A maintenance free batter is generally a "gel" battery, you never need to open the cells and check the fluid levels of each chamber. The one you got, you'll have to do that with. BOTH work the same, the non-maintenance free ones are more money and less hassle.
The "gel" battery is the next step in battery technology, the other the good ol' standby.
If you stick with the acid one, get yourself
- a bottle of deionized water
- eye protection (lab goggles)
- rubber gloves
- small flashlight
- eye dropper (or straw)
- paper towels, screw driver, work bench, etc
You'll need to check the levels of each cell every year by removing the battery and using a small flashlight shine it from the back of the battery threw the battery and see where they are. If low you'll unscrew each cell cap and top up each cell with deionized water as needed.
OR forget all the work and get yourself a maintenance free battery.
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