Please understand i am not an expert on these things but just trying to help.
You know better than I. I don't know not how to do conventional charging or
experience with normal / acid batteries.
I cannot comment on alkaline conversions as i haven't tried that yet.
This was probably my 1st mistake. I don't know anything about "normal" and
I'm doing alum .. I know not the ph of my solution. I thought what I put
into the battery was month old alum solution.
The sludge in a battery is from the plates and battery capacity is a function of surface area of the plates. I believe, but could be wrong, that at least one of the plates becomes spongy and porous. if that is the case then loss of material is going to cause loss of capacity. The increased capacity effect of our charging method is because of the grain structure formed which I believe effects the other plate, I could be wrong here. I am just giving my interpretation of what John Bedini said in one of his video's. I do have a copy of the Battery Bible but like you I haven't read it all yet.
Searching the B.Bible: 52 spongy and 20 porous
Lots of B.Bible information requires eye-ball and hands-on inspection of a disassembled battery.
B.Bible: "Active Material. The active portion of the battery plates; peroxide of lead on the positives
and spongy metallic lead on the negatives."
B.Bible: "If the spongy lead of the negatives is firm, they may be reassembled in the battery as soon as they have been pressed. If, however, the spongy lead is soft and mushy, keep the negatives covered with water for 12 to 24 hours. This will make them hard and firm.
Then remove them from the water and dry them in the air. In drying, the plates will
become heated and will steam. As soon as you notice any steaming, dip the plates in water until
they are cool. Then remove them from the water and continue the drying process. Each time the
negatives begin to steam as they dry in the air, dip them in the water until they are cool.Soft spongy bad, firm spongy good.... hmmm.
This is labor intensive stuff!!
Did you read the voltage of the cells while charging? this would explain the voltage jumping around. I always do it with a rested battery.
No, the readings were at rest. .. I'm getting ready to cut this puppy open.
I grow tired of these mysteries.
I collect the water dripping from my aircon, i know its not perfect but I'm too lazy to distill the water my self.
That's perfect, well dang good enough and a good Tip. My brother has 5 gallon buckets
of AC "drip" water, come to think about, it at his shop.
Yep, IRON is a bad thing for Batts. !!
Looking for a slower discharge rate I tried a wall clock which requires a single AA battery.
Yes, I know I should not have done it. BUT
The Car Batt was at 9.40 v and the clock was
at first running backwards and that seem very strange. I connected it on/off a few
times, double checked the -/+ .. I thought about it for a while.
I thought, I don't care if it runs backwards. I want a slower discharge rate.
It ran forwards, then backwards then forward and backward and danced a jig
and even oscillated now and then.
All this is at a very fast clip.. about 8 seconds to rotate one minute around.
This is kinda cool
... a randomized movement ?!!?
I just now looked at it and it's running just backwards and the reading is 8.84 volts.
I'll let that discharge for awhile. There are more questions than answers about this
battery. I do have to determine what the PH is before I do surgery.
I know the SG is non-existent, thus ? low amps ?
I'm going to see what I can find about cutting it open and disassembling it.
A single cell would be easier to mess around with using different solutions on.
Knowing the SG of a solution before putting it into the battery has to be a known
to make a correlation between "normal" solution SG and "non-normal" solution SG.
For starting out with an old battery PH is a factor. I checked my "next" battery and
it seems the PH is about the same as WATER!!? Tried baking soda, Zip. Tried turmeric, Zip.
The old battery solution had no reaction with either.
The all-in-one freeware for pH and acid-base equilibrium calculations and for simulation and analysis of Potentiometric Titration Curves http://www2.iq.usp.br/docente/gutz/Curtipot_.html
I tried connecting that "PH like water" battery to the relay circuit and the neon remained lit.
Would one then be able to say, this battery has a shorted cell without having to meter each cell?