U.S. Battery Manufacturing Launches New Endurance Plus™ Line Of Deep-Cycle Batteries

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has launched a new line of deep-cycle batteries called Endurance Plus™. The Endurance Plus™ line is made up of 6-volt, 8-volt and 12-volt batteries that feature improved overall performance and higher ratings in an all-new bright red color case and top. “Our engineers were able to improve the performance on some of our most popular batteries that include the US 2000XC2, US 8VGCXC2, and US 12VRXXC2, to create a new category for the U.S. Battery brand we are calling Endurance Plus™,” said Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive VP Sales and Marketing.  “The Endurance Plus™ line provides our distributors with the opportunity to offer customers the industry’s most efficient batteries with higher performance ratings, ultimately giving customers a better battery and greater overall value.”

Endurance Plus™ batteries are manufactured in the U.S.A. and feature molded-in UTL terminals that have torque values that are consistent with current burned-on UTL versions. Dual molded terminals will be available soon as an option. The batteries also feature U.S. Battery’s exclusive XC2 formulation that give them the highest initial capacity, fastest cycle-up time to full-rated capacity, improved recharge-ability, and the highest total energy delivered than any battery in their class.

The full line-up of Endurance Plus™ batteries, ratings and sizes are available on the company’s website, at www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Reorganizes Its Sales Team In Asia By Appointing Tina Hua As Its New Director Of Sales

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has reorganized its International sales team for the Asian market by welcoming Tina Hua, as its new Director Of Sales. Hua comes from Shenzen Beixing Trading Inc. (SBT), one of U.S. Battery’s largest distributors in China, where she worked on the development of aftermarket and OEM sales of U.S. Battery products.

Hua replaces Paul Harchik, who is leaving to pursue a new career path with Eli Lilly & Company. “Paul has done an outstanding job of helping to promote the sales of U.S. Battery products in Asia over the past four years,” said Brad Dwan, U.S. Battery Director of Sales for Asia, Pacific, and the Middle East.  “While we will miss Paul’s great contribution, we are happy for him and his new endeavors.”

Hua brings extensive sales experience and product knowledge that will be invaluable to the company in this region. “I have traveled and worked with Tina many times over the past few years while in China,” said Dwan. “She is very motivated and well versed in U.S. Battery products.  Tina has also spent lots of time with Paul Harchik, traveling throughout China making sales calls on small to mid-sized Golf, AWP and Floor Machine OEM’s.”

Hua will continue to work with Harchik to ensure smooth transitions among U.S. Battery dealers in the region and continue the strong growth within a variety of markets within China and Taiwan. For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of performance products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

Visit U.S. Battery at the ISSA/Interclean 2016 Trade Show Booth #442

 

Corona, CA – U.S. Battery is attending the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA/INTERCLEAN) show in Chicago, IL October 26th-28th. Attendees are invited to visit U.S Battery’s booth #442 to learn how U.S. Battery deep-cycle flooded lead-acid , and AGM batteries can help exceed performance capabilities in commercial floor cleaning applications.

The ISSA/INTERCLEAN Show allows U.S. Battery to meet with, and provide support for national and global representatives within the cleaning industry. The company’s products are available in both six and twelve -volt configurations, and feature extra heavy duty connector lugs, a durable polypropylene exterior case, and the company’s  SpeedCap® positive locking venting system for easy maintenance.

Using Runtime Ratings To Compare Golf Car Batteries

 

When it comes time to purchase a new set of batteries for your golf car or complete fleet, it makes sense to compare products and shop for the best value.  Because there are so many batteries available for a single type of vehicle, it’s important to make sure you’re comparing batteries with the same internal construction (Flooded vs AGM vs Gel), voltage output, and capacity ratings.  This is where it can get confusing for many golf car owners and fleet managers.

The information on the labels can sometimes be confusing as manufacturers don’t always list the same testing criteria, making comparisons difficult. An example of this is when trying to compare two similar batteries that show different battery cycle life ratings. Battery cycle life ratings are often based on selective data from the manufacturer.

Comparing Depth Of Discharge

Typically, cycle life ratings are determined based on the depth of discharge (DOD), the percentage of amp-hour (AH) capacity discharged from the battery on each discharge. Most battery manufacturers recommend a 50 percent DOD for optimum cycle life vs runtime. The problem is that cycle life can be quoted at a wide variety of DOD ratings which can result in what appears to show a longer cycle life for one battery type over another. This makes for a comparison that is not accurate. When comparing cycle life ratings, make sure they are rated using the same DOD.

Comparing Amp-Hour Ratings

Amp-hour ratings are often used to compare similar lead-acid batteries and can also be misleading. As an example, a 6-volt battery may list its amp-hour (Ah) rating as 200 Ah at the “20hr rate”. This means that the battery will provide 10 amps of current for 20 hours until the battery is fully discharged or “spent”.  A common mistake is assuming that a battery with a 200 amp-hour rating will provide 200 Ah at all discharge rates. Enter Peukert’s law. This states that battery capacity decreases as the rate of discharge increases.  If the same 200 Ah battery is fully discharged at a higher rate over five hours, the battery will deliver only about 150 Ah at 30 amps.  Also, the relationship between battery capacity and the rate of discharge is not linear, so it is important to find the rated capacity at the discharge rate for the application in which you plan to use the battery.  Most battery manufacturers publish tables of ratings vs discharge rate or discharge time for each battery type.

Look At Runtime Ratings

Even though manufacturers list various amp-hour ratings, it’s often difficult to know which ones to use in order to make the right comparison for your application. It may be more accurate to use the runtime ratings in minutes that can typically be found on the battery manufacturer’s spec sheets and websites.  As an example, U.S. Battery publishes ratings that show how many minutes a battery can provide at 25, 56, and 75 amp-draws. By comparing the rated runtime in minutes, you’ll get a better idea of the performance you can expect when comparing two similar batteries. These runtime ratings are based on the actual discharge currents seen in typical applications and may be more applicable than the amp-hour ratings. For example, RV and marine discharge rates usually fall into the 25 amp range while most golf car discharge rates fall into the 56–75 amp range (56 amps for 48-volt cars and 75 amps for 36-volt cars).

Key things to remember when comparing batteries:

  1. Cycle life comparisons should be made at the same depth of discharge (DOD).
  2. Amp-hour ratings should be compared using the same discharge time and/or discharge current that will be used in the application.
  3. Run-time ratings may be the most accurate comparisons when selecting a battery for a given application.

Dutt Electronics Found U.S. Battery Products Provided Optimum Performance For Its New Energy Save OE Power System

Dutt Electronics, a manufacturer of alternate energy inverters for the OE market, found that U.S. Battery products were the best choice for energy storage for its new Energy Save power system, which has been nominated for the 2016 EnerTIC Award in the category of Smart Industry.

“We conducted a detailed study of existing storage technologies,” said Ramon Ugarte of Dutt Electronics. “Our Energy Save application required a mature technology and low cost. Initially, Lithium-Ion batteries would have worked, but for a quick return on investment and low cost for our customers, deep-cycle flooded lead-acid batteries were the best choice.”

The Save Energy system uses 36 U.S. Battery 185E batteries with XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology® which deliver more watt-hours per liter and watt-hours per kilogram than any other flooded lead-acid battery on the market. “There are plenty of battery brands available,” said Ugarte. “But we wanted to use U.S. Battery products because their technical characteristics were the best fit, and they offer the support of a solid company with more than 90-years of history.”

The Dutt Energy Save system is an integrated unit that combines a bi-directional inverter, monitoring system, and battery pack all in one unit. With autonomous operation, it balances power output between stored energy consumption and battery charging during peak energy hours to reduce overall energy costs.

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

 

About Dutt Electronics: Dutt is an electronics manufacturer in Spain whose field of interest covers any sector that requires control and conversion of energy and/or power; such as solar, industrial, energy storage and more. The company has nearly 20 years of experience in providing OEM solutions for inverters and hybrid converters. Visit www.duttelectronics.com/en/site/solutions.

U.S. Battery CMO Don Wallace, Named Corporate Vision Magazine’s CMO of The Month

Corporate Vision Magazine selected Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive VP Sales and Marketing, as the CMO of The Month. Wallace has been with U.S. Battery for more than 21 years and has played an integral part in growing the company to its current position as one of the leading deep-cycle battery manufacturers worldwide.

 Corporate Vision Magazine honored Wallace’s efforts in keeping U.S. Battery Manufacturing highly competitive in a variety of industries where renewable and low-cost energy have a significant impact in the global market. “With the global push for advancements in energy storage, the battery industry has become highly competitive, and this is driving U.S. Battery further toward innovation,” said Corporate Vision Magazine in its September 2016 issue.

 “I’m honored by the award but the key to success is having a team that is dedicated and committed to upholding the quality standards of the company,” said Wallace. “Surrounding yourself with people who take pride in their work, makes the job easy. I would be remiss in not giving credit where credit is due, and here at U.S. Battery, we have an outstanding team!”

 Corporate Vision Magazine awards are decided by votes gathered by its network of industry partners, insiders, and corporate specialists. The publication is dedicated to shining a spotlight on the brightest, best performing, and most deserving companies and individuals from around the business world.

 Wallace and U.S. Battery Manufacturing continue to push towards being recognized as the most respected battery manufacturer in the industry, maintaining its focus on honesty, providing value, pushing the boundaries of battery technology, and maintaining its position as a leader in “green” energy storage. For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of performance products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com

Solar Power International 2016 trade show

Visit U.S. Battery In Booth #2073 During The 2016 Solar Power International Show, And Discover Why We Are The Most Trusted Name In Renewable Energy Deep Cycle Batteries.

Corona, CA – U.S. Battery is attending the Solar Power International Show in Las Vegas, NV September 13-15th. Attendees are invited to visit U.S Battery’s booth, #2073, to learn how U.S. Battery deep-cycle flooded lead-acid , and AGM batteries can help exceed performance capabilities in Renewable Energy applications.

The Solar Power International Show allows U.S. Battery to meet with, and provide support for national and global representatives within the RE industry. The company’s products are available in two, six, and twelve -volt configurations, and feature extra heavy duty connector lugs, a durable polypropylene exterior case, and the company’s  SpeedCap® positive locking venting system for easy maintenance.

U.S. Battery Manufacturing Joins The Convoy Of Care To Help Bring Supplies To Louisiana Flood Victims

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has donated the use of one of its commercial trucks to the Convoy Of Care, a group of trucks that are delivering food, clothing and supplies to Louisiana flood victims.

“We are proud to show our support for the victims of the devastating flooding in Louisiana,” said Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President. “U.S. Battery is part of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, who called for members to help out with the Convoy of Care. We offered one of our trucks and are happy to be a part of a growing list of aid that is ready to bring assistance.”

U.S. Battery will join 7 Hills Transport, Holland, Herschel Evans, Syfan Logistics, JenHaul Transports, Otd Logistics, Metro Trailer Leasing, and Duval Semi Trailers in the convoy. Organized by volunteers and the American Red Cross, the convoy will be escorted by law enforcement officials, including the Georgia Highway Patrol and Louisiana State Troopers, as it heads to the distribution site on the grounds of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.

“We also want to thank Louisiana State Troopers for offering their training facility as lodging and parking for the convoy and the drivers,” said Wallace. “They will provide security and safety for the convoy before heading out to the distribution centers to unload the trucks and aid in the distribution of supplies to those who desperately need it.”

More information on the Convoy of Care can be found at #ConvoyOfCare.

Making The Right Connections

Connecting Batteries In Series Or Parallel

Electric golf cars are typically powered by several batteries that act as one single power source. The batteries are connected in a configuration that provides the voltage necessary for the golf car’s electric motor to operate correctly.  As an approach to lower battery pack costs, some golf car manufacturers and fleet managers have converted to fewer, higher-voltage batteries with the same overall pack voltage.  Even though this approach is acceptable, it’s important to understand the effects on power and range by first understanding how deep-cycle batteries are connected to provide voltage and capacity before making any changes.

The battery connections within a golf car are dependent upon its motor’s voltage requirements. Most golf cars come from the manufacturer with the batteries connected in series. This results in a battery pack with the same amp-hour capacity as one battery, but the voltage is equal to the sum of all of the batteries combined. For example, two 6-volt 200 Ah batteries connected in series will produce 12-volts at 200 Ah. Battery amp-hour capacity is independent of battery pack voltage but the total energy content of the battery pack is equal to the battery amp-hour capacity times the battery pack voltage.  You can think of energy content as similar to the number of gallons of gas in a car’s gas tank. The more energy, the farther you can drive between charges.

 

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In other applications such as large diesel trucks or recreational vehicles, it’s common to connect deep-cycle batteries in a parallel circuit. This has the opposite effect from batteries connected in series because the total battery voltage remains the same as one battery, but the total amp-hour capacity is now the sum of the batteries in parallel. For example, two 6-volt 200 Ah batteries connected in parallel will result in a pack with 6-volts at 400 Ah.

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In golf car applications it’s unusual to see batteries connected in parallel, it is common to see fewer, higher voltage batteries connected in series to achieve the required pack voltage. The trend to fewer batteries with higher voltage may seem like a good approach, but keep in mind that higher voltage golf car batteries typically have lower amp-hour capacities than their lower voltage counterparts. For example, a 48-volt golf car can use four 12-volt batteries or six 8-volt batteries. While the total battery pack cost is usually lower for a set of 12-volt batteries, the amp-hour capacity is also lower resulting in lower driving range.  This may also result in shorter battery life from the set of 12-volt batteries. This is due to the deeper discharge on the lower amp-hour capacity set of 12-volt batteries. By using more of the battery’s available amp-hour capacity on each discharge, more active material in the battery is “worked” and the batteries overall lifespan is reduced.

If your course isn’t getting adequate life from your batteries or if the batteries simply aren’t providing enough range, it may be more cost-effective to switch to a higher capacity battery pack with a greater number of lower voltage batteries. This can be done with either six 8-volt batteries or eight 6-volt batteries to provide a 48-volt battery pack with higher amp-hour capacity, higher energy content, and greater driving range. See the chart below for a comparison of relative driving ranges with the three different battery configurations.

If the cost of an unplanned switch to higher capacity batteries is outside of your current budget, it may still be advantageous to replace with similar higher voltage batteries to save initial cost.  However, it is important to replace the batteries with the same amp-hour capacity as the original batteries or higher.  As golf cars age, their energy efficiency decreases and they may require higher amp-hour capacity for the same driving range.

Either way, it is important to make sure your batteries are connected correctly and matched to the vehicles required voltage. If you have any questions regarding series and parallel connections, you can visit https://usbattery.com/info-center/configuration/ to view diagrams for various connection possibilities.

Note: Some large golf utility vehicles, personnel carriers and off-road vehicles that require even higher energy and power may have battery packs connected in a series-parallel configuration.  This allows them to use a similar 48-volt electric motor as a standard golf car but with a higher amp-hour capacity battery pack to supply their increased power and energy requirements.  Since these series-parallel battery packs can be connected in multiple configurations, owners should consult the vehicles owner’s manual for proper battery connection.  Diagrams of some typical series-parallel configurations are also shown at https://usbattery.com/info-center/configuration/

 

 

 

 

U.S. Battery Offers More Reliable Power From Its Redesigned 8VGCE XC2 8-Volt Battery

U.S. Battery has redesigned its popular US 8VGCE XC2 8-volt deep-cycle battery with more amp-hour performance and improved longevity, to provide greater power and reliability for a variety of applications.

U.S. Battery’s US 8VGCE XC2 is one of the company’s Group GC8 line of performance 8-volt batteries, and is a popular choice for professionals wanting an economical option to power their vehicles and equipment. Although the US 8VGCE XC2 was built for economy, it doesn’t lack in performance. It now offers 110 minutes of runtime at a 56 amp draw, (155 amp-hours at a 20-hour rate) and weighs a hefty 60-lbs. (27kg), making it a top shelf choice in its class.

The US 8VGCE XC2 comes in a durable black polypropylene heat-sealed case with a black top, and features standard bayonet vent caps. It is also available with the company’s SpeedCap® as an added option, and can be ordered with a variety of high-quality terminals to match a wide range of wiring options. Built with U.S. Battery’s exclusive XC2™ Formula and Diamond Plate Technology®, this redesigned 8-volt battery can also reach higher initial rated capacity, and faster cycle up time to full-rated capacity than any other battery in its price range.

For customers who want greater power and performance with premium internal components, U.S. Battery’s line of 8-volt batteries also includes the US 8VGC XC2 (170 Ah at 20-hr rate, 64-lbs/29-kg), the US 8VGHC XC2 (183 Ah at 20-hr rate, 67-lbs/30-kg), and the company’s 8VGCHATB all-terrain battery (205 Ah at 20-hr rate, 73.2-lbs/33.23-kg), a battery designed for the most demanding applications while offering the longest runtimes in the industry.

For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of 8-volt deep-cycle batteries, or any of the company’s line of performance products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.