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SleeplessEyes
post Mar 3 2015, 05:30 PM

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Surprisingly, when you all assume Maintenance Free battery doesn't require filling up water. I've tried once opening the caps by removing the sticker of a maintenance free battery. Caps are hidden underneath the sticker.

I actually just changed my car battery last year, to INCOE brand, non-maintenance free (cause I dont believe in this MF battery thing), and during it's lifespan until today, I think I've only filled up once and only once so far. After that last fill, Water level so far still okay until today. Doesn't go down to below LOW level.

Few times I left my car for 1 week (go overseas) and after I come back, it still starts at 1 crank only. (And the starter cranking sound, sounded like I just started my car yesterday) . And once I started the car, even with small lights turned on (just to see the gauge)
Only thing I remember is when I am going overseas, I just manually lock my car (in the car porch) ; i don't turn on the alarm, cause I believe that small flashing LED alarm which flashes every 1-2 seconds X 60 mins X 24hours X 7 days , will slowly drain the battery power.

BTW, INCOE brand is quite a good brand and cheap brand, although imported/made in Indonesia
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post Mar 26 2015, 10:08 PM

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Then
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Brand : Panasonic
Model : MF, 9plate, 4star rating ( with silver alloy coating for extended battery life by increase heat endurance & control electrolyte vapourisation from gas generated.
Size : NS40L
Waranty : 1 year
Born : 27.11.2013
Dead : 26.03.2015
Duration : 1 year + 4 months
Damage : RM220

i am dissapointed with the performance, and the cost is 57.14% higher than normal battery, will never use MF battery again. mad.gif mad.gif mad.gif


Now
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Brand : INCOE
Model : NMF ( non- maintenance free ) normal battery but 9plate, not 7 brows.gif
Size : NS40L
Waranty : 1 year
Born : 26.03.2015
Dead : TBC
Duration : TBC
Damage : RM140

im more than happy to use INCOE NMF battery, cheap & reliable thumbup.gif

This post has been edited by darkdevilrey: Mar 26 2015, 10:10 PM
dadurtyz
post Mar 26 2015, 11:03 PM

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Im using incoe maintenance free, already 1 year and 2 month, so far so good
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post Mar 27 2015, 02:08 AM

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QUOTE(SleeplessEyes @ Mar 3 2015, 05:30 PM)
Surprisingly, when you all assume Maintenance Free battery doesn't require filling up water. I've tried once opening the caps by removing the sticker of a maintenance free battery. Caps are hidden underneath the sticker.

I actually just changed my car battery last year, to INCOE brand, non-maintenance free (cause I dont believe in this MF battery thing), and during it's lifespan until today, I think I've only filled up once and only once so far. After that last fill, Water level so far still okay until today. Doesn't go down to below LOW level.

Few times I left my car for 1 week (go overseas) and after I come back, it still starts at 1 crank only. (And the starter cranking sound, sounded like I just started my car yesterday) . And once I started the car, even with small lights turned on (just to see the gauge)
Only thing I remember is when I am going overseas, I just manually lock my car (in the car porch) ; i don't turn on the alarm, cause I believe that small flashing LED alarm which flashes every 1-2 seconds X 60 mins X 24hours X 7 days , will slowly drain the battery power.

BTW, INCOE brand is quite a good brand and cheap brand, although imported/made in Indonesia
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yes, maintenance free battery is still a lead acid battery, just design to be more robust, and with additional chemical into the electrolyte (calcium, cadmium or strontium) which will reduce water loss significantly.

It is not recommended to top up your "maintenance free battery" with ordinary battery water as it may offset the chemical properties cause damage to your battery and car.
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post Mar 27 2015, 11:06 AM

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any batteries c/w 13 plates...
nujikabane
post Mar 29 2015, 04:11 PM

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No0b Ques;
if forgot to fill batt water in d batt, until it drains completely.

Is d battery gone case?
or will it still work if i put the batt water again?
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post Mar 30 2015, 08:34 AM

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QUOTE(nujikabane @ Mar 29 2015, 05:11 PM)
No0b Ques;
if forgot to fill batt water in d batt, until it drains completely.

Is d battery gone case?
or will it still work if i put the batt water again?
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RIP battery.
water level should not be below low level.
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post Mar 30 2015, 10:27 AM

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QUOTE(nujikabane @ Mar 29 2015, 04:11 PM)
No0b Ques;
if forgot to fill batt water in d batt, until it drains completely.

Is d battery gone case?
or will it still work if i put the batt water again?
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QUOTE(iskazulka @ Mar 30 2015, 08:34 AM)
RIP battery.
water level should not be below low level.
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So not even re-filling the water, and have it re-charged will do the trick ?
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QUOTE(nujikabane @ Mar 30 2015, 11:27 AM)
So not even re-filling the water, and have it re-charged will do the trick ?
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battery already dead. nothing can do.
edit : should refilling the water first. IF u lucky, u can start ur car, the battery can be used. then u should recharge the battery by driving around without aircond switched on. but, by using battery until water drains completely will shorten the battery life.
p/s : only refill when car not being used. preferable early morning before start the car.
as i recall this case on my SIL kancil, using non MF battery with very low water level (if u not mistaken)
moral of the story, don't let water level low.
edit : if low level water, if not mistaken, got 50-50 chance. if completely dry, can say sayonara.

if u study chemistry in school about electrolyte, can understand answer.
my explanation above based on my experiences & knowledge gathered together.

This post has been edited by iskazulka: Mar 30 2015, 10:55 AM
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post Sep 29 2015, 11:47 AM

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Bosch S5 is a good car battery but cannot find anymore in malaysia
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post Oct 1 2015, 09:26 AM

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How about hitachi brand? ...my town currently got alot workshop sell hitachi
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post Oct 1 2015, 09:38 AM

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QUOTE(nujikabane @ Mar 30 2015, 11:27 AM)
So not even re-filling the water, and have it re-charged will do the trick ?
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I do refill and recharge my bad battery, most of the time it work again....the trick is to slow charge the battery, before that u need to completely empty the battery water inside let it dry and refill again with suphuric acid mix with old acid.... slow charge it till it reach 14.5v.
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post Oct 1 2015, 09:44 AM

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use rocket korean brand.
size 60.. last time 200+
last me 3year plus then its stolen . LoL

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post Oct 1 2015, 04:23 PM

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Im using Bosch ...so far so good ... just changed 3 times in my 7 years old 4x4
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post Oct 1 2015, 04:37 PM

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Vios 2011 NS60L, original GS battery 11/2011 - 06/2014, Yuasa wet type 06/2014 - 09/2015. Shop claimed one of the plate connection broken. (still can start, but left for two day will not start). Change to AtlasBX MF for RM200.00 (claimed by shop has more plate than bosch MF)

Other brand ask for price
NS60L - Century/Motolite MF less than RM200
NS60L - Bosch MF all also RM200
NS60L - Amaron Hi-Life MF RM300

p.s. 9/2015 - 10/6/2017 AtlasBX MF 21 (Months usage/mileage about 40k km imnm)
now change to Wet type Fujimatic RM150

This post has been edited by Eng_Tat: Dec 9 2017, 01:05 PM
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post Oct 7 2015, 09:49 PM

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QUOTE(makky @ Oct 1 2015, 09:38 AM)
I do refill and recharge my bad battery, most of the time it work again....the trick is to slow charge the battery, before that u need to completely empty the battery water inside let it dry and refill again with suphuric acid mix with old acid.... slow charge it till it reach 14.5v.
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I wonder where to obtain the sulfuric acid? hmm.gif
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post Oct 8 2015, 08:59 AM

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QUOTE(Bubble Ring @ Oct 7 2015, 10:49 PM)
I wonder where to obtain the sulfuric acid? hmm.gif
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I get mine from workshop...5 litre cost me rm20....use almost 3 yr already...top up abit abit2...
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post Oct 8 2015, 09:28 AM

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For me I don't have any specific brands, currently using AtlasBX MF as well, paid RM220 months ago. So far so good smile.gif

Hopefully it can last 2 years XD
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post Apr 19 2016, 10:36 PM

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Good to have a battery tester.



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post May 31 2016, 09:47 AM

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where can i buy panasonic car battery? thanks

note: just found the main dealer is May Showa - 1-300-88-5536

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