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PostSubject: Calcium battery question   Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:42 am

Hello to all,
I have just tried turning over the V8, and sadly no joy.

She has been standing motionless for a couple of months..Ho hum, and checking the battery she is below 12v

I think it just needs an hour on the charger...then it occurred to me that I have one of these halfords Calcium batteries.

anyway my question is, can a calcium battery be put on charge, just like a straight forward Lead Acid one ?.

Help appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: Calcium battery question   Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:10 am

If I remember right, Im sure that they are very similar and CAN be charged fine. They add calcium to the lead acid battery because it has more electrodes which has advantages to the battery over a standard lead one.

A Lead calcium battery is more resistant to corrosion, overcharging, gassing, water usage, and self-discharge, which can shorten battery life. They have also higher cold cranking amps and can work more efficiently in lower temperature conditions. Im pretty sure that Lead Antimony Batteries are similar in design and advantages over standard lead acid ones.

If you have the money check out THIS:

http://www.odysseybatteriesonline.co.uk/

IMO Absorbed glass mat batteries are the Muts Nuts over any other kind. Ive had a Odyssey PC1230 for the last 4 years with no issues or charging needed. And I have run alot of equipment.

If not then the Halfords Calcium battery will defiantly be an advantage over a factory lead acid one.

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PostSubject: Re: Calcium battery question   Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:32 am

TJ has covered most of it, but they do not have more electrodes, but i think he means plates, it is that the construction of the plates which is different and they have much more surface area which gives more power.

Incidentally calcium batteries are available much more cheaply from other outlets than Halfords so shop around for the best price.
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PostSubject: Calcium Battery question   Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:58 am

Thank you for the replies.

The battery is now slowly being charged, I will stick it back in the V8 on Sunday.

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PostSubject: Re: Calcium battery question   Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:00 am

Assassin wrote:
TJ has covered most of it, but they do not have more electrodes, but i think he means plates, it is that the construction of the plates which is different and they have much more surface area which gives more power.

Incidentally calcium batteries are available much more cheaply from other outlets than Halfords so shop around for the best price.

Something like that, It was a while ago I read about it. Cool Got there in the end tho.

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PostSubject: Re: Calcium battery question   Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:54 am

We run Odyssey batteries in all our Land Rovers. Have tried other makes but Odysseys rule! Disco 2 Odyssey 1500, black 110 twin Odyssey 1500 and red 110 twin Odyssey 1700. The twin 1700's are bit of a squeeze with all the other gubbins in.

As for prices we can beat the prices in the link Terra put up £225 for 1500 and £240 for a 1700

Yes I have flatten them and just charged them up. When comparing other batteries ensure you are comparing like with like,i.e. Amphr, CCA weight etc.


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PostSubject: Re: Calcium battery question   Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:24 am

4x4overlander wrote:
We run Odyssey batteries in all our Land Rovers. Have tried other makes but Odysseys rule! Disco 2 Odyssey 1500, black 110 twin Odyssey 1500 and red 110 twin Odyssey 1700. The twin 1700's are bit of a squeeze with all the other gubbins in.

As for prices we can beat the prices in the link Terra put up £225 for 1500 and £240 for a 1700

Yes I have flatten them and just charged them up. When comparing other batteries ensure you are comparing like with like,i.e. Amphr, CCA weight etc.


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I get by fine with the PC1230! and the Terry runs alot of equipment. Mind you the diesel model altenator is 120amp so I suppose that helps.

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