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Unread 08-13-2007, 01:35 PM   #1
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What if you are an idiot and top off your batteries with tap water? Any danger? Are the batteries ruined or is there anything to be done to correct this error?

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Unread 08-13-2007, 02:32 PM   #2
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I don't know of anything that can be done to correct it, and it will not ruin them, but it does put more minerals in there than should be (none). I had a Trojan manual that said exactly what it does but I can't find it now.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 02:43 PM   #3
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This may sound crazy, but I thought I would throw it out here. I have heard of people putting one or two aspirins in each hole in there batteries to keep them 'up to par' so to speak. Not sure if this is a true remedy or not. My father in law really believes in this though.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 04:13 PM   #4
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What if you are an idiot and top off your batteries with tap water? Any danger? Are the batteries ruined or is there anything to be done to correct this error?

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No way to correct it. I wouldn't go as far to say they are ruined just dont make it a habit. No danger either. They will be fine.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 04:38 PM   #5
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Unread 08-14-2007, 08:42 AM   #6
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This may sound crazy, but I thought I would throw it out here. I have heard of people putting one or two aspirins in each hole in there batteries to keep them 'up to par' so to speak. Not sure if this is a true remedy or not. My father in law really believes in this though.
Here's a link to what Trojan says about that (scroll down to "Misc/myths"). Bottom line: not good.

http://www.trojan-battery.com/Tech-Support/FAQ.aspx
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Unread 08-29-2009, 11:25 PM   #7
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Depending on the quality of your tap water will determine if you hurt your batteries at all. I live near Memphis, TN and our tap water is great. Noone uses deionizers or deionized water in their batteries and they last a very long time. A good test is how your water tastes. If it tastes metallic or undrinkable, you may have hurt it a little. If your tap water is cloudy or has heavy lime, etc. you may be in trouble. Filtered tap water generally won't hurt your batteries. As for the Asprin thing, it won't save a dying battery, but it might give you a few extra cycles. Don't try it on a good battery though.
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