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Myth: Donít store your battery directory on concrete

Background:  When batteries grew in size and when they had to become more durable they moved out of glass jars into tarred wooden boxes.  Of course these batteries would eventually seep acid and leak.  The leaked acid could and did short between batteries and cells as the battery acid pooled underneath. Raising the battery from the floor stopped most electrical shorts.

Why the myth doesnít disappear:  Batteries self discharge over time so they will discharge over time.  Also, and just as important because many batteries are not fully charged before stored the sulfate coating the battery plates organizes into crystals insulating the battery plates from the sulfuric acid.  Two identical batteries, one on a shelf or board, the other on a concrete floor will have the same characteristics during storage

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