Re: forklift battery 12-85-13 for off grid
I'm not sure what he's refering to as a "gas cycle".
From what I've read they have a bit more self discharge 1-2% a week?(month?) and they need to be equalized every month.
I beleive someone who frequents this forum has a 20 year old one and reports of 30+ year old on another forum (and survival web site here touted a 30+ year old forklift battery; http://www.survivalunlimited.com/bat...ryblunders.htm ) i couldn't find it at their web site, it's pretty homemade with menus not up dated so perhaps you can find info about them, or Email directly or call about their experiences)
Edit - found a direct link about half way down under Battery Tales; http://www.survivalunlimited.com/eag...indturbine.htm
For 4100 for new vs 2000 for rebuilt... I'd have to go new, I think 24 volt 635 ah was in the $2800-3100 price range for new, so it sounds like a pretty good deal as well!
Last edited by Photowhit; August 23rd, 2010 at 19:25 PDT.
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