Desulfate A Lawn Mower Battery
How to desulfate an old, sulfated lawn mower battery
This page shows how it is possible to desulfate a very badly sulfated old lawn mower battery. An old battery was purchased from a lawn mower dealership for scrap price for this project.
The battery pictured at the right shows the low voltage of the battery before the desulfation process was begun. The volt meter shows 10.76 volts. It is actually amazing that the battery showed even that much voltage because it was later discovered to be almost bone dry inside. Any battery expert will tell you that any voltage below 11 volts is harmful to a battery. This particular battery was no longer taking a charge with conventional battery chargers.
First, clean the battery. Use water and a soft brush. You can use baking soda to render any leaking battery acid harmless.
Examine the battery for any visible signs of damage. Bulging case sides, burns or holes on the top of the case are signs that a battery had been damaged beyond recovery. Look inside the battery after the lid is off. If possible, check if the plates are badly corroded or broken up. Plates that have been physically damaged are signs of a bad battery. If the battery is outwardly undamaged, then chances are that you can desulfate it using the radiant energy charger and bring it back into a usable condition again. In many cases, the battery can be brought up to new condition.
The conditions of the lead plates inside your battery affect how well you can restore it. If the plats are not damaged, then most likely you will have a very good battery on your hands, as was the case with this old lawn mower battery. It was just badly sulfated, but the plates were still quite good inside.
Refer to the pictures below for the next steps. Use a screwdriver to carefully pry the lid off the battery. This will expose the battery cells. Notice in the last two photos, the white sulfation on the battery plates. This is a very badly sulfated battery. Also notice that no water is visible in the cells. The water level should cover the top of the battery plates.
Top off the cells with distilled water. Only use distilled water, not tapwater. Fill each cell to just above the plates. Put the cover back on the battery. Now your dead lawn mower battery is ready to be desulfated using the radiant energy charger. See DIY Radiant Charger for details.
Below you can see the newly desulfated lawn mower battery installed in a garden tractor. This is an 18 hp twin cylinder briggs and stratton engine being started by the restored battery. The volt meter reads 12.43 volts.
The first video below is of the sulfated lawn mower battery being desulfated on a homemade Bedini Simplified School Girl motor. This is restoring the battery using radiant energy.
The second video below is of the desulfated lawn mower battery starting the mower. The battery is fully restored to like new condition. It starts the mower every time without fail.
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Be very careful when working with batteries. Never work on a lead acid battery indoors. Always work in a well ventilated area. Batteries release explosive gasses when being charged.
Be careful working around battery acid. It is very corrosive and will burn skin, clothes and tools. Be sure to wash hands and tools thoroughly after working with lead acid batteries.
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