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Old 07-14-2011, 01:44 PM   #1
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Battery watering system

The battery for my genset is tucked away and hard to access to add water. Does anyone have a battery watering system that works?

This one looks interesting. http://www.aquapro.net/* They go for about $80 - $90 for a single 12 volt battery. I found only two suppliers:

http://www.pcsmarine.com/index_files...ngSysytems.htm

http://www.rvpowersupply.com/aquapro.htm

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Old 07-14-2011, 02:04 PM   #2
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Does anyone have a battery watering system that works?
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:07 PM   #3
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Battery watering system

I use AGM's so not an issue for me, but here are some links you might want to look at. The hydrocaps seem to work well too.

http://www.flow-rite.com/

http://www.batterywatering.com/

http://www.solar-electric.com/ba****miscap.html

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Old 11-05-2011, 09:53 PM   #4
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RE: Battery watering system

Gary,

Have you installed the battery watering system yet? This past summer I installed the Aqua- Pro system to service a hard to reach 8D battery*that powers my windlass. It made watering*so easy*that I recently installed*the Aqua-Pro system on*the 3x8D batts that make up my house bank.*I also installed the Pro-Fil system for a much smaller 2x6V*starting bank.*No more excuses for battery neglect,*and a whole lot cheaper than buying expensive AGMs! I bought online from these folks: http://www.janwp.com/*The owner was helpful and shipped next day.

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Old 11-10-2011, 05:46 AM   #5
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RE: Battery watering system

If AGM batteries are suitable for the application, you can eliminate any need for a watering system. That's what I did on my boat, replaced the house batteries with AGMs. When the starting battery goes, I will replace it as well.
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:58 AM   #6
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RE: Battery watering system

I agree with the AGM suggestion, and $80 or $90 bucks will make a good start on the payback.
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RE: Battery watering system

For a large battery bank like mine (960 AH) the decision to forego AGMs was easy: I installed four 8D wet cell batteries for*$1248. Had I gone with AGM, it would have cost $3100. For a savings of $1800, I'll gladly put up with having to check water levels -- and now with the watering system I installed it takes no more than 10 minutes*to complete -- any time spent*in the*engine room will pay back dividends in improved*maintenance. Just my opinion --**
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For a large battery bank like mine (960 AH) the decision to forego AGMs was easy: I installed four 8D wet cell batteries for*$1248. Had I gone with AGM, it would have cost $3100. For a savings of $1800, I'll gladly put up with having to check water levels -- and now with the watering system I installed it takes no more than 10 minutes*to complete -- any time spent*in the*engine room will pay back dividends in improved*maintenance. Just my opinion --**

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RE: Battery watering system

I'm with nwboater. I previously posted that this past spring I saved about the same $. I do have two big AGMs for my 24V bow thruster, but only because they are*in the bilge**cabin area and not the ER. It is not unusual to have PBH+ batteries last as long or longer than gel and the jury is sitll out on AGMs. It all depends on your charging sytem and inverter setup. As for a bad back, let the installer do the lifting. As Rickb says, hydro caps greatly reduce the water addition intervals. Fortunately and without hydrocaps, my PbH+ use very little water, knock on wood.
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