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Unread 07-17-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default so how do you check the water level in batteries?

i've had new trojan batteries since a year ago april, have never added water to them until today
water still over plates by maybe 3/16", but hard to tell without using a dipstick
i dipsticked one cell and added about 2 ounces of water to each cell
i ruined my last set (8 yr old) by filling them like a car battery to the split ring (before i found bgw)

so without using a dipstick on each cell how do you tell if the water is 1/4'' over the plates?
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Unread 07-17-2018, 03:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: so how do you check the water level in batteries?

I have a plastic piece of 5/16" rod that I have marked at 1/4" and 1/2" increments. I check the cells of one battery and then use it as a gauge to fill them. You can also use a straight plastic funnel and mark the sides of it too. Just lift it up and see where the water line is in relations to your marks.
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Unread 07-20-2018, 07:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: so how do you check the water level in batteries?

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i ruined my last set (8 yr old) by filling them like a car battery to the split ring (before i found bgw)
I've been filling mine to the bottom of the split ring - like the top of my drawing. They don't boil over when charging, but should I be filling them 1/4" above the plates like the bottom drawing?

Which way is better for my batteries? They're brand new so I want them to last as long as possible... Thanks!
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Unread 07-20-2018, 07:59 AM   #4
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Default Re: so how do you check the water level in batteries?

I don't believe you can ruin batteries by filling to the neck split ring. If you got 8 yrs out of a set of batteries they just reached a point of where they had a lot resistance across the plates and cant take a charge. The important thing is to keep the plates submerged and charge them after every use. I add distilled water 12 hrs after a complete charge.
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