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.

North Carolina Golf Course Owner Relies On U.S. Battery Products To Keep His Golf Car Fleet Running Longer

When you own and operate a golf course, managing your overall operating expenses becomes a big priority. This is the case for Dennis Watkins, general manager and owner of the Lakewood Golf Club in Statesville, North Carolina.

Watkins has been in the golf course business for more than 40 years and knows that a large part of any course’s operating expenses goes into maintaining and operating a fleet of golf cars. “The batteries we use in our golf car fleet are my life-blood, so I use U.S. Battery US2200 six-volt batteries because they outperform any other brand of I’ve tried in my 40-years in this business,” says Watkins.

As the golf course’s owner and operator Watkins works hard to get as much use out of his fleet of 70 golf cars, which in turn helps lower his overall operating costs. “I make sure that the water levels are above the battery cell plates and I maintain a strict maintenance schedule,” says Watkins. “Compared to other brands, I can consistently get four seasons out of U.S. Battery products before they need to be replaced.”

“I’ve used other competitive brands that cost the same, but the failure rate always left me stuck with unusable batteries. Some have only worked for 24 months. In my experience, U.S. Battery’s US2200-XC2 deep-cycle batteries give me the most value of what I expect to get out of my golf car fleet.”

U.S. Battery’s US2200-XC2 is the company’s most popular six-volt deep-cycle flooded lead-acid battery for the golf car industry. With its exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology® the US2200-XC2 has the highest initial capacity, the highest rated capacity, and the ability to reach peak capacity in fewer cycles, than any other battery in its class. Aside from its performance, the US2200-XC2 batteries also feature extra 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 https://www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery’s Celebrates 90 Years Of Service In The Energy Marketplace

U.S. Battery is celebrating its 90th-anniversary manufacturing deep-cycle batteries for a variety of worldwide markets. The company was founded in Southern California in 1926, and was subsequently purchased by John Anderson.  Anderson had a long established career in the battery industry; which began with companies such as Nickel Silver Battery, Trojan Battery, McCullough Battery, Battery Plates, and Alco Battery.

U.S. Battery founder John AndersonFrom the company’s inception, Anderson focused on the deep-cycle battery market with a commitment to providing customers with the best quality product available. In time, the company has grown to include three manufacturing and distribution plants in Corona, CA, Augusta, GA, and Evans, GA; as well as a global distribution network.

Despite the growth and changes in leadership, U.S. Battery maintains Anderson’s commitment to providing its customers with a high-quality, reliable product that speaks for itself. Because of this, U.S. Battery has developed a worldwide reputation for providing the industry’s most efficient and reliable deep-cycle battery products to a number of national and international industries.

After 90-years, U.S. Battery continues to look to the future.  By continuing to introduce the longest lasting deep cycle batteries available, U.S. Battery products have become the choice for markets such as Golf Car, Electric Vehicle, Floor Cleaning Machines, Access Lifts and Cranes, Recreational Vehicles, Marine, Military and Alternative Energy. “We’re very proud to continue John’s legacy. As we celebrate this anniversary, we are laying the foundation for the next 90 years through the introduction of new and innovative products, as well as the formation of many new partnerships,” says U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President Donald Wallace. “U.S. Battery remains committed to providing customers with a reliable, economical, and environmentally responsible product that is still made here in the United States.”

U.S. Battery products are Original Equipment for a variety of manufacturers and are the primary power source for electric vehicles,  industrial fleets and dealers 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’s New 8VH ATB 8-Volt Deep-Cycle Battery Ready To Power The Heavy-Duty EV Marketplace

U.S. Battery is meeting the needs of a growing heavy-duty electric vehicle market with its new 8VH ATB 8-volt deep-cycle battery. The 8VH ATB is an “all-terrain” battery that can handle extreme power requirements in a variety of electric powered vehicles such as golf cars, off-road vehicles, service equipment, and more. Measuring 10-1/4 (260)L x 7-1/8 (181)W x 11-7/8 (302)H, the US8VH ATB is a GC8H group size battery, designed to fit a variety of vehicles that are built specifically for long distance driving and heavy hauling applications.

Equipped with U.S. Battery’s Xtreme Capacity (XC2®) formulation and Diamond Plate Technology®, the   US8VH ATB has a greater performance capability than other batteries in its class, with the ability to reach higher initial rated capacity, and faster cycle up time to full-rated capacity. Providing 205 amp-hours at a 20-hour rate, the US8VATB offers reliable performance in heavy-duty applications.

Manufactured in the U.S.A., the US8VH ATB weighs 73.25 lbs. (33.23kg) and comes in a durable polypropylene case. This battery can also be ordered with a variety of precision, hand-made terminals to fit any application. For more information contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Sponsors 20th Annual Bulls Only Fishing Tournament

The 20th Annual Bulls Only Dorado Fishing Tournament is an annual gathering of sports fisherman, in which all proceeds go towards improving schools, retirement homes, and local charities in the town of Punta Chivato, Baja California, Mexico. U.S. Battery is a proud sponsor of the 20th Annual Bulls Only Fishing Tournament, supporting the organization that is primarily made up of American citizens who have vacation homes in the area, and who also require batteries to live off-grid, as many utility services are not available in this quaint Mexican fishing village.

“We’re proud to support the tournament and provide help for those people living in Punta Chivato, who lovingly provide for the locals in the town, and have helped raise funds for its emergency services, Community Center, schools and more,” said Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/ Executive VP, Sales and Marketing.

usb_re_all3_med_xc2logo-webMany of the town’s people in Punta Chivato use U.S Battery’s RE L16 XC deep-cycle batteries with Diamond Plate Xtreme Capacity technology, to provide power for their solar power storage systems. 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 the 20th Annual Bulls Only Dorado Tournament, visit the Punta Chivato Facebook page HERE.

For additional 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 www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Receives 2015 General Motors Platinum Award For On-Time Shipping Performance

U.S. Battery Manufacturing received a Platinum Award from General Motor’s Customer Care and Aftersales Division, in recognition of the company’s on-time shipping performance, which exceeded GM’s expectations. “U.S. Battery’s dedication and commitment to consistently perform above expectations are very much appreciated by the entire General Motors team,” said David Poole, General Motor’s Director Supply Chain, and Michelle Braun, GM’s Executive Director Global Purchasing.

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has three distribution plants located in Corona, California, Augusta, Georgia, and Evans, Georgia, which can efficiently ship the company’s products to dealers and distributors worldwide. “We’re proud to be recognized by General Motors, and receive its Platinum level award for our shipping performance,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/ Executive VP, Sales and Marketing. “U.S. Battery strives to achieve this level of performance not only to General Motors, but to all our dealers, large and small, who operate domestically or internationally.”

U.S. Battery is a top tier supplier of batteries to General Motors and other OE manufactures across the world in industries such as. Golf Car, Electric Vehicle, Access Lift & Cranes, Cleaning Machines, Solar and Alternate Energy, RV and Marine, plus many others.
U.S. Battery manufactures a variety of deep-cycle batteries that are all manufactured in the U.S.A. and are designed to reach higher initial rated capacity, and faster cycle up time to full-rated capacity, than other battery in its class. For more information, contact U.S. Battery 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

Selecting The Right Combination of Batteries For An Energy Storage System

Having backup power or being completely off-grid involves having batteries to store energy from your solar array. Most of the difficulty in doing this is determining the amount of energy use and storage capacity you will need. This step-by-step guide and interactive calculator can make it easy to determine your energy requirements and how to build your battery storage system accordingly.

U.S. Battery makes it incredibly easy to determine your energy needs with an Interactive Battery Calculator. The calculator has a variety of typical lighting, electronic devices, and appliances listed on the chart. Simply add in the number of these items and the percentage of time the items will be used. The chart applies your input to determine the total power load in Watts.

USBattery-Calculator

 

After the calculator gives you your total power in Watts, input that number into the U.S. Battery, Battery Sizing Chart. This interactive chart allows you to plug in your nominal voltage (which is usually based on the inverter of the system) and expected load operating hours. The tool will automatically calculate your System Amp-hour capacity while also determining your Required Battery Amp-hour Capacity. The chart also gives you an idea of the most efficient number of batteries required for your system.

U.S. Battery Attends Beijing Golf Show With Shenzen Beixing Trading Inc.

Paul Harchick from U.S. Battery, attended the Beijing Golf Show with U.S. Battery’s China partner and distributor Shenzen Beixing Trading Inc. A majority of the interest was in U.S. Battery’s golf products, especially the new US 12VE 12-volt deep-cycle battery, and the US 8VATB 8-volt battery. Visitors to the Shenzen Beixing Trading Inc. booth included many large golf course superintendents that are keen on utilizing and U.S. Battery products.