Proof Proper Maintenance Adds Years To Golf Car Batteries

In many retirement communities, electric golf cars are the major form of transportation. For one dealer, Jim’s Carts N Parts in Milton, Wisconsin, they train customers in performing proper maintenance procedures on the golf car batteries within the vehicles they sell.  While other golf car dealers hand out pamphlets on battery maintenance, Jim Naughton Sr. takes the time to personally conduct classes for each customer before they take possession of a new or used golf car purchased from them.

The results of these efforts are demonstrated with this latest testimonial from the company, who came across a set of U.S. Battery US2200 XC2 batteries that were purchased new and installed on a customer’s golf car in June of 2012. The team at Jim’s Carts N Parts had purchased the vehicle as a trade-in for a newer model. Once they checked the condition of the batteries, which included a discharge test, it indicated that the batteries lasted 72 minutes on a charge and were still at maximum capacity after more than five years!

Proper battery maintenance for flooded lead-acid batteries is simple and can be checked with an inexpensive hydrometer. More information and tips on proper battery maintenance and using a hydrometer to test a battery’s state of charge, are available at www.usbattery.com.

 

U.S. Battery Teams Up With Off-Grid Blogger Heath Skinner

Off-grid blogger to build 7KW solar renewable energy system utilizing U.S. Battery RE Series deep-cycle batteries for energy storage

Heath Skinner, his wife Cedar and their five children decided to buy property in Franklin County, Idaho and live an off-grid lifestyle. One of their first decisions was to build a 7KW solar powered energy system that uses U.S. Battery RE-Series batteries for power storage. “We discovered the high cost to get power to the property and decided to invest in solar,” said Skinner. “The solar system is fairly large and should produce enough power for our home and outbuildings. To store the power, we’re using 16 U.S. Battery RE L16 XC2 deep-cycle batteries because they’re reliable and American made.”

U.S. Battery RE-Series deep-cycle batteries feature the company’s exclusive XC2™ formulation and provide the highest peak capacity and longest cycle life of any other deep-cycle battery on the market. Coupled with a rugged polypropylene case, heavy-duty lifting handles, and robust terminals, the RE-Series also features Defender Moss shields that guard against mossing shorts. The RE Series also utilizes Outside Positive Plates, a design that mitigates the effects of positive and negative plate sulfation. In addition, the batteries are designed with extra thick glass mat separators which help the batteries provide long-lasting performance.

Skinner is combining the batteries with Suniva solar panels and will update followers on the rest of the components used to make the system functional. “Because of the research I did, these batteries will be sufficient to live off of,” says Skinner. “U.S. Battery Manufacturing also has one of the best reputations in the industry and that’s why I went with them.”

Low Supply For Lithium Is Driving Up Prices

According to Bloomberg Markets, the supply of lithium to keep up with demand is struggling. In an article authored by Laura Milan Lombrana and Johnathan Gilbert, lithium mines are having difficulties getting the raw materials out. Extracting the minerals from areas such as South America are proving to be more difficult than expected, and the result is a change in the market that is driving up prices. “The uncertainty on the supply side is driving prices up and making investors nervous,” said Daniela Desormeaux, CEO of Santiago-based lithium consulting firm SignumBOX. “We need a new project entering the market every year to satisfy growing demand. If that doesn’t happen, the market will be tight.”

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Australia is the largest lithium producer, with Chile and Argentina accounting for 67 percent of global reserves. In one example, Orocobre Ltd., an Australia based company mining in South America, forecasted it would produce 15,000 metric tons for the year through June but ended up at 11,862 tons. The discrepancy was attributed to additional disruptions from bad pumps and bad weather that have slowed production.

The Bloomberg article goes on to say that expansions by established producers, including China’s Tianqi Lithium Corp. and North Carolina’s Albemarle Corp. will more than likely leave a small global surplus by year end, but supply disruptions could put the market back into deficit, CRU’s Fuentes said. If annual demand for Tesla’s Model 3 reaches 700,000 units, as Musk says could happen, the industry will need additional supplies from lithium newcomers. Click Here for the full story on BloombergMarkets.com.

Is Your Floor Cleaning Machine Undercharged?

Ninety percent of the problems maintenance crews have with their battery powered floor cleaning machines, is that they run out of power before they have time to finish the job. This is due to improper charging, where the batteries are not given enough time to reach full capacity and are starting the work day in an undercharged condition. If this is a constant problem, it can eventually lead to batteries that go bad before they need to, and this can be a costly addition to battery replacement costs.

There’s an easy way to find out the battery’s state-of-charge (SOC) with a simple hydrometer.  First, make sure your floor cleaning machine is equipped with the correct deep-cycle batteries for that application. Using the hydrometer requires gloves, safety glasses and should be done in a well-ventilated area. Measuring the SOC of each battery cell and comparing hydrometer specific gravity readings to the specifications found on the battery manufacturer’s website, you’ll be able to determine if the battery is charged or undercharged. If it’s undercharged it’s imperative to give the batteries additional charging times. If the cleaning machines are always in use, try to find times to give them additional charge time during lunch breaks, or when workers may not be using the machines. This will ultimately extend battery life and increase the run times of the machines and add to productivity.

If, however, the batteries are charged for a long period of time and never seem to become fully charged, it can be an indication of other problems in the battery, or with your charger’s algorithms. Check with the battery manufacturer is these problems persist. For more information and tips to improve battery maintenance visit www.usbattery.com.

Checking Electrolyte Levels On Deep Cycle Batteries

Deep Cycle batteries are designed to be constantly charged and discharged to provide optimum power. The result from this constant “cycling” is that some of the electrolyte evaporates, and over time, the electrolyte levels in the battery drops.

To maintain battery performance and reliability, it’s very important to check the water levels in the battery on a monthly basis. To do this, wear eye protection and gloves before removing the vent caps on the batteries. Check with the battery manufacturer to see how to remove the vent caps, (they usually pull or twist off). Start with one cell at a time.

Get a small flashlight and look into the vent. You will see the cell plates in the electrolyte. The level of the electrolyte should be enough so that the cell plates are submerged. Some battery manufacturers recommend the water level be 1/4 inch below the fill well. That’s approximately enough to cover the battery plates, but not enough to touch the bottom of the vent. For more information on deep-cycle battery maintenance and tips on how to improve battery performance and life, visit www.usbattery.com

Visit U.S. Battery At The 2017 ISSA/Interclean Show North America

The 2017 ISSA/Interclean Show North America will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada September 12th – 14th. It’s the world’s largest trade show for the cleaning and facility solutions for the industrial cleaning & supply industry. U.S. Battery Manufacturing is one of more than 700 exhibitors at the event and will be showcasing the company’s products for battery powered cleaning machines and vehicles. U.S. Battery’s sales and marketing team, as well as the company’s engineers, will be available to provide ways on how to maximize performance and extend battery life with battery powered cleaning machines. The U.S. Battery team can also show attendees how to minimize downtime on battery powered machines and provide greater insight into reducing annual operation costs. Visit U.S. Battery at booth #3677 and see what the company can do to help make your cleaning vehicles more efficient.

China’s Largest AWP Equipment Rental Company, Far East Horizon, To Power Its Electric Fleet With U.S. Battery Products

China’s largest AWP rental company switched to U.S. Battery products to power its fleet of battery operated aerial work and platform equipment. “The cooperation between Horizon and U.S. Battery, will not only provide the best support to the business development of Horizon but also for laying a solid foundation of the U.S. Battery brand which is now being used more within the Chinese aerial platform industry,” said Yipin Wang, Far East Horizon General Manager.

Eighty percent of Far East Horizion’s fleet of more than 6,000 vehicles, including high-quality brands such as JLG, Genie and others, will now be outfitted with U.S. Battery products including its US2000-XC2 (6-volt), 12V-XC2 (12-volt), US305HC-XC2 (6-volt), and USL16-XC2 (6-volt) deep-cycle products.

Located in Pudong, China, Far East Horizon operates 41 locations and three major service centers in the country. It offers a complete construction chain including equipment and materials, to management and infrastructure.  “We’ve worked closely with Far East Horizon to help improve its business, and the reliability of its fleet to the growing construction and maintenance infrastructure in China,” says Brad Dwan, U.S. Battery Director of Sales in Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa. “U.S. Battery is happy to be the battery of choice for the company and we look forward to the exponential growth of our products within the market sector in China.”

Designed to provide AWP equipment with greater run times, U.S. Battery products incorporate the company’s exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology® to create a more efficient battery, allowing rental companies and fleets to operate machinery longer on a full charge. U.S. Battery products also reach peak capacity in as few as 25 cycles, provide higher total energy delivery, and extend battery life. For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of AGM and Flooded Lead-Acid batteries, visit the website at www.usbattery.com.

Make A Battery Cleaning Solution

Keeping your battery and the terminals clean is a key maintenance procedure to getting the most performance from your deep cycle batteries. Corrosion occurs when acid from inside of the battery makes its way to the terminals and connectors on top of the battery. The acid attacks the battery terminals and connectors, which if left untreated can reduce or disconnect power to the vehicle. In addition, untreated corrosion can lead to arcing, where the electrical current jumps an air gap resulting in a spark. This arcing can melt terminals, damage connectors, or cause ignition of hydrogen gas emitted during charging.

Fortunately, battery terminal corrosion can be easily cleaned with a special solution that neutralizes battery acid. The solution can be made by mixing one tablespoon (15ml) of baking soda to every 1-cup (250ml) of hot water. Apply the solution to the corroded areas of the battery terminals and use a wire brush or toothbrush to gently clean off any additional residue on the terminals. Once the terminals and wiring are clean, rinse the area with water to rinse any remaining solution off the batteries. Use some paper towels to dry the area.

To slow down the corrosion process apply some corrosion prevention spray to the terminals to coat them. Make sure to check the terminals approximately every six months and clean as necessary. Be sure to use protective gloves and safety glasses to prevent injury and ensure all connections are safely removed from the batteries prior to cleaning. For more battery maintenance tips, visit www.usbattery.com.

Getting More Power From Your Aerial Lift

Replacement Batteries For Aerial Lifts

When working on a job site it is necessary for equipment operators to get the most battery life out of your scissor lifts.  High-quality Deep Cycle batteries can provide you with years of reliable cost efficient power.  Choosing the right batteries and properly maintaining them is crucial to get the most out of your lift.

Picking the Correct Battery

When selecting a replacement battery it is important to refer to the lift manufacturer’s specifications.  Most lifts use either 6V or 12V batteries, but not all batteries are able to supply sufficient power for every lift. The size of the lift, its lift capacity, and the lift’s intended application help determine its power requirements.

For Example:

  • JLG’s ES Series and R Series scissor lifts utilize a 24V system requiring four 6V batteries with a minimum rating of 220 amp-hours. Batteries like the U.S. Battery  US 2000 XC2 or US 2200 XC2 are ideal for these power requirements.
  • While the JLG LE Series scissor lifts are a 48V system and require eight 6V batteries with a minimum rating of 370 amp-hours. Making our US L16 XC2 the perfect fit for this series of lifts.

 

Maintaining Your Deep Cycle Batteries

Committing to a regular maintenance regimen is essential to increasing your lift’s battery life.  Regularly doing the following can also greatly reduce your operating costs:

For a full list of proper Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance procedures please see our Care & Maintenance page or download our Care & Maintenance brochure.

U.S. Battery Deep Cycle batteries are handcrafted in the U.S.A. The batteries also feature our exclusive XC2 formulation that gives 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.

Do you have a Skyjack, Snorkel, Genie, or another type aerial lift and want to know what U.S. Battery product would work best for you? Then please leave a comment below.

 

U.S. Battery Provides Sponsorship For The W.R. & Floy A. Sauey Family Foundation

U.S. Battery Was A Sponsor For A Wisconsin Golf Event, Benefiting A Local Boys & Girls Club

U.S. Battery Manufacturing was one of the sponsors of the 17th annual charity golf event that was put on by the W.R. & Floy A. Sauey Family Foundation, located in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The funds raised at this annual golf event benefitted the Boys’ & Girls Club of Baraboo, to enable young adults to reach their full potential as adults in the community.

The charity event took place Monday, June 5th at the Baraboo Country Club, where a U.S. Battery sponsored golf car provided beverages to those who participated in the golf outing throughout the day. “We’re happy to support a cause towards educating and supporting youth programs like the Boys & Girls Club,” said Mike Coad, U.S. Battery Director of Sales. “U.S. Battery, along with our area distributor Northern Battery, became aware of this charity event and offered to participate. Both myself and Kyle Donskey from Northern Battery attended the event and were amazed at a number of people that came out to support their cause.”

The W.R. & Floy A. Sauey Family Foundation is a private foundation which receives annual charitable contributions from the Nordic Group of Companies Ltd., which include Columbia ParCar, Duncan Toys Co., Flambeau Inc. and several others. The Nordic Group provides charitable contributions to the Foundation, which in turn, make constructive contributions to local communities in which the Nordic Group of Companies Ltd. has operations.

For more information on the W.R. & Floy A. Sauey Family Foundation, visit their website at http://www.saueyfamily.org. Additional information on U.S. Battery’s products for golf car, electric vehicle, maintenance machines, solar power, access lift, and many other industries worldwide, visit www.usbattery.com.