Can you Equalize Flooded 12V with Solar over a a few days?

The general consensus I read with off grid is there isn't enough sunhours to reliably EQ.

But for 12V batteries sitting on standby that get used a handful of times a year, can you simply run the EQ in mppt controller,
and then run again(re-continue) the next day? Assuming of course in between days the battery is not discharged.

My understanding is the amount of wattage/current needed is small to perform an EQ, like C/20 or less. Is this true?

ATM I have a Century 12V marine Deep cycle & the specifications seem to suggests an EQ every 3 months or so for a few hours at around 15volts+.

thanks







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  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 2,401 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Equalization can be continued on the next day, if needed, not loading them in the interim is a requirement , however it's best to EQ when required. By this I mean using a hydrometer to check the specific gravity of the electrolyte, if all the cells are according to specifications there is no need to perform an EQ. Lightly used batteries may require less EQ, than recomendations call for, specific gravity is the bench mark method of determining when it's actually required. Get a good quality glass type hydrometer, check the SG before making the decision as equalization is actually hard on batteries. 
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  • jonrjonr Solar Expert Posts: 1,116 ✭✭✭✭
    Also consider if you have enough power to reduce stratification.
  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 4,765 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 7 #4
    My understanding is the amount of wattage/current needed is small to perform an EQ, like C/20 or less. Is this true?
    Since equalizing starts with a fully charge battery, that basically won't take more than 1-2% of it's capacity at normal voltages, it usually only requires 5% of your battery capacity or less. So yes.

    You can certainly equalize on solar alone! It may be a misconception that you can't because people often use timed absorb cycles. I usually pick a couple sunny days even this time of year, when days are short and I'll try to reduce loads at night as much as possible. It's very easy when we get 2 sunny days when I spend the night in town. Then by noon my batteries are fully charged and I can start a maintenance equalizing cycle. 

    Corrective equalizing can go on for days, and in that case, a generator is a bit easier, but I've never used one with my batteries and have been dealing with it okay. 
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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,011 ✭✭✭✭

    But for 12V batteries sitting on standby that get used a handful of times a year, can you simply run the EQ in mppt controller,
    and then run again(re-continue) the next day? Assuming of course in between days the battery is not discharged.

    Used a handful of times, it's not likely they need EQ, if they have been kept de-stratified and charged.

    EQ is only done when needed
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