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Old 02-23-2016, 08:11 PM   #15
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This thread took an interesting turn!!
We may get some of those filler things.
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Used car dealers used to put aspirin in batteries. They said it would rejuvenate the batts and they wouldn't have to install a new batt before a sale.

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Old 02-25-2016, 10:12 PM   #17
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Trojan Battery says using aspirin is a myth. Another myth is using Epsom Salts in a battery. (that guy is an accident waiting to happen)
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Mineral oil was used for many years by the railroads to cut down on maintenance of their batteries. In the '02 Dutch Star the battery box was in better shape after 10 years with the mineral oil then the battery box was in 2 years with our '00 Dutch Star. Made a believer out of me!
Here are two pictures of the battery area in the '02 after about 6 years of never having been cleaned. Not even the terminals needed anything.
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If you want acetic acid in your battery, just add vinegar. Keep the aspirin for the headache you'll get from using old and bad things that try to save a trashed battery.
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I take a couple of aspirin if I find the batteries need replacing.
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Get an adjustable charger or at least a good one that doesnt overcharge your batteries. I have a magnum inverter charger and in three years have only needed to add water once a year. The coach is always plugged in and the battery compartment id dry as a bone and looks like the day it was built. I did install a battery watering system a few months ago, just because I like to upgrade things. Save the aspirin for the cut flowers you buy your wife.
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Never heard of adding Mineral Oil, so how much do you add to each cell?

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I've done the mineral oil but not the aspirin. I did pick up some stuff at Harbor Freight that was supposed to stop the sulphation process. The batteries lasted 10 years and were still good enough to easily go through the night. I never ran a desulphation on them through the inverter either.

I got 10 years from each of the 1st 2 sets of house batteries in my coach.
(I never added anything but distilled water... and I never equalized/desulfated my house batteries with my inverter/charger either).
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Never heard of adding Mineral Oil, so how much do you add to each cell?

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4 oz per cell for 6 volt batts. 2 oz per cell for 12 volt batteries. That is what I do.
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Have used M/O for older batteries--seems to work for keeping bats cleaner. Curious about "proper" charging levels--have Xantrex RS2000, 3-stage, inverter/charger that keeps bat around 13.4v while in float--seems a bit high to me. Thoughts?
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Have used M/O for older batteries--seems to work for keeping bats cleaner. Curious about "proper" charging levels--have Xantrex RS2000, 3-stage, inverter/charger that keeps bat around 13.4v while in float--seems a bit high to me. Thoughts?
The converter in my motorhome keeps both the house set and the single chassis battery at 13.4 volts. The two Costco 6V batteries are almost eight years old, the chassis battery, also a Costco is nearing seven years. The motorhome sits 5-6 months plugged in to shore power each winter. I don't use mineral oil, and usually have to add a few ounces of water to the batteries once a year or so. All batteries seem to be working well.........for now.
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Curious about charging levels for lead acid batteries?
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Have used M/O for older batteries--seems to work for keeping bats cleaner. Curious about "proper" charging levels--have Xantrex RS2000, 3-stage, inverter/charger that keeps bat around 13.4v while in float--seems a bit high to me. Thoughts?
I have the same inverter. I phoned Xantrex to inquire about the high float level charge, mine would reach 13.8. I was told this is not adjustable in this obsolete model unit. Since the battery temperature sensor controls battery charging rate/voltage, I unplugged the temperature sensor, immediately the float voltage fell to 13.2-.3. I've never plugged the sensor back into the inverter, the float voltage remains at 13.2-.3 continually.
If you wish, I will forward the emails from Xantrex I received last fall, just PM me your direct email address.
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