Canal Boat Starting Batteries | Platinum International Limited
 0161 971 5000      [email protected] Birmingham, England, B37 7WL
Engine Starting
A starter battery is designed to supply a very high current so that the engine can be cranked and started. Although this requires a substantially greater current than that required to run the various on-board electronics, it should only be in use for a few seconds at a time.

Once the engine is running, the battery is no longer required to perform any function and the engine charging system replenishes any electrical energy used. It is always advisable to fit a battery with the highest possible Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) available as this will help ensure the engine starts in cold weather conditions. It should also be kept at the highest state of charge possible.

Battery Care
Platinum Canal Boat batteries are specifically manufactured to cater for the demands of today’s waterway vehicles but they still require some general care and maintenance from the user.

If the canal boat sits unused for extended periods of time throughout the year, this puts a considerable strain on the battery and can dramatically reduce its life if not properly maintained. It is important to keep the battery fully charged when not in use whilst ensuring never to over-charge it as this can cause permanent damage.

Depth of Discharge
A Lead Acid Battery has the ability to be repeatedly discharged and recharged and this process is called a ‘cycle’. Car batteries have very minor cycles (e.g. the turn of the ignition key for a second or two to start the vehicle), whereas within a canal boat application the amount of energy taken out is to a much greater level or Depth of Discharge.

  • Avoid fully discharging the battery as this damages its ability to return to a fully charged state
  • Always re-charge immediately after use, keeping the battery in as high a state of charge as possible
  • If not being used for long periods of times, regularly check
    the voltage and give a refresh charge where required
    (approx after 3 months) – taking care not to over charge
    the battery
  • Store batteries upright in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area
  • Keep the battery and terminals clean and dust free
  • Regularly check the electrolyte levels, topping up only
    with de-ionised water when necessary
  • If you keep spare batteries, remember to rotate their use
  • Regularly inspect all connectors, wires and other aspects
    of the vehicle’s electrical system for faults
  • Please note – although the SD range of batteries are
    sealed, a breather tube should still be fitted
  • For extra peace of mind, you should consider taking
    a spare back up battery.

Comprehensive Range
Canal Boat and Canal Boat Plus batteries include fully sealed batteries providing the perfect starting power source for all inland waterway users.
State Of Charge Indicator (SOCI)
Easy to use visual indicator to check the battery’s charge and acid levels
The entire range of Platinum Canal Boat batteries comes with a 2-year warranty as standard (conditions apply).
Original Quality Spare Part
Produced on the same production line as batteries for Original Equipment (O.E), using the same technology, man power, equipment and quality inspections approved by vehicle manufacturers.
For more information on the Platinum Canal Boat Starting Power range please contact our team today!