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Old 01-02-2012, 06:40 PM   post #1 of 22
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Default Aspirin in a battery?

I'm not to sure where to put this, so I thought here is good enough. Please move it if I'm wrong.

Last night I was over at a friend's house and he mentioned something about putting a half an Aspirin in each cell of a car battery. The guy who told him about it said that it is supposed to eat the lead off the plates, restoring the battery. He couldn't remember if the guy charged the battery right away, how long he let it sit and was pretty sure about about the half a pill, but not positive. All told he was rather vague about the whole thing, but that could have been his vodka. Has anyone heard of such a trick? Is there any validity? Would store brand acetylsalicylic acid work or does it have to be Aspirin? I'd be curious to know. A bottle of Aspirin is cheaper than a few new batteries.

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Old 01-02-2012, 06:41 PM   post #2 of 22
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www.batteryfaq.org

if you can't find it in there, don't try it Eric!
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:59 PM   post #3 of 22
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Default Re: Aspirin in a battery?

A quick google search turned up this....

Not sure the Readers Digest should be considered an "authority", mind you...

Here's another. Again, how valid the stuff you find on the interweb is.... hmmmm...

This sounds like a good Mythbusters question!
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:04 PM   post #4 of 22
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Default Re: Aspirin in a battery?

From http://www.batteryfaq.org:

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14.7. Will conditioners, aspirins or additives will revive sulfated batteries?

Most battery experts agree that there is no evidence that conditioners, additives or aspirins provide any long-term benefits for heavily sulfated batteries. Short term gains, if any, are achieved by increasing the acidity (Specific Gravity) of the battery, which could increase the Amp Hour capacity, but also increase the water consumption and positive grid corrosion; thus, decreasing the overall service life of the battery. If a battery will not take a recharge, then it is best to replace it with a healthy battery. This controversy between the additive manufacturers, battery manufacturers, and independent electrochemists has been going on for over 50 years as demonstrated in this AD-X2 Battery Additive, From a Trickle to a Torrentarticle from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Museum.
I've heard of the Aspirin trick in the past too, but have not tried it, nor do I know if it works or not.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:43 PM   post #5 of 22
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Worked for me! Years ago I had a model "V" Avery tractor w/6V battery, tried the "aspirin trick" & it did make a difference, at least that time! ~~ grnspot
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:01 PM   post #6 of 22
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Default Re: Aspirin in a battery?

interesting topic. might have to try this with a few of my batts
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:11 PM   post #7 of 22
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Default Re: Aspirin in a battery?

Ok I think this is correct
If you get behind the wheel only to discover that your car’s battery has given up the ghost — and there’s no one around to give you a jump — you may be able to get your vehicle started by dropping two aspirin tablets into the battery itself. The aspirin’s acetylsalicylic acid will combine with the battery’s sulfuric acid to produce one last charge. Just be sure to drive to your nearest service station.

ONE LAST CHARGE any type of chemical will do more damage than good, it may seem at that moment it worked but then the cell will fall apart internally
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:08 AM   post #8 of 22
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I know nothing about the battery question but to clarify, acetylsalicylic acid is aspirin. There is no difference between the brand name and the generic. Buy the cheapest. Let us know if it works!
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:44 AM   post #9 of 22
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81 mg or a full adult dose?
And for you organic guys how about willow bark.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:41 AM   post #10 of 22
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Default Re: Aspirin in a battery?

Thanks for the input. I knew I'd get a few responses. The guy who was telling me about this has a battery he plans to try it on so if I hear anything I'll let you know. Right now I don't have a battery handy and am headed back to school. Break time's over. If I think of it I'll try it out too. I can't see anything catastrophic happening. It does seem like a good Mythbusters question. If anyone has a few batteries and the patience to try out a few variables they could try it. I think we'd all like to know. And I doubt willow bark would work.... And I was just wondering if Aspirin has any other additives that would make it work the generic brands don't. Anybody know?

Thanks, Eric
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:07 PM   post #11 of 22
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if nothing else the battery won,t get any more head aches.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:04 PM   post #12 of 22
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Go buy a new battery, and swallow the aspirin,,, you and the tractor will both feel better.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:24 PM   post #13 of 22
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Default Re: Aspirin in a battery?

Last year, a fellow told me that he revitalizes old batteries by draining the acid out and replacing it with a solution of distilled water and Epsom salts. You then put it on a slow trickle charge for a day. I had some old garden tractor batteries that were very weak, not dead. I tried this and out of 4 batteries, 3 came back and were good all this past summer. We shall see how they are in the spring.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:03 PM   post #14 of 22
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Iv,e used vinegar when i ran out of acid.well i don.t recommend it.just something i do.
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Last year, a fellow told me that he revitalizes old batteries by draining the acid out and replacing it with a solution of distilled water and Epsom salts. You then put it on a slow trickle charge for a day. I had some old garden tractor batteries that were very weak, not dead. I tried this and out of 4 batteries, 3 came back and were good all this past summer. We shall see how they are in the spring.
What you are doing is removeing any coating on the lead build up over the years. This gives more surface area for the acid to do its job.
You should see what the lead looks like in an old battery...
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