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CAN YOU MEASURE YOUR BATTERY VOLTAGE TO DETERMINE HOW CHARGED THEY ARE?

So, you can measure your battery voltage to determine how charged they are, and you can measure the current to see the rate of charge or discharge (how fast the batteries are gaining or losing power). Use the chart below to interpret your battery voltage readings.


This chart will allow you to get a pretty good idea of how charged the batteries are. They must not be charging or discharging for these voltages to be correct. Also, it should be at least 1 or 2 hours since they were being charged or under a load. A good time to check is early in the morning before charging starts or any appliances are turned on. This will tell you the battery SOC (state of charge) or, simply put, how full they are.

  Remember, this measurement is most accurate after the batteries have been at rest at least 1 hour, and neither charging nor discharging.  

BATTERY VOLTAGE CHART

Percent of Full Charge Battery Voltage
100% Charged 12.7 volts
25.4 volts
90% Charged
12.6 volts 25.2 volts
80% Charged
12.5 volts
24.9 volts
70% Charged
12.3 volts
24.8 volts
60% Charged
12.2 volts
24.6 volts
50% Charged
12.1 volts
24.4 volts
40% Charged
12.0 volts
24.3 volts
30% Charged
11.9 volts
24.1 volts
20% Charged
11.8 volts
24.0 volts
10% Charged
11.7 volts
23.9 volts
Completely Discharged 11.6 volts or less 23.8 volts or less

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