple and self-explanatory. Drive your car; the longer the better. It's simple. If you drive your car the alternator will charge your battery so it's near full at all times. Driving the car often and using anti-corrosion spray and terminal protectors will greatly reduce the chances that your battery will fail early. Some lead batteries, like AGM, have larger plates that are more durable and prevent corrosion leading to longer battery life.
If you don't drive your car often or it sits for several months at a time, a battery maintainer is necessary to keep the battery charged to the optimal level for storage and prevent the battery from sulfating so it's ready to go when you need to start the car.
Electronics draw power from the battery even when they are turned off before you shut the car off. To extend the life of your battery it is recommended to unplug any accessories that you have so they don't draw any current from the battery when that car isn't running.
If you follow all of the rules and maintain your battery as best as you can you may still find yourself in a situation where your battery is dead and your car won't start. If you find yourself in this situation it's always a great idea to have a small, lightweight jump starter in your car. After you get your car started drive over to your local Batteries Plus to have our store experts test your battery free of charge. If it is time for a new battery our store associates will help you find the best battery for you.
For more information on your vehicle battery please read our blog article titled "How Do I Know Which Car Battery Fits My Car?". Some batteries can come back from the dead. Read our article "Can You Revive a Completely Dead Car Battery?" for tips and tricks on how to revive your battery if it's been sitting and is now dead.