Oddysee Batteries

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 11:38
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I have dual batteries both being Oddysee and this morning I tested their voltage while not under any load and without the car being driven for about 12 hours.
They both read about 12.25 volts?
These batteries are between 3 and 4 yers old and was wondering if the voltage seemed a little low and weather or not they are showing signs of ageing or possibly failure?
I also use an ARB smart solenoid.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 18:25

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 18:25

12.25 equates to about 65% charged. A bit low if they haven't been in use for a while. You should be getting at least an 80% charge from your vehicle alternator which equates to 12.42 volts minimum at rest.

Are they a Deep Cycle Battery?
Are these batteries a wet cell technology?
Are they a sealed unit or do they have removable caps?

If you can access the individual cells use a hydrometer to check battery health. This will indicate straight away if one or more cells are crook.

3-4 years old is reasonable for a "normal" starting battery. (rated in CCA's)

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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 05:52

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 05:52
They are a starved electrolyte "dry" cell, with a miniscule gas vent. They are military grade batteries, with somewhat different charge/discharge characteristics than the usual "sloppy" or SLA. Should last 8-12 yrs.

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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 19:25

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 19:25

On the surface it would sound like they are near to stuffed.

Best way to check then out is pop into a battery place (eg Battery World) and get them to do a proper load test with a professional battery checking device.


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