Join Date: May 2002
Thanked 24 Times in 22 Posts
Rep Power: 16
I wound up inadvertently completely draining the battery on my boat a couple of weeks ago, so I took it home to charge. After charging the battery, I put the thing in the back of my car to reinstall the next time I was aboard. Turns out that "next time" was yesterday after work.
Anyway, I get to marina, roll up the hatchback privacy screen, and there is the battery, toppled over on its side in a pool of liquid. The liquid has clearly dissolved the carpet of the cargo mat, and has soaked a sweatshirt and an umbrella. My canvas boat bag is at the edge of this pool, as is the carryall I use to hold my "boat clothes". Ick, ick, ick.
Make a long story at least a little shorter, the battery acid had not dissolved the bottom of the cargo mat, so the car was fine. The sweatshirt and golf umbrella went in the dumpster immediately. I tried to save the cargo mat, but it was too far gone, so away that went too. I took the boat bag home and tried to wash it (twice), but it looks like a goner too. I thought the carryall had escaped unscathed, but upon closer look at home, it apparently got enough acid to make it goey on the inside, so off to the garbage.
After filling the battery with more distilled water, she charged right up again (gotta love the deep cycle).
Lesson learned: do not spill battery acid. Ick. You're welcome.