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How to Care for Varley Red Top Racing Batteries

How to Care for Varley Red Top Racing Batteries

Maintenance Instructions for Varley Red Top Racing Batteries

Pegasus Part Nos. 1173, 1174, 1175 and 1177-00X

As with most batteries, Varley Red Top Racing Batteries are always live, even when damaged or discharged. They must always be handled carefully with an eye toward preventing short circuits.

  • Remove all metal jewelry before handling or working near the battery.
  • Switch off the battery circuit before connecting or disconnecting the battery.
  • Use insulated tools.
  • Keep sparks, flame, and lit cigarettes away from the battery.
  • Wear protective gear such as gloves and eye protection.
  • Use a battery charger designed for 12 volt lead-acid batteries.
  • Lift a battery by its terminals.
  • Charge a battery inside a sealed container.
  • Incinerate.
  • Short circuit the terminals.

Batteries should be stored fully charged in a cool, dry environment with no risk of short circuit. Varley Red Top batteries should keep for up to 2 years at 68° F with only an occasional charge. Some self-discharging will occur during storage, so the battery should be charged before being put into use. Deeply discharged batteries should be charged within 10 days.


Use an insulated torque wrench to tighten the M6 terminal nuts to 35 inch-pounds (3.9 Nm). Dielectric grease may be used to protect against corrosion. Do not use a silicone grease.


For maximum life, Varley Red Top batteries should be kept fully charged with a trickle charger set to approximately 2 amps. A higher setting on the battery charger can be used for a fast charge, but this will shorten battery life.


Periodically check the battery case for damage. Keep the battery clean by wiping with a damp cloth AFTER the battery has been disconnected.


Do not incinerate old batteries or dispose of with other trash. Batteries should be taken to a licensed recycler for proper reclamation.

Varley Red Top Racing Batteries

This article was first published on 12/4/2008.

It was most recently modified on 3/26/2015.