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Old 14-03-2014, 20:14   #1
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Specifics of Equalization

Hi Folks,

I want to equalize my batteries. I understand our to start equalization on my charger but what I do not have knowledge of is what needs to be disconnected from the system to avoid damage due to the higher voltage.

I do know that I should disconnect my Echocharger because I have an AGM hooked up to that (was advised to do so by Xantrex) but otherwise... I have no clue. Do I turn off all 12 volt items?

How do you guys do it?

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Re: Specifics of Equalization

Any system that won't like 15.5v should be turned off for the equalization.
Make sure you start the process with fully chaged batteries.
Vent the area for the off gassing Hydrogen gas.
I wouldn't fill your batteries with battery water until AFTER you are done with the equalization.
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Re: Specifics of Equalization

If the batteries are EZ to get out of the boat, that would be the way to go. That way the caps can be pulled to avoid pressure and less chance of a fire. Battery acid (H2SO4) is very flammable.
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Re: Specifics of Equalization

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Battery acid (H2SO4) is very flammable.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfuric_acid

Just a little correction, Sulfuric Acid is dangerous for sure, but isn't flamable. The Hydrogen Gas that is produced during the Equalization process is flamable, so sparks are bad...ventiliation is good.

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Re: Specifics of Equalization

Thanks for the petty correction. I'll try not to be generic again.
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Re: Specifics of Equalization

I have water miser caps, its my understanding that removing them is not necessary.
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