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How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?

None
8 (24.2%)
Every Week
1 (3%)
Every 2 Weeks
0 (0%)
Every Month
7 (21.2%)
2 Months
2 (6.1%)
3 Months
2 (6.1%)
4 Months
2 (6.1%)
5 Months
0 (0%)
6 months
2 (6.1%)
9 months
0 (0%)
Once a Year
3 (9.1%)
Longer than a Year
2 (6.1%)
I don't have a system
4 (12.1%)

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How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?
« on: June 21, 2010, 11:53:56 AM »
Equalization is a Higher voltage of 15.5 to 16 volts for 2 or 3 hours, Usually on a regular schedule.
This helps to remove sulfation and revive the battery.

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Re: How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2010, 07:51:27 PM »
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When the RE System has enough incoming to do it.

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Re: How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010, 12:00:43 AM »
I selected none because I have SLA...

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Re: How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2010, 06:33:14 AM »
I selected none because I have NiCds, the soild chemical ones :).
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Re: How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010, 06:45:56 AM »
"I selected none because I have SLA..."

Same here

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Re: How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2010, 08:35:22 PM »
I have three sla's in the string so I don't take mine over 14.5, esp. considering the heat here. Even the flooded batteries I have shouldn't be taken that high in the summer.

I would also have to bypass my MMPT to do it and run a generator or high powered battery charger to get my string that high.

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Re: How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2010, 09:17:19 AM »
I put once a year as I didn't do it for the first sixteen years of my battery bank, which consists of C/D forklift type batteries, 1860 ah. I knew we were supposed to be doing it but I didn't understand much about it til I began hanging around this forum and a couple others the past couple yr. Now I've begun doing it, though any damage I've caused is, by now, perhaps permanent. On the other hand, my batteries are now 17 yr. old, not as good as they were but still working ok for now. Meanwhile, my nearest neighbor, a mile up the road, is on his second set of a well-known "solar" battery set in seven years, and he paid more money for his and they are half the storage capacity of mine. The deal is, he is religious about checking and eq'ing his set and has a more modest elec. useage than I do in his cabin. I have a few other friends who have about the same experience he does, buying pricey "solar/pv" brands/models of batteries, messing with them all the time, and getting less [or far less] life from them than ten years. I don't know why this is, and why people don't buy forklift sets, or how much damage I've done to mine in the past, if any, but I have begun eq'ing mine now and plan to do it more often than once a year. Note that I am not promoting the idea of not equilizing, I simply was ignorant when it came to the technicalities of it until recently. Actually, I am still ignorant but learning, and we've been pv and off-grid since '85. Slow learner, yes. But for whatever reason, my batteries have been great with almost no work from me. I have the recombinant caps and thus have to add water once a year, at most. [For eq'ing, those caps must be removed or they'll overheat and melt, as I discovered the hard way.]

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Re: How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2010, 06:56:58 PM »
Flooded forklift batteries are made to take industrial abuse, but the are heavy. They also probably have more space at the bottom so broken pieces of plate don't short out that cell. If there was simple way to R & R the two volt cells, I might build one for myself. Even a "small" 24 volt cell in a steel case weighs about 400 pounds, so I have no simple, safe way of moving a complete unit.

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Re: How Often do you Equalize your Batteries ?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2010, 01:44:21 PM »
I think you should add "by manufacturers instructions"

Lots of different instuctions,

Trojan - As needed

Rolls every 6 months

Crown - monthly

Most for lift every month

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