U.S. Battery Manufacturing Is A Proud Sponsor Of The 21st Annual Bulls Only Dorado Fishing Tournament Held In Baja Mexico

U.S. Battery Manufacturing is a sponsor of the 21st Annual Bulls Only Dorado Fishing Tournament held in Punta Chivato, Baja California, Mexico. The tournament is an annual gathering of sports fishermen who try to capture the largest Dorado (Mahi-mahi) in the area. The proceeds from the tournament go towards assisting local schools, retirement homes, and charities of Punta Chivato, Baja California, Mexico.

“Over the years the tournament has done so much for this small fishing village, where many of its residents, local and those U.S. citizens who have vacation homes there, are off-grid and utilize U.S. Battery RE-Series products with their solar and wind systems,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/ Executive VP, Sales and Marketing.

The annual tournament takes place June 23rd to the 25th and offers up to $1,000 for the largest fish, along with $500 and $250 in prize money for second and third place anglers. The event also offers participants numerous raffle prizes, including certificates for U.S Battery’s RE L16 XC deep-cycle batteries that feature Diamond Plate Xtreme Capacity technology, Defender™ moss shields, and Outside Positive (OSP™) battery design that mitigates positive plate deterioration.

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 the website at https://www.usbattery.com.

Extending Battery Life With An Equalization Charge

Equalization Charging Can Prevent Electrolyte Stratification

By Fred Wehmeyer, Senior VP Engineering for U.S. Battery Manufacturing

Extending the service life of flooded lead-acid batteries for a golf car fleet is definitely an easy way to save money on annual operating costs. Many fleet managers diligently perform routine maintenance such as checking the battery’s water levels, cleaning terminals, and following proper charging techniques. However, many don’t realize that over time batteries can develop electrolyte stratification. Electrolyte stratification is the result of poor acid circulation that causes higher concentrated acid to fall to the bottom of the battery. This can cause poor battery performance and in extreme cases, stratification damages the bottom of the battery plates causing early battery failure.

Performing an equalization charge reduces the chance of electrolyte stratification.  An equalization charge simply adds an extended high voltage charge at the end of the normal charging process. Charging the battery at a higher voltage level promotes gassing (bubbling) of the electrolyte. The bubbling “re-mixes” the acid and water and prevents stratification from occurring.

 

How To Perform An Equalization Charge

Many high-quality battery chargers have an equalization feature that performs this process as needed, but if your charger doesn’t have one, it’s a simple step-by-step process.

 

1. Make sure the battery is a flooded lead-acid type.

2. All electrical loads to the battery must be removed.

3. The process must be performed in a well-ventilated area with the operator wearing protective equipment such as safety glasses and gloves.

4. Connect your charger and charge the batteries until the normal charge cycle is completed.

  • If the charger is equipped with an automatic equalizing mode, make sure the charger is connected and powered up long enough to complete the equalization.
  • If the charger is not equipped with an automatic equalization mode, assure the charger completes a full, automatic charge and then restart the charger by disconnecting AC power and reconnecting. The charger should restart and extend the charge time by 1-3 hours.

5. Look for gassing and bubbling of the electrolyte to ensure the process is working.

6. Using a hydrometer, take specific gravity readings every hour.

7. You will know that the equalization process is complete when the specific gravity values no longer increase during the gassing stage.  If the charger terminates the charge automatically, before the hourly specific gravity readings are constant, restart the charger and continue the process until specific gravity readings are constant. Consult your battery manufacturer for fully charged specific gravity values.

8. Make sure to replace any water lost during the process.

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Equalizing is just one of several procedures you should be adding to your maintenance schedule every time you service the batteries.  This regular service, including watering, should be performed at least once a month or more frequently during periods of heavy use. For more information, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit https://www.usbattery.com.

Correct Charger Settings And An Off-Season Charging Regimen, Dramatically Extended The Battery Life Of This Golf Car Fleet

Congress Lake Club in Ohio Found That By Changing To The Correct Charger Settings, With An Off-Season Charging Regimen, Can Dramatically Extended The Battery Life Of Its Golf Car Fleet.

When Congress Lake Club in Hartville, Ohio purchased a new fleet of EZGO TXT golf cars in May of 2012 they didn’t expect to get sluggish performance right from the start. One of the club’s members, Bill Glover, retired U.S. Battery VP of Sales, immediately realized that the golf cars were not performing at their full potential. Since the golf cars were also outfitted with U.S. Battery products, Glover got with the club’s safety supervisor Lynne Vincent, and Bob Gegick, superintendent of grounds, to work on ways to solve the problem.

After doing some preliminary testing, it was determined that the batteries appeared to be undercharged. The first course of action was to put the batteries through a series of equalizing charges to see if their performance would improve. The result of this process showed improvement in the overall battery performance, indicating that this was most likely a charging issue and not a battery related problem. Glover contacted Delta-Q, the manufacturer of the charging system, and requested that they send him some chargers with a revised charging algorithm installed (basically this amounted to a simple software change). “After being cycled five or six times with the new chargers and correct charging profile, the batteries quickly ramped back up to their full rated capacity, further verifying that incorrect charging regimes were the root cause of the sluggish performance,” said Glover.

Bill Glover, retired VP of Sales at U.S. Battery with Lynne Vincent.

Bill Glover with Lynne Vincent

To avoid this type of situation again, Glover and Vincent decided to create an off-season charging regimen that would prevent the batteries from their fleet from having this problem again after they have been sitting through the winter months. The process involves:

 

  • Allowing each golf car to run through a charge and checking the state-of-charge in each battery.
  • A discharge machine is used to cycle each golf car.
  • A constant current charger is placed on the batteries to bring them up to full charge, 1.275 specific gravity readings in each battery cell. This step was done several times to assure the sulfate is completely transformed back into the solution.

“The off-season charging regimen has been extremely effective in keeping the golf cars performing like new every year,” said Glover. “The program has worked to extend the life of the batteries which are now five years old, and the golf cars are still running like new.”

While U.S. Battery recommends storing batteries in a fully charged state, these additional steps have proven to be beneficial to the Congress Lakes Club’s fleet of golf cars. For additional information on battery charging and maintenance tips can be found on the U.S. Battery website at www.usbattery.com.  More information on Congress Lakes Club can be found at www.congresslakeclub.com.

 

 

Golf Car News Features U.S. Battery Products In The March/April 2017 Issue

The March/April 2017 issue of Golf Car News is the publication’s annual battery guide, which features U.S. Battery’s new Endurance Plus™ line on the cover. The Endurance Plus battery line includes six, eight and 12-volt batteries that offer improved performance and higher overall efficiency at a better value.

The Golf Car News battery guide features a listing of golf car battery specs from seven different manufacturers, providing insightful specifications on the most popular batteries for the industry and personal use. The issue also features an in-depth article from U.S. Battery’s Senior VP of Engineering, Fred Wehmeyer, who offers tips on comparing batteries. The article explains that battery manufacturers don’t always use the same testing conditions, so the ratings and advertised data on one battery may not be the same on another. The full article in Golf Car News is available on the Golf Car News website that includes a helpful Infographic.

For additional information on battery comparisons or on any of U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s products for golf car applications, visit www.usbattery.com.

Donating Batteries To The Travel Town Museum Foundation in Los Angeles, Ca, Helps Preserve A Piece Of Railroading History

In an effort to help preserve a small piece of railroading history, U.S. Battery donated a set of its 15-4-1 XC2, 8-volt deep-cycle batteries to the Travel Town Foundation in Los Angeles, California, who are in the process of restoring a 1929 M.177 Motorcar.

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“The restoration of the M.122 has been on-going since the mid-1980’s,” said Nancy Gneier, Executive Director at the Travel Town Museum Foundation. “Donations like this, however, help us with the continuous process of restoring vehicles that showcase the history of transportation in our country, as well as give high-school students a venue to volunteer and earn community service hours. Programs like ours actually help kids to be responsible and learn how to communicate better, which will help them later in life.”

One of the student volunteers, Will Cosso, started working at the Travel Town Foundation at age 14. Cosso turned 18 and became an Eagle Scout, and was proud to be one of the only volunteers allowed to work on the M.177 project. According to Gneier, additional funds generated from donations, allowed them to build a new gift shop, which has more room for the operation to grow. “We’re turning the current gift shop into our volunteer center,” said Gneier. “This will help us with volunteer meetings and help us expand.

The 15-4-1 XC2 batteries fit perfectly in the two original battery compartments of the M.177 Motorcar and once connected, will help bring it back to life. “We fully support the Travel Town Foundation in their efforts to help kids and preserve a piece of railroad history,” said Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive VP Sales, and Marketing.  “If this small donation will help the foundation keep serving the community and helping kids, then we’re proud to be a part of it.”

According to Reese, the engine has a generator and agitator, (used to start the motor). The generator will recharge the batteries and allow the electrical system on the Motorcar to become fully operational. While the M.177 still has a way to go before it’s fully restored, the Travel Town Foundation continues to be dedicated to preserving these vehicles, while providing life lessons to youth in the process.

The Travel Town Foundation and Museum is located alongside the Los Angeles Zoo, and Griffith Park, in Los Angeles, California. The Museum is open daily and offers miniature train rides for children, areas for parties and events, and docent tours given by student volunteers. For more information on the Travel Town Foundation, visit www.traveltown.org. Additional information on U.S. Battery products, visit www.usbattery.com.

 

The U.S. Battery 15-4-1 XC2 batteries fit nicely into the M.177's original battery compartment.

The U.S. Battery 15-4-1 XC2 batteries fit nicely into the M.177’s original battery compartment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project manager Bryan Reese with the original Winton gasoline engine in the M.177.

Project manager Bryan Reese with the original Winton gasoline engine in the M.177.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Travel Town Foundation is currently restoring several trains which also provides a way for students to earn volunteer service towards college.

The Travel Town Foundation is currently restoring several trains which also provides a way for students to earn volunteer service towards college.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project manager Bryan Reese with one of the student volunteers Will Cosso.

Project manager Bryan Reese with one of the student volunteers Will Cosso.

Battery Maintenance Training For Customers Helps One Golf Car Dealer Diminish Battery Returns

After 15 years of selling new and used golf cars, Jim Naughton Sr., owner of Jim’s Cart N Parts in Milton, Wisconsin, sells lots of golf car batteries to power them. What sets this dealership apart, however, is that within the last 10 years the company has seen only one battery come back under warranty. “We have customers that get 10 years out of a single set of batteries in a golf car that we sell,” says Naughton. “The reason is that we set up a mandatory training session where customers learn how to take care of their golf car’s batteries. If they don’t want to attend, we don’t sell them a golf car.”

Jim’s Carts N Parts services a growing population of retirement home owners in the area, who prefer to drive around in electric vehicles. Naughton saw the need to properly train his customers in the methods of maintaining the golf car batteries in the vehicles they sell. “Our success begins with using only U.S. Battery products, which over the years, have provided the best long-term performance for the vehicles we sell,” said Naughton. “We get them from our dealer Northern Battery who also provides us with the service and dedication that meets our requirements. The training we offer is as simple as showing our customers how to check and maintain the electrolyte levels in the batteries, and to ignore all the other advice given to them by family members or their RV buddies. If we show them right from the start how to properly maintain their batteries, they can typically get an average of five to seven-year life spans from a set of U.S. Batteries in their golf cars.”

At age 71, Naughton learned the importance of educating and providing service to their customers from his early experience in the battery business and meeting with U.S. Battery’s founder John Anderson. “He was a ‘matter of fact’ sort of guy,” said Naughton. “We sat around discussing the battery business and how well customers respond when you take interest in their needs and educate them.” Naughton is passing on his experience and sales techniques to his son who also shares in his dad’s beliefs and plans to continue doing business this way. “The customer is coming to us because we’re experts on golf cars, so we also have to be experts on batteries too,” said Naughton Sr.

Regularly checking electrolyte levels, performing an equalization charge, in addition to checking and cleaning battery terminals and connections, are additional methods that can increase battery life. More information can be found on U.S. Battery’s video on proper battery maintenance here.  For more information, on U.S. Battery products, visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Manufacturing Earns Hyster-Yale Group’s Preferred Supplier Status

After a comprehensive review by Hyster-Yale Group’s Supplier Quality Engineering team (SQE), U.S. Battery Manufacturing achieved Preferred Supplier Status, the highest rating any supplier to the company can achieve. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., designs, manufactures and sells handling equipment that is used in more than 700 industries globally. U.S. Battery Manufacturing is a supplier of flooded lead-acid batteries to the company, which are used in the various battery powered Hyster-Yale vehicles.

The company’s large global presence requires that its suppliers, like U.S. Battery Manufacturing, follow strict quality, reliability, and efficiency guidelines to maintain Hyster-Yale’s high-quality expectations. U.S. Battery achieved that status by its commitment to providing the highest quality product and services to Hyster-Yale. According to Hyster-Yale’s SQE team, U.S. Battery Manufacturing achieved high ranks in cost, quality, and delivery. “There is no way that U.S. Battery Manufacturing could have achieved Preferred Supplier Status without the full cooperation of everyone from our customer service to shipping departments,” said George Stratis, U.S. Battery Southeastern Regional Sales Manager.

Large or small, U.S. Battery is committed to providing a high-level of service to its customers and with a proven track record of product reliability, delivery, and customer service, U.S. Battery proudly carries its Preferred Supplier Status with Hyster-Yale as proof of the company’s capabilities. For more information, on U.S. Battery products, visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Trucks Provide Aid To South Georgia Residents After Being Hit By Devastating Tornados

After several tornados hit the Albany region of South Georgia, it left hundreds of families without homes. As people called for aid, U.S. Battery’s Director of Transportation Scott Perdue was contacted by an associate pastor from a church in Acworth, Georgia, and asked if the company would help in delivering food and supplies.

As a result of this outreach, the owners of U.S. Battery made the use of one of the company’s over the road truck and trailer available along with U.S. Battery driver, Tony Pitchford. “In just two days, the church managed to get enough donations of food, water and other necessities to fill one of our trailers, and we were able to get them to the people in Albany,” said Perdue.

“I cannot tell you how appreciative we are of your outstanding generosity,” said Rev. Chuck Smith, Pastor of Glade Rd. Baptist Church in Acworth, Georgia. “You were very instrumental in making the lives of those who lost so much, a little more bearable. Thanks to people and business like you, we were able to supply food, water, clothes, hygiene products, and many other necessary items to the victims.”

“U.S. Battery has manufacturing and distribution plants in Augusta and Evans, Georgia and are always ready to help people in need when necessary,” said Perdue. “This is no different from when we participated in the Convoy Of Care to deliver food and supplies to Louisiana flood victims last year.”

U.S. Battery is a manufacturer of premium batteries used for industrial and commercial applications. The company has been manufacturing batteries since 1926 and is ships products worldwide. For more information, visit www.usbattery.com.

How To Take Cold Temperature Hydrometer Readings For Optimum Battery Performance

Don’t be alarmed if your golf car fleet operates differently as the winter season sets in. Charge and discharge performance of lead-acid batteries is temperature sensitive, so colder weather can result in lower runtimes. Colder weather can also prevent batteries from getting a full charge, so it’s important to take periodic specific gravity readings. When taking specific gravity measurements, be sure to compensate for the temperature of the battery electrolyte in order to get an accurate reading.

Lead-Acid Battery Temperature Correction Factor

Specific gravity readings are referenced against a standard temperature of the electrolyte (not the ambient temperature) of 80-degrees F or 27-degrees C. As a rule of thumb, subtract four points (.004) from your hydrometer reading for every 10-degrees below 80 °F. In Celsius, subtract four points (.004) for every 5.6-degrees below 27°C.

As an example; if the temperature of the electrolyte is 50 °F and your battery specific gravity reading is 1.200, you must subtract .012 from your reading. In this case .004 for every 10-degrees equals .012. Subtract this from 1.200 and your corrected specific gravity reading is 1.188. In this reading, the battery cell is less than 50 percent charged and should be recharged before being put into service. If your corrected specific gravity readings are low, simply charge the batteries until the readings are above 1.265 or above your battery manufacturer’s specification.

Temperature also affects discharge rates. A cold battery will self-discharge slower than a warm battery, but will also exhibit lower capacity. Lower temperature increases the resistance in the battery and causes a reduction in battery capacity. A general rule of thumb to find out the overall capacity of your fleet’s batteries is to figure that for every 15-20 degrees below 80 F, the battery loses 10 percent of its capacity.

 

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If your golf car fleet goes into storage during the winter months, make sure that all of the batteries in the fleet are fully charged. This will prevent the electrolyte from freezing and prevent premature battery failure. While in storage, batteries should be boosted every 60 days in colder months and every 30 days in warmer months.

For more information on golf car batteries, run-time ratings, and maintenance tips to keep golf car batteries running longer, visit www.usbattery.com.

 

US 100 DIN 6-Volt Battery Offers Greater Performance And Longer Operating Time

U.S. Battery Manufacturing continues to optimize its product line with the introduction of its new US 100DIN XC2, six-volt battery. This DIN GC2 group size battery measures 9-5/8” (244mm)L x 7-1/2” (191mm)W x 10-7/8” (276mm)H and has been designed to fit a wide range of equipment applications specifically found within the European market. With a 247 amp-hour rating at a 20-hour rate and a run-time of 204 minutes at a 56-amp draw, the US 100DIN XC2 is designed to keep vehicles running longer. With proper maintenance, this battery can also provide longer service life, and lower annual operating costs.

The US 100DIN XC2 comes in a heat-sealed, heavy-duty, blue polypropylene case and weighs 61 lbs. (28kG). It comes with standard bayonet vent caps and is also available with the company’s SpeedCap® as an added option. Both vent cap options are flame retardant, creating a safeguard not found in most competitive batteries. The new and unique design also allows for the use of single point watering, a feature not available on any other battery in this size range. Additionally, lifting brackets have been added for ease of installation and removal. The standard terminal configuration features a robust SAE post. Built with U.S. Battery’s exclusive XC2™ Formula and Diamond Plate Technology®, the US 100DIN XC2 can reach higher initial rated capacity and faster cycle up time to full-rated capacity than any other battery in its price range.

For more information on U.S. Battery’s complete line of deep-cycle batteries for any application, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945.  Visit www.usbattery.com.