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Posted February 04, 2013 - 01:04 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?

 

I keep some made up in an old plastic coffee container.

 

 

 

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?

 

That's the way I look at it, if the battery is already causing problems then what do you have to lose.  We only got another 2 months or so out of the wife's battery but there are still a few GT's around the county with batteries that have had the treatment.



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Posted February 04, 2013 - 01:17 PM

Ya I'm just going to try it, Even if i could just get them working enough to test the tractor a bit,

 

I've got 1 lawn tractor battery under the bench that junk, it will probably get some juice too!



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Posted February 20, 2013 - 04:42 PM

Seems like the thing to do would be to keep a bottle of this magic water around, and whenever you would add water to a battery, from the time it is new, to use this water instead.  Why doesn't somebody bottle up epsom salts and water to sell at auto parts stores?



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Posted February 21, 2013 - 08:37 AM

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?

Here's a picture of one:

 

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And link: http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Hydrometer

 

I haven't used my in years.



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 01:41 PM

After reading all the comments I am confused. My understanding is that you add the epson salt medium to the existing electrolyte. You do not drain out the electrolyte is that correct?
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Posted June 04, 2013 - 02:27 PM

First off Sundowner, Welcome to GTtalk, glad you joined us here.

 

You want to mix the salt up in distilled water, I usually do it on the stove to help dissolve the salt. Then I take out some of the electrolyte out of each cell so I can add back the salt water solution. I hope that makes sense.


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Posted June 04, 2013 - 04:24 PM

Welcome Sundowner.  Like Brian, I mix up a solution of Epsom salts and distilled water and then if the cell's of the batter are full I will use a bulb and take some battery solution out of each cell and put it with the Epsom Salts solution.  The I will go back and fill each cell to the proper level and put it on a battery tender until I get a green light.  If a cell is down I will just put the Epsom Salt solution in that cell straight.  There are still quite a few batteries I have done this too that are still in service.


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 10:17 AM

Thanks for the info. I have 3 8D's from my boat and going to try it. Nothing to lose.

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 10:46 AM

Thanks for the info. I have 3 8D's from my boat and going to try it. Nothing to lose.

 

 

Sometimes you have to cycle the battery's to get them back up and holding a good charge.

 

In case you don't know what I mean, charge the battery up as much as it will take, then use a 12vt light or something to run the battery back down to about dead, then re-charge the battery again and if it's going to be good, it will take a better charge each time you cycle it.

 

Good Luck and be sure to report back how it goes for you. :thumbs:


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 01:18 PM

Thanks for bring up the cycling Brian.  I had forgotten about that aspect of getting a battery back up to speed. :thumbs:



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 06:58 AM

Thanks for the info guys. I'll try this on a couple that I have. Should it be a fast charge? Rick
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Posted June 07, 2013 - 02:25 PM

Rick, I usually do an 2Amp over night charge on them. Sometimes I put them on highest setting on the charger to wake them up, then turn it back down.


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 04:43 PM

Rick, I just use a battery tender, same type I use on the MC.  Like Brian, I just let it sit over night and usually in morning I will have a green light.  Although I have had a couple that gave me a blinking amber light which means they are ready to be used as a turn in for a new one.  But I figure it is worth trying.


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Posted June 08, 2013 - 10:25 AM

My first try on the 8D battery doesn't look promising. Bass surface charge after being on the 2 amp charger over night. Dropped off pretty quick. Will try discharging it then charge again. Considering changing the electrolyte if that doesn't work. Has anyone done that?

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Posted June 08, 2013 - 01:19 PM

My first try on the 8D battery doesn't look promising. Bass surface charge after being on the 2 amp charger over night. Dropped off pretty quick. Will try discharging it then charge again. Considering changing the electrolyte if that doesn't work. Has anyone done that?

 

I would try removing more electrolyte and replacing with more salt solution. It may take a couple days on the charger to get it going if you can save it at all.






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