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Boat Battery Exploded In My Face! not bike related! But you guys are #1 for answers!

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Wow, sure glad you are ok. What a sobering reminder of the dangers of batteries.

I spent 6 summers in my youth working for a boat dealer here in MN, and did hundreds of battery installs, charges, and removals. I remember many times causing sparks, crossing wrenches between terminals, etc and never giving it a second thought (teenage luck). Then once I had a battery issue with my car, can't remember exact scenario but had hood open, turned the key and KABOOM! Like you described - sounded like a cannon going off - thank god no one was standing there and I was in the car. Found parts of it 100 yards away, and emptied the houses for several blocks. I've been very wary around them from then on...

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It was dumb luck that I didn't burn or damage my face/body, given the acid involved and the rapidly shooting pieces flying off the battery. Eyes are still itchy and sore, but the drops are helping and I am having no trouble seeing.

Did you ever have anyone else at the boat dealership experience this problem?
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Glad you're ok...That put a shiver down my spine thinking of all the times I've hammered, wrenched, jury rigged wires of all descriptions (including coat hangers) to the batteries I've owned and no Ka Boom...Of course "dumb luck" is kinda my business model, being in construction and all...

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Give us some details. How old was the battery. Did you have it on a charger at the time. How often did you charge it over the life of the battery? Did you trickle charge it constantly or just when needed?

Glad you and your eyes are ok!
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Friend of mine has a 70' boat that caught fire because of an AGM battery 'cooking'.

This was a million dollar fire and there was a full forensic investigation that showed it was an over-charge situation.

But, don't think your battery is an AGM. I have never heard of a regular lead acid battery doing that-hope you were well compensated.

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I have never heard of a regular lead acid battery doing that-hope you were well compensated.
Unfortunately lead acid batteries exploding is fairly common.

Connecting jumper cables incorrectly is usually the main culprit of explosions.

When they are charging, they give off hydrogen and oxygen, all it takes is a spark. Sometimes static is enough.

I am very wary of batteries, I've see the damage they can do.

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bscott,

You're right. I made a stupid, stupid mistake. I had been up since 4:30 a.m. and it was 11:30 p.m when this happened (brain was a bit stupid at that point). The green light on the battery was on, indicating that it was charged, in my mind I said "okay, there is no electricity going to it, I can disconnect it". Stupid move. It must have still be trickle charging. Kaboom next, couldn't hear or see, jumped right in the shower, somehow avoided burns, blindness, etc.
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Glad you are okay with all intact. Hope you have a speedy recovery.


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You call that a battery?
This is a battery.
(look at the chair in the background for a sense of scale)

Not sure if I can even legally post these work pics, but what the hell.

Glad you're OK. I had a similar vision-scare with carb cleaner when I was a teenager.
I know the sickening feeling of "Oh **** was that really the last thing I'm ever going to see?"
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Haha this reminds me of the old "you call that a knife.... THIS is a knife" in the Australian accent. Shatrat, that was something I thought about while I was in the shower (as I had not opened my eyes until after I was in the shower for 30 + seconds).... did I just blind myself!? On the bright side, after hearing stories from you guys, friends, and family about people they know who have been blinded by such an event, I'm appreciating my sight a bit more than I used to.

Damn I haven't had the Versys out for almost 2 weeks! Camping, working, etc. I just put it over the 1000 km mark...service department in Camrose, Alberta told me it would be about $300 CDN, so I called a shop in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta...same thing.... I'm just going to change my oil myself.... I already changed it at 200 km and I highly, highly doubt they will actually do 2.5 hours of work on it and other than finding a bolt in my upper left cowl (could not find where it came from, looked over the whole front end), I haven't had any problems (front brakes squeak a bit just as I am coming to a complete stop, but a good wash should take care of that)...... $300 can buy a lot of Pilsner... or Old Milwaukee...
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Glad to hear you are OK.

My battery story really belongs to somebody else. I used to drive a Mini Minor panel van. The battery sits behind the driver's seat with a pressed cardboard cover. All sorts of stuff gets chucked in the back of such a van.

A friend had the same van with lots of flotsam in back. One day a can of WD40 rolled forward and dislodged the battery cover. Then it bridged the terminals. Imagine a whole can of that stuff with full starting current going through it. The car was suddenly a ball of flame as both WD40 and battery went up. My mate had long blond surfie hair and long blond viking beard. The hair saved his skin, but he was very quickly hairless down one side.

Some people get a lucky escape.

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