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Old 11-30-2014, 05:48 PM   #29
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If a battery expands or bulges in cold weather, it is because it has frozen. This will damage the battery and render it junk.

A battery can be frozen if it is discharged and subjected to freezing temperatures. The acid in a battery is partially converted to water when the battery is discharged. Reconverted to acid when it is charged. It is very important to store lead acid batteries in a charged state, do not allow a battery to sit in a discharged state for any period of time (in cold weather it will freeze). This will allow the plates inside the battery to oxidize or scale up and decrease the capacity of the battery, resulting is reduced power output and life of the battery.

Batteries can last anywhere from 2 years to 10+ years. I just replaced (today) the battery in my 2002 Chrysler for the first time so this one lasted 12 years. The battery in my wifes Jetta only lasted 3.5 years, so you never know

And, no, it should not vent in this condition, but, I have seen frozen batteries crack the case and acid could leak out the cracks when the battery thaws.

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Old 11-30-2014, 06:34 PM   #30
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Battery is best outside or in a vented box great advice above, due to fumes;

They make a bottomless rivets for marine use they will not let the water or drafts in; we have had rivets to fix and more to do they come in common head and counter sink head for flush fit the closed end works better than regular rivets

We have kept the original gelcoat as it is low maintenance they make colour match gelcoat kits large kit is small needed a couple of them from local marine store

Some holes had to fill with two part epoxy and then predrilled and rivet


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Old 11-30-2014, 07:39 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by andrew78 View Post
i have seen batteries expand in cold weather
would it vent in cold conditions?
AGM batteries do not freeze, according to several AGM battery manufacturers.
We have a Lifeline GPL 4DL AGM Mobile 12Volt 210AH.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:43 PM   #32
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Just as an aside...I have read where some have used two 6v batteries wired in series. What are the benefits of doing this? More amps? Last longer? Is the extra cost worth it?


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