Battery Water.

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by mike, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. mike

    ian field Guest

    You *never* add acid to a battery, you add electrolyte to the battery
    under certain specific conditions, i.e., when the battery is fully
    charged but the electrolyte level is low.

    I seem to be the only person in the world that knows to add
    electrolyte to a fully charged battery which has a low electrolyte
    ian field, Jul 23, 2010
  2. Well, probably, but fair play: he's right. It doers happen (very)
    The Older Gentleman, Jul 23, 2010
  3. Aah. My oversight. It was a KB-50J, used as a tanker, and converted from
    original bombers, service 1957 to early 60s when they were replaced by
    Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Jul 23, 2010
  4. mike

    ` Guest

    The OP has *never* described the results of a voltage regulator
    cycling test
    or what RPM the engine was turning when he saw 14.39 volts on his
    digital VM.

    However, he did describe letting the engine idle while he shopped
    garage sales.

    That would definitely cause the battery to discharge and sulfate.
    `, Jul 23, 2010
  5. mike

    ` Guest

    There were also WB-50J's, used to collect weather data. We had a bunch
    of them
    on Guam.
    `, Jul 23, 2010
  6. He's reading well over 14 volts and replenishing battery
    water every 500 miles and those are indicationsof sulfation ?

    That's really stupid.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 23, 2010
  7. It's still excessive.
    No it wouldn't. Fuckwit.
    The Older Gentleman, Jul 23, 2010
  8. Correct.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 23, 2010
  9. mike

    ` Guest

    `, Jul 24, 2010
  10. mike

    ` Guest

    `, Jul 24, 2010
  11. mike

    LSMFT Guest

    Straws are too big.
    LSMFT, Jul 24, 2010
  12. mike

    Scott Guest

    Have you owned a Japanese motorcycle made since the early 1970s? Have you
    owned a motorcycle at all? Did the OP describe symptoms of chronic
    undercharging? Do you have the slightest idea what you're talking about?

    No, no, no, and no. What the **** is wrong with you? If you could at least
    shut your yap after you've been called out, that would be different, but you
    just keep going. You are poison to this newsgroup.
    Scott, Jul 24, 2010
  13. mike

    ` Guest

    Ummm, what was that noisy two-wheeled contraption I just rode 100
    miles through Giant Sequoia National Forest this morning, if it wasn't
    a motorcycle?
    Yes. He said that his battery is going through a lot of water. That's
    a classic symptom of undercharging.
    I sure do. I'm a graduate of multiple technical schools.
    Nothing. I'm a helpful all-around nice guy.
    Wrong. The poison in this NG for the last ten years is named Neil
    Murray. He just loves to keep an argument going by undermining my
    excellent answers.
    `, Jul 24, 2010
  14. Foolish to argue with idiots.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 24, 2010
  15. mike

    ` Guest

    True, but Neil Murray won't go away.
    `, Jul 24, 2010
  16. I normally use a plastic baster from
    the supermarket.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 24, 2010
  17. Bwaaahahahahahahaha!
    The Older Gentleman, Jul 24, 2010
  18. mike

    paul c Guest

    They've worked for me, although I wouldn't try withdrawing electrolyte
    with one.
    paul c, Jul 24, 2010
  19. mike

    paul c Guest

    Thanks for the pertinent answer - that's what I thought. Apparently the
    boiling point of sulphuric acid is much higher than water. (And boiling
    is not the same phenomenon as sulfation.)

    (Since a ratio is involved, I don't see how adding electrolyte, as
    opposed to water, at least to a battery that has been filled previously,
    can achieve the desired specific gravity ratio, unless the addition has
    a much higher ratio which seems unlikely, unless whatever sulphation
    that has occurred can be preserved and maybe not even then for all I
    know. Rough experience just seems to suggest to me that once a mistake
    has been made with a lead-acid battery only a stroke of luck can renew
    it anywhere close to perfection.)
    paul c, Jul 24, 2010
  20. mike

    ` Guest

    The shop manual for my GSXR750 instructs me to adjust the specific
    gravity of my electrolyte near the end of the estimated charging
    period (which is based upon the known specific gravity, temperature
    `, Jul 25, 2010
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