I recently bought a 12 volt battery for my 18year old riding lawn mower and
then the engine finally died beyond the point of no return. How do I stor
e said battery for about 1 to 2 years before taking said mower to the scrap
yard? Thanks for any reply Herb
Store it in a warm spot if you can. There are also battery
available. Bikers use them to keep the motorcycle batteries happy during
winter. I'm not sure about the cost of battery maintainers. It might
price of the battery.
Farmers generally just leave them by their power units or in the
Some disconnect one of the terminals to prevent a slow drain down. A
combine might not run
for about ten months at a time without any serious problems.
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On Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:09:48 -0500, "Dean Hoffman"
Store in a cool dry spot.
The warmer it is the faster it self discharges.
Store it off the ground, preferably on a dry wooden shelf in your cold
room if you have one. Wooden shelf is non conductive, acid resistant,
and will not draw heat from the battery. Storing the battery on a
concrete floor or metal shelf is not recommended - and no, I don't
need a lesson on how it's an old wive's tale that storing batteries on
concrete will kill them. I didn't say that. I just answered the
question - what is the BEST way to store a lead acid battery.
And make sure it is a real automatic battery maintainer, not a cheap
chinese "trickle charger" sold as a battery maintainer. A standard
battery charger on a timer set to charge at 2 amp rate for ten minutes
once a week will do the job
A "battery disconnect switch" is a good idea for equipment that is not
used for long periods of time.
Now that is correct. Note: the freezing point of a charged lead acid
battery is colder than 32F however but I would not store one quite that
A fully charged lead acid battery may be good down to -70F but if it's
fully discharged it will freeze near 32F
On 09/09/2015 04:43 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I was a Senior Service Engineer at Enersys-Delaware and have 38 years of
experience with lead acid batteries. Self-discharge will be kept to a
minimum if the battery is stored cool. The battery should be recharged
about every six months and will last for many, many years.
I actually have a battery that's over 20 years old that still has
capacity. Though it's not likely you will get 20 years of storage, if
it's kept cool and periodically charged, it will last a darn long time.
On 9/9/2015 2:43 PM, email@example.com wrote:
If you're gonna leave the charger connected when not energized,
make sure you measure the leakage current back thru the charger
and factor that into your charging schedule.
I discovered that the hard way when the truck wouldn't start.
On Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5:43:47 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I think you do need a lesson, because there is nothing
wrong with storing a battery on a concrete floor and putting
it on a shelf is no better. You also contradicted yourself,
first saying that a cool place is better, then saying that
a wooden shelf is better because it won't draw heat from the battery.
Also, a wood shelf isn't battery acid resistant either and
whether it's conductive or not isn't an issue.
IME, the bigger issue wrt storing a battery (lead acid) is
what you put under/around it to *protect* the other things
near to it. People seem to like to set batteries in cardboard
boxes -- easy to move them around without having to *handle* the
But, those boxes end up deteriorating over time. Any water that
gets into the room (garage) -- e.g., rainwater dripping off a
car, snow melt, etc. -- seems to get drawn to the box like a magnet!
I keep my (extra) batteries in plastic "battery cases". These
make it easy to move the battery without handling it directly.
I can lift one into a car without worrying that there is acid
on the underside that will eat the carpet in the vehicle, etc.
They also are impervious to "rotting" from battery acid,
moisture, etc. And, they *look* a bit classier than just having
batteries "lying around"! :>
Too bad putting Trader on a kill-list doesn't stop me from having to
put up with his replies when someone replies to him.
Wood is not acid PROOF but it is acir resistant. We always used wood
shelves for battery servicint and storage - and the reference to
concrtete "drawing the heat" from the battery was in regards to acid
stratification - which is a real issue whether Trader believes it or
As long as you are giving lessons. . . .
Don't store the battery on the living room carpet in back of the chair
by the door.
Many years ago I had a weak battery (in my '64 Karmen Ghia) and was
stretching its life until payday. On some cold nights I'd bring it in
the house to keep it warm. You can probably figure out the rest.
Way back before my time, the original radios used a 6v car battery for
In an old magazine I saw an add for a 6v "battery eliminator" and some
of it's features were:
No more dragging your battery off to the local gas station to get recharged.
No more acid burns on your carpet!
i met a battery design engineer years ago. my best friend has a 14 fot blade windmill that charges batteries, so i know a bit about batteries.
i spent hours in a fascinating conversation with the design engineer.
he said store on wood was a old wives tale.. my best friend agrees......
Speaking of batteries though...I can say that at one time it was said
that batteries must use distilled water.
Though most batteries today seem to be the sealed type...in the
industrial field most of them are still the "flooded" type. Unless the
water has a lot of minerals in it though, standard tap water is fine.
Back in the old days batteries had a lot of impurities and you did not
want to add any more...but today the lead is so pure that sometimes a
tiny amount of impurities actually have to be added at the factory to
prevent new batteries from over-gassing.
Virtually all auto batteries today have either calcium or antimony or
both alloyed with the lead.
Early batteries went through a significant amount of water over their
lifetime, adding a lot of foreign mineral content. Today's batteries
generally require a whole lot less water, meaning there is not nearly
as much foreign mineral matter added to the battery
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