When is the best time to fill my batteries?
The best time to water is after the battery has been fully charged. Since many people equalize the battery once a week and watering needs to occur once a week, it is common to water after the equalized charge.
How do I know when my battery needs water?
Many people set up battery watering on a schedule. However, to save time and money, we recommend our Eagle Eye suite of Level Sensors or Advanced Battery Steward Tracker. With Eagle Eye Level Sensors, indictor lights (either red/green, or bright green/no light) will tell you if your battery needs water. The Advanced Battery Steward Tracker also has the red and green light, but it monitors, sends and records the tracking data, which you can access via your phone or the internet. Both the Eagle Eye Level Sensors and Advanced Battery Steward take the guesswork out of when to water your batteries, saving time and money.
How often should I fill my batteries?
Watering intervals are dependent on the climate, charging methods, application, and age of batteries. Generally, in heavy use applications, batteries need to be watered once a week; in light applications, the batteries may only need water once a month. A Flow-Rite Eagle Eye Elite or Eagle Eye Essential Level Sensor is a great way to help you determine if it is time to water your batteries. If the battery has completed its charge cycle and the Eagle Eye Elite indicator light is red, the battery needs water; if the light is green, there is no need to water yet. If using an Eagle Eye Essential IV Level Sensor, a green light indicates the battery does not need water, when the light is off, it is time to water the batteries.
Can I leave the water supply connected to my batteries at all times?
No. After a watering cycle is completed the water supply should be disconnected from the valves. The system is designed to drain the water that is left in the tubing. If a water supply is not disconnected, the system will not be able to drain the tubing and reset properly.
What temperatures range will a Flow-Rite valve work in?
Flow-Rite has designed our systems to work in all applications. Our watering systems are designed to work in a freezer in Juno, Alaska and glass factories in San Antonio, Texas and everywhere in between. This means you can water your batteries anywhere between above freezing (32º) to 150º Fahrenheit and from 1º – 65.5º Celsius.
What is so special about your tubing? What is unique about your tubing?
First, our tubing does not use clamp rings which makes installation fast and easy. Simply cut the tubing and slide it on to the swivel tee barb. A clamp ring is not needed to hold it in place. This means no extra tools and no leaks.
Second, our tubing does not contain plasticizers which are the component in clear tubing that make it flexible. A problem arises in battery environments when the plasticizers leak out of clear tubing which causes the tubing to turn yellow while also making it brittle and leaky. Clear tubing cannot last as long as a battery. Flow-Rite’s tubing will last longer than the battery without any degradation.
What is a flame arrested valve and when/why would I need one?
Our standard Millennium flame-arrested valve includes both an internal and external flame arrestor. The external flame arrestor is designed to protect against an outside spark from entering the cell via the watering system and has been tested to SAE J1495. The internal flame arrestor is designed to prevent a spark from inside the battery from igniting other cells via the watering system.
Does your system work in fast charge applications?
Yes, Flow-Rite is the premier supplier of watering systems to the fast charge industry. Its debris-resistant design coupled with high-grade, reinforced materials make it ideal for environments where fast charge applications require a high-performance valve.
Which valve do you recommend for opportunity charging?
We recommend the Maverick valve for opportunity charging. As battery cells break down due to overheating, they often produce particulates that clog conventional valves. The Maverick Valve is engineered to function seamlessly no matter the viscosity of the internal fluid.
Check our compatibility chart for further details.
Please contact customer support for batteries containing element protectors.
Can an aerator pump be screwed into the back of your control valve?
With exception to the V1 valve, our V2 – V4 valves all have a ¾ inch NPT thread that will allow an aerator pump to screw into the back. The V5 is threaded to accept an adapter.
How do I know which valve I have?
The color of the control arm and the valve model number should be laser etched in the top of the valve. Reference the control arm chart if needed.
Please note: If your control arm is yellow, a repair kit has been installed.
When should I use a PEF flapper?
If your livewell overflow (Deep V, Bay Boats) is 8 to 12 inches above the waterline a PEF Flapper is needed. This flapper helps reduce the amount of pressure on the drain line flow coming back into the livewell control valve.
Should the actuator label and valve functions match?
Yes. This will eliminate the “guessing” of the correct valve position.
What is the difference between front and rear cable approach?
Front approach cable approaches the valve from the livewell (console) side. The rear approach cable approaches the valve from the transom side and loops to the rear of the valve.
What type of pump do I need to purchase?
It depends on application, if you are looking for aerator pump or bilge pump. If you need an aerator pump, we recommend a 750- 800 GPH centrifugal pump. If you need a bilge pump, we recommend 500GPH or above.
Can my components be used in salt water?
Yes, they can be used in salt water.
Do I have to use marine sealant on my thru-hulls?
We would highly recommend using Elastomeric Marine Sealant on thru-hulls. Use a thin film on the thru-hull flange surface and the tightening nut surface.
Do you have anything to help me build my livewells?
You can reference the livewell builder off our website.
What’s the difference between Qwik-Lok and barbed valves and fittings?
The Qwik-Lok male fitting has an O-Ring that works with our Qwik-Lok socket and slides on. The barbed fitting is connected by sliding the hose over the barbed fitting and secure with a hose clamp, no Qwik-Lok socket needed.