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Old 09-12-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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MYTH or FACT: Storing batteries on concrete floors

This argument has been ongoing and seems to have taken over more than one thread dedicated to what should be bus conversions instead of battery discussions. I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread on the subject of storing batteries on concrete so it would no longer obscure anyone else's conversion thread.

So, is it true that leaving a perfectly charged battery on a concrete floor will discharge the cells faster than it would if it were stored on a shelf or other non-concrete surface?

I could find not a single forum or discussion anywhere on the internet where anyone posted anything to support this argument other than personal anecdotes or based on the experiences of "close friends or family members." A lot of people seem to know someone who says this happens, but when faced with any knowledgeable source of technical information—including battery manufacturers—these people still say it's a bad idea to leave a battery on the garage floor.

http://www.cartalk.com/content/business ... s-needs-be

http://www.thebatteryterminal.com/TechT ... ncrete.htm

http://www.plasmaboyracing.com/blog/?p=158

http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/battery.asp

http://www.pacificpowerbatteries.com/ab ... faq14.html

Please feel free to add links to sources that argue both the merits and faults of this discussion, but please don't just say it's true because it happened to you. What you think happened and what actually happened may be two different things and your sample size of 1 is statistically irrelevant.

Personally, I'd like to see a battery test with a control sample included to finally put an end to this nonsense. If anyone knows of such a test, please include a link.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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Re: MYTH or FACT: Storing batteries on concrete floors

I personaly believe the best way to store a battery is on a hunk of left-over steak cut from the left side of a north facing cow harvested at dawn on the summer solstice of an odd numbered year. Sorry Malkieri.

All I know is I bought a battery for my lawn mower. Charged it in the fall, sitting on the concrete floor of my barn. Forgot about it all winter. I was suprised that it was able to start the mower in the spring. I was going to put the charger on it, but decided to give it a try and the mower started. I figured by the end of the day mowing it would be charged fully.

I know this is statistically irrelevant because it is a sample size of one.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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Re: MYTH or FACT: Storing batteries on concrete floors

Sure sounds like "Bull" to me!!!!!!!!!! LOL
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:24 PM   #4
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Re: MYTH or FACT: Storing batteries on concrete floors

i like to store my batteries with a large bag of salt and a trickle charger. i find that a salt and battery charge tends to be difficult to eliminate
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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Re: MYTH or FACT: Storing batteries on concrete floors

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i like to store my batteries with a large bag of salt and a trickle charger. i find that a salt and battery charge tends to be difficult to eliminate
hhhmmmm.........
makes sense to me, margaritas need salt; and blenders need power....where is the tequila?
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:52 PM   #6
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East to west bad. North to south good.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:51 PM   #7
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Re: MYTH or FACT: Storing batteries on concrete floors

I live off grid with 12 batteries on a concete floor they have been there for the last 2.6 years and self dicscharge is the only problem I have with them. also read this article from a battery supplier.
http://www.thebatteryterminal.com/Te...n_Concrete.htm I have been a machanic for 45 years and have never had a battery discharge on the floor. When I asked the Interstate battery rep about this many years ago he couldnt stop laughing for several min.s I say belive as you wish I feel comfterble in my beliefs.

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