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Old 12-01-2014, 07:30 AM   #15
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The batteries won't explode if you store them while discharged. It can ruin them, but that's another story.
They can explode when you recharge them.
When you pass electric current through water, it will break down the bond in some of the water molecules into their base atoms, which are hydrogen and oxygen.
The hydrogen is very explosive, and if there is a spark of any kind, it can, and probably will, ignite explosively.
Remember the Hindenberg.
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This seminar was put on by Interstate Batteries at the international symposium for the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors. From what I remember charge or discharge while frozen can cause them to explode. ***not sure about parasitic loads since yours is a newer rig***I have seen exploded batteries on numerous occasions and did not know why. This realistically is only one possible reason ... another could be loose terminals that could allow a spark while charging or discharging. I was very interested in this information and simply wanted to pass it on.

Pay close attention to any advice and then you make up your own mind how to use it. I don't think that anyone here will buy new batteries or help clean up the mess.
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A solution of baking soda and water will neutralize the acid spilled/sprayed during an explosion.
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