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Cooling Shell Battery Water for Watercooling?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Vidur, 7 Apr 2004.

  1. Vidur

    Vidur What's a Dremel?

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    Hi,

    I am struggling to find Distilled Water for my watercooling setup. I come across some Shell Battery Water and was wondering if it is the rite stuff.
    It says on the back of the container 'CONTAINS: Pure demineralised water with no additives.'

    Can anyone please tell me if this is the rite stuff i can use OR a place in the UK where i can get distilled water?

    Thanks
     
  2. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    TESCO sold it last time I remember...
     
  3. jetsetjimbo

    jetsetjimbo Up-up and away

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    Pretty much all the supermarkets sell it - you'll find it with the washing / ironing supplies (people use it in irons...)
     
  4. Hamish

    Hamish What's a Dremel?

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    halfords sell it too :)
    but it just use tapwater anyway :D
     
  5. jetsetjimbo

    jetsetjimbo Up-up and away

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  6. Hamish

    Hamish What's a Dremel?

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    i've been using the same tapwater for ~6 months now, 10% screenwash additive stuff, and no nastys
    before that i was using de-ionised with water wetter for about 2 months and it got bogeys
     
  7. jetsetjimbo

    jetsetjimbo Up-up and away

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    Madness... Strainght from the tap? Are you using coolant additive for the rad or screen wash anti-freeze?
     
  8. Hamish

    Hamish What's a Dremel?

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    straight from the bath tap :D
    basically i moved to using a huge res and so buying de-ionised water for it would have been impractical
    im using screenwash additive from halfords, comes in a big 5L bottle :D
    added about a litre of that to 10l (roughly) of tapwater
    gives it a nice blooo colour too :D
     
  9. Vidur

    Vidur What's a Dremel?

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    Hi,

    I think im best off using distilled water as im new to watercooling and dont want any problems.

    Can any one tell me if the shell water is the rite thing? Or i think i will go to tesco's to get some distilled water from there.

    thanks
     
  10. ndtinker

    ndtinker Car Washoholic

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    I would think battery water would be the best, or so I had always been told.
     
  11. mclean007

    mclean007 Officious Bystander

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    Why is that impractical? 10l of deionised water wouldn't have cost much - couple of quid maybe?
     
  12. Monster63385

    Monster63385 What's a Dremel?

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    I say go for the batter water, especially if its cheaper, since you are supposed to put distilled water in a battery when you fill it.
     
  13. mcmad

    mcmad What's a Dremel?

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    tap water is fine as long as you have only copper/brass in your system, you will not get galvanic corrosion (look at the plumbing in your house & see what its made of).

    However, you do need to kill the bugs & antifreeze will do that nicely.
     
  14. mclean007

    mclean007 Officious Bystander

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    The plumbing in my house is made of copper, but it's not all shiny and pretty on the inside like a WB. It's tarnished and skanky, which would make your WB look cack and underperform. And heaven help you if you have hard water. You really don't want limescale in your £200+ WC setup do you?
     
  15. mcmad

    mcmad What's a Dremel?

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    you only get limscale problems if you keep adding new water m8, in a closed loop system there is not enough impuriites in tap water to cause any problems.

    As for slimey pipes, maybe in your central heating systems (due to reaction with radiator metal), but definately not in your the rest of the plumbing which is copper & brass.

    Glygol is enough to kill bugs in tap water which means its fine to use in copper & brass water cooling systems (repeat again, not a system with Alu in it).

    Ive got a couple of water cooling rigs here, been running for over a year, one with distilled water (because it has a res with Alu), one with tap water (copper & brass) & the blocks are as clean as each other.

    Also, I really hope its distilled water you mean & not DI water, DI water will end up working like a solvent.

    if you are nervous about it, use distilled water & antifreeze, will have no problems with that. Dont use water wetter, it coats surfaces.
     
  16. Vidur

    Vidur What's a Dremel?

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    Hi,

    I Used the Shell Battery Water as many of you said it would be OK. I also used Water Wetter as the antifreeze so i think thats OK to.
    I tested the watercooling loop out yesterday for leaks and it had NO leaks so hopefully today i will finish puting everthing back together.

    Thanks for all your help
     
  17. mclean007

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    Distilled water is equally capable of dissolving ions. It is perhaps better to use distilled than DI since DI can still have non-ionic impurities.
     
  18. Vidur

    Vidur What's a Dremel?

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    The WaterCooled WaveMaster

    Ok finally finshed the case all up and running, heres a couple of shots.. Thanks to all those that provided helpful info! :thumb:

    Spec:

    CPU: Intel P4 3.06Ghz
    Motherboard: Asus P4T533 Hyperthreading enabled
    Memory: Samsung major PC1066 42 bit Rambus 512(x2) RAM
    Storage: 240Gig (120(x2)) RAID Array Setup
    Media: Sony DRU 500A
    Networking: Linksys Wireless 802.11g
    Power: Antec 550w Fully Sleeved PSU

    Cooling: Watercooled

    Waterblock: InnovaCOOL Rev4 (Blue)
    Radiator: Innovatek Single Fan 120mm Radiator
    Reservoir: Tank-o-Matic (Blue) External
    Fans: x3 Antec 80mm Blue LED, x1 120mm Antec Blue LED-All controlled by the Rheobus 2.5 kit.

    Mods:

    Lights: x3 UV Sunbeam Cold Cathodes
    Feet: Logisys LED Acrylic Footsteps
    Lining: Flexible Chequerplate
    Switches: x4 Vandal Resistent
    Fan Controller: Rheobus 2.5 Kit

    Here's a shot of the top with the radiator, switches and rheobus 2.5 kit
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    This is the side view of the wavemaster with the tank o matic fitted on the back..
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    Another side view with the UV lights on in the dark
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    A close up of the water cooling inside
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    And finally a pic of the checker plate used to line the inside of the case..
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    Thanks.. All comments are welcome
    Vidur and Nik
     
  19. overfloe

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    looking good :clap:
    some temps would be nice :D
     
  20. Vidur

    Vidur What's a Dremel?

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    Hi,

    I just got the computer running so temps will follow.. :hip:

    Thanks
     
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