How to Use a Power Washer with Electric Battery Power
Posted: July 27, 2022
Categories: User Guides & Installations
How to Use a Power Washer with Electric Battery Power
Say goodbye to bulky, cumbersome pressure washers and hello to the lightweight cleaning machines that let you tackle dirt and grime at home or on the go!
Power Washer User Guide
Battery-operated power tools may not be a new idea, but the battery-powered pressure washer is one that’s revolutionizing the way people tackle everyday cleaning jobs at home and on the go.
In this guide, we’ll talk about how to use an electric pressure washer, specifically a battery-powered electric pressure washer. We’ll also cover what a battery-powered unit actually is and why you would want to use one for your pressure washing needs.
What is a battery-powered pressure washer?
First things first, what is a battery-powered pressure washer? These lightweight, portable power cleaners are a game-changer for homeowners, RVers, boaters and on-the-go doers of the like. Instead of lugging around a heavy piece of equipment where you always have to be aware of fuel levels and how close you are to a hose connection – battery-powered pressure washers use lithium-ion batteries, not gas, and can generally be used with any water source, a bucket, lake, pool, etc., instead of worrying about your nearest spigot.
For lighter cleaning projects, these sprayers are the perfect surface cleaner, easily taking care of dirt and grime without the hassle. And the best part is you can take these power cleaners with you! From cleaning your pier or boat to spraying down camping equipment, patio furniture, bikes, RVs, ATVs and more — these power cleaners are designed to let you clean where you want.
Why use a battery-powered pressure washer?
If you’re looking for a lightweight, simple way to tackle cleaning jobs, this cleaner is a must-have. Providing more spraying pressure than an average garden hose, you can use these power cleaners to take care of dirty areas that your hose simply can’t clean. Plus, the portability of these products is second to none. Instead of hauling all of your cleaning equipment down to your dock or out on your boat, you can drop your pressure hose in any water supply and spray off your equipment — saving you time and a lot of unnecessary hassle.
While these power cleaners won’t pack as hard of a punch as larger, gas-powered washers, the portability and versatility of these power cleaners makes them an ideal solution for daily cleaning tasks and maintenance.
How do you use a battery-powered pressure washer
1. Assemble your power washer
As every power washer brand tends to be configured differently, it’s important that you follow your brand’s installation manual for proper assembly. Typically, these power cleaners even come with rotatable nozzles and high/low settings that allow you to switch up your spraying style and pressure — and some come equipped with additional accessories like soap bottles, brushes, and other add-ons that help you customize the way you clean from job to job.
2. Ensure battery is charged
Just like any other battery-operated power tool or device, you’ll first need to charge your battery before use. Once your batteries are juiced up, in most cases you simply slide one (or two) batteries into the designated port or slot for power.
3. Choose your water source
Now that you’ve got your power ready, you need your water source. Most battery-powered pressure cleaners will come with a lightweight water inlet hose that’s already connected to your cleaner or spray gun. Simply drop that line into your chosen water supply (bucket, lake, pool, etc.) and then get ready to spray. That’s really all there is to it.
4. Make sure the area is safe
The maximum pressure of a battery-operated power cleaner can be five-times or more than that of a standard garden hose. Which means it’s not just a good idea but important to ensure that the intended cleaning area is clear of children, pets, exposed skin (like your toes). Also make sure you’re not going to accidentally chip or strip paint or finishes that could be damaged with excessive water pressure.
5. Point and spray away
Now that the coast is clear, it’s time to clean. Point your nozzle in a safe direction away from you and others around you and begin spraying off dirt and grime! Most pressure cleaners will come equipped with some type of trigger lock that needs to be held before you squeeze the trigger for operation. Once you start spraying, you can also adjust your nozzle to achieve different spray styles for a more customized experience and the perfect amount of cleaning power.
6. Attach your soap bottle
For jobs that require more than the spray wand by itself, you can soap-up beforehand by attaching your power washer’s soap bottle to your sprayer (if included with your kit). This is a great way to wash your car, boat, RV or more without fussing with different buckets for soap and water. Once you’ve sprayed the desired amount of suds on to your object, you can simply remove the soap bottle and rinse it off with water.
7. Switch to high pressure or low pressure
Just like your nozzle settings, you can also change the pressure of your power cleaner too — giving you the freedom adjust pressure as needed, depending on your cleaning task. Take note that the high-pressure setting is typically not recommended for objects that have a painted or stained finish, as some higher pressure modes could cause damage. Remember, they call it power washing for a reason, so test your pressure cleaner out on a small area of your surface or on a similar surface before tackling each job.
8. Disassembly and storage
Now that you’ve sprayed away all of the dirt and grime, it’s time to store your power cleaner. First, if you’ve added any attachments (soap bottle, brush, spray tip, etc.) remove those items first and make sure that they are rinsed off before storing. Remove your battery and place it on your charger so it’s ready to go when you need it. Dispose of any left-over water in your bucket or water source, and store your pressure cleaner in a safe, dry space where your water line isn’t being tangled or bent and your nozzle is safe from damage.