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12V battery

The battery powers the various devices installed in the vehicle.

For best battery service

  • Keep the battery securely mounted.

  • Keep the battery top clean and dry.

  • Keep the terminals and connections clean, tight, and coated with petroleum jelly or terminal grease.

  • Rinse any spilled electrolyte from the battery immediately with a solution of water and baking soda.

  • If the vehicle is not going to be used for an extended time, disconnect the battery cables.


Risk of Explosion

Keep lit cigarettes and all other flames or sparks away from the battery.

The battery contains hydrogen -- a highly combustible gas which will explode if it comes in contact with a flame or spark.

Keep batteries out of the reach of children because batteries contain highly corrosive SULFURIC ACID and electrolytes. Do not allow battery acid to contact your skin, eyes, clothing or paint finish.

Wear eye protection when charging or working near a battery. Always provide ventilation when working in an enclosed space.

Always read the following instructions carefully when handling a battery.

If any electrolyte gets into your eyes, flush your eyes with clean water for at least 15 minutes and get immediate medical attention. If electrolyte gets on your skin, thoroughly wash the contacted area. If you feel pain or burning sensation, get medical attention immediately.

An inappropriately disposed battery can be harmful to the environment and human health. Dispose the battery according to your local law(s) or regulation.

The battery contains lead. Do not dispose of it after use. Please return the battery to an authorized Kia dealer to be recycled.


Risk of Electrocution

Never touch the electrical motor while the vehicle is running. This system works with high voltage, which can electrocute, injure, or kill you.


If you connect unauthorized electronic devices to the battery, the battery may be discharged. Never use unauthorized devices.


Recharging Battery

Never attempt to recharge the battery when the battery cables are connected.


California Proposition 65

Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm. Batteries also contain other chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer. Wash hands after handling.

Battery recharging

Your vehicle has a maintenance-free, calcium-based battery

  • If the battery becomes discharged in a short time (because, for example, the headlights or interior lights were left on while the vehicle was not in use), recharge it by slow charging (trickle) for 10 hours.

  • If the battery gradually discharges because of high electric load while the vehicle is being used, recharge it at 20~30 A for two hours.

When recharging the battery, observe the following precautions:

  • The battery must be removed from the vehicle and placed in an area with good ventilation.

  • Do not allow cigarettes, sparks, or flame near the battery.

  • Watch the battery during charging, and stop or reduce the charging rate if the battery cells begin gassing (boiling) violently or if the temperature of the electrolyte of any cell exceeds 120 °F (49 °C).

  • Wear eye protection when checking the battery during charging.

  • Disconnect the battery charger in the following order.

    1. Turn off the battery charger main switch.

    2. Unhook the negative clamp from the negative battery terminal.

    3. Unhook the positive clamp from the positive battery terminal.

  • Before performing maintenance or recharging the battery, turn off all accessories and stop the vehicle.

  • The negative battery cable must be removed first and installed last when the battery is disconnected.

Reset items

The following items should be reset after the battery has been discharged or the battery has been disconnected.