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#46 KennyP OFFLINE  

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Posted March 27, 2011 - 08:13 PM

These had 6-8 volts when I started, so thought they would work. I bought a small battery cell tester afterwards and found the dead cells. At least now I can check before trying to rejuvenate.
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Posted March 27, 2011 - 08:21 PM

My batteries still had 12 volts, but wouldnt crank for more than a few seconds, then die.....Each cell in the battery should have about 2 volts.....If you put the neg probe of your multimeter on the neg post and stick the other into each cell, it should go up by about 2 volts each one going away from the negative side...........
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Posted March 27, 2011 - 10:03 PM

I put an old lawn mower battery on charge tonight after adding the spring water and Epson salt mixture. It had been sitting in my garage for almost 2 years dead. I charged it up before I added the mix and it would charge 12 volts but would only turn the mower over once and die. Anyways I have it on charge will keep you posted. I guess if it works on this one I will be convinced.

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Posted April 14, 2011 - 05:47 AM

Well...its been a couple of weeks and the batteries I did all seem to be holding up...Most nights it has been getting below freezing and they are still starting my tractors.....

I am just wondering about the long term going this...Has anyone done this and the batteries are still good a year later.....2 years etc?

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 07:37 PM

I'm trying it on a marine deep cell battery. Next weekend I'll use it and a bilge pump to get the water off the pool cover, through a whole house type filter, and back into the pool.

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 05:00 PM

I just put the Epsom salt solution in a GT size battery & have it on charge now. It will accept a full rate charge on this small charger of 6 amps, but I set it down to a 2 amp charge rate for overnight or longer. Hope it works, as I can't afford new batteries for all these GT's.
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Posted September 11, 2012 - 10:26 PM

Today the battery I mentioned in post #7 of this thread died. I got an additional five and a half years out of it AFTER it was dead and junk just by adding epsom salts and slowly charging it up over four days.
Tonight I took the MRS out to dinner and the pickup started fine here at home. Drove 9 miles to the restaurant and when we came out it wouldn't do anything. Her dad lives about four blocks from where we were so she called him and after 30 minutes with jumper cables hooked up my truck still wouldn't even try. I wish I'd have thought to have the guy at Wally World scan the bar code but I'm very sure that battery was twelve years old. At that age I doubt it would have still ben in their system anyhow.
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Posted January 26, 2013 - 05:46 PM

I still have 3 out of 5 batteries up and running since I tried this when I started this thread.

 

And that was almost 2 years ago. But you can't save them all. Good Luck and continue to post your results please.



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Posted January 26, 2013 - 06:06 PM

This spring will tell the story for me.  I have done this with quite a few battery's  on lawn tractors so if I start getting calls about dead battery's then I know but I also did it on my Wife's car about a month ago and it is still going strong, at least she hasn't complained and if she was having problems she would complain!  :worshippy1:


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 06:10 PM

she hasn't complained and if she was having problems she would complain!

 

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:01 PM

Just an update: this latest cold spell got her battery.  She went out and it would just barely turn over.  I went out a few minutes later and got it cranked but I could tell it was just about gone. So she now has a new battery.


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:21 PM

Like I said, I've done 4 or 5, and no luck with any of them, and all had 12v, just very weak.  I'm not going to bother trying it again.  Guess when I wear something out...it's toast!


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 11:22 PM

If I would near boil the water,dissolve the epsom salt, put in old milk jugs

could you store the solution without it crystallizing?


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 12:28 AM

If I would near boil the water,dissolve the epsom salt, put in old milk jugs

could you store the solution without it crystallizing?

 

Shawn, Yes, you can store it for a good while.


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 12:14 PM

Well I've got 2 large deep cycles that  I got for free,  going to try it, got nothing to lose, looks for some batteries for the h14xl electric  conversion. What does a cell tester look like?






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