Recondition a Lead Acid Battery, Don’t Buy A New One

Lead acid batteries often die due to an accumulation of

lead sulphate crystals

on the plates inside the battery, fortunately, you can

recondition

your battery at home using inexpensive ingredients.

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A battery is effectively a small chemical plant which stores energy in its plates. They are chemically charged with an electrolyte which is a mixture of distilled water and

sulphuric acid

. When the battery is discharged, the lead active material on the positive plates reacts with the sulphuric acid and produces lead sulphate. When the battery is charged, this process is reversed and the lead sulphate crystals react to form sulphuric acid again. The battery fails when there is an excess build up of lead sulphate crystals which then do not allow sulphuric acid to make contact with sections of the plate. These crystals harden and eventually cause a chemical imbalance in the electrolyte.

In most cases, hardened crystals can be removed using a

solution

of

magnesium sulphate

. This method doesn’t restore a battery back to original condition but it will restore it to around 70-80% of its original capacity.

What You Will Need To Recondition Your Battery

How To Recondition Your Battery

Take the battery out of the vehicle and put it onto a solid work bench.

Some battery’s cells are clearly visible on top of the battery and are sealed with screw in caps. Others, like mine, are protected by a “sealing” strip. You may need to cut the edges of this strip to get it loose but it is almost always removable. Once this has been removed, you will also need to take the caps off each of the individual cells in order to get to the battery acid.

Using a syringe or dropper, carefully drain each cell one by one until they are all around

50-60% full

, if some cells are already lower than this then exchange some acid from the fuller cells. You don’t want to take too much out as you will then struggle to charge the battery again. The liquid you are removing is a

strong acid

so put it into a glass container and don’t mess any of it on your hands or clothing.

Now you need to make a saturated solution of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) and distilled water. Do this by boiling water and continuously stirring in more salts until no more will dissolve in the water. Then fill each cell with the Epsom salt solution to the full level line with the syringe or dropper.

When charging the battery while it is being reconditioned, some gas will be released so it is advisable to leave the caps open. Connect a

battery charger

to the terminals and let it complete the charging cycle. If the battery is heavily drained or damaged, it may have to be charged overnight with a

trickle charger

at a very low amperage. If you do not have a battery charger then replace the battery cell caps and covers and reinstall the battery in the vehicle. Jump start it and then take it for a half hour to a full hour drive to allow the battery to charge using the

alternator

.

The reconditioned battery should now last another 6 months to a year and can usually be restored using this method about

three to five

times until it is no longer effective.

Have you tried to recondition a battery using this method or a similar method? Let us know in the comments section below.

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