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post #1 of 6 Old 07-28-2019, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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battery lasted 9 years

My bx1860 battery just crapped out in this heat. Lasted 9 years, I guess thatís pretty good. I got lucky though, didnít use the bx for 2 weeks, had to jump it in the AM. Did a bunch of work all day, no problem starting several times all day. Then shut it down in driveway to clean out bucket before parking in garage. 15 min later, deader than dead. Was lucky I had ballast box and loader off the ground, pushed it into the garage, then downpour. Got a new battery next day. Glad I didnít have to leave it out in the woods in that storm.




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I didn't know heat could make a battery fail. They must have put very good batteries in these tractors. Mine is still going strong after 10 years. The fact that I keep it in a garage that never gets below 40 degrees, and use it all year, doesn't hurt.

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I didn't know heat could make a battery fail. They must have put very good batteries in these tractors. Mine is still going strong after 10 years. The fact that I keep it in a garage that never gets below 40 degrees, and use it all year, doesn't hurt.
OH yeah heat can kill batteries faster then cold kills them. I know as I lived in Las Vegas for 5 years from 1983-1988 and the average life for a battery there was right around 2 to 3 years. Mostly from the heat cycles the battery took as it would be 100 + degrees in the summer and then you start and run your vehicle tractor and it is sometimes over 180 degrees under the hood of the tractor or vehicles. The battery never can really cool off to a reasonable temperature until late at night and then by 7:00 A.M. it is already pushing 85 degrees. When I worked in the tire shop a reliable side business was selling new batteries. Have vehicles coming from all the country and I have three batteries in my mobile service truck I come back to the shop at lunch and drop off the batteries I took out of vehicles and load up three more batteries and use them all up in a couple hours. The funniest thing was I was normally only do one or two batteries a day during the fall winter and spring and then the first hot day and I be running all over the valley popping in new batteries and still doing service calls for flat tires.

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Heat kills batteries directly, by speeding up chemical processes that kill batteries [self discharge, sulfation].
What most people don't know is that charging voltage should be lowered for temperature; it doesn't add up to much normally, but when you get those really high temperatures, you alternator is probably overcharging, lowering the water levels and causing plate damage.

I used to live in India; batteries lasted a year or two, I thought it was because the quality was so bad. But when I imported quality batteries from Europe, they only did slightly better.

If kept just right, you can get 10 years or more out of a battery, even with deep cycle use.

I started monitoring my battery temperature and adjusting the charge rate to suit; the difference in charge amps was huge. But I had a huge alternator.

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I get about 4-5 years out of the deep cycle batteries that are kept in a small compartment in the covered pontoon boat during the season. Despite vents in the cover it gets pretty hot in there when itís not shaded. I guess they would last longer if they were kept cooler but thereís really no way to do that.

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I had to finally replace the two "Duralast" batteries I've had in my '82 GMC diesel pickup--they were take outs bought at a salvage yard ,one was made in 2001,the other in 2002,that one was a "Gold" version,the other just a plain Duralast...

I bought the truck in 2003 with those batteries in it!...despite it sitting idle a lot ,using the truck mostly for plowing and dump runs only,and having other vehicles to drive,they still somehow managed to get the diesel fired up--I only had to recharge them a few times in winter when I ran them down trying to start it on frigid mornings--they were not even the correct size ,they were fairly small group 74 size and the truck is supposed to have group 78's...

When they started dying quick when it was cold out last winter,I load tested both of them,the "gold" series one has a bad cell,it drops to 5V as soon as a load was applied..the other one still seems good,it'll maintain 12V for at least 10 seconds with the carbon pile tester glowing brightly..

I bought a group 78 Interstate at a flea market for $10 one day last fall,when I forgot to shut off the parking lights on my truck and both batteries were stone dead 4 hours later--I figured the battery may have been no good,but the guy insisted it was,I was only willing to pay $10 in case it turned out to be junk,I could scrap it for that..

But it started my truck right up,and is still in it today..I found another group 74 that was a year old,a friend was going to scrap the car it was in so he gave it to me..so far both are working well..

I have had a few other batteries last a long time--the original "Mopar" battery in my parents 1993 Caravan lasted until 2005,and a red top Duralast I had in a '79 C10 with a straight six lasted the entire 6 years I had it and was still going strong last time I saw the new owner of it 2 years later--paid $20 for it at a junkyard ,it was only about 9 months old..

Seems batteries today are triple the cost and you are lucky to get 1/3 the life out of them that you used to be able too..not many come with a good warranty either--some are only guaranteed 90 days !..


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