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Old 06-19-2003, 10:17 AM   #1
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H2O source for batteries?

Seems I remember the best water source for batteries is distilled water to keep the contaminents out.

What source do most of you use? I have used tap water without any known problems. Ours is reasonable quality and not too soft (based on how easily soap rinses off).

I thought about using the condensation off the dehumidifer that we run in the summer. But since it comes from the air and drips off the aluminum fins, I thought it might have some alum disolved in it.



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Old 06-19-2003, 10:48 AM   #2
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Steve, I have used condesate from an AC, and I know of no reason not to use it. Aluminium is not soluble in distilled water. However, I get my wife to catch the ice and water as the refrigerator defrosts, and I use that in my car. I wouldn't use tap water, with it's dissolved minerals. Also, its only pennies to buy de-ionised water from the local pharmacist, and that's what I use in our Airstream. Nick.

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Old 06-19-2003, 10:51 AM   #3
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You can buy jugs of distilled water from most any drugstore, like CVS, or Walgreen's. People use it for their contact lenses. I always thought the rule was "distilled only" for batteries......
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Use distilled water, about 70-75 a gallon nearly anywhere, and cheaper than destroying a battery.

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Old 06-19-2003, 01:49 PM   #5
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Is the water from the dehumidifier filtered clean so that no extra particles are in it? For .70, a gallon of distilled water seems like a cheap enough price to pay to ensure nothing extra is being deposited into the battery.

For me, a distilled water is all I use in any of my batteries and they have all so far lasted 5 or more years each!

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Old 06-19-2003, 05:16 PM   #7
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Thank you guys for your replies.

I was trying to keep the 'inventory' down. But I think it's best to keep a gallon of CVS distilled water around to be sure not contaminated as John, Eric, and others have stated.

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i get my water from wal mart. they have a rack of water you name it . distilled water is less than a buck in a gallon jug. and i havent bought a gallon this year still working on the one i bought last year. i put a intella power battery charger in the coach and my water useage has dropped to almost nuthing. the charger that came with coach drank almost as much water as my puppy.
and burn up a set of batterys a year. lol

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