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.

U.S. Battery’s AGM Series Batteries Provide A Higher Standard Of Reliability And Maintenance-Free Performance

U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s line of AGM Series batteries combines maintenance-free, deep-cycle performance, with the same high standards as the company’s flooded lead acid deep-cycle products are known for. 

Used in a variety of industries, including floor machines, work platforms, transportation, marine, RV, electric vehicles, aircraft applications and more, U.S. Battery’s AGM products are tough, durable, and provide optimum performance in conditions where most other maintenance free batteries fail.

Utilizing the most advanced paste and plate technology available, U.S. Battery’s AGM products produce longer life-cycles and very low self-discharge rates. Built with the highest quality case and cover materials, as well as rigidly mounted plates, all of the AGM Series products are designed to withstand shock and vibrations, and feature low hydrogen gas emissions allowing them to be used safely in tight compartments.

Manufactured in a variety of sizes for 6-volt and 12-volt applications, U.S. Battery’s AGM line is 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’s 8VGCi XC2 Offers A Performance Upgrade That Fits Most Single Point Watering Systems

U.S. Battery’s new US 8VGCi XC2 enables vehicle owners to easily upgrade their 8-volt deep-cycle battery to a higher-performing, longer lasting battery, and continue to use their existing manifold-style single point watering system.

Since battery manufacturers have different styles of vent caps, it’s often difficult to change or upgrade to a different battery brand, especially if you’ve already invested in a single point watering system. With the introduction of U.S. Battery’s new US 8VGCi XC2 option, it’s easy to upgrade to a better battery and keep your existing watering system.  The new US 8VGCi XC2 version will also fit existing Flow Rite and BWT systems as well, giving you the option to upgrade your single point watering system at a later date.

The new US 8VGCi XC2 is a Group GC8 size battery that provides 170 amp-hours at the 20-hour rate, making it a powerful and reliable upgrade for a variety of heavy-duty applications. Equipped with U.S. Battery’s exclusive XC2™ Formula and Diamond Plate Technology®, the 8VGCi XC2 reaches higher initial rated capacity, and faster cycle up time to full-rated capacity, than any other battery in its class and price range.

Manufactured in the U.S.A., the US 8VGCi XC2 weighs 64 lbs. (29.0kg) and comes in a durable polypropylene case. This battery is only available with bayonet vent caps, and does not come with U.S. Battery’s exclusive SpeedCap®. It can also be ordered with a variety of precision-made terminals to fit your particular application. For more information contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

RV Batteries- Tips To Extending Battery Life

Simple Steps To Ensure You’re Never Without Power In Your RV

Backup battery power in your RV provides a great advantage when visiting campsites or locations where hookups aren’t available. However when the maintenance of these deep-cycle batteries is neglected, it can dramatically shorten their overall performance and service life.

While it’s sometimes difficult to always remember to water and check your RV’s batteries, following a strict and regular battery maintenance program can dramatically increase their performance and longevity.

A regular maintenance program for deep-cycle batteries isn’t extremely difficult. Here are several simple procedures to follow that will make them last longer and save you money in the long run.

 

1) Safety Is Most Important
Be sure to wear gloves, eye protection, and work in a well-ventilated area. Remove any electrical loads, even a battery charger, when servicing batteries.

2) Check The Batteries
Open the battery compartment and check to make sure the vent caps on top of the batteries are properly seated. The vent caps contain spark arrestors to help prevent ignition of gasses in and around the batteries. Always keep them in place except during watering.

3) Clean Terminals
Use a solution of baking soda and water to neutralize any corrosion on battery terminals. Use a wire brush with a wooden or plastic handle to prevent accidental arcing. Rinse the area with water and dry with a clean cloth.

4) Check Connections
Battery terminal connections can come loose, so check to make sure they’re tight. The recommended terminal torque is 100 inch-pounds or just 15 to 18 pounds on the end of a six-inch wrench. Use insulated tools or wrap them with electrical tape to prevent accidental arcing. Add a bit of silicone spray on the terminals to resist corrosion.

5) Check Electrolyte Levels
Check the electrolyte levels of the batteries every two to four weeks depending on use. Some electrolyte is lost after each charge cycle, so it’s important to make sure the electrolyte is at the proper level—about a quarter inch below the bottom of the fill well.

6) Add Water
If electrolyte levels are low, add water, but follow these procedures:
a) Always charge the battery before watering but make sure the electrolyte covers the plates before charging. b) Use caution when removing the vent caps to prevent acid splatter. c) Use only distilled or deionized water. d) Use a watering gun or pitcher to fill each cell to prevent over-watering (never use a water hose). e) Water all cells evenly and replace the battery vent caps assuring each one is properly installed and seated.

7) Perform An Equalization Charge
Every thirty days, you should perform an equalization charge, especially if your RV has been in storage. An equalization charge is an extended charge that is done after the normal charge has completed. It causes additional gassing in the electrolyte (bubbling) which is essential for mixing the electrolyte to prevent electrolyte stratification. Stratification is a build-up of stronger acid at the bottom of the battery that can reduce battery life. Make sure to check the battery manufacturer’s recommendations for proper charging to make sure the correct charger is being used. If your charger is equipped with an automatic equalizing mode, make sure the charger is connected and powered up long enough to complete a full equalization charge. If your charger is not equipped with an automatic equalization mode, assure the charger has completed a full charge and then restart the charger by disconnecting AC power and reconnecting. The charger should restart and extend the charge time by one to three hours.

According to Fred Wehmeyer, senior vice president of engineering at U.S. Battery Manufacturing, these maintenance procedures can dramatically increase the life of your RV’s batteries and save you the cost of having to replace them more frequently. In the long run, you’ll enjoy your trips and not have to worry about the power going out when you need it most.

For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of RV and Marine products, visit www.usbattery.com.