Oh dear! What’s With the Battery?…

12 Mar

If you hadn’t already guessed, the title of this post is to be sung to the tune of “Oh dear, what can the matter be?”

In my last post of last year I said that one of the things on our to do list was to get Old Red’s battery out and get it charged. An easy job you might assume? Well, not as it turned out…

Had it been left to me (Mrs Procrastination Pants) it would never have gotten done, but my husband is a “can do, will do” kind of man. The kind of man, in fact, who will think of a job that needs doing and actually get up and do it. My usual stance on things it to think of them, feel too lazy to do anything about them and decide to do them tomorrow. Maybe. Or possibly some day after that. If I can be bothered.

Last summer we needed to use Red as a spare bedroom, but he was facing down-hill, meaning that our friends either faced a difficult climb into bed or sleeping with all the blood rushing to their heads. As such, we needed to turn the van round. Being the “can do, etc etc” man that he is, Luke realised this, found a socket set, removed Red’s battery, and stuck it on the battery charger in the twinkling of an eye.

Many people will tell you that it’s impossible to reverse the polarity of a battery. They’ll tell you that it’s a myth. Well, I can tell you right now that those people are wrong.

Red’s battery had gone beyond flat. It was dead. As dead as dead can be. Flat as a pancake that’s been run over by a steam roller. As it turns out, when there is ZERO charge in a battery you can INDEED reverse the polarity of it if you put the leads on the terminals the wrong way round. This RUINS the battery by the way. Read more about it here.

Now, it must be noted that I am in NO WAY blaming my Mister for this. After all, had it been left to me the battery would still be in place – completely dead – and the van would still be pointing down-hill.

As it is, we had to bump-start the old boy (not an easy task…pushing was required) to get him moved, and now we need a new battery, but it’s not actually all that bad really is it. Plus we’ve learnt that the myth of reversing the polarity of a battery is not a myth at all! It’s just a shame we had to learn the hard way…


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