Re: can I put regular drinking water in a battery or is distilled a must? (piggydog)
You can put old coffee if you wish, but seriously, can you not afford distilled water? You can get it at any grocery store for cheap.
The reason why distilled water should be used is because it is pure. Tap water contains chemicals and minerals which contaminate the battery, and alter the chemical composition of the electrolyte. This shortens the life span of your battery.
Re: can I put regular drinking water in a battery or is distilled a must? (hot_97_lude)
Originally Posted by hot_97_lude
just boil some water to make it distilled. just let it cool down b4 u use it....
Distilling water is more complicated than just boiling it.
If it stays in the same container, those contaminants just get back into the water. You need to collect the steam and move it to a clean container.
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Ok, to answer some of questions and complete errors in this thread.
First, boiling water will sanitize it, however all your electrolites in the tap water including any metalic ions from either the pan or your pipes, floride, chlorine, ect will remain and it higher concentrations.
Distilled water is "made" by normal water is heated in a closed container and the top of the container is cooled. As the water evaporates (and only the water evaporates) rises, then it condensates on the cold top. Then this is collected. If you have a distillerly for making some home brew could be used for this, but it is only a dollar a gallon at the store.
The electrolye will evaporte, however as the battery strength goes down, it evaporates much faster. If it gets to the point where its dry, your going to need a new battery pretty soon and adding DISTILLED water is just a quick fix.
As I noted above, tap water has several electrolytes. When you add salts or ions into an acidic solution, it will change the acidity level, and chances are it will nuetralize it.
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