John Bedini demonstrates how to make an Alum Battery,
using Alum as the electrolyte instead of Sulfuric Acid.
He takes a useless 12v Lead Acid Car Battery and converts it to an Alum Battery.
The sulfated lead plates clean themselves, and the battery restores itself,
using Alum as the electrolyte, instead of Sulfuric Acid.
The advantages of the alum battery are many:
The battery fluid is non corrosive
The battery gas is not explosive
The battery can be discharged more deeply
The battery can be charged much faster
The battery will last longer
There is no corrosion of the terminals
It is extremely cheap
More power in cold weather
1.75 times the storage capacity as a Lead Acid Battery
No memory effect for charging and discharging
Make sure none on the battery cells are shorted.
Empty the Acid from the Battery.
Refill with water and Baking Soda; 1/4 cup Baking Soda & 2
quarts water (tap water will work)
You do this to get rid of the acid and clean out the internal parts
of the battery. Let it soak 30 minutes or more.
Empty the water and do the cleaning process again. Do this until
the water comes out clear instead of gray. You want the inside
clean, for best results.
Empty and Refill with Distilled Water. Do this a few times. You
are making sure the insides are clean and free of deposits.
Now you are ready to add the Alum. Mix 1/4 cup of Alum powder
with about a liter of Distilled water. Fill the battery; make
certain the cells plates are completely covered with liquid. Another
formula uses 4oz Alum to 40oz of Water (1/10 ratio).
Now charge the battery at a low rate , 2 to 5 amps, for a few
minutes, then make sure it is taking the charge. The voltage should
start increasing. Continue charging. This new alkaline battery can
be discharged and charged like a Deep Cycle Battery. John Bedini has
discharged his to only 1/2 a volt left in the battery. My charger
works at 300 MA, 5 amps, and 8 amps.
Read responses that many experimenters
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Lead Acid Conversion to Alum
How Car Batteries Work
Aluminum sulfate hydrate: Al2(SO4)314H2O
C.A.S. 10043-01-3 (Aluminum sulfate)
pH of 1% Solution (approx.) 3.5
Bulk Density (Ground), lbs./cu. ft. 63 - 71
(Powdered), lbs./cu. ft. 38 - 45
Dry Alum Assay as Al2(SO4)314H2O, % >99
Aluminum Assay as Al2O3, % 17.0 (min)
Alkalis and Alkaline Earths, % 0.22 (max)
Ammonium Salts Passes Test
Fluoride (F), % <0.0009
Lead (Pb), ppm <0.5
Selenium (Se), % <0.00005