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Old 08-20-2014, 01:20 PM   #15
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So, the question in my mind is, what makes your battery explode like a bomb?!!
Batteries venting hydrogen might cause an explosion in the battery box, but normally won't cause the battery itself to explode. For that to happen, there has to be ignition INSIDE the battery.

My best guess is that the missing cover that you couldn't find was already missing from the battery, not as a result of the explosion. Then when the spark ignited the hydrogen inside the battery box, the flame back-flashed into the battery through the open fill ports. As the fire tried to expand inside the battery, it expanded faster than the flame could come out the fill ports, and BOOM! That's what an explosion is, a very fast fire that has nowhere to go fast enough to get out of its own way.

Lesson to take away from this (even if it is speculative on my part) never charge your batteries (or use them, for that matter) with the fill covers off.
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:04 PM   #16
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It's not unusual for batteries with a shorted or frozen cell to explode when being charged or if they are in parallel with a good battery.
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Was that an SOB or Airstream that had the failure?

Due diligence on batteries... duly noted. Also, a 'spark' can come from poor terminal connectivity... clean your terminals and the clamps...!!!
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Was that an SOB or Airstream that had the failure?

Due diligence on batteries... duly noted. Also, a 'spark' can come from poor terminal connectivity... clean your terminals and the clamps...!!!
SOB - plastic battery case blew apart when the battery blew up.
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I left my 99 in storage 700 miles away, plugged into shore power (converter is on a timer though). I was halfway home when I realized I'd forgotten to check the water in the battery. Two months till I'll be back. Reading this thread is giving me heartburn!
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I left my 99 in storage 700 miles away, plugged into shore power (converter is on a timer though). I was halfway home when I realized I'd forgotten to check the water in the battery. Two months till I'll be back. Reading this thread is giving me heartburn!
Anyone near your storage location with access? Sorry - didn't mean to cause agita!
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