Drained battery, oxydation on the (+), symptoms of what?

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  1. Grolar

    Grolar

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    So my 80 sat for a while since my last summer trip and as I wanted to start it over again I got no juice.
    Since the battery was old anyway, I decided to replace it, same specs and all, and everything went fine, cranked and started all right.
    Rig sat again for weeks (two months tops) before I needed it and now the new battery is dead as well. I'm fairly sure that I didn't let anything on inside, such as dome lights. The only thing on is an alarm LED.
    The interesting thing I noticed is the heavy white oxydation on the (+) side of the brand new battery, which makes me wondering if there isn't some kind of shortcircuit somewhere, or a faulty ground? Did anybody here experience that funky thing? Is that even a symptom? Any input appreciated.
    Thanks and :cheers:
     
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    You definitely have a draw somewhere. I would start with using a Combo meter and start pulling fuses to see if that exposes the culprit. The LED on the alarm WILL eventually kill a battery tho.
     
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    Try cleaning off both battery terminals to see if it won't start due to a bad connections. Or did you use a meter on the battery posts and know that in fact it is dead?
     
  4. Grolar

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    Like, in 8 weeks? With a brand new battery?

    Gotcha. Checked already. Anyway, battery is now charging in the shop and rig will be there as well soon.
     
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    The alarm can easily drain the battery in 2 months. I would disconnect if leaving it that long.

    BTW: Love your sig - just saw the movie for the first time the other day.
     
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    Oh totally.

    Just to give you an idea. If I still had my regular dome lights it would take ~20 hours to kill the battery. Now that I have George's LEDs it would take the same light about a week to kill the battery. Give or take a day. Now take a low draw blinking LED and 2 months? Sure it'll drain it.
     
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    Lesson learned. Thanks guys. And thanks for the BTW. A very subversive movie for the times. ;)
     
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