Here comes stupid trial and error experience, Ready?
If you have a battery bank that has a group of batteries all possessing equal
high ah (amp-hour) capacity but decide to add a lower ah battery in parallel to the former battery bank, the
battery will eventually become damaged from overcharging and the larger
battery will become damaged because of never
being permitted to fully charge being capped by the capacity of the lower ah battery.
The repercussians WILL become evident (hopefully under 3 life-cycles
";-). However, having myself done this without ever any
knowledge that mixing batteries could possibly be so detrimental,
troubleshooting the problem was a long road (I thought it was damaged
panel wiring initially), with no thought that a good battery could
capitalize an entire bank.
When you live with the power plant so close, as in the case of off-grid applications, the pattern stays fairly
constant, you will get to know your batteries.
One day (a long time ago...maybe a decade or more ago) the batteries
were not as strong as the day before. Back then I was still new in
solar-generated power banks, the past of which make me cringe every
time something from the past is recollected.
Anyway, another couple of days went by and my power wasn't there.
The controllers and inverters were sounding their alarm so early (the
sun just went down an hour or so before the depletion of the batteries
so no input and dead batteries should have pointed me firstly to the
batteries themselves (it did not happen that way with me).
I tested and re-checked everything BUT the batteries and when the
batteries were finally checked, I remembered that during the
daytime the lower ah battery was getting unusually hot during the
This was one of the life-changing incidents that became a pre-cursor to
the discovery of the benefits of micro-battery banks (my term and in
regards to the redundant regurgitated crap on the internet, my
discovery as far as I can see, I'm calling it mbb; micro-battery
bank). This is discussed in more depth in another chapter
so I'll suffice to say, it's definitely the answer (on so many levels).
It was decided to break up the battery bank keeping the best of the
best together and the others for experimental purposes.
Following the bank's conversion to an mbb immediately showed he first
impressive results I had seen in probably a week prior.
So, to encapsulate, if you have just obtained a new battery, create a
wishlist for a match but never, ever mix new batteries with old (or
higher ah with lower), it's just not worth it. So if your first
battery is stamped with 360ah (hello Trojan), then so ought to be every
other battery in that particular bank (purchased new).
Most of us non-wealthy people are aware of the probable benefits of
purchasing new batteries over old, but due to so many taxes and fines
and fees and insurances and utility bills, codes restrictions, and
everything else wrong with modern un-evolved socio-political controls
over whether or not we can advance one foot further, used batteries are
what you might have to start with.
And as luck would have it, it is just as well (because chances are high that you will be making some mistakes a long the way).
However, the thrill of something operating day and night for free can
become a time-consuming hobby as it offers a bit of a rush to know
that with the elimination of bills (which puts money, and the
labor to earn the money, back on the tables of the plutocrat, ensuring
the perpetual ensnarement of another generation beholden to one class
entitiy), but by the elimination of bills and a "job" (that keeps the
human compartmentalized and manipulated to do only one myopic set of
chores), when offered life (as god gave it to you), the
possibilities are endless.
You and I have only 24 hours to live.
3 x8 = 24.
If you give 8 hours over to sleep, one third of your life is completely gone.
16 hours left to live.
If you give another third (or 8 hours) over to the employment
for another entity, then two thirds of your life is forever gone
(despite the PROGRAMMING which changes the mind to consider that a job
-8hrs given over to another entity ("work")
8 remaining hours left to live (or 1/3 of your life is ... life).
So if sleep and "job" alone claim two thirds of your life's potential
to do something greater than all those that have been employed before
you (and now are neatly tucked under some dirt in a forgotten cemetery
somewhere), then what of the last 1/3 that IS your life?
I contend that the last 1/3 of your life is consumed going to the
bathroom, commute-time back and forth to "work", taking the trash out
and servicing your ever-distant spouse or worse, falling into
volunteering the self to become further programmed via
tele-vision. The last 8 hours of life is consumed with
making your lunch for the next "work" day, replacing damaged uniforms
or other garments, repairing all the ridiculous plastic items we
invested in, the time to feed the pet, mow the lawn, get the mail, get
injured due to exhaustion, etc.
With the elimination of "bills" from ones life ensures that one not be
employed till the day he or she dies just to pay the ever-manipulated
monopolized profiteering utility mafia, for one.
The following is a solution for those of us too poor to puchase new
batteries during the initial stages of building a power bank. If
you have inadvertently puchased used batteries only to find they are
not working for you, if the batteries are not physically damaged, the
solution detailed below will work for you. This was not
discovered on the internet (prior to my making a few videos of the
recycling process which is still on youtube circa 2010).
But first, how this solution became to be known. I had read
somewhere of the differences in plate sizes between the different types
of batteries and also the problems that commonly occur with all
batteries. Most of the common problems with batteries are
relatively easy to allow for the rejuvination of a used or useless
Here's how to bring those fat-plate deep-cycle batteries back to life
1.) Dump the solution out of the batteries and flush well with a clean
water supply (DO NOT WEAR YOUR SUNDAY-BEST FOR THIS and always find an
approved dump site for the old battery acid before the recylcing
2.) Add de-sulfation solution, shake and let sit overnight
3.) Flush with clean water and add new acid
The batteries will probably already be fully charged, if not feed the
battery a 2amp charge for a day and monitor for the rated capacity in
**Repeat the process until the plates are clean and the debris is
The following notes are offered freely (or if somebody wants to finance
the project, I'm all ears):
These notes are not going to solve world-hunger or wipe out cancers,
but it's something more than nothing, and it's high-tide we American's
started producing something of world-value (other than our present only
production of bombs, bullets, wars, poisons, etc.).
THE RETARDED NOTES
1.) Batteries are comprised of a limited number of properties that emit
other properties. Batteries are solution (acid) that emit
gas (hydrogen and oxygen). There are some plates inside of the
battery enclosures. The plastic enclosures hold the solution and plates
inside. That's it, right? That's all there is
to a battery.
2.) If batteries can convert the liquid acid into a couple of gases,
then it ought to be conceivable that we can collect both gases and turn
it right back into liquid, right?
3.) Despite the fact that I believe the modern-day battery is not using
the ideal plates or enclosures, the modern-day battery is still the prototype in
which to improve upon, unless further financing were made
available. Why are there no videos or websites showing any
experiements in this area? It's as if we were marketed a battery,
and everybody just went to sleep cataloging it as the end-all-be-all.
4.) Since the battery spews pure oxygen, can this gas not be collected
to be used in an effort to reduce the cost of respiratory systems to
our elderly? Or be put to some other good use? Why should
an expensive undertaking?
5.) Since the battery spews hydrogen gas, and since hydrogen gas is
flammable, is it not easily conceivable that we might make an affordable
collector for a portable
tank to collect the gas for use in heating, cooking, or other means?
(*emphasis on "affordable")
6.) How does plastics interact with the battery acid under charge
conditions? When do the properties interact and how do they
plastics the best material we can utilize for a battery
enclosure? When plastics become warm, do they not alter
composition somewhat and spew some foreign property into the battery
solution forming unwanted debris?
7.) Anyone that's ever had deep-cycle batteries knows of the
long-term effects of the plastics, the batteries become deformed and
bulged and potentially become problematic due to leakage. Surely
there must be something more durable than plastic? Under a fire
condition, burning plastic is a form of napalm.
8.) The earth has a charge. Is there a means to use the earth in
some way to safely become a stable extension to a modernized battery?
You have concluded Tip #10 of the Off-Grid Battery Bank Tips
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