Originally Posted by Dead pirate
Oops. Correction. 360 amp alternator
I am not doing solar, so lots of the info I have seen doesn't apply to me.
I bought 12 x 6 volt batteries this summer and my son made the cables for them, and I realize that while we needed to choose and measure the batteries this summer to plan and build the box, that we should not have BOUGHT the batteries as they are just going to be sitting around. They are FLA, all manufactured the same date from the same place and have never been hooked up to anything, but it's too late to return them.
1) where and how should I store the batteries til next summer?
2) What maintenance, if any, should I do to keep them in top condition? I actually have a freezer that I could keep them with in if keeping them cold would preserve them the best? I know cold isn't good for batteries you are USING, but I have read that it is good for preserving batteries that are being stored. We bought a thermostat for the freezer so it can be used as a fridge. It's currently set to 40 degrees but I assume it can be adjusted if neither freezer nor fridge temp is ideal.
I do not yet have a float charger for my house batteries NOR my starting batteries. Can I use the same one for both? What should I get? My starting battery is one group D 12 volt it weighs about as much as I do, so ideally I need to be able to charge it in situ.
My son has gone back to college and I am now left alone to deal with all these incredibly heavy batteries!! I can get my husband to help me move them *once* I am sure. Partly because that is the only way we are going to be able to park in the garage this winter.
Any advice would be appreciated. Ideally, a very specific recommendation like "buy this product", because I really have no clue about electrical. I know to unhook the starting battery before messing with anything electrical, but that's about it.