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Old 10-24-2013, 04:02 PM   #15
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If your charging system is overcharging the battery the battery will "boil" or bubble and produce hydrogen gas. This gas is HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE ! It's the same stuff hydrogen bombs were made of. The smell is usually described as "rotten egg" smell.

If this is in fact your problem, disconnect the power source as a spark could cause an explosion. Let everything cool down and ventilate the area. Next step, check voltage with a meter after things are cool. If your voltage is high you have a situation where your charger is overcharging and your battery may be ruined also.

Be carefull ! When a battery explodes it is every bit as loud as a gunshot and acid goes all over.

Again do not do any testing until you are sure any build up of hydrogen is eliminated.
H2 does not have a smell I made the stuff most of my work life.

As part of battery maintenance check to make sure the vent is clear.
H2 is lighter than air and dissipates quickly.
It is unstable and reacts to light as well as air hence the reason battery casings are not clear in color.
The H2 in batteries is generated from the H2SO4.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:12 PM   #16
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The rotten egg smell is the smell of the sulfur, some of which probably gets vented as well.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:46 PM   #17
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Kinslayer is correct. If U buy a new battery make sure you get one that you can add water to. Get a battery hydrometer and test each cell once the battery is full of water and charged. Autocraft Hydrometer Battery Tester-AC108/A7062059 - Advance Auto Parts The good chargers today have a De-sulfate function and will not over charge. Look for that on the box.
Thanks Darwin. I'm ordering both the hydrometer and desulfate function charger. Who knew life was so complicated? :-)
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Just a quick update. I charged and let the battery rest then took it to a local napa for testing. It charged, but did not hold. On the up side, the gentleman gave me a quick in service on what my charger would and would not do. No automatic turn off :-( so, I'm off to Costco to purchase a new battery as suggested here. Thank you all for being so helpful!

Shumauker and Black & Decker (same thing) Smart charges seem to work pretty good. If I was going to leave a battery connected all the time to a charger I would use one of the battery maintainer type (Battery Tender, Battery Keeper, Battery Minder, etc.) Read what they say, most are trickle charges and with desulfate mode. Many battery stores use them to keep their shelf stock charged and ready to go.
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Saw this hydrometer at Tractor Supply for less than $6.
Lynx Hydrometer Battery Tester - Tractor Supply Online Store
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Thanks Darwin. I'm ordering both the hydrometer and desulfate function charger. Who knew life was so complicated? :-)

Take a look at the Progressive Dynamics converters and power chassis with a smart charger. I prefer the PD-4045 chassis, it replaces whatever you have for a converter/Dist panel and gives everything to make an RV battery very happy.

I have installed at least six, including three on my own FGRV's. without any further problems.
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