2 yr old 110 amp leisure battery - what to do with it

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  1. themountaintiger

    themountaintiger Read Only Funster

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    I replaced my 2 year old 110 amp leisure battery with 2 new ones. What do I do with the old one. Should I be taking it to the skip? Not sure what else I would be using it for.... :Sad:

    I keep thinking though, "it will have a use sometime"..please tell me its of no use and give me permission oh 'learned friends' to send it to battery heaven! :cry:

    OR??
     
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    council recycling amenity site take them
     
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    Well that comment has moved the battery from the dining room to just behind the front door. Looks like its on its way out...
     
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    if its still a good battery might be of use to someone, handy to power exterior lights in the awning maybe standby on trickle charge to swap for engine battery should you need to, lots of uses. doorstop also being one of them. Pity you are so far away from me sure I'd find a use for it.
     
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    I'll take it off your hands if you really don't want it. Where in Lancs are you?

    Phil
     
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    Going off track a little....as I often do,and following on from a previous post,am reserching battery desuphaters.
    Have been intreuged by why batteries are not lasting,especialy in motorhomes.I have one of the Optimate battery charger/desuphaters and though its very good at rejuvenating old batteries am looking at somthing a bit better.This seems to be this weeks subject for me,as when I get my teeth into somthing I cannot let go till have found out all there is to know about it.Years ago there used to be battery repairers all over the place and I had many batteries repaired that today would be thrown out.There is so much info available on the internet,its mind bogleing.Has anyone built there own desuphater.
     
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    I put my old one in my garage wired to a 10W solar panel and a switched 20W light. Got no 'leccy in there so makes it easy to flick the light on if I need to rummage around in the dark. Works fine for the short duration / low wattage drain.
     
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    Take it to the local scrapyard they're good money at the moment. The recycling centre only sell to them so have the cash yourself:thumb:
     
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    Hi Snowbird, my leisure batteries are not holding there charge for as long as they should now, my battery charger although good and does 6,12 & 24volt it's 20 years old and is old technoligy, I am looking at a new battery charger from snap-on that does every thing including gel deep cycle batteries, I have asked my dealer to check if it desauphates he is checking for me, although at the price it is I expect it to make the tea as well.

    Should it not do what we both seem to require and you find something that does I would appreciate a heads up and of course if I find something I will do the same.

    All the best Rick
     
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    Have only been able to locate 2 on the whole internet in about 6 hours serfing. One is the Optimate4, which I dont think is man enough for what I want,and the other is in the States.The only thing I can find in the UK are self build kits on evilbay:Doh:
     
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    around 72p per kg at the moment i think....may cost more in fuel than you'll get for it. :Doh:
     
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    a good 3 or 4 stage charger should be capable of charging at more than 14.4v so will 'de-sulphate' the cells.

    may take 2 or 3 cycles but it should revive it.

    a lot cheaper than a snap-on jobby.
     
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    Hi Phil, unfortunately east lancashire near yorkshire border:Doh:
     
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    Hmm could buy grandson a cornetto with that!!
     
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    Thats what I first thought John...but alas things are not that simple.
    They need to be zaped at high voltage for fractions of a second to dislodge the sulphate.
     
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    as far as i know, Dave, the sulphur crystals are disolved back into the electrolyte with the higher voltage...dislodging it would just make it sit at the bottom and slowly the battery would fill with sulpher crystals having the same effect and rendering it useless.

    a good 4 stage will push in up to 16v for a short period.
     
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    Thinking back to my college days (long time ago) I must admit vehicle electrickery was never my strong point (engine body and paint man me) didn't we use bicarbonate of soda to break down crystals, of course this is not the answer, but would it help?

    Feel free to tell me I am a prat cuz it could be a bit of dementia creeping in.
     
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    You can do it with bicarb,but messy and what do you do with the electolysis?? becouse you have to empty the battery first.
     
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    Bit too far methinks.

    Thanks.

    Phil
     
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    Knew I had forgoten some thing:Doh::Doh:
     
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