U.S. Battery Helps Michgan State Police Capture RV Battery Thieves

U.S. Battery Manufacturing of Corona, California, aided Michigan State Police in apprehending thieves who were stealing deep-cycle batteries from RV dealerships. After more than 80 batteries were stolen from multiple thefts in a single location, the Michigan State Police Technical Service Unit contacted U.S. Battery Manufacturing to assist them with a plan that would help apprehend the suspects responsible.

Specialist Trooper Paul Gonyeau, of the Michigan State Police Fifth District Technical Services Unit, asked U.S. Battery to supply them with several empty battery cases from the company’s popular RV deep-cycle battery line. “It was subsequently determined that the use of batteries equipped with live GPS units would be the most effective method,” said Specialist Trooper Paul Gonyeau. The plan would allow the team to monitor, identify, and apprehend the suspects involved, without alerting them to the presence of law enforcement. “We were able to make the appropriate modifications and enclose live GPS units in the U.S. Battey cases,” said Gonyeau. “These units were then put into place at the R.V. dealer and monitored.”

According to Gonyeau, it only took a few weeks until the suspects struck again, stealing more than a dozen batteries. Two of the batteries stolen were the U.S. Battery cases equipped with the GPS units. “Within moments of the theft, the suspects were being monitored by law enforcement and stopped within a few miles of the RV dealership with all of the stolen batteries still in their possession. During interviewing, the main suspect admitted to all of the previous thefts,” said Gonyeau. “Thanks to the assistance of U.S. Battery, this operation was very successful!”

“We were more than willing to assist Michigan State Police in this operation,” says Dwayne Porter, Marketing Manager U.S. Battery Manufacturing. “Lead and other metals have become more valuable recently, making battery theft a more lucrative business for thieves. We were proud to have been given this opportunity, and will always do our part to prevent crime whenever possible.”

U.S. Battery is a leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries used in the RV, Golf Car, Lift &Access, Solar, Marine and many other industries. U.S. Battery’s products are popular because of the company’s proprietary designs and technologies that allow their products to reach peak capacity in fewer cycles, provide higher total energy delivery, and extend battery life. For more information on U.S. Battery Manufacturing visit them on-line at www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Manufacturing Now Offers Improved UTL-Style Battery Terminals

U.S. Battery Manufacturing now features an improved UTL terminal design, which provides greater resistance to torque failure caused by over tightening and constant re-tightening of leads to the battery. “These new terminals have a unique design in which a stainless steel hex head stud fits loosely in the terminal housing,” says Fred Wehmeyer, Senior VP Engineering for U.S. Battery Manufacturing. “The bottom of the terminal is swaged to capture the bolt and hold it firmly in place within the terminal. The result is a tremendous improvement in its longevity, while reducing the need to constantly re-tighten connecting leads to the battery.”  According to Wehmeyer, the new terminals operate much the same as bolt-thru designs like the offset ‘S’ or ‘L’ terminals that are completely loose until the hardware is installed and tightened to the proper torque value.

Manufactured from pressure die-cast lead alloy, U.S. Battery’s new UTL terminals are more rugged and less prone to failure. They’re installed on all U.S. Battery US12VXC products and average 350 inch-pounds of torque, versus 240 inch-pounds for standard terminals found on most competitive batteries. “Since the recommended torque to tighten UTL terminals is 100+5 inch-pounds, there should never be a torque failure with our unique, pressure die-cast terminals,” says Wehmeyer.
“Many of our competitors are claiming these new terminals are inferior because they appear loose, prior to installation” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/ Executive VP, Sales and Marketing. “The facts are that it does not matter if the bolt is loose prior to tightening. What matters is that when the proper torque applied, the hex head nut, in combination with the supplied split ring washer, make a superior connection!“

U.S. Battery manufactures a variety of deep-cycle batteries that are all manufactured in the U.S.A. and are distributed worldwide. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave., Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit https://www.usbattery.com.


How To Equalize Charge And Prevent Stratification On Deep-Cycle Batteries

Recharging deep-cycle batteries with a charger using a constant voltage or a fixed charge algorithm can, over time, lead to a condition called stratification. Stratification occurs when the acid in the electrolyte separates from the water and settles to the bottom of the battery causing damage to the bottom area of the battery plates.
To prevent stratification, it’s important to regularly perform an equalizing procedure to your batteries.   Equalizing adds an extended charge at the end of the normal charging process necessary to  promote gassing of the electrolyte in order to “re-mix” the acid and water.

The method used to properly equalize batteries is as easy as using a high-quality battery charger that features an automatic equalizing mode, or has the capability to extend or restart the charging process as needed. Follow these procedures to properly equalize charge your batteries.

  1. Make Sure The Battery Is A Flooded Lead-Acid Type.
  2. All Electrical Loads To The Battery Must Be Removed.
  3. Connect Your Charger And Charge The Batteries Until The Charger Terminates A Normal Charge Cycle.

a.) If the charger is equipped with an automatic equalizing mode, make sure the charger is
connected and powered up long enough to complete equalization.

b.) If the charger is not equipped with an automatic equalization mode, assure the charger
completes a full, automatic charge, and then restart the charger by disconnecting AC
power and reconnecting.  The charger should restart and extend the charge time by 1-3

4.   Correct Equalizing Will Cause Gassing And Bubbling Of The Electrolyte.
5.   Take Specific Gravity Readings Every Hour.
6.   You Will Know That The Equalization Process Is Complete: When the specific
gravity values no longer increase during the gassing stage.  If the charger terminates the
charge automatically, before the hourly specific gravity readings are constant, restart the
charger and continue the process until specific gravity readings are constant.

7.  Make Sure To Replace Any Water Lost During The Process.

Equalizing your deep-cycle batteries is a great way to extend battery life and lower operational costs over time. It will also help to remove a buildup of lead sulfate crystals on the battery’s plates, a condition called sulfation. This condition lowers the battery’s ability to take a full-charge and diminishes its full power. Equalizing is just one of several procedures you should be adding to your maintenance schedule every time you service the batteries.  This regular service, including watering, should be performed at least once a month, or more frequently during periods of heavy use. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit https://www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery RE Series Deep Cycle Batteries Enhance Performance For Solar Powered Homes And Businesses

U.S. Battery RE Series deep-cycle batteries include unique features that give them the highest peak capacity, cycle life, and reliability for use in solar powered homes and businesses. RE Series batteries use the company’s exclusive Diamond Plate technology, consisting of highly efficient synthetic tetrabasic lead sulfate (TTBLS), crystal structures. U.S. Battery’s improvement in plate structure with synthetic TTBLS, results in enhanced performance, charging, and life of the battery over any other on the market. “Our Diamond Plate Xtreme Capacity technology provides higher peak capacity, improved watt-hours per liter and watt-hours per kilogram,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/ Executive VP, Sales and Marketing. “It’s one of the main reasons why more solar homes and businesses use our RE Series batteries than any other on the market.”

U.S. Battery’s RE-Series deep-cycle batteries also include Defender™ moss shields. These shields effectively prevent the formation of “mossing shorts” caused when positive active material particles dislodge from the plates, collect at the top of the cell elements, and cause a short circuit. When combined with an exclusive Outside Positive (OSP™) battery design, which mitigates the effects of positive plate deterioration and further increases battery life, overall capacity and stable performance over the life of the battery is dramatically increased.

In addition to internal capacity performance, U.S. Battery RE Series deep cycle batteries also feature extra heavy-duty connector lugs for extreme power loads, a tough polypropylene exterior case, heavy-duty lifting handles, and the company’s SpeedCap® Venting positive locking system for easy maintenance. An optional factory installed, single-point watering system is also available.

RE-Series deep cycle batteries are available in both 6-volt and 2-volt configurations. U.S. Battery manufactures a variety of deep-cycle batteries that are all manufactured in the U.S.A. and are distributed worldwide. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit https://www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Golf-Car Batteries Provide The Most Useable Run-Time And Reach Rated Capacity Faster

U.S. Battery Manufacturing Deep-Cycle batteries allow golf car owners and fleets significant money-saving advantages.  U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s 6-volt and 12-volt deep-cycle golf car batteries incorporate the company’s exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology®. This combination of extremely efficient synthetic tetrabasic lead sulfate crystal structures (TTBLS), allow U.S. Battery’s products to reach peak capacity in fewer cycles, to provide higher total energy delivery, and to extend battery life.  “Our batteries with XC2™ formulation reach higher peak capacity in as little as 25 cycles, while also extending the service life of the battery,” explains Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President. “This gives golf car fleets and individual owners a longer-lasting, more efficient battery that saves time, money, and never leaves anyone stranded on the golf course.”

U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s exceptional battery performance was proven when a team of retired and off-duty U.S. Coast Guard members (Carting For A Cause), drove a golf car across the United States to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The golf car powered by eight U.S. Battery Manufacturing US145 XC2™ batteries averaged 25 miles per hour and 200 miles per day.  “With daily recharging, using Delta-Q, QuiQTM industrial battery chargers, the team had no problem completing their fund raising trip,” said Wallace.

U.S. Battery’s deep-cycle batteries are available in a variety of sizes and amp-hour capacity ratings. They also feature extra heavy-duty connector lugs and a tough polypropylene exterior case. The company’s SpeedCap® Venting positive locking system, for easy maintenance, is also available for specific applications.

U.S. Battery manufactures a variety of deep-cycle batteries that are all manufactured in the U.S.A. and are distributed worldwide. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit https://www.usbattery.com.