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Old 09-09-2013, 02:02 AM   #15
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I did that in 2004 on my last set of Interstate GC-2's, they lasted 10 years too.
Yes I can't believe how well it works. I was very sceptical to give it a try but when I finally did..........I am very happy. That was the best advice I've had in a long time.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:11 AM   #16
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Please tell us again what the mineral oil trick is.
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Please tell us again what the mineral oil trick is.
Take about 1 1/2 ounce of mineral oil and pour it in each cell of the batteries. It floats on top of the electrolye and reduces the loss of the electrolyte through evaporation
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:27 PM   #18
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:39 PM   #19
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FWIW on the OP...you can get the functional equivilent 8D AGMS for about $500 bucks saving 600 bucks.
8D AGM Battery - UB8D - Deep Cycle - As Low As $439.97!

Full specs : http://www.powerstridebattery.com/sidebar/45964.pdf
Note these are built for marine use so HD construction.
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That is a great price , unfortunately I ordered the lifelines today . But thank you for the lead
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Take about 1 1/2 ounce of mineral oil and pour it in each cell of the batteries. It floats on top of the electrolye and reduces the loss of the electrolyte through evaporation
The amount that I use is different:
2 oz per 12 volt cell and 4 oz per 6 volt cell.
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Take about 1 1/2 ounce of mineral oil and pour it in each cell of the batteries. It floats on top of the electrolye and reduces the loss of the electrolyte through evaporation
The actual oz depends if the batts are 6v or 12v. I don't remember right now what the general guidlines are. However, the point is, to let each cell get low enough so when you add the mineral oil, it does cover the entire surface area of the cell. Once this is done, you can top off with distilled water.

This is very effective with with single stage chargers that boils the batteries continously. This is why this procedure was developed years ago before the advent of smart chargers. My experience says this is not necessary with a modern 3 stage charger. I go almost a year without adding water and I'm plugged in 24/7.
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