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Tip #7 Battery Gas?

Question:

Batteries are noted for what type of gas?


a.) Sulfuric
b.) Hydrochloride
c.) Helium
d.) Nitrogen
e.) Fluorine
f.) Peptic



Your Answer Here: ____________________


Hint: The question is loaded. "Hydrogen" gas is not even a choice in the question above. Furthermore, not all of the choices were gases at all. We all have heard of the "dangers" of hydrogen gas, which can be emitted from a battery usually when in the charge state. I don't know what batteries those testers and teachers were using to plant this fear-factor, but I'm assuming it's not the type of batteries I've been living with for over a decade.

Suffice to say, the hydrogen-scare, like fuses, might be over-rated and not applicable in any industry that I can think of (that uses batteries, such as, everything....find me a person that blew up due to smoking over a battery and I'll eat worms, for instance).


Here's a real-life Example:
On the net is a website that advocates putting a DC 2-wire wind generator through a blocking diode and directly into the equally rated battery bank. This did not work at all for me so I don't advocate it. But where was my bomb?
As it turned out, the 48v wind generator melted the lead connector (before I converted over to the brass connectors) of one of the battery cables. The molten metal created a perfect dime-sized hole completely through the top of the battery!
Apparently the wind generator that kicks up into the high 80's in voltage was enough to cause lead to melt, but the battery didn't create enough hydrogen to cause any noticeable damage. (*in fact that battery worked fine for months after with just a piece of electrical tape covering the hole). Later the battery was given in exchange for reducing the "core charge" extortion unapportioned tax/fee.

But where was my bomb!? Doesn't our programming tell us of the dangers of hydrogen gas from batteries ?


Ahhh....but when INDUSTRY has an accident, media PROGRAMMING is quick to flip the script and sell us on how safe it is (oddly enough our military was sold similarly on a slightly maligned statement concerning radiation..."sure you're hair will fall out, but it will grow back...."...phhhtt....).

Suddenly, PROGRAMMING sells the story that it's all safe now (for that week in your mind):
http://www.powermag.com/lessons-learned-from-a-hydrogen-explosion/
All of a sudden "our" corporate media PROGRAMMING quickly jumps into action to assure the exposed public the exact opposite, stating:
"Toxicity/Poison Hydrogen is nontoxic and nonpoisonous. It will not contaminate groundwater (it’s a gas under normal atmospheric conditions), nor will a release of hydrogen contribute to atmospheric pollution. Hydrogen does not create fumes." (day is night, black is white, blah blah blah)


Now let's discuss what we NEVER get to hear about, the OTHER gas that a battery creates.
Do you know what that other gas is?

Probably not.

It's OXYGEN.

Why do you suppose that we've ALL heard only of one component that a battery creates? Hydrogen.
Why would it not be equally important to mention that a battery creates another gas? PURE oxygen.
I'm not saying I'd bottle the stuff up and save it for when I'm on the common respirator, but it sure seems like a rather important gas to forget mentioning.

Considering the fact that I smoke like a chimney, and have had a firewood stove that pretty much stays lit year-round and located within 3 feet of one of the battery banks (6 batteries, presently), apparently the hydrogen scare is extremely over-rated as I'm also within three feet of both the firewood stove and the closest battery bank.

Here's how it was explained to me as to why it's almost impossible to blow up.

Hydrogen is lighter than oxygen, and lighter than other gases that we breathe.
If hydrogen escapes the battery and you are standing over the battery, that hydrogen zips past you at a rate of (fast).
But even in a somewhat controlled test environment, when collecting the hydrogen in such a way as to re-direct that hydrogen through a small plastic hose, lighting the other end creates a flame that is barely able to be kept lit.

***Just another reason against macro battery banks, just in case!


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