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Thread: I'm afraid my inverter batteries are getting tired, who can revive them?

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    Default I'm afraid my inverter batteries are getting tired, who can revive them?

    I need some help, advise or directions with inverter batteries:

    As some of you may know, I live in a rented house in town, Puerto Plata.

    We usually enjoy about 23 hours/day of power average on most days... but recently, "my" batteries have not held up well during longer black outs (like yesterday's 5+ hours cut) and power, using very little, ran out in 3 hours!
    The home has 8 inverter batteries!

    I don't know their age, but I was led to understand 3 1/2 years ago, that 4 of them had been changed "recently". Indeed, there are 2 batches of 4 & 4 of different brands. Four batteries (I don't know if THEY are the older ones, but the look kind'a older) seem somewhat "bloated"... but they've always looked that way when the system worked very well.

    Also the status light on the inverter seems undecided joyfully flickering in between red or green or entertaining me marveling at the fact that it seems able to show BOTH colors at once.

    All these years, we have religiously checked and "watered" (yes, with "battery water") the batteries on a weekly basis.
    Nothing else was ever added during my time in this home.


    Since I don't like messing with acids and chemicals or entertain myself by getting burned, collecting skin rashes or wander around high on some funny fumes, I would welcome any contact information for somebody who preferably does come by the house to REVIVE them on-site and will be able to resist the urge to try to mickey mouse'em to death instead in the hopes of referring me to his "best kept secret source for overpriced batteries (cousin, brother or other sanky-compadre) since I lately tend to react rather unexpectedly when somebody tries to insult my intelligence.

    Alternatively, I'll have to talk my landlord into having them replaced... but, as I pride myself of being pretty protective of landlords who have treated me fairly so far... I am hoping we might find a cheaper solution first.

    False hopes?

    Thanks! ... J-D.

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    Even Zombies die, JD. If the newest are 3.5 years old....wow....you've done very well...

    And fix would be a very short term one...

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    how hot are the batteries ? if the lights are flickering they could be constantly charging .

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    Your on-line expert is AZB...he knows about reviving, albeit for a short time...He has done it and he says it works...

    HB

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    I have always been warned not to "mix" old and new batteries... whether in a flashlight or a complex house system.

    The old batteries pull the new ones down down to their level.... I have never tested the advice , so cannot be definitive.

    Just repeating the warnings I have had.

    WW

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    I have always been warned not to "mix" old and new batteries... whether in a flashlight or a complex house system.

    The old batteries pull the new ones down down to their level.... I have never tested the advice , so cannot be definitive.

    Just repeating the warnings I have had.

    WW
    I have also been told the same about replacing batteries. Time to buy new ones. You may not need 8 new ones and may be fine with 4 depending on how to use them.

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    Treat them with the battery Viagra, separate them as much as possible and keep a fan on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luperon View Post
    Treat them with the battery Viagra, separate them as much as possible and keep a fan on them.
    Is there a La Pela for inverter batteries? (See La Pela thread in Living section.)

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    3.5 yrs?? now its time for RIP.
    AZB

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    RIP?

    Man, was I misguided... I thought 3 1/2 ain't nothing!

    Well. Thanks to all for the rapid answer and verdict.
    I'll let my landlord know.

    ... J-D.

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