Maintenance & Care Technical Bulletin

Depth Of Discharge

In cycling applications many battery suppliers and system installers talk about DOD and how this can influence the life of the battery bank. Read the manufacturers specification sheet to determine the correct usage of the product in your application. I would like to unpack this term so that all concerned can understand the importance of DOD%. There are various batteries available in the market place that can be used in a cycling application, all at different pricing structures and life expectancy. If one looks at the data sheets provided you…

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Microcare

Benefits of a Microcare Inverter

All Microcare Inverters are Pure Sine Wave Bi-Directional Inverters designed to obtain the op mum Inverted power from the installed Solar System. Microcare Inverters come with the latest software to improve the automatic change over from the grid to the Inverter. Cutting edge so ware innovations allow for uninterrupted supply to a range of applications from a sensitive server room to industrial machines. The Inverter is able to anticipated load failure and pre-charges the circuits for rapid transfer of power and change-over up to 4  times faster. When  the  grid …

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Jump-Starters Noco Genius XMAS Gift Ideas

XMAS GIFT IDEA #1 – GB50 – 1500A / 12V Noco Genius Lithium Jump Starter

The GB50 is an ultra-portable, lightweight and compact lithium-ion jump starter for 12-volt batteries. With it, you can safely jump start a dead battery in seconds – up to 30 times on a single charge.  It’s rated at 1,500 Amps, and suitable for use on petrol engines up to 7 liters and up to 4.5 liter diesel engines, such as a car, van, boat, SUV, truck and more. 1,500 Amp UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter The GB50 is an ultra-portable, lightweight and compact lithium-ion jump starter for 12-volt batteries. With it,…

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US Battery

Golf Cart Batteries

U.S. BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEEP CYCLE BATTERIES Battery powered golf cars and electric vehicles have unique power requirements that U.S. Battery understands. Maintaining peak capacity for longer periods between charges, means greater vehicle reliability and lower annual operating costs. This is why U.S. Battery Electric Vehicle Deep Cycle Batteries are engineered with the company’s exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology®. This creates the industry’s most efficient battery plates, delivering greater watt-hours per liter and watt-hours per kilogram than any other flooded lead-acid battery in the market. FEATURES: Manufactured in the…

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BlueNova Lithium

BlueNova Lithium Batteries – All you need to know

BlueNova LiFeYPO4 (Lithium Iron Yttrium Phosphate) Lasts 2 – 4 times longer (10-15 years) than lead acid equivalents 10 Year warranty Less 25% the weight compared to lead acid batteries Less 33% the volume compared to lead acid batteries No gasses or acid Assembled in South Africa 100% environmentally friendly The batteries are perfectly suited for operation in warm African conditions. Self-discharge Rate < 2% per month Charge & Discharge Efficiency – 96% @C2 ; 98% @C10   CYCLE LIFE 100% DoD > 3600 cycles 80% DoD > 5000 cycles…

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Lead Carbon

Lead Carbon Batteries

Lead Carbon batteries  are designed for applications that require fast charging and are frequently partially charged.  In short,  use them only in cycling applications.  You can charge them at much higher rates to get them full faster.  Up to 4 times faster.  They can operate in a partial state of charge as long as they are fully charged at least every 10 cycles. Do not use them for standby use.  IE UPS.  (when the battery is constantly on float charge) Not for this application. Here you want to use AGM. Lead-carbon…

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AGM Fulmen Stop-Start

FULMEN AGM Stop Start Batteries

Start-Stop AGM In automobiles, a start-stop system or stop-start system automatically shuts down and restarts the internal combustion engine to reduce the amount of time the engine spends idling, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Fulmen’s Start-Stop AGM battery uses high-performance components and materials, including high-surface glass mat separators, advanced lead-tin alloys and unique carbon additives in the active mass. It is ideally suited to cars with Start-Stop and/or regenerative braking systems. This new-generation AGM battery also supports sailing as well as other intelligent fuel-saving features.   VIEW NORMAL LEAD ACID AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES

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AGM Stop-Start

Auto-start-stop explained

What is stop-start technology? Stop-start is a system on most modern cars that cuts the engine when the car is stationary, in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The engine starts again when the clutch is engaged or the brake is released, or when the driver is ready to move again. How does stop-start work? The system uses a computer to detect when the car is stationary or the car is out of gear, at which point it halts fuel delivery and spark to the engine. The ignition starts again when…

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Lithium

Types of Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-ion uses a cathode (positive electrode), an anode (negative electrode) and electrolyte as conductor. (The anode of a discharging battery is negative and the cathode positive (see BU-104b: Battery Building Blocks). The cathode is metal oxide and the anode consists of porous carbon. During discharge, the ions flow from the anode to the cathode through the electrolyte and separator; charge reverses the direction and the ions flow from the cathode to the anode. Figure 1 illustrates the process. Figure 1: Ion flow in lithium-ion battery. When the cell charges and discharges, ions…

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