Buying a battery that has been stored for more than 8 months

Nabiru3 Registered Users Posts: 13 ✭✭
Buying a battery that has been stored for more than 8 months, we all know of something called self-discharge and it happens inevitably with time. but what happens if the battery was stored for a long time and was discharged to less than 50% of its rated 20C capacity and the buyer didn't even bother to recharge the battery once awhile to let the battery stay above the threshold level ?  


  • mcgivor
    mcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,854 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2018 #2
    When a battery has been in storage for an extended period of time dropping capacity to levels as low as 50%, the battery should be fully charged then equalized, if flooded  to restore the capacity, using without doing so will eventually lead to permanent damage.Never equalize an AGM, unless the manufacturer specifies a boost charge.
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  • jonr
    jonr Solar Expert Posts: 1,386 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2018 #3
    You get some some permanent sulfation.   You could measure AH capacity and/or SG  to get an idea how much.

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  • BB.
    BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 33,473 admin
    The battery is probably no good... 

    Trying to recharge it and test, perhaps you can get some use out of it...

    However, my experience with lead acid batteries that have been taken to dead (typical car battery), is that even if you get them working--They can fail a few days to weeks later (work OK for a bit, then the next time you use it, dead).

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