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Old 11-08-2009, 08:18 PM   #11
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Re: Best for batteries in winter?

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This is what I found on a battery maintenance site about filling and fill levels:

"The water level should be no higher than 1/8 in. below the bottom of the vent well. To avoid battery damage, make sure the electrolyte level never drops below the top of the plates. Also, avoid overfilling, which may result in electrolyte overflow. Always use distilled water to fill the battery. Chemicals found in ordinary tap water may contaminate the battery."

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I'm assuming the "vent well" is the plastic flange that extends into the battery in the batteries holes?
Yes - that is what I understand it to be.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:30 PM   #12
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Re: Best for batteries in winter?

I don't understand what the "vent well" is. But as long as nothing comes out when I secure the caps onto the battery, have I safely not over-filled?
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #13
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Re: Best for batteries in winter?

When you remove the caps and look into the inside of the battery, below the rim is something like a "plastic ring" extending toward the water. Leave the water 1/8" below that.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:04 PM   #14
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Re: Best for batteries in winter?

Hi folks.

I believe that using distilled water is best for batteries (even in Vancouver) because the distilliing processes removes any mineralization in the water.

I believe its important to keep the battery charged in cold weather to avoid having the battery freeze. As the battery discharges the acid solution freezing point rises so that the battery can potentially freeze at a higher temperature than a charged battery. Most batteries I have inadvertently froze due to being left out in a discharged state have been permamently damaged. So if you're likely to forget about battery maintenance during the dark, wet and cold months you're probably better removing the battery and storing it someplace where it can't freeze.

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Old 11-11-2009, 05:50 PM   #15
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Re: Best for batteries in winter?


We have 'soft' water in Vancouver. When I couldn't find distilled water in my local groceries, I asked my mechanic. He uses tap water. Vancouver often rates near the top when it comes to water, and still people buy bottled water ( which is often filtered tap water with added minerals ).

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Old 11-11-2009, 06:56 PM   #16
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Re: Best for batteries in winter?

"soft water" contains salts which are also determental to long term battery life - you're far better of using distilled water if you want longer batter life.

Distilled water is available at Candain Tire and I think I also bought some at London Drugs.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:36 PM   #17
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Re: Best for batteries in winter?

Does the battery still charge if you turn off the cut off switch located under the table on the 19 ft Escape?
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:06 PM   #18
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Does the battery still charge if you turn off the cut off switch located under the table on the 19 ft Escape?
No once that switch is turned off the battery is isolated.
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:37 PM   #19
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Re: Best for batteries in winter?

You can isolate your battery? The green LEDs on your gas detectors go out? I thought that would be illegal.

My 17-foot trailer has a late-addition two by 12 V system. The isolation switch cuts out one, but not both batteries.
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You can isolate your battery? The green LEDs on your gas detectors go out? I thought that would be illegal.

My 17-foot trailer has a late-addition two by 12 V system. The isolation switch cuts out one, but not both batteries.
I don't know about yours, but the factory installed dual 6 volt batteries or
the single 12 volt are totally isolated when you through the switch, all
detectors are off. Reace set them up that way to eliminate parasitic drain
during periods of storage.
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