Flow-Rite Meets With U.S. Battery Manufacturing To Showcase New Products For U.S. Battery Dealers

Flow-Rite, a leading manufacturer of single point watering systems for batteries, visited with the sales, engineering and marketing staff at U.S. Battery in Corona, California. Rob Brock, Business Manager – Emerging Markets for Flow-Rite, discussed some of the latest products and tips U.S. Battery dealers can use to ensure customers are getting the most out of their system, and ultimately the best battery performance.

 Flow-Rite 12volt Mini-Pump

New Flow-Rite 12volt Mini-Pump plugs into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter, or has an optional 110V adapter.

As single point watering systems become more popular with large golf car, floor machine, and lift & access fleets, Flow-Rite found that many fleet operators find it easier to use their regulated hose supply to fill batteries with tap water from a standard water spigot. Brock recommended that if this method is used, the water should be first filtered through a Deionizer. This removes any dissolved solids that if left unchecked, can shorten battery life over time. “Filtering the water through a Deionizer can greatly improve battery life, especially if you’re not sure of the quality of water from your municipal water supply,” said Brock. “It’s also a good idea to use a TDS tester on your tap water, to measure the amount of total dissolved solids in the tap water.”

Brock also introduced a couple of new products, including a Flow-Rite 12-volt mini-pump. This plugs into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter, or has an optional 110V adapter, and allows for a steady stream of water to flow into the Flow-Rite SPW system. The mini-pump supply makes it easier to water several vehicles without having to use a hand pump or gravity tank, which some people find difficult use. Brock also announced that Flow-Rite is offering a new SPW system specifically for battery operated pallet jacks and walkie pallet trucks made in North America. These new systems allow for easy access to water batteries without having to remove panels, and reduces maintenance time. In addition, Flow-Rite also offers industrial watering systems for a variety of forklift battery applications.

These new products and other Flow-Rite products are available from U.S. Battery dealers nationally and globally. For more information on how U.S. Battery products work in conjunction with Flow-Rite SPW systems, and the basic steps on installing one, visit https://usbattery.com/products/watering-systems/ Contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945.

Top Photo Left To RightRob Brock, Flow-Rite, Zach Cox, Heather Arredondo, Dan Grigsby, from U.S. Battery Manufacturing

 

Flow-rite meeting 12vpump

Flow-Rite’s Rob Brock, discussed new products from the company that will help U.S. Battery dealers to provide customers with easier methods to water and maintain battery packs for better performance.

 

 

Rob Brock from Flow-Rite also pointed out that the O-rings on the watering hose couplers can wear out over time. So dealers should be aware of this and easily be able to fix any problems brought to their attention.

Rob Brock from Flow-Rite also pointed out that the O-rings on the watering hose couplers can wear out over time. So dealers should be aware of this and easily be able to fix any problems brought to their attention.

 

 

 

In addition to providing a great SPW system, Flow-Rite water manifolds can also be custom branded with your company's logo.

In addition to providing a great SPW system, Flow-Rite water manifolds can also be custom branded with your company’s logo.

 

 

 

Flow-Rite also offers new Single Point Watering Systems for pallet jacks and walkie pallet trucks that make it easier to water batteries without removing the vehicle's panels.

Flow-Rite also offers new Single Point Watering Systems for pallet jacks and walkie pallet trucks that make it easier to water batteries without removing the vehicle’s panels.

 

 

Battery powered fork lifts are often difficult to water, but Flow-Rites SPW systems for these vehicles make the job much easier.

Battery powered fork lifts are often difficult to water, but Flow-Rites SPW systems for these vehicles make the job much easier.

 

Additional Resources:

How to install a Flow-Rite SPW System

PDF-Flyer of Flow-Rite SPW System

6-Volt, 8-Volt or 12-Volt, Which Battery Pack Configuration Makes The Most Sense?

When it comes time to purchase a new set of deep-cycle, flooded lead-acid batteries, golf car fleet managers look for ways to save money. With many golf cars requiring 48-volt battery packs, one of the most common money-saving assumptions is that purchasing fewer batteries with higher voltages will be a less expensive alternative. For example, a typical 48-volt golf car may use eight 6-volt batteries, six 8-volt batteries, or four 12-volt batteries. Purchasing fewer batteries with a higher voltage is appealing because it reduces your upfront cost. However, the pack configuration should be based on a few more factors.

The example below shows a comparison between three different packs utilizing three main battery voltages. As the table shows, the 6-volt system has a higher capacity than the 8-volt and 12-volt systems. A typical round of golf will require about 40 minutes of run time while discharged at 56 amps. With all three configurations, the batteries have more than enough capacity to get through two rounds.

However, one thing to keep in mind is the effect of depth of discharge (DOD). A battery’s DOD is defined as the capacity taken out of the batteries as a percentage of its overall capacity before recharging. The lower the depth of discharge in lead acid batteries, the greater number of cycles they will deliver. Theoretically, a battery that is routinely discharged to 30 percent DOD will last about 2.2 times as long as a battery that is discharged to 60 percent. With the 6-volt and 8-volt systems, a day’s worth of golf car use discharges the battery pack to a lesser extent. This can reduce your overall operating costs in the long run, by yielding greater cycle life and ultimately extending the time between replacements.

The pack configuration that fits a given application can be determined by weighing upfront costs, battery capacity and cycle life. The price points listed below show that an 8-volt and 6-volt pack costs roughly 13 percent and 37 percent more than a 12-volt pack respectively. Although the initial cost is greater for the 6-volt and 8-volt packs, these configurations give a much greater return on investment*. Armed with this information, you can make a better decision on which battery configuration truly gives you the most cost savings.

*Vehicles utilizing regenerative braking and the use of opportunity charging can reduce the depth of discharge and extend cycle life.

 

48-volt battery pack comparison

The values above were obtained from a study of various batteries in the industry. Expected cycle life is theoretical and is highly dependent on other factors, such as maintenance and battery brand. Price points were obtained by comparing the three different classes of batteries at an average retail price.