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Unread 04-21-2016, 11:52 PM   #1
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So a couple of my pretty new 8 vlt batteries seem to be bleeding out the top full holes. Not much but enough to notice. They are interstate brand. Should I be worried??
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Unread 04-22-2016, 01:20 AM   #2
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Did you overfill the batteries? How old are the batteries?
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Unread 04-22-2016, 04:45 AM   #3
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My interstates did more so when new but still do ocassionally after I fill them and for the first few charges. Fill to 1/4'' above the plates with distilled water. I know that can be hard to judge.
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So a couple of my pretty new 8 vlt batteries seem to be bleeding out the top full holes. Not much but enough to notice. They are interstate brand. Should I be worried??
Just a couple and not all of them?

How much is not much but enough to notice?

And how new is pretty new?

Batteries generally should not expel acid for any reason unless they themselves are having issues. What are your per battery voltages?

Have you mistakenly over filled the cells? If they have been filled up into the filler necks they may not have enough available air space to vent properly.

As it seems you have have some previous charger issues we have to ask was this resolved, and what charger are you using today? As if your batteries are undersized or if your charger is over sized you could be gassing more than normal...
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Unread 04-22-2016, 07:55 AM   #5
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Not to hijack the thread, but I have some battery acid left over from a new motorcycle battery fill, but I also have distilled water. Any recommendation as to which I should use when needing to top off the batts for the 1st time? Common sense would say to use that acid, but it doesn't hurt to ask. My cart batteries are new as of this past fall.
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Not to hijack the thread, but I have some battery acid left over from a new motorcycle battery fill, but I also have distilled water. Any recommendation as to which I should use when needing to top off the batts for the 1st time? Common sense would say to use that acid, but it doesn't hurt to ask. My cart batteries are new as of this past fall.
No common sense says to use only distilled water... Batteries gas out a water vapor when charging not acid. If you add acid to your already pre-filled battery you stand a very good chance of getting the concentration much too high which will be damaging to the cell itself... Only trained battery techs who have the proper tools ever adjust the acid concentration on high dollar UPS battery systems....
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Unread 04-22-2016, 12:29 PM   #7
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i just bought these batteries in January. By not much is maybe like a couple of spoon fulls around one or two tops. I did get the battery charger fixed, I bought a new one, I can not remember the brand but I know it is a good one. I have not filled them ever, I should look at the level when I get home this afternoon to make sure all is ok. i will check the brand of the charger and the voltage for each one also. Is it safe to leave the charger connected even after the batteries are full charge? thanks for the advice here guys!!
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... Is it safe to leave the charger connected even after the batteries are full charge? thanks for the advice here guys!!
A properly sized and functioning charger absolutely! My DPI charger stays plugged into my cart 24/7 and previous to that the stock Power Drive was also plugged in 24/7 too....
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Unread 04-24-2016, 08:58 AM   #9
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Get something like this so you don't overfill your batteries.
Plews 75-030 Auto Shut Off 2 Quart Capacity Plastic Battery Filler https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RFUF12/
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