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Whilst we were talking about the old days of the battery world, I came across these at the back of the garage. Does anyone remember the little plastic bottles of distilled water to top up the batteries?

The battery in the picture is the classic Oldham red top - the heavy duty range with a two year guarantee. They came from the factory dry, without any acid, the plates having been dry charged before assembly. Revolutionary at the time. Once at the dealers sulphuric acid was added and the battery was ready to go. I think a short charge was recommended, but was often bypassed.


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Ah yes i remember them well,and starting handles !! LOL

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Hi Bluebell Yes indeed and the glass carboy in straw packed frame/baskit with a rubber bung with tube with metal handle clamp closing device for filling batteries up 1/4" above plates leave for (forget} shake, top up then fit to vehicle used to store them on their side four high, no goggles only rubber apron if remembered or told to.I remember that i splashed some acid on my overalls on a saturday soaked in water left hanging up to dry come monday morning only cooler with two arms left on coat hanger all that was left, no free overalls supplied then, mycost, lessen lernt use the blooding apron you moron, we also had CBS batteries cheaper but good they would repair them by a ex para who was captured at arnhem right little hard b*st*rd but good on batteries, memories, can't take them away, everything else is. John

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We had woollen overalls, pretty well acid resistant!

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The battery in the picture is exclusively for the Mini. Fitted in the boot and slightly lower in height than standard.

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I think i may have a theory why my domestics battery indicator dims when on pre heat, i have this device fitted which when the starter battery has a lower voltage than the domestics it transfers charge from the domestic bank to keep the starter battery topped up, so that could be the reason, i will do a simple test next time I'm onboard to see.

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the domestics battery indicator

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Adrian  Michelle

Beck  Braydon and Mere.


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Hi Adrian A volt meter would give you a more accurate battery level of charge, it will also let you know the alternator charge rate. John

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A little plug-in gadget like this one is very useful. I have one plugged in at my helm, (forward-drive bathtub) for a quick check on how the leisure batteries are faring.

If you take a reading at the batteries with a voltmeter and check that against the plug-in's reading, you'll know how much to allow for the voltage drop through the wiring from the batteries to the socket.

I also have a NASA BM-1, which is mounted at the back of the boat near the batteries, so I know the plug-in is accurate.

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Thanks guys lots to think about.

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Adrian  Michelle

Beck  Braydon and Mere.

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