Goodbye Old Friend !

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  1. HarryS

    HarryS Eternally Optimistic Gardener

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    The Mini battery was flat as a fluke this morning. So I got my trusty battery charger out , connected it up , and switched it on . There was a little phut and a plume of white smoke came from it . Dead as a dodo ! I then reckoned up when I bought it , it was 49 years ago ! This was when car batteries seemed to go flat every other week , not every 5 years as now . So I think I have had my monies worth from this little device .:blue thumb:
     
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      I'd like to bet that it could be fixed - unlike the modern stuff. Probably just a diode or resistor that has gotten tired of life.

      How are you with a soldering iron?
       
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        I didn't realise any one bothered charging car batteries these days.
        The last one I replaced had been on the car for over six years, which to me is good enough.

        You could ask your local museum if they would like your charger Harry.;):biggrin:
         
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            The car accessory shop I bought it from is still open . When I find the receipt I'll be asking for a refund :snorky:
            You need to charge them to get it off the drive ! I'm getting a new one tomorrow, this one is the BMW battery so is 10 years old.
            Not too bad with a soldering iron FC , but these days I find a credit card easier :biggrin:
             
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              What is an Annual General Meeting type?:biggrin:

              Dont think they charge my battery during a service, otherwise the cost would be there on the BILL.:)
               
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                Absorbed Glass Mat - its the type of battery used by cars with stop/start technology etc.
                 
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                  Oh right, I didn't know those stop start cars had different batteries.:blue thumb:
                  So how often do you have to service one of those types?
                  Assuming you need to get the battery charged from time to time.
                   
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                    They generally last for 6 to 10 years, so are quite reliable - they are more tolerant of charge/discharge cycling than a conventional lead/acid battery and there is no liquid to worry about either. No other servicing is required.
                     
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                      Couldn't you have used the starting handle Harry :heehee:
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                        How much is a new one?
                         
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                          £100-£300 depending on the size for the battery, and about £20 and a bit of bending for a starting handle :biggrin:
                           
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