Upon doing some traveling the past few days I stopped over at a bed and breakfast in which I had a discussion with a fellow who had bought an expensive battery rejuvenator. I have heard of others just using AC to fix the sulfate problem, but never really looked into it since I usually had batteries under warrantee I could return and get a new one. I am pretty hard on batteries and usually they go out before the due date is up on them, so new ones are always ending up in my cars or shed for solar.
However, after looking at the prices of battery rejuvenators and leaving a pile on the floor behind me, I decided to find a cheaper way to fix the sulfated problem if I have to do it and save a battery. Especially in these tough times and some day I may not be able to afford a new battery.
I wanted to build my own, so I looked around.
So in my digging, I found several things mentioning using AC to create a higher charge in the battery to de-sulfate the battery. Upon the search I ran across a website talking about battery rejuvenation. It included plans how to build your own battery rejuvenator.
You can look through it here:
The diode bar (white mark on diode) should be facing (closest to) the positive side of the battery. (For those who don't know how to read diodes on a schematic.) Has a mark similar to this >l on diagram.
Radio Shack PN 276-1144
Now this is taking AC and using just one side of the power to run through the battery. Now this fits other information I found on using AC to rejuvenate a battery. Using the light bulbs to control the current used is also in conjunction with other various types of AC battery rejuvenators in the fact there is a controlled amount of amps that enters the battery. The other way was using pulses, in which making your own pulse generator you could do it the other way too. Probably something on the web about DIY pulse generators for battery rejuvenation. However, this setup (which I first thought came from the Red and Green show) seemed to have what it takes to get the job done at a far cheaper price.
If anyone on here knows me, I am good at being cheap. haha
Put me in the Red Green show and I will fit right in. =)
So read through the tractorbyte blog and see what you think. It just makes sense to find ways to save our batteries that can be saved by also saving a few more dollars from buying an expensive battery rejuvenator. (Some are over $2,000). I will never pay for a battery rejuvenator that costs more than my car did. haha
So if you are like me, you may have a battery sitting around that is not worth its weight now anyway and you may want to try his battery rejuvenator idea out.
I plan to try it out once I get home. So has anyone tried something like this before or something similar to rejuvenate batteries?