Dem batteries are dead......................................

Submitted: Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 19:09
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Following up on Thread 56087.

I did a Hydrometer test on the batteries today(thanks Michael J (SA) for the borrowed Hydrometer).

Both batteries have two dead cells in them. So therein lies the answer.

Two new batteries coming up!!!!!


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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 19:24

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 19:24
Will you be holding a remembrance service :-))
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 19:34

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 19:34
Sometimes ya just have to bite the bullet......bring back the crank handle, but that's another story... LOL....:-))
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:19

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:19
Old Rosie below had a Crank Handle...took abit of effort to crank it though....lol


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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 09:37

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 09:37
And Rosie could be as cranky as her owner LOL
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 19:33

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 19:33
Willem
I had a similar problem with my troopy years ago where it would sometimes sit for weeks at a time and when it was being used it was either a few short runs, less then 10 -20k, which isn't enough to charge the battery or a weekend away (few hours drive there and back) where the frig hammered the auxilary.
Eventually the batteries would cry enough after only a couple of years at the most.
I then fitted a Solargiser, put the little solar panel on the roof of the garage and the box on the wall with a lead to plug into a Hella socket fitted for the purpose wired directly to the batteries.
The next set of batteries lasted nearly four years under the same usage pattern.
When I bought the Humvee I connected the solargiser to it and the first set of batteries lasted 4 years too. It only has the two batteries (24 volt system) with no auxilary battery, the frig runs off the main batteries as it only pulls 1.5 amp on 24v.
The solargiser seems to work and stop the batteries from calcifying as well as a small trickle charge to replace parasitic losses.
Full info at http://www.pulsetech.com/
There are locally made ones that would probably work just as well but not sure about them charging the batteries as well.
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Reply By: Member - Kim M (VIC) - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 20:22

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 20:22
Willem

Let me know what second battery you decide on. Just realized today that mine is five years old and still chugging away. Probably pushing the envelope.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 20:50

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 20:50
Willem, obviously you are not getting out and about enough!! BUT!! its a good time for them to let you down, when you are home.. I just bought 2 new Exide.. Gee cant think.. Think... THink,,, Think... Ahh Extreme.. The guy quoted $170 ea but when i got there to pick them up, he told me he should have checked the price before he opened his big mouth.... New price $240.. i frowned, he felt sorry for me and $340 later... the rest is history.. Michael
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:21

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:21
I had a disappointemnet with an Exide once, as with a Mazda, as with a Waeco, as with a...............................? Some things just stick in yer brain..........Hope the Extremes work for you. I will be in the Big Smoke later in the week and will have a butchers t5o see whats about.


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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:32

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:32
True, And its hard to do it again based on previous experience. I fitted a second battery (extreme) when my patrol was new, 2003 in parallel for my thirsty Liemack 90 fridge and the Original patrol batt and my Extreme died peacefully together a few monthes ago. Not bad, 41/2 years.. Michael
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 23:02

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 23:02
Yes just picked up my brand new Century overlander 4WD battery today. $233.87 list got it for $202.70 because I'm good looking.. LOL
Last one I got 21/12/2006 not good hay

its a good thing i wrote this might take it back a get some warranty ... LOL

don't you just love it

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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 23:13

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 23:13
Shhhhesh!!!! That much? My last one was $150 and the aux was $130. Might have to flog the plurry GQ and go back to some decrepit old petrol truck

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 23:19

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 23:19
The one I gat in 2006 was $176.67 ind GST, new one $184.27 plus GST. don't you just hate it,
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 01:37

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 01:37
gat = got
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 08:53

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 08:53
The price of batteries has gone through the roof cause the price of lead has skyrocketed.... Be prepared for a nasty surprise, old fella.

Might be the Exide Extreme from Kmart is the best value for money ATM.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 09:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 09:08
Yeah, might have to go into the secondhand battery business with lead being $3000/ton

No matter how cheap they are Exides don't excite me ....lol
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Reply By: Mainey (wa) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 10:31

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 10:31
Willem,
have a look at purpose built batteries, a reasonably high capacity (700cca) "brand name" Cranker battery as the Starting battery and a quality "AGM Deep Cycle" as the Aux battery, yeahhh, I know it sounds obvious but.....

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 10:51

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 10:51
i heard that there was a really good mechanic in Peterborough that does a great deal on batteries. They reckon he gets along with everyone, everyone that is except for some "reprobate" whose name eludes me............:)))))))
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