Although ATVs and UTVs come with all kinds of crazy technology, their batteries are pretty outdated. They don't work very well in cold weather, they die really fast if you use them a lot, and they can even catch fire.
That's why it's crucial to know the basics of ATV and UTV battery maintenance. Even if you don't ride, you should read this article so that you'll be ready to answer any questions that the guys at the dealership ask you.
Here's some information everybody should know about maintaining ATV and UTV batteries.
1. No matter what brand or model of ATV/UTV you riding, its batteries are probably pretty old. Has it been checked out by an experienced mechanic every year or two just to make sure there aren't any leaks or problems? You can easily test your battery with a voltmeter. Do this before each ride, and again after each trip out of town.
2. Always use the right kind of charger for your batteries. A lot of people don't even think about this, but the wrong charger can actually ruin your battery. Most ATV Battery and UTV Battery charge with a 2-amp trickle charger that takes 14 hours to fully charge a dead battery. If you're not charging your battery correctly. It could die prematurely or even catch fire because it's being charged too fast. Never use it to charge an RV/Marine battery, either.
3. Never let your ATV or UTV sit for more than two weeks without starting it up at least once. And then charging the battery fully afterward. Too much distance between charges is just as bad as not enough, in my opinion. If you try to run your ATV or UTV on a dead battery, it won't last very long before it's toast.