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Old 09-19-2017, 02:16 PM   #1
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Battery Overcharging ???

Should I disconnect the battery using the disconnect when plugged in? I went out this am and there was steam coming from the battery vent. I opened the cover and the battery was very hot and steaming. Could it be over charging? If so what would cause it to do that?
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:00 PM   #2
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Should I disconnect the battery using the disconnect when plugged in? I went out this am and there was steam coming from the battery vent. I opened the cover and the battery was very hot and steaming. Could it be over charging? If so what would cause it to do that?
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Was the battery dry? If the cells are dry the battery will keep taking the charge and eventually boil, causing the off gassing and totally killing the battery.
If the battery cells are wet to the 'cat's eye' then you may still have a bad battery or the converter is bad.
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The battery could have exploded. Sometimes that is caused by a direct short or REALLY overcharging with more voltage than it is rated for. I would do some major checks before hooking it back up again. It's NOT steam, it's HYDROGEN gas. Be careful.
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Thanks. I bought a new battery. Hooked it up put a volt meter on it and it shows that it is charging at a rate of 13.68 volts with the battery unhooked it showed 12.70.
Does this sound right?
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Thanks. I bought a new battery. Hooked it up put a volt meter on it and it shows that it is charging at a rate of 13.68 volts with the battery unhooked it showed 12.70.
Does this sound right?
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yes, but if the battery is fully charged, there should NOT be charging happening. By the way, you should hose down your battery box. You could have battery acid residue and that will eat things up pretty quickly.
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my battery now reads 13.25 and it is still reading 13..68 when hooked up. What will a battery read when fully charged? I would think around 12 volts. It's not getting hot at all.
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Is it ok to run things without the battery hooked up?
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my battery now reads 13.25 and it is still reading 13..68 when hooked up. What will a battery read when fully charged? I would think around 12 volts. It's not getting hot at all.
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This is based on a normal automotive battery.
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I read that the converter charges the battery at a fixed rate and not a float charge . Unless I am not understanding this correctly it is normal for it to still produce a charge even when the battery is full.
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