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04-20-2013 11:21 AM
aeventyr60
Re: Making Distilled Water?

Distilled battery water water is available in most automotive shops, even in Asia. I keep 4 liters on board. A top up every 3 months in 90 F weather is my schedule. We make 100 Amps + a day on solar and wind power. The trojans do and will use water, and more as the ambient temperature increases.
04-19-2013 09:46 PM
paradiselostparrot
Re: Making Distilled Water?

Are you going to the North Pole? People use batteries everywhere and as such there will be distilled water.
04-16-2013 05:06 PM
msmith10
Re: Making Distilled Water?

It's a shame to give up so easily. I was going to suggest a fuel cell. Carry the apparatus, a tank of Oxygen and another of Hydrogen, and you get pure water with electricity as a by-product.
Please don't flame me, I'm only kidding.
04-16-2013 04:39 PM
pdqaltair
Re: Making Distilled Water?

Dehumidifier, even a very small one? This one can run on 110v or 12v and will produce all you need overnight. But mold is the reason.

Sail Delmarva: Dehumidifier vs Desicant
04-16-2013 01:10 PM
jimgo
Re: Making Distilled Water?

I think the OP came to similar conclusions, based on his post (#15) above.
04-16-2013 12:50 PM
celenoglu
Re: Making Distilled Water?

In my opinion, it is much easier to store ready distilled water instead of manufacturing it. If you really want to distill your own water, use sea water.
04-16-2013 12:40 PM
ebs001
Re: Making Distilled Water?

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Originally Posted by rockDAWG View Post
Really? Call up your local friendly state university and ask for the analytic chemistry department.
Really? I have a meter which reads the selenity of my RO water and get readings of around 200PPM. RO water from the marinas I have been to usually produce readings in the 600PPM range. The meter is actually reading conductivity/resistance. Distilled water should read zero and is used to wash electrical transmission poles where the lines have voltages of 29,000 volts.

I really fail to see why the OP has a problem. A one gallon jug should last him long enough to get from one port to another and distilled water is readily available. A one gallon container takes up less space than a still or sixteen 8 ounce containers.
04-16-2013 12:29 PM
chef2sail
Re: Making Distilled Water?

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Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
I'm not saying try it but - the pressure pot filled with a good corn mash and the same condensing tubes...
Got no corn? Fruit, potato, etc.

I don't know what you are thinking, but alcohol is a dang fine solvent and cleaner.
Sounds like an Appalachia hillbilly still.
04-16-2013 10:43 AM
svHyLyte
Re: Making Distilled Water?

After pondering the matter I have decided the distillation business is rather too much brain damage and decided on another course. Last evening I poured out a gallon of distilled water in four ounce measures into plastic single serving containers that are now in the freezer. This evening I shall enclose each resulting ice-cube in a vacuum bag with our FoodSaver. The bags themselves are quite sturdy and will lend themselves to being stashed in old socks in the battery boxes for use when necessary. These, coupled with a gallon jug that we keep under the sink in our aft lavatory should be adequate for 6 - 12 months even in the outermost out islands. (Never the less, I shall obtain a "Solar Still" as suggested, just for the exercise, eh?)

FWIW...
04-15-2013 09:35 PM
hellosailor
Re: Making Distilled Water?

HyLyte, I'd just spend $2/gallon and buy some deionized water gallons at the supermarket. Find a place to stash 'em and be done with it.

The traditional material for steam condensation coils is copper tubing, and you can buy rolls of thin-wall small diamter tubing at the hardware store, used for refrigerator or watermaker hookups. Copper has a natural anti-bacterial quality that plastics and stianless don't have, you don't want funk growing in the tubing.

Or, you buy a small "solar still", put a pint or two in it, and let it distill quietly in the sunlight while you are cruising. Low output, but readymade, no stove needed, it should be enough for your batteries and you can also grab it if you need to abandon ship.

I'd still opt for a couple of gallons from the supermart and take the easy way out. Water tanks leak, plumbing leaks, having a couple of gallon jugs of extra water shouldn't be a stopper.
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