Batteries are not complex as most people would like to make them seem. They can be rechargeable, renewable and in most cases, reconditioning can happen if you do it right. This is where you revive the battery from a state of dormancy.
Today, I am going to talk about a car battery and how you can bring it back to life. Actually, you need to know what would make your car battery go off like that. These will include things like:
- Not driving for too long
- Leaving it in cold freezing temperatures
- Leaving the lights on when you turn it off
- Not changing the acid in the battery for too long
You need to know that reconditioning is very different from recharging the battery.
All batteries can be reconditioned including the gel type batteries and the deep cycle batteries. The following is the most common type of reconditioning called lead-acid reconditioning.
Handling the Process with Care
When you are doing reconditioning, you have to know that you are dealing with acids which can be messy dangerous and absolutely not safe to mess around with. So, be careful not to get any of it on your clothes or skin.
When you buy a battery, you will use it for some time and then something will happen. The lead plates that are in the sulfuric acid will be the ones generating the electricity, however, the reaction that produces the electricity will also be producing something else, lead sulfate.
This is the coating that will eventually get all around the lead plates in a crystalline form to block the reactions from happening.
What You Can Do
When you have a battery that does not work, you can use some pretty savvy methods to bring it back to life. They are easy steps to take and they are outlined here below.
You will need to be having;
- Distilled water
- Crocodile clip cords
- A power source
- Remove the top and measure how much power you have in there. You will need to make sure that the battery is flat or with very little power. Then, pour out the water inside the battery but do not for the love of your fingers touch it, its acid.
- Fill the battery with the distilled water and watch for any spikes in the charge that the battery holds.
- Start charging the battery until you see it bubbling softly, if the bubble comes too fast, just cut off the power and start afresh with the water again.
- This process ends when the battery can charge without bubbling too much and there you go a working battery. The charge should go up to about 6.9 volts and by then, you will have been successful.
It is an easy process that involves getting the coating off the plates by the use of water and electricity, that way, the processes can happen as they should which should be a relief. However, caution is a must and you should always be careful when doing that.