U.S. Battery Manufacturing Helps A Shore Boat Convert To Electric Power

U.S. Battery Manufacturing provides the battery power for the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s shore boat in Southern California. The shore boat was recently retrofitted to run on electric power, and uses 16 U.S. Battery US-L16HCXC2 deep-cycle batteries to power the 90 horsepower Duffy electric engine. According to Pat Werner, vice commodore of the Newport Harbor YC, the engine cost $10,000, but estimates that the electric system will be able to pay for itself within five years and save the yacht club an estimated $5,000 annually in fuel costs.

U.S. Battery’s US-L16HCXC2 deep-cycle batteries were used because they feature exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology® that create the industry’s most efficient battery design. This allows U.S. Battery products to deliver the highest initial capacity and highest rated capacity through the life of the battery. This plate technology also allows U.S. Battery’s products to reach peak capacity in fewer cycles, provide higher total energy delivery, and extend service life. This level of battery performance allows the Newport Harbor YC to achieve better pulling power, zero emissions, and with proper maintenance, a service life expectancy of 10 years or more. ’’The U.S. Battery products are outstanding,” says Anthony Palacios, Newport Harbor YC dock master. “Because the batteries hold a consistent charge and require very minimal maintenance, especially with the addition of a single point watering system, it makes the care of the batteries so much more efficient. In addition, the motor runs smooth and without lack of power. U.S. Battery always stands by their product and the customer service is always a pleasure to deal with.”

The 52 year old shore boat serves as a reliable water taxi service that takes up to 20 passengers to their vessels in the mooring fields in Newport Harbor in Southern California. The yacht club hopes that this type of conversion catches on and begins a trend towards zero emissions vehicles in harbors across the country to provide reliable service that is economical and efficient. U.S. battery products are manufactured in the U.S.A. and distributed worldwide. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Attends The International Work Boat Show & Conference In New Orleans, Louisiana

U.S. Battery is teaming up with one of its dealers, Battery Sales And Service, to display at the 2014 International Work Boat Show & Conference, held in New Orleans, LA December 3rd thru the 5th. The show is host to more than 1,000 marine product and service suppliers who connect with thousands of buyers for fleet and independent vessel owner/operators. “The International Work Boat Show is a great place for us to team up with dealers like Battery Sales And Service, and provide additional information and product support for a variety of companies in the marine industry,” says George Stratis, U.S. Battery Southeastern Regional Sales Manager.

With many marine vessels equipped with electronic appliances, stereo systems, radar, GPS and other accessories, it places a high parasitic load that can quickly cut the service life of an ordinary battery. U.S. Battery’s Marine deep-cycle batteries are designed to withstand discharge cycling, while providing higher initial capacity, performance, and longer service life that can save money and lower annual operational costs. Marine operators and suppliers attending the show, are invited to Booth #3754 to learn more about U.S. Battery marine products.

For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

Winter Storage And Maintenance Tips For Flooded Lead Acid Batteries

Flooded lead-acid batteries used in a variety of applications have charge and discharge rates that depend highly upon temperature. While warmer climates tend to speed-up charging and discharging rates, cold winter months can slow down the rate of charge/discharge. In addition to affecting rates, colder temperatures also carry the risk of freezing the electrolyte if the battery is not stored properly.

One of the most common mistakes during winter months is storing flooded lead-acid batteries in a discharged state. A discharged battery in extremely cold temperatures will allow the electrolyte to freeze, causing it to expand. Electrolyte expansion can crack the battery case, causing a leak or complete battery failure. A fully charged battery has a freezing point around -80 °F while a discharged battery has a freezing point around 20 °F. By keeping the battery fully charged during the winter months, the electrolyte is less likely to freeze and cause unexpected failures.

With that said, don’t expect to charge your batteries and come back in the spring expecting everything to be okay. In cases where complete vehicle fleets are stored away during the winter, it is important to consistently check the battery’s state of charge by taking specific gravity readings. Like charging rates, temperature also affects your readings, so it’s important to add a correction factor that varies with the electrolyte temperature. The optimum temperature to take a hydrometer reading is 80 °F (27 °C). As a rule of thumb, subtract four points (.004) from your hydrometer reading for every 10-degrees below 80 °F (5.6-degrees below 27 °C). For example; if the temperature of the electrolyte is 50 °F and your battery specific gravity reading is 1.200, you must subtract .012 from your reading. In this case .004 for every 10-degrees equals .012. Subtract this from 1.200 and your corrected specific gravity reading is 1.188. In this example, the battery cell is less than 50 percent charged and should be recharged before being put into winter storage; (a fully charged battery should read approximately 1.270). If your corrected specific gravity readings are low, fully charging the batteries will put them in a safe state for storage.

Temperature also effects charge and discharge rates. A cold battery will charge and self-discharge slower than a warm battery, but will also exhibit lower capacity. This is especially true for battery powered fleets that are that are able to operate in colder temperatures during winter months. Although these fleets may not experience freezing temperatures, the cold temperature increases the resistance in the battery’s chemistry and causes a reduction in battery capacity. A general rule of thumb for capacity is for every 15-20 degrees below 80 °F, the battery loses 10 percent of its capacity.

The ability to check specific gravity readings in flooded lead-acid batteries is an advantage in cold weather operation. It allows the operator to fully understand the effects of cold temperature on the batteries, and allows them to be properly maintained. While the downside of storing or operating golf car batteries in the winter requires regular specific gravity checks, one positive aspect is that colder temperatures also reduce self-discharge rates. In the long run, taking the time to check the state of charge on your fleet’s batteries will ultimately be more cost effective than having to replace one or more damaged batteries. To find additional resources on battery maintenance and ways to increase battery efficiency and service life, visit U.S. Battery’s website at www.usbattery.com.

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U.S. Battery Manufacturing Appoints Michael J. Coad As Director Of Sales

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has appointed Michael J. Coad as the company’s new Director of Sales. Coad has been with U.S. Battery for nearly a decade, and in this new position, will continue to grow the U.S. Battery product line through the company’s OE customers and distributor network. “I am grateful for this opportunity and am confident that I can help continue to lead the company to the next level,” says Coad. “As the new Director of Sales, I would hope to continue building confidence and trust with our current OE’s and distributors, as they are a valuable asset to U.S. Battery’s continued success.”

Prior to this appointment, Coad served as U.S. Battery’s Northeast and Midwest Regional Sales Manager, and will temporarily maintain these accounts, while expanding U.S. Battery’s world-wide reach. Coad has more than 34 years of experience in the battery industry and has held various positions up to Vice President of Sales with New Castle Battery Manufacturing and National Sales Manager with Yuasa Battery Manufacturing’s Power Sports Division. For more information on U.S. Battery products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s VP Of Sales William C. Glover Set To Retire In 2015

After 15 years with the company, U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s Vice President of Sales, William C. Glover, is retiring effective January 1, 2015. Glover joined US Battery in 1999, and during that time, was a major contributor towards the company’s growth in the North American region, as well as growth and development of both OEM business and national account programs. “I feel grateful for the opportunity of working with everyone at U.S. Battery and for my part in helping to elevate the company to its current position,” says Glover. “I can say that lifelong friendships have been developed and as such, I am lucky and a better man today because of them.”

With more than 34 years of experience, Glover began his career in the battery business working for New Castle Battery Manufacturing where he managed the retail centers in Canton and Cleveland, Ohio. Glover also attended both Valley Forge Military Academy and Robert Morris University. “I retire with mixed emotions, because it’s hard to close this chapter in my life,” he says. “But, I am also looking forward to spending more time with my wife Linda, my children and grandchildren.”

“We are happy to report that Bill will continue working with the sales team after retirement as an Independent Factory Representative. In that capacity he will be working with select accounts and developing new business as the opportunities present themselves,” says Don Wallace, CMO/Executive Vice President. “Bill has been an integral part of the company for the past 15 years and a great personal friend for almost 55 years, his fulltime presence will be missed,” says Wallace.

For more information on U.S. Battery products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

Inside U.S. Battery’s US2200-XC2 Deep Cycle 6-Volt Battery

Because of its proven performance, higher capacity and longer service life, U.S. Battery’s US2200-XC2 has become the company’s most popular six volt, deep-cycle, flooded lead-acid battery used in a variety of applications. This deep-cycle battery has the highest rated capacity and the ability to reach peak capacity in fewer cycles than any other battery in its class. The reason behind this, is U.S. Battery’s exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology®.  XC2 stands for extreme capacity, which exemplifies the high percentage of tetrabasic lead sulfate (TTBLS) used in each battery cell. The more uniformly controlled TTBLS crystal size results in a stronger crystal network within the formed positive plate active material. Diamond Plate Technology® holds it all together, providing a much more efficient battery cell. This efficiency translates to improved performance, longer battery life, and a more cost effective way to operate golf cars, aerial platforms, commercial cleaning equipment, and much more.

“Our US2200-XC2 is widely used by fleets with vehicles that rely on deep-cycle battery power, because they’ve experienced its balance between cost, high-capacity performance and extended battery life,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President. “With independent testing that proves the US2200-XC2 provides the most initial peak capacity and fastest cycle-up to rated capacity, it’s no wonder it’s the most popular battery we manufacture.”

Aside from its performance, the US2200-XC2 batteries also feature heavy-duty connector lugs, a tough polypropylene exterior case, and the company’s positive locking SpeedCap® venting system for easy maintenance and durability in a variety of conditions. U.S. battery products are manufactured in the U.S.A. and distributed worldwide. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

Installing A Flow-Rite Single Point Battery Watering System

Keeping your flooded lead-acid batteries properly filled with water is an essential part to prolonging battery life and maintaining optimum performance. But with multiple batteries that make up a power source for golf carts, RVs, cleaning machines and other vehicles, the task of watering can be a long and cumbersome process.

This is one of the reasons why a single point watering system can be very useful. Using a single point watering system can make it easy to water a complete battery pack, without having to reach them in cramped compartments or having to check each battery cell. Complete systems like those available from Pro-Fill are easy to install and feature a fill-valve that stops the flow of water into the battery cell, once the proper fill level is achieved. Flow-Rite also builds in a flame arrestor to prevent accidental ignition of battery cell gasses, making the entire process very safe and reliable.

Installing a Flow-Rite Pro-Fill watering system involves removing the battery cell vent covers and replacing them with the new fill-valves supplied in the kit. Measure and trim the supplied water hose leading to the fill-valves on each battery, starting from the center outwards. Route the lines to each of the batteries in the pack and cap off the ends to keep the water contained within the system. The Flow-Rite system can be used with a gravity feed water tank, or a siphon hose that can be inserted into a bottle of distilled water. It’s also important to remember that after installing a single point watering system, that you only add water after the batteries have been charged. With easier access and faster, accurate, watering capabilities, its easy to see how a single point watering system can be a huge benefit to maintaining your flooded lead-acid batteries and extending their overall service life and performance. For more information on a variety of single point watering systems for flooded lead-acid batteries, visit www.usbattery.com.

 

Installation Procedure:

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The Flow-Rite fill valves automatically shut the flow of water when the proper fill level is reached. The valves also have a built-in flame arrester to prevent accidental ignition of battery cell gasses.

 

Make sure you’re in a well ventilated room and use proper battery maintenance protection. Remove the vent caps on each battery.

 

On six-volt systems the Flow-Rite valves come in sets of three. These are inserted into each of the battery vents.

 

The fill valves lock in place by twisting the top cap.

The fill valves lock in place by twisting the top cap.

 

Find one of the center batteries in your pack and attach the fill hose so that it will be easy to access.

Find one of the center batteries in your pack and attach the fill hose so that it will be easy to access.

 

 The hoses simply install by pushing them onto the water channel connectors as shown here.


The hoses simply install by pushing them onto the water channel T-connectors as shown here.

 

Measure and cut the appropriate length of hose to connect each of the batteries.

Measure and cut the appropriate length of hose to connect each of the batteries.

 

The Pro-Fill directions will give you ideas on how to properly route the lines to manage the flow of water to all the batteries in your pack.

The Flow-Rite directions will give you ideas on how to properly route the lines to manage the flow of water to all the batteries in your pack.

 

Some of the water T-connectors at the farthest ends of the battery packs will need to be capped off to properly divert the water to the other batteries.

Some of the water T-connectors at the farthest ends of the battery packs will need to be capped off to properly divert the water to the other batteries.

 

The center fill hoses incorporate a quick disconnect coupler that prevents water from leaking out of the system. The other half of the fill valve attaches to a water source like a gravity feed tank or hand pump.

The center fill hoses incorporate a quick disconnect coupler that prevents water from leaking out of the system. The other half of the fill valve attaches to a water source like a gravity feed tank or hand pump.

U.S. Battery Attends 62nd Annual RVIA Snow In Southern California

U.S. Battery is exhibiting at the 62nd Annual RVIA show held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California October 10-19th. RV manufacturers, suppliers and owners can stop by the U.S. Battery booth #H7, located in the Exhibitor Tent, and speak with a U.S. Battery representative to get tips on improving battery performance in RV applications.

Because RV batteries are subjected to potentially high current loads when operating electronic appliances, stereo systems, televisions, and other accessories, U.S. Battery representatives can help access power needs and recommend a deep-cycle flooded lead-acid battery system for a variety of specific applications. U.S. Battery’s Deep-Cycle batteries are more efficient and last longer, because of the company’s exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology®. This improves charging efficiency with increased initial and overall capacity, and makes U.S. Battery products compatible with the wide range of chargers used in various make and model RVs.

U.S. Battery’s RV deep-cycle batteries are made in the U.S.A. and are available in a variety of sizes, amp-hour capacity ratings, and come in either 12-volt or 6-volt configurations. The battery’s construction and overall design is specifically adapted to provide the highest initial capacity, the highest rated capacity, and reach peak capacity in fewer cycles than competitive RV batteries on the market. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Partners With New Hong Kong Dealer, Modern Access & Scaffolding Ltd.

U.S. Battery recently partnered with Modern Access, a large AWP equipment dealer in the China/Hong Kong region. The company is a large distributor for a variety of battery powered mobile platform lifts and boom lifts that will be fitted with U.S. Battery products. “There’s been quite a bit of growth in the Asian market, and Modern Access is one of the leading distributors of equipment for the construction industry there,” says Brad Dwan, U.S. Battery’s representative for the Asia market. “US Battery is a famous brand name with a very long history in the industry,” says Ken Tsang, Product Manager, Modern (Int’l) Access & Scaffolding Ltd. “Their brand is synonymous with reliability and quality.  Modern Access has been in the construction machinery industry for more than 35 years and our partnership with US Battery will certainly bring benefits to both companies and our customers throughout the region.”

Modern Access recently went through U.S. Battery’s training seminars conducted by Paul Harchik, who is based in U.S. Battery’s regional office in Hong Kong. The training seminars provide additional information and maintenance techniques that can further extend battery life and performance on the company’s equipment. “The response was very positive, and they were very interested in learning about U.S. Battery products and how they can help provide the highest amount of reliability and performance from their equipment,” says Harchik. Modern Access has been serving the Hong Kong area since 1979 and has additional offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

U.S. Battery products are the world leader in performance lead-acid batteries and continues to show global growth within a variety of categories, including battery powered construction equipment. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945.

U.S. Battery Explains The Features In Its RE-Series Line That Extend Battery Life

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U.S. Battery Manufacturing released a new video that focuses on the features of the company’s RE-Series battery line, used in renewable energy applications. The video explains how features such as Defender™ moss shields, fiberglass cell backing, and Outside Battery Plate™ technology work to mitigate the effects of cell-plate sulfation, while increasing battery life and performance. U.S. Battery RE-Series deep-cycle batteries are manufactured in the U.S.A. and are available in 6-volt and 2-volt configurations. Featuring the company’s exclusive XC2™ formulation RE-Series batteries also provide the highest peak capacity and longest cycle life than any other battery on the market. Coupled with a rugged polypropylene case, heavy-duty lifting straps, and rugged connector lugs, more corporations and homes rely on U.S. Battery products worldwide, to power their businesses and homes. For additional information on U.S. Battery products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945.