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Re: reviving old battery

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01-30-2014 06:33:19

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There is a process when the battery acid is pulled down to the top of the plates and then refilled with a mixtue of gallon of distilled water and 10 heaping table spoons of Epson's salt disolved completely.

I've done it on several dead big 6 volt golf cart batteries and they are still in use on my golf cart some after a year???? I do put them on a trickle charger for at least 24 hours before hooking them up in the cart.



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Indiana Ken

01-30-2014 07:12:36

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 Re: reviving old battery in reply to ZANE, 01-30-2014 06:33:19  
As a point of interest, at least to me:

The Epsom salt method has been around for a while. Another similar method is Glauber's salt. I suspect they were used in the battery additives I remember from the J. C. Whitney catolog when I was a kid.

I have a Chemistry book (copyright 1955) that talks about batteries. There is a short paragraph on the use as battery additives and classifys them as not effective.

I have always been curious if.... the various tricks and additives do not work then what actually happen? The battery didn't work before treatment and after treatment it does.

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01-30-2014 17:08:54

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 Re: reviving old battery in reply to Indiana Ken, 01-30-2014 07:12:36  
I read somewhere that the plates get coated with a film of lead sulphte or someting
like that the epson salts cleans it off????

I do know for sure that it has worked for me on the Golf cart batteries that were so dead the cart would not charge any batteries until I did it and then they would make up the complete circuit so all would charge and voltage would come up to where it would show good on a load tester.


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01-31-2014 05:31:15

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 Re: reviving old battery in reply to ZANE, 01-30-2014 17:08:54  
Yes, as the battery is discharged PbSo4 (lead sulfate) crystals are formed on the plates. As the battery is recharged the PbSO4 crystals are dissolved back into the electrolyte. As time goes on some lead sulfate tends to remain on the plates. When lead sulfate covers the plates the battery is dead. There are battery chargers with a de-sulfate mode, with the objective of forcing the built up lead sulfate back into solution.

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