[DML] Re:Is this a possible way to store your Battery long term Re: Batt
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[DML] Re:Is this a possible way to store your Battery long term Re: Batteries(long)

The process is called "Sulphation" (sp). The other destructive process
is flaking. Pieces of the lead plates fall off and collect at the
bottom of the cell. When enough falls off capacity is reduced and
eventually enough collects at the bottom to short the plates. This
process is from the charge/recharge cycle which is why you are
ultimately limited to the # of cycles and the depth of the cycles
(amount of power drawn out and replaced). The deeper the cycles the
less the #, they are related. Sulphation is kind of the opposite
process, it results from lack of cycles. Some people believe they can
reverse the sulphation by applying an AC current for a short time to
break up the coating. Never been proven to my knowledge. Lead/acid
batteries have some known limitations. The Gel Cell batteries like the
Optima are supposed to be better(?????). Lead/acid batteries also do
not like to be overcharged, chronically undercharged, and can freeze
if uncharged and cold enough. If it should freeze the plates and
separators buckle and short out. NEVER try to recharge a frozen
battery or one that was or jumper a car with a frozen battery. It will
damage your battery charger and/or explode the battery. Batteries are
only meant to last between 5-7 years. By then even a well taken care
of battery has lost about 1/2 it's capacity. They also must be
properly held down so they don't bounce and shake and they do not
like vibration. The battery compartment must have ventilation, during
a battery's cycle it releases hydrogen gas.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "John Hervey" <john@...> wrote:
> Andy is correct, Batteries that sit and not used will build up a hard
> crystal substance inside and the longer it goes the worse it is. 
> There is nothing you can do but buy another battery.


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