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Flatfive

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Posted: 10/28/20 02:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last night around 9 PM, we heard what sounded like a gunshot. Went out and looked around. No clues. This morning I see that one of the two 12V batteries on the tongue of my 20 ft trailer had exploded! It's continually being charged by a good quality, computer-controlled converter so It shouldn't have been being over charged.

Just yesterday, though I did disconnect the cables one at a time and clean the connections with sandpaper. Then I replaced them, again, one at a time, and greased them so as not to get corroded again. I did this because the batteries were running only 9 volts even though they were connected to the converter for a month. I was figuring they couldn't get charged through the corroded connections.

Any clues as to what the problem is?

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Posted: 10/28/20 02:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Shorted cell - boom!

Replace the other battery also. Might be eductional to have it load tested but it's toast.


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Posted: 10/28/20 02:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you check the water level in the batteries while you had them disconnected? My guess is the exploded one had a low cell and the charging made it spark internally.


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Posted: 10/28/20 03:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How exciting [emoticon] Good reminder to wear eye and even face protection around batteries.


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Posted: 10/28/20 03:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A perfectly smart charger will keep trying to fully charge a battery with a bad cell. Eventually, heat builds up and boils what remaining water is in the battery.


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Posted: 10/28/20 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’d also check the converter...regardless of good quality and computer control.


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Posted: 10/28/20 04:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After experiencing the same "ka-boom" myself. I no longer rely of my inverter/charger to maintain batteries. Instead, I use a battery tender now and I don't plug in the RV at all.

I have to concur regarding wearing safety glasses....after seeing the top blown off an 8D battery.


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Posted: 10/28/20 04:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

9 volts was the clue that the battery was shot.
As long as the cables were off for cleaning... new batteries should have been installed.

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Posted: 10/28/20 04:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Time2roll’s counsel is tuff...but accurate. Should have been replaced.

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One of the big arguments in forums like this is
Which is better
2 six volt in series
or 2 12 in parallel
Well... There are dangers with both hookups and you just found the parallel danger. If one of the batteries develops a shorted cell...or two. the other battery will very rapidely try to charge teh remainingi cells and KABOOM.

NOTE. There are dangers with the two six in series two. I'd rank them roughly equal so the moral of this post is "Whatever occupies your trailer tongue is good" at least up to this point.

I prefer the six volt pairs myself. but that is a topic for a different thread.

Finally.. You need to replace both batteries. and you might think about converting.. WHY? More amp hours for less $$$$ and more still USABLE amp hours.

Down side. More work and taller batteries may not fit.


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