U.S. Battery Awards Royal Battery Distributors Inc. With A EZGO Golf Car

Royal Battery Distributors Inc. was awarded a new EZGO golf cart by U.S. Battery Co. for meeting goals in a 2013 distributor incentive program.  “We continue to grow the U.S. Battery brand within our markets,” says Cory Tattoli of Royal Battery. “We opened two new branches last year, and hired some great people.”

Founded in 1921 Royal Battery has been based in Florida since 1976, and continues to offer a wide selection of battery products and battery related services to its customers.  “Working with the Royal Battery Team for almost 20 years has been as amazing experience, says George Stratis, U.S. Battery regional sales manager.  “We’re very happy they were able to meet our goals and I was glad to personally present them with a small token of our appreciation.”

With four locations located in Kissimmee, Daytona, Palm Bay, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Royal Battery Distributors Inc. is a premiere distributor of U.S. Battery products to the region. The company also provides trained professionals at each location and conducts recycling of lead acid batteries at an EPA approved lead smelting location. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Offers Battery Maintenance Tips With A New On-Line Video

U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s latest YouTube video provides step-by-step instructions to help consumers understand how to properly water and maintain Flooded Lead-Acid, Deep-Cycle Batteries. The video focuses on safety precautions, as well as the proper tools and steps necessary to clean and maintain any deep-cycle battery used in golf cars, RVs, floor cleaning machines, renewable energy systems, scissor-lifts, and more. The video is intended to help people understand that using the proper equipment and procedure is essential to increasing the life span and performance of a deep-cycle battery.

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 Awards Harris Battery Co. With A New EZGO Golf Car

U.S. Battery Manufacturing awarded Harris Battery Co. with a new EZGO golf cart for meeting the goals set by U.S. Battery’s 2013 distributor incentive program. “We designed an incentive program for our distributors that was specifically directed at incremental growth for the second half of fiscal 2013,” says Don Wallace, CMO, Executive VP U.S. Battery Manufacturing.”  “Goals were established and the distributors were challenged to meet or exceed those goals.” Harris Battery Co. was one of many distributors who stepped up and met the growth challenge.
Recognized as being one of North America’s premiere independent battery distributors, Harris Battery is also one of U.S. Battery’s valued partners, and has been providing battery products and maintenance accessories to its customers since 1979. The company carries an extensive line of products including, AGM Batteries, Dry Cell Batteries, Deep Cycle Batteries, Battery Chargers and more. Starting out in Ohio, Harris Battery now has warehouses and distributions throughout the Northeast.
Harris Battery and other top battery distributors partnered with U.S. Battery are responsible for the increased growth that U.S. Battery products have experienced over the past several years. “Rewarding Harris Battery with a new EZGO golf car is a small token of our appreciation for their efforts. The real reward however, is working with partners that have consistently promoted and sold U.S. Battery products in an effort to satisfy customers not only across the nation but on a global basis as well,” says Wallace.
U.S. Battery manufactures a variety of deep-cycle batteries that are all manufactured in the U.S.A.. 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 Sponsors The 18th Annual Dorado Fishing Tournament

U.S. Battery is one of the sponsors of the 18th Annual Bulls Only Dorado Fishing tournament, a nonprofit organization that raises money to improve the lives of the communities in and around the town of Punta Chivato, in Baja California, Sur Mexico. All of the proceeds of this annual fishing tournament help support local charities, schools, retirement homes, drug rehab facilities, and a local volunteer animal clinic . The proceeds also help the town maintain its 20- kilometer dirt road, emergency services and its Community Center.

“Punta Chivato is an area where many U.S. citizens have vacation homes that are entirely off-grid, and rely on solar power,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/ Executive VP, Sales and Marketing. “But these people really do their part to help the area by providing a means to help fund the community and provide services to locals that would otherwise not be available. So we’re always happy to help them make a difference in this community.”

Most of the town’s people in Punta Chivato use U.S Battery’s RE L16 XC deep-cycle units with Diamond Plate Xtreme Capacity technology with the solar systems. The town’s people have tried many other batteries and have come to rely on U.S. Battery’s  technology that provides the highest peak capacity, improved watt-hours per liter, and watt-hours per kilogram. RE-Series deep-cycle batteries also feature Defender™ moss shields that effectively prevent short circuiting within the battery, along with Outside Positive (OSP™) battery design that mitigates positive plate deterioration.

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 on U.S. Battery RE-Series Deep-Cycle Batteries, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit https://www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Powers Green Horizons A Sustainable-Travel Adventure Documentary

U.S. Battery provided ten of its REGC2 deep-cycle batteries to Pure Ocean Productions for a travel adventure film called Green Horizons. The film follows Jake and James Smith who will sail from Florida to the Bahamas in their 1978 sailboat named Valhalla, which is retrofitted to run on solar power.  Sailing without any fossil fuel, the voyage is intended to demonstrate the significance of sustainable travel, the importance of quality food, and the values in being self-reliant in life.

“U.S. Battery’s 6-volt REGC2’s have worked excellent on Green Horizons journey off the grid,” say James and Jake Smith. “They powered our electric motor through the Jupiter narrows, against strong current, and headwind enabling us to make it to Lake Worth Inlet in time to cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. The 48 and 12 volt battery systems charge extremely fast under solar power providing Valhalla with optimal energy for all systems from the electric motor to the inverter and everything else in-between.”

The U.S. Battery REGC2 batteries installed into the sailboat, are the same batteries that are designed to provide the highest peak capacity, cycle life, and reliability for use in solar powered homes and businesses world-wide. “Pure Ocean Productions asked for our assistance, and allowed our engineers to look over their electrical system to access their power needs for the voyage,” says Dwayne Porter, Marketing Manager at U.S. Battery Manufacturing. “The REGC2 6-volt batteries we supplied will allow the solar panels on Valhalla to easily re- charge the system, but the features in the batteries will ensure both reliability and durability in whatever conditions await during their journey.”

U.S. Battery’s RE Series batteries feature XC2™ formulation with Diamond Plate Technology® that enhance performance, charging, and the overall lifespan of the battery. RE Series batteries also include Defender™ moss shields that 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, battery life, overall capacity and stable performance over the life of the battery are dramatically increased.

Production of Green Horizons will begin in May 2014, but the Smith brothers are already making their way to the Bahamas for their first stop on their journey. 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. To follow the Smith brothers on their journey visit www.PureOceantv.com.

Video Showcases U.S. Battery’s Manufacturing Process And Focus

U.S. Battery Manufacturing created a new video that showcases the manufacturing process of the company’s line of flooded lead-acid batteries. From raw led alloy to a finished product that has the highest initial capacity than any other battery on the market, the video follows the complete manufacturing process, testing procedures, and understanding the company’s exclusive XC2™ formulation.

For additional information on U.S. Battery products that are all manufactured in the U.S.A. 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

Golf courses and businesses that incorporate a fleet of golf cars know that extending the service life of the deep-cycle batteries powering their fleet can significantly lower annual operating costs. But the simple process of regularly recharging batteries with a charger using a constant voltage or a fixed charge algorithm, often leads to a condition called electrolyte stratification. Stratification occurs during discharge and recharge when the acid in the electrolyte fails to mix with the water and settles to the bottom of the battery case. Over time, the concentrated acid at the bottom of the cell can damage the battery plates and significantly reduce the service life of the battery.

View of a severely stratified plate.

To reduce stratification and possibly recover a low-performing battery, you can add an equalization charge at the end of the normal charging process. An equalization charge is simply adding a higher-voltage, extended charge at the end of the normal charging process. Charging the battery at a higher voltage level promotes gassing (bubbling) of the electrolyte. The bubbling “re-mixes” the acid and water and prevents stratification from occurring.

The Equalizing Process
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. Because the process causes the electrolyte to gas, make sure you perform it in a well ventilated area and wear personal protective equipment including safety glasses and gloves. Follow these procedures to properly equalize 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 normal charge
cycle is completed.

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

New Carbon Additives May Not Be The Best Answer For Battery Sulfation Issues In Renewable Energy Applications

There’s been some talk recently about the use of carbon additives to reduce the effects of sulfation in renewable energy batteries. Sulfation can occur when batteries are operated in a partial state of charge (PSOC) application, common when batteries are charged with solar cells, wind turbines and other unpredictable power sources.  Even though these systems regularly recharge the batteries, they don’t always provide a sufficient level of overcharge. The effect of continual undercharge can, over time, cause “hard sulfate” crystals to form on both the positive and negative battery plates.  These crystals can reduce the capacity of the battery and make it even more difficult to fully charge, resulting in short battery life.

Sulfation related to PSOC applications is a phenomenon that was first observed in electric vehicle and hybrid electric vehicle applications using sealed valve regulated lead acid batteries (VRLA).  When AGM (or GEL) VRLA batteries are used in PSOC applications, the recombination process occurring at the negative plate disproportionately discharges the negatives in relation to the positives and creates an imbalance in their relative states of charge.  Normally this imbalance is corrected by providing enough overcharge during normal charge, and/or providing an equalization charge, to bring them back into balance.  In PSOC applications, the batteries are not overcharged or equalized enough to re-balance the state of charge, and the negative plates become severely sulfated.

Several battery research groups have found that by using various new types of carbon in the negative plates of VRLA batteries, the sulfation issue could be addressed.  “These new carbons are often referred to as smart carbon, hyper carbon, ultra carbon, graphene or nano-carbon,” says Fred Wehmeyer, Senior VP Engineering at U.S. Battery Manufacturing. “But they may or may not be composed of carbon nano-tubes that are still too expensive for large scale applications.”

The significance of this is that negative plate sulfation is a phenomenon that applies specifically to VRLA (AGM & GEL) batteries.  Smart carbon technologies intended to address negative plate sulfation in VRLA batteries do nothing to address sulfation of the positive plates in a flooded deep cycle battery, which is the primary issue when these batteries are undercharged or used in PSOC applications.
U.S. Battery has developed a different approach to address sulfation using the company’s exclusive Outside Positive (OSP™) plate battery design.  The OSP™ plate construction is designed to balance the capacity of the positive plates versus the negative plates.

This balanced active material ratio allows the positive and negative plates to reach full charge at the same time, thus preventing sulfation of one plate versus the other.  Most batteries with conventional OSN (outside negative) plate construction end up with an excess of negative active material.  Adding “Smart Carbon” to the negatives does not address this active material imbalance problem.  Balancing the active materials with OSP™ addresses the disparate sulfation problem in addition to the other benefits.

“The battery industry is continually looking for ways to improve the current technology. Sometimes the latest and greatest idea isn’t always the best for every application,” says Don Wallace CMO Executive Vice President at U.S. Battery Manufacturing. “At the end of the day, you often find that new versions of old ideas are the most productive. Either way involves exhaustive testing to prove or disprove, and in the end, it will ultimately be the customer who makes the determination. It is our job to do the background work necessary to provide customers with the necessary data and quantifiable analysis so that they can make the most educated buying decision. This recent news about carbon has been touted as something that can drastically improve the overall performance of the flooded lead acid battery. But the facts should be completely understood before buying flooded batteries with a carbon additive when sold as a value added feature.”
For additional information on U.S. Battery’s OSP™ battery design for Renewable Energy applications, visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery’s XC2™ Formulation Now Available In The Company’s Heavy-Duty 12-Volt Applications

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has added its exclusive XC2™ formulation to the company’s US 24DCXC2, US 27DCXC2, and US 31DCXC2 12-volt heavy-duty batteries. Most commonly used in lift and access, floor machines, RV, and Marine applications, the XC2™ formulation provides a higher initial capacity and higher total energy delivery over the life of the battery. “Most deep-cycle batteries for these applications are designed for light-duty cycling in Marine and RV applications, and not for industrial use,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President.

When continually cycled down to 1.75 vpc. U.S. Battery’s 12-volt “DC” (deep-cycle) battery lasts more than 500 cycles, as compared to only 160 cycles on the highest-rated deep-cycle Marine battery currently available.  “We designed a true deep-cycle product made for heavy cycling, providing optimum performance in industrial applications. Now that we’ve added XC2™, the result is an even longer lasting, higher performing battery, that when properly maintained, can save money and operate longer on a full-charge.”

U.S. Battery’s US 24DCXC2, US 27DCXC2, and US 31DCXC2 12-volt heavy-duty batteries also feature extra heavy-duty connector lugs, a tough polypropylene exterior case and large carrying handles. In recent independent testing, U.S. Battery products consistently outperformed competitor’s products in initial capacity, faster cycle-up to rated capacity, exceeding rated capacity, and total energy delivered over a longer life-cycle.  “Third-party testing conducted without our knowledge, demonstrated that U.S. Battery products with XC2™ formulation outperformed our leading competitor in all these categories,” says Wallace.

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 Donation To Bonyo’s Kenya Mission, Helps Provide Treatment For Villagers In Masara, Kenya

Bill Wallace, President of the Asante Team with a child from Masara, Kenya.

U.S. Battery made a charitable donation to Bonyo’s Kenya Mission to help provide basic health care for villagers living in Masara, Kenya. The BKM is a non-profit organization that has sent a group of volunteers called the Asante team to provide free health care services through the Mama Pilista Memorial Health Center in Masara, Kenya. The Asante Team helps organize and fund raise for the long term medical missions to Kenya that the team takes each year.

The Asante Team has been able to treat over 1000 patients, deliver nine healthy babies, assist with the clinic’s vaccination program, and provide treatment for those who couldn’t otherwise afford basic health care. “Last year the team traveled for a two month stay at the clinic from mid-May to mid-July, and U.S. Battery donated for that trip,” says Bill Wallace President of the Asante Team. Donations have also made it possible for The Mama Pilista Memorial Health Center and B.K.M. to have nurses, a lab technician, and a physician’s assistant living in the clinic 24/7.

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

About Bonyo’s Kenya Mission:
The Bonyo’s Kenya Mission was founded in 1996 by Dr. Bonyo Bonyo, who was born and raised in Masara, Kenya, and a group of concerned health care providers from Akron, Ohio. In 2006 Dr. Bonyo achieved a goal by building this clinic for the people in his village. Bonyo’s goals are to continue to care for his people, and to have the clinic open year round for doctor’s around the world to come donate their services.Visit http://www.bonyoskenyamission.org.