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Elcheapo Batterybank

Discussion in 'Renewable Energy' started by bryan1, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. bryan1

    bryan1 Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2004
    Adelaide Hills Sth Oz
    G'day Guy's,

    Speaking with a mate last week about traction batteries and today a truck rocked up with a box of 12 off 2 volt 1000AH traction batteries. a tad under 3 years old and still in good nic. The box weighs about 750kg's and taking a few caps off saw the electrolyte was low. 24 litres later got all the plates covered so gave them a good charge with my 80 amp traction charger I use on my main house array. After a 3 hour run the current dropped to around 25 amps and one could hear bubbling so I let the genset run out of fuel and tested the set an hour later, 28.1 volts. Hooked them up to my house array and unload the house load they are sitting on 27.9 volts( 4 hours of use). I reckon I got a good score with these as after 8 years my 600AH sonnenshein bank is starting to show some wear.

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    Cheers Bryan
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2012
  2. tronitech

    tronitech Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    Definately a good score!

    Can't imagine a use for them in the UK but they'd certainly make a mess of a dropped spanner!

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