They Look Like DEKA's !

claychpsclaychps Registered Users Posts: 9
Hi all,
I'm afraid of the answer but I will ask it anyway. I was given (4) 8D "solar" batteries with a March 09 Date code. They look like DEKA but the label is missing. Grey container with black lid and "do not remove" caps. I don't know the history but my concern is they are sunk in around the vent caps. Almost like an internal vacuum. Am I wasting my time with these? Any tests I can do other than the timed 1amp load until 10.5v SOC?

Thanks,
Robert

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  • n3qikn3qik Solar Expert Posts: 741 ✭✭
    Re: They Look Like DEKA's !

    Charge them up and do a load/time test. But NOT to 10.5 volts. They will be toast if you go that low. Run them down to 12.0 volts. This is about 50% SOC.
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,583 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: They Look Like DEKA's !

    What's their standing voltage before you do anything? If you are measuring 7 or 9 volts, they've sulphated, and now you get the expense of carting them to Toxic Waste.

    Charge and try.
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  • claychpsclaychps Registered Users Posts: 9
    Re: They Look Like DEKA's !

    Thank you for the answers. I'll only load test them to 12.0v as n3qik suggested. I did use the cheapo load tester we have at work, the kind that puts a couple hundred amp load for tens seconds. None of them read bad. The standing voltage was 12.8v on all of them. I'll charge them up and hopefully I'll get lucky.

    Robert
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