I have decided that the next batteries I buy will be lead acid and not sealed. This is because I was thinking about it and want to have some control, but also that I'll enjoy the chemistry, the hydrometer, the topping up, and I am wondering if I will get a visual clue that the cells are gassing during a charge, because I charged a 6v motorbike battery
, changed the electrolite, and could see it was bubbling away nicely, though now i realise that could have been bad.
I want to keep a couple of batteries in great condition, as a real and pleasant interest. I see battery maintenance
as a great little challenge to be into.
I'm going to get into the detail and make sure the plates are good and thick, which is what I have been reading, that some batteries say they are deep cycle, but not in reality. So I'm really happy about it all. I just love this boating
hobby. Selling the house, even.
Fished out an old fire extinguisher from the canal, and sized it up in the boat, decided it was a go, and gave it a good burn-off on a bonfire at the allotment, and will make it into a wood burner at the workshop. I made one from a propane
bottle for the allotment and it is fantastic, controllable and no blow backs even in hurricane
winds. I have a Propex (Propane) heater in the boat, but it requires the voltage, so wood burner a good addition, as so very reliable.
If I can see bubbles when charging
, is that normal or is it gassing and time to turn down the amperage (if it is variable), or turn the charger