CALB cells leaking

bill von novakbill von novak Solar Expert Posts: 831 ✭✭✭✭

I just got 16 CALB cells to replace my previous CALB bank. When I got them they all smelled very strongly of electrolyte. They have been in the battery box for a week now and they still smell. There's no visible leaking from the case, vents or terminals. The smell seems to be coming from the vents on about half the cells. (My nose isn't good enough to make sure if it's all of them.)

I did a resting voltage and discharge test and they are all within about 10%.

Obviously if they keep leaking the batteries will eventually dry out and fail. But since I can't point to a physical leak the seller is leery about taking them back. I haven't forced the issue yet.

Has anyone else experienced something like this?

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