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Old 10-14-2018, 01:51 PM
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To add, if water ever is added to bring to correct level, use distilled water ONLY. Tap water or otherwise WILL shorten battery life due to by-products in water! I normally get 7-10yrs. use of a lead-acid wet cell battery in automotive and motorcycle applications when maintained correctly. I also never have had to make use of a tickle-charger. A wet cell batteries life IS determined by this above method, and how many times it has to be re-charged.
A voltage check of each cell, if caps can be removed is normally 2.1V per cell. Using a volt meter with pointed leads is used to check cond. of each cell. Place positive lead of tester on +battery post and negative lead in cell without hitting lead acid plates for cell voltage reading. Any cell voltage reading of 2V or less IS a hint of battery failing soon.
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