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By gameboy
#28645
posted by: v8280z
91 Posts
Posted - 09/08/2009 : 20:40:20
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I recently read about a little device called a desulfator that breaks up the sulfur crystals that accumulate inside a lead acid battery allowing batteries that will not recharge to be usable again. I looked on eBay and found there were a few for sale. I figured if this worked as well as described, there would be hundreds of these for sale as everyone would want one. Has anyone used these with positive results?
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By gameboy
#28646
posted by: Fortis
1154 Posts
Posted - 09/08/2009 : 22:31:37
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It has been discussed here frequently. I will not say you should use the search function, but it is an option.

:)

The short of it is that in my experience the desulphaters are proportionaly effective to the amp hours of the battery. So if you have a battery bank that is 200amp hours, you will get good benefit from the desulphater giving some new life to the batteries, if you have a 12amp hour battery (such as most of these vehicles do) then you will get very little worthwhile benfit form it. This is in addition to the fact that desulphaters fix ONE and only one problem that can develop with batteries. It will not solve physical damage to plates and plastic devider/matrix or terminals, it will not cure calcification (sulphation's opposite side of the coin) nor will it fix a battery that has been so overcharged that it has vented and thus has lessened liquid content.

Realistically, good battery practices and a decent smart charger will see a hard-used batt last around 2-3 years, for most of us this means that the child may well outgrow the vehicle by that time and be on to 50cc quads and go carts. At worst it means you get to spend that $30-40 TWICE in your child's growth through these toys...As opposed to $120 or thereabouts for where the decent desulphators start (Do not be fooled into buying one of the card-driven ones designed for rehabing solid-state batteries. it will do nothing at all when hooked to a lead/acid batt).
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By domeyjj
#33822
After multiple conversations (emails, phone calls, he said / she said) with Schumacher, here is a bit of information, regarding the SC-600A model charger, that folks might find helpful.

From: "Boubker Elhoumaidi" <elhoumaidib@SchumacherElectric.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 11:18 AM
Subject: RE: SC-600A - Sulfation

I am very sorry for the confusion regarding the desulfation mode on the SC600A charger. All units made after 2008 have the desulfation mode.
SWC1052 indicate this unit was made in the 52 week of 2010, this unit should have the desulfation mode.
If you have SWC07 or SWC06 then the will not do the desulfation.

Thank you

So check the serial "stamps" on your SC-600A chargers:
if it starts with SW07 or SW06, they do not have the desulfation mode,
if it starts with SW08, SW09, SW10, etc... the have the desulfation mode.

Hope that helps.
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