Posted by news on July 30, 2009, 4:41 pm
Since this is a sealed battery (AGM - think gel cell) you must replace
it with an equivalent battery - or plan to replace the control
board(s) damaged by acid leakage from a standard (wet cell) battery.
This is a common battery for many motorcycles (Honda, among others) so
check with local motorcycle shops as well.
Ballpark price for a generic replacement battery is about $0. If you
get a Yuasa, the price is more like $20.
Ebay has some for $0 but shipping would probably be $3-$5.
There is one Ebay listing for $0 with free shipping:
I bought some 12 volt 10ah batteries from "Triple I" last year, but
they don't seem to have anything listed on Ebay now. They had some of
the best prices available (with shipping factored in) and the
batteries been working fine for a year in the grandkids' battery
powered cars - in "drive until they stop" mode.
Posted by jack on July 30, 2009, 5:07 pm
the battery itself is under the front panel but sits on the bottom tray
under a cover.
thus, even if it leaked, it would only damage a metal plate with weep holes
under it, no other components are located under or next to it
Posted by Richard W. on July 30, 2009, 5:30 pm
Conventional batteries vent fumes when recharging and there have been lots
of electrical components destroyed from those fumes. If you are close to the
electrical or the cooling air from the engine blows the fumes toward the
electrical components, they will corrode quickly. In such situations use a
sealed battery or move the battery to another location. I know a guy who has
had to rewire and replace boards in generators because of this.
Posted by vaughn on July 30, 2009, 6:55 pm
I can top that! We had a UPS battery charger go wild in a brand new
equipment building that held an entire trunked radio system. It boiled the
batteries dry and filled the entire building up with corrosive gas. The fix
was simple: Simply replace every piece of equipment and every electrical
conductor in the entire building! Total cost, about a million dollars.
Fortunately, we hadn't taken delivery of the system yet, so it was all on
the contractor and their insurance company.
We vented the batteries after that.