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Battery electrolyte

Postby brettchallenger » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:55 pm



I decided that it was time to start using the Goldwing again, hoping that the local authorities have ceased spreading salt on the roads. It would also provide Eastern England some relief from the clouds of blue two stroke smoke produced by my old East German MZ. However, it soon became clear that the battery in the 'Wing was quite passed its sell by date and so I ordered a new one.

Fitting it is quite straight forward but one difficulty I encountered was filling the battery with electrolyte. The thing is, I now find it quite difficult to see the level of the fluid through the casing of the battery. I thought to myself, wouldn't it be easier if the electrolyte was coloured dark red or dark blue, it would be so much easier to see. So, does anyone know if coloured electrolyte is available or if there is any additive which can be used to colour it? I could of course simply add a vegetable dye or ink but I don't know whether that would effect the electrolyte or even if that would be safe.


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Re: Battery electrolyte

Postby aj1500 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:37 pm

safest bet is to just put a drop light behind the battery so you can see the fluid level as you fill it
maybe food coloring would work but why risk it

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Re: Battery electrolyte

Postby brettchallenger » Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:15 am

I did have the battery on a workbench with sunlight behind it, and of course I could see the level but with difficulty. I had to shake the battery gently to be able to see the level move. With the battery in situ it is even more difficult to see the level and it just seems such a simple solution to an annoying problem. After all, you wouldn't dream of fitting white hands onto a white clock face
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Re: Battery electrolyte

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:42 pm

A little color sounds like a great idea. If you do it, without any negative effects, let us know. :P
I just got a new AGM battery at autozone today. Already filled, sealed and charged. Swapped it out in the parking lot. So no core charge. :D
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Re: Battery electrolyte

Postby brettchallenger » Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:41 am

Presumably that is one of the new fangled gel filled batteries?
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Re: Battery electrolyte

Postby dingdong » Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:24 am

AGM isn't the gel type battery. Been around for quite a while. http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/arti ... ss_mat_agm
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Re: Battery electrolyte

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:31 am

No, it's not a gel. Got a look inside one once and it looked like it was stuffed with cotton. :lol:
Supposed to have about 20% more power than a wet cell battery.
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Re: Battery electrolyte

Postby harvey01 » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:55 am

brettchallenger,

Another great source for technical info on batteries is the technical manual by Yuasa. It not only talks about how batteries are made but how to initialize and maintain them. It can be read or downloaded at: http://www.yuasabatteries.com/pdfs/TechManual_2014.pdf

This is a great reference pamphlet for batteries.
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Re: Battery electrolyte

Postby raven41951 » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:08 pm

I would not add any colorant to battery acid as it will definitely affect the chemical reaction and could possibly cause an explosion depending on what elements are used in the colorant.

I have a new fangled AGM (Absorbant Glass Mat) battery and it works just fine. Dive in the waters fine!




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