Originally Posted by broy56
My wife and I just purchased our first MH. Yes, Newbies. Been reading many of the post, learning as I go along but will ask a question if I see a post that makes me want to know more about. I spent time as a youth on a small farm with farm machinery, some with engines. When doing preventive maintenance, if we saw the batteries needed water, we added plain water and not distilled. Why distilled water?
Distilled water is typically used in batteries due to it's lack of mineral content. Using tap water in wet cells can create problems in the long term as minerals can form on the cell plates and affect the efficiency of the production of electricity. In addition, soft water is generally not accepted as a substitute, because of the salt content from the process. (Same problem...deposits on the plates) Using distilled water increases the life of the wet cell....stick to distilled water as a first choice, I used to use plane water in automotive batteries, cheap ones that is. Your choice.