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    Battery fluid gets low, you just add distilled water, right? Well I have a "marine" (boat) battery that sat around for 5 years is very low(maybe 4 hrs. on the battery in usage). Now they say the newer batteries, I'm guessing the last 5 years or so is considered new. Do not add distilled water anymore, what does everybody add to their battery when its low? Did everybody else know this? Because I sure the hell didn't until now. Never had a low fluid in lots of years, so I didn't have to do any replacing.
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  • #2
    Re: Battery Fluid

    News to me. I don't have any marine batteries but all my toy (sled, ATV etc)
    batteries get distilled water if they get low. I know you don't use tap water because the minerals in the water cause problems. One issue you may have is that when battery plates are exposed to air they sulfate very quickly so your battery may be toast anyway. Todays electronic chargers have a cycle that can remove the sulfation. Fill it with distilled and charge it, worst case you need a new battery anyway

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    • #3
      Re: Battery Fluid

      Distilled water is normal,

      many of the newer batteries are considered maintenance free in that with many alternators the regulators are such that over charging is not as prevalent as in the past,

      Sulfate is the death of batteries,
      they sulfate when the battery is low on a charge, if you have left that battery in a uncharged condition more than likely it is of no value, even letting a battery set over night uncharged it will harm the battery some,

      a deep cycle battery in theory is made with heaver plates and can release more energy over a longer period of time, and most marine batteries are usually classified as a deep cycle, (even tho on the "car" type deep cycle there is not much different on the batteries, until you get into the industrial batteries,
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      • #4
        Re: Battery Fluid

        Use distilled water and be sure to add it so the fluid level is about 1/2 inch above the top of the plates and below the bottom of the caps. Next try slow (2-5 Amps) charging the battery for several hours. Let it sit 15 minutes and if you have one use a hydrometer to check the charge level in each cell. You may need more charging. Once up to full charge, disconnect and if you have a good battery dealer near you, have them load test the battery for you. Letting lead-acid batteries sit around uncharged is harmful at best. Overcharging also kills them pretty quick. What you want for a boat or other deep cycle battery that's not in use is called a "Battery Tender" which is a fully automatic slow rate charger. Connect it up and leave it. It keeps the battery charged but also doesn't cook (over charge) it. See links for info.

        Home Page: http://batterytender.com/selection_guide.php

        Basic model for home users: http://batterytender.com/default.php?cPath=11_3 (You need the 12 Volt model)

        Their catalog: http://batterytender.com/default.php?cPath=11


        You should be able to find far better than full list prices on them.
        http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender.../dp/B0000C7FJ7
        http://www.batterymart.com/p-battery...y-charger.html
        http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductD...egoryCode=3014

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        • #5
          Re: Battery Fluid

          I did put in distilled water a couple hours ago, will be running the test shortly. Here's one for the boaters, I'll get one pretty soon. Check it out.

          http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/sto...60830007.shtml
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          • #6
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            Not too sure about that one. I would try to get a genuine Battery Tender brand. They work quite well. The Schumacher worked well when I used one a few years ago. By the way www.partsamerica.com is the ordering web site that's related to Advance Auto Parts stores. If you have any good auto parts stores near you that's where I would look first. Why pay S & H on a small item?
            Last edited by Woussko; 06-07-2007, 05:46 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: Battery Fluid

              Originally posted by Woussko View Post
              Not too sure about that one. I would try to get a genuine Battery Tender brand. They work quite well. The Schumacher worked well when I used one a few years ago. By the way www.partsamerica.com is the ordering web site that's related to Advance Auto Parts stores. If you have any good auto parts stores near you that's where I would look first. Why pay S & H on a small item?
              Woussko, did you read it? This is a safety feature, it shuts the electrical down from the battery, when your battery is low enough for 1 starting (or 2). That way when your out on the lake and not paying attention, it'll save you enough energy to get the motor going. Same with a car having a power drainage from a left on interior light or something. This should be on every vehicles out there, buy their stocks now. I have been out there when the trolling motor used up the power in the battery, now I always bring two.
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              • #8
                Re: Battery Fluid

                Been there, sun going down cooler empty, lets go in and fry these up. Click Click ---- . Where's the paddle

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                • #9
                  Re: Battery Fluid

                  I'll echo all the other commentary. I have a deep cycle battery that I use as back up/emergency power for my ham radio equipment. It's an Everstart Maxx-29 that I bought from Walmart in 2001. I also bought their RV automatic/manual 10 amp charger at the same time. I charge it only once a month and it's still performs quite well.

                  The battery gets used very little, but I check and top off the cells every month if I notice the level is down. I keep a jug of distilled water for use with both automobiles as well as the deep-cycle. You've got to keep those plates covered with water and a good charge on the battery as often as possible. Nothing destroys a lead-acid battery faster than being left in a discharged condition and/or with the plates exposed.

                  CWS

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                  • #10
                    Re: Battery Fluid

                    Garager

                    I'll go read it again once I get my brand new computer user's glasses in the morning. Then hopefully I'll see better.

                    I was of the thinking it was just another charger.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Battery Fluid

                      Garager, FWIW I just finished installing a solar charger from PulseTech for the battery in my hydraulic dump trailer. It's a two amp trickle charging model that also de-sulfates the battery. It cost me around $90.00 (cdn) and I've been very happy with it. They also have wired battery keepers etc.

                      Just some extra info for you or anyone reading this thread
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                      • #12
                        Re: Battery Fluid

                        The Battery Brain is a low Voltage disconnect. It's used to prevent deep discharge of your battery. This is all great but it is not a charger. I really think you want a combination of a fully automatic battery charger, low Voltage disconnect and isolator all in one. I have never seen such unless you install several different devices. This is not saying they aren't made, just that I have yet to see one. Check around at good RV dealer and repair centers.

                        Maybe I need to go back to post 1. Maybe I'm not getting what you're trying to get done. Woussko = confused mind anymore.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Battery Fluid

                          I knew about the 2 amp trickle charger guys, this was about adding distilled water or the other alternative for fluid. Here is one of the types, I didn't want to place a name brand, just wanted to see if you heard to go this route instead of distilled water.

                          http://www.terexeliminator.com/battery.asp

                          So after I read about this product, this tells me I don't need to buy another battery. Just sort of rebuilding it again. I tried the distilled water and my battery is shot. What do you guys think, should I try this sulfix it or go get another battery. I am leaning towards this product, always interested in trying something new, but if someone else has used it and it sucks, then I'll go after the battery.

                          Woussko
                          The Battery Brain is great for all batteries, car, boats, etc, because you will still be allowed another start with your battery, its a protection. I knew that it is not a charger, just thought I'd get one of these so I'm not stranded somewhere on the lake, then in the winter I can put it on my truck.
                          Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

                          http://www.contractorspub.com

                          A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Battery Fluid

                            garager

                            Good idea on the Battery Brain. As for your battery I really would look at getting another one. How much do they want including S&H for the chemical?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Battery Fluid

                              Woussko, about $104.00 & free shipping, treats 4 batteries, the funny thing is, I have 3 batteries that needs repair or replaced and a 4th one getting there. I paid right around $80.00 for each battery. The investment might be worth it for me. Might go halves w/my brother, he has a couple also in need of fixing. So together we can only get screwed out $52.00 each, if this product doesn't work.
                              Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

                              http://www.contractorspub.com

                              A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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