New battery came with no acid

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I just bought a new battery for my Demak 150 scooter today. It was off the shelf in a Philippine motorcycle shop.  It looks like a typical lead acid battery to me except the top is clear plastic and i  cant see any liquid in it.  The sales girl tried to tell me its a gel but i dont know because it only cost 1,000. Pesos or $20. USD. Instructions on the top said if its not starting well,  then add the proper liquid.  I dont know if i should fill it wiith acid or distilled water right away or just run it dry like it is and see what happens.  I might go to a battery shop and see what they say but as far as the bike shop said,  its ready to use. I never had a dry battery before,  what do you Guys think? 

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Is it charged?, have you tried cranking the bike with it?. If it is gel it should work out of the box.

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Yeh,  it had 12.5 volts in the store and i brought it home charged it for an hour with a solar charger and it went up to 14 volts while charging.  I put it in the scooter and it worked fine all day. 

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If you pull the caps off is there any indication of any fluid?

even if ya have to tip it to the side

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The top is totally clear so you can see inside.  Cant see any liquid in it even when you tip it.  It does have rubber caps all held down with a slide though,  so it can be filled. Its not really sealed. It says Japan on it but im pretty sure its Chinese. The last cheap battery i bought lasted 2-1/2 years so maybe it will be ok if i treat it right. The instructions are vague and in bad english though. 

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Gel batteries work great,,,I’ve run them,,,luv them all except the price,,,,here in the states that is

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It's probable a gel filled, you don't add any water or anything, just charge and run, my Harley had one and it lasted 11 years with a battery tender on it.

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Heres a couple pics of my new "mystery battery"  It still has 12.86 volts after a couple of days so i guess ill assume its gel and not fill it with anything.  I pulled 2 of the caps of to show the fill holes. 

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Heres a couple pics of my new "mystery battery"  It still has 12.86 volts after a couple of days so i guess ill assume its gel and not fill it with anything.  I pulled 2 of the caps of to show the fill holes. 

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Yep, that's a gel battery, I had that same brand on my Chinese dual sport.

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Thanks for all the input guys.  It had me fooled because it said add liquid if it stops working,  for longer life.  I wont worry about it anymore until it stops working. 

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It is a Gel and it is a pile of JUNK! I bought 2 of these on flea bay from "tmshelmet"

Both crapped out in 6 months

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Damn Man.  Maybe I should fill it with acid now and it will last longer,  I had to go to 5 bike shops to finally find one the right size so I bought it.  Maybe its just a FLA with a dry charge posing as a gel,  is what I was thinking. I guess you get what you pay for sometimes. 

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Mine lasted 1 and a half years on my dual sport, I sold that bike a month ago and it was still working fine, the bike was a daily commuter so it never sat idle for more than a couple of days, that might have something to do with it's duration.

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Battery storage at the store is another issue that can affect the lifespan of a battery, I read somewhere that 3 months is the maximum recommended time for storage, I believe I read it on a new battery I bought for my Land Rover.

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I found a little more info from retail sites.  Working life is 14 months and no need to ever add water,  so i guess ill just use it as is and hope it lasts over a year. 

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Never put Acid into a battery unless it comes dry charged and the acid is included. Acid develops a "specific" gravity. Acid over Acid is a recipe for bad results. Use distilled water.

 

Heres a couple pics of my new "mystery battery"  It still has 12.86 volts after a couple of days so i guess ill assume its gel and not fill it with anything.  I pulled 2 of the caps of to show the fill holes. 

IMG_20180110_010029424.jpg

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My gel filled battery lasted 12 years in my Harley, but I used a battery tender, if not it probable would have lasted about 3 years, on my quad the batter lasted 12 years , also on a battery tender, just add a pig tail from the battery and plug it in, works great

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