Battery advice (Nooo not the normal thread!)

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by wingman, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. wingman

    wingman Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,108
    Location:
    Romford, Essex
    Ratings:
    +3,573
    I thought I had a maintainance-free leisure battery. WRONG!
    Pulled it out today and found an unfamiliar (to me) battery.

    I'm used to either a 'leave it alone till it dies' one (like on my car) OR one with screw caps where you top up above the plates. The one on the van is odd; well, certainly to me it is! It just has ONE 'hole' and a colour code next to it (See pic).

    Having unscrewed the 'bung' it has a stem attached to it. Am I right in assuming that this is some sort of dipstick (just like me :D). The stem is white. Do I further assume that I need to add distilled water - pronto!
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Allanm

    Allanm Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2013
    Messages:
    3,526
    Location:
    Cotes d'armor, France
    Ratings:
    +5,870
    It says on the label, white- add distiller water, I assume this refers to the dipstick unless there is a little window somewhere.
    Allan
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  3. andy63

    andy63 Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    2,744
    Location:
    south shields
    Ratings:
    +12,400
    hi wingman I had two ussa batteries with a similar set up for a while.
    the removable plug allows you to add distilled water and also serves as a state of charge indicator..
    if I remember correctly mine had a small green ball that floated in a tube.. looking down on the plug from directly above you would hope to see a green colour... anything else would indicate you need to add water or the battery is flat.
    ta andy
     
  4. wingman

    wingman Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,108
    Location:
    Romford, Essex
    Ratings:
    +3,573
    Thanks Guys.
    Battery isn't flat Andy. Should be thirsty though :D.
    When I didn't see a line of screw-tops, I just assumed it was a gel type and maintainance free. Every day a discovery eh?
     
  5. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    8,564
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +27,031
    I suspect you will need to pull the battery out of the housing to check the colour coding, you will probably need to be directly above it see, not the best of designs for most MH battery locations

    Thank goodness I have gel batteries :D
     
  6. andy63

    andy63 Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    2,744
    Location:
    south shields
    Ratings:
    +12,400
    just check that it is green after topping up... suspect it will need a good charge...
    ta andy
     
  7. PJGWiltshire

    PJGWiltshire Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2013
    Messages:
    408
    Location:
    Hornchurch
    Ratings:
    +357
    Not far if you need a jump start!!!
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  8. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    8,564
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +27,031
    Just re-read your OP, I now think the stem could be the vent, which should have a pipe attached to it going out of MH
     
  9. DBK

    DBK Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    10,394
    Location:
    Plympton, Devon
    Ratings:
    +22,034
    My guess is you have an AGM battery which was shipped dry. The "vent" was used to fill it after installation. It should not require any maintenance.
     
  10. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    29,094
    Location:
    .
    Ratings:
    +28,349
    Details of your battery here
    http://www.yuasa.co.uk/batteries/leisure-marine-garden-view-all/l36-100-l36-100.html

    Features
    • Caravan/leisure use
    • Long storage life
    • Deep cycle
    • State of Charge Indicator (SOCI)
    • Enhanced safety venting
    • Integrated flame arrestor


    It is a flooded lead acid.. the vent on the end is used if the battery is housed inside the van to vent gasses via a tube to the outside world.. If housed in a vented dedicated outside locker it is not required ..

    There are downloadable Battery Care and testing guides here from Yuasa

    http://www.yuasa.co.uk/info/downloads/battery-care-testing/
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2015
  11. wingman

    wingman Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,108
    Location:
    Romford, Essex
    Ratings:
    +3,573
    Thanks for all the replies lads. Apologies ....... I've been off-line. @PJGWiltshire I've sent you a PM.

    I have had a problem with my internet (my land line has been down, then up, then down again!) Am currently using a 3mobile Mi-Fi gizmo as a stop-gap that I normally use in the van whilst Open Reach decide whether to repair it, or make me wait!

    Have topped it up, put it on charge, all appears ok.

    Regards
    James
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2015
  12. Linda and Steph

    Linda and Steph Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,406
    Location:
    Lancaster
    Ratings:
    +1,987
    I have a different set of indicators on my battery.
     

    Attached Files:

  13. wingman

    wingman Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,108
    Location:
    Romford, Essex
    Ratings:
    +3,573
    Yes, @steelysteph. I've got those too, but they are the standard warning icons. I was talking about the green/ white and '0' indicator key by the side of the filler plug (n)
     
Loading...

Share This Page