The FORM Charge smart golf cart charger is designed to charge lead-acid batteries.
Over time, battery posts and terminals can start to corrode from hydrogen gas being released from the sulfuric acid inside the battery. This can cause a buildup of a
white/blue/green substance around the terminals (hydrated copper sulfate.) This is a poor conductor of electricity and can increase resistance within the circuit. This can also cause your cart to not start and possibly lead to a myriad of other battery problems. Battery terminal corrosion can be cleaned off in most situations.
Preventing, not cleaning, battery corrosion should be the goal for proper battery maintenance. However, should you encounter a battery with corroded battery terminals, here is a simple seven-step process. It is always a good idea to use eye protection and use mechanic gloves while working around lead-acid batteries.
Step 1: Remove Battery Cables - When removing cables from batteries, always start with the negative battery cable.
Step 2: Inspect Battery Cables - Check for excess wear or battery corrosion on the cables as well as dried, cracked, and peeling insulation. Replace the battery cable(s) if any damage is present.
Step 3: Remove and Neutralize Battery Corrosion - Spray a commercial-grade battery cleaning agent wherever corrosion is present to remove corrosion and neutralize the battery acid.
Step 4: Dry and Polish Battery Posts and Terminals - Dry the battery, battery posts, and battery terminals once the corrosion is removed. A microfiber cleaning cloth is a great option. Use a battery terminal brush to remove additional residue.
Step 5: Install Battery Terminal Protectors - Install battery terminal protectors, also known as anti-corrosion pads, on each battery post. These work best when saturated in a battery corrosion-preventative compound.
Step 6: Reconnect Battery Cables - Reconnect the battery cables in the reverse order from step 1. (Positive first, then negative)