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will a battery short out if the wires touch aluminum?

Post by earl60446 » 29 Jun 2016, 18:55

About 25 years ago a guy I work with had a battery in his 14 ft boat fall over (no battery box) and short out against his 6 gal metal fuel tank. Burnt a hole in it, gas spilled, ignited. Him and his buddy both jumped out of boat and started swimming, his buddy almost drowned. No fire extinguisher either. Both could have been dead, pretty lucky and foolish.
Moral of the story.... do not play with batteries, lead acid or lithium, both are very unforgiving.
16ft 1989 Fisher SV-2 w 1988 48hp SPL Johnson "CIGAR BARGE"
(engine looks like a wreck but runs great)
Used to have 1972 14ft Lund w 1977 15hp Mariner
(engine looked great but always ran marginal)

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will a battery short out if the wires touch aluminum?

Post by sunshine » 30 Jun 2016, 08:22

While fishing one day, I hooked a decent bass and got excited, had to maneuver a bit and tossed my landing net towards the stern.

Landing net hoop happened to land perfectly against both battery terminals and the handle of the net was in my lap.

It got real hot, real quick and was not very pretty.

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