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Old 07-09-2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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OK so i have a 2 year old walmart flooded deep cycle group 24. Ive been charging it for about a month now on a trickle 1 amp battery maintainer. the charger is supposed to shut off at 14v. i keep checking it and one day it will show 13.5 and other days it will be back down to 11 or 12v. when i got the battery with the trailer the top plates were not covered all the way with water. could it be a messed up battery? the only other thing is it has an old style 5w solar panel from 1994 on it, could the old panel not have a reverse flow diode and be taking battery power on cloudy days? I'm totally stumped at this point.
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OK so i have a 2 year old walmart flooded deep cycle group 24. Ive been charging it for about a month now on a trickle 1 amp battery maintainer. the charger is supposed to shut off at 14v. i keep checking it and one day it will show 13.5 and other days it will be back down to 11 or 12v. when i got the battery with the trailer the top plates were not covered all the way with water. could it be a messed up battery? the only other thing is it has an old style 5w solar panel from 1994 on it, could the old panel not have a reverse flow diode and be taking battery power on cloudy days? I'm totally stumped at this point.

It may have damaged the battery if the plates were uncovered. It looks like you have charged it enough. Do you have a hydrometer? They are available in the battery section of Wal-Mart.

It will tell you if you have a bad cell. That is an easy place to start.
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ill try that. i think ill also disconnect the solar panel since it probably does nothing anyway. it looks to be pretty bad off.
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