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Old 03-15-2013, 05:25 AM   #15
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I moved one of these systems from one set of batteries to another. The rigid plastic manifolds did not fit the cell spacing on my new batteries. Fortunately, www.janwp.com sells spare parts. A flex manifold that will fit any 3 cell battery is only $4.50, shipped.
Strange?? Our 3 systems came with both commonly used 6 volt battery setups.
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One of my systems was purchased used, and I didn't get the flex manifolds. Also, not everyone would have the foresight to save the flex manifolds if the rigid ones fit their current batteries.

I feel like I should have included a review of the product. I had to modify the cell assemblies a bit - the baskets that protect the valve floats was a larger OD than the ID of the fill hole in the battery case. After removing the baskets, the cell assemblies fit very nicely.

Even though I needed to tailor the flex manifolds to suit my battery setup, I think installation and the first watering cycle took less time than manually filling the batteries. I don't ever want to be without a watering system.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:51 PM   #17
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Battery Watering System

After procrastinating many years about investing in the Flow-Rite System and crawling into the battery bay to check the rear batteries, made the jump a couple of months ago. DEFINITELY one of the better investments, installed myself, with NO problems - (68 yr old woman on my own). Not being very certain about batteries and electricity, was quite happy with myself. Used a spray cleaner, scrubbed the batteries, dried, installed - now the battery bay is nice and clean.................
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Good system, until you need to equalize your batteries.
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Good system, until you need to equalize your batteries.
More please. How so? How to with? Anything?
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I can think of two potential problems during equalization:

1) Equalizing boils the acid, so having the watering system check valves closed would not be a very good idea. That's easy to avoid: don't water the battery until after you equalize.

2) The volume of gasses coming out of the cells might be an issue. The rigid manifold systems might be more difficult to dis-assemble and vent, but setups using the flexible hose, as I have done, could easily be vented in several places during equalization.

gatorcq, are there more?
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I have equalized my batteries multiple times since installing the system, and I have had or seen no ill effect as a result of this.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:12 AM   #22
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Unless your batteries roll out on a waist high tray
Exactly how both our DSDP's have been.

And our batteries lasted one month short of 10 years and I never equalized them during that whole time.

Guess I'm doing something right (for once!)
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I have looked at this system. I have 4 6volt batteries in our rig so to purchase this would cost a little over $90 for the plugs and manifolds plus another $20 for the pump. Because of budgets I will have to wait until the 6 volt system goes on sale and then I will look at again
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I have looked at this system. I have 4 6volt batteries in our rig so to purchase this would cost a little over $90 for the plugs and manifolds plus another $20 for the pump. Because of budgets I will have to wait until the 6 volt system goes on sale and then I will look at again
Just keep em watered. Batteries will really blow the budget. Mine were easy to reach before but are a snap now. My biggest problem is remembering which bay I put the distiller water in this time. Click image for larger version

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Save up and watch for a sale - you'll be glad you did.
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