Consistent Battery Maintenance Is Key To Longevity And Performance

There’s something to be said about due diligence, especially when it comes to your golf car’s batteries. While many individuals and golf courses are content with simply charging batteries overnight, and checking water levels whenever they get around to it, others conform to a strict maintenance schedule that ultimately prevents numerous conditions that can lead to poor performance and ultimately, battery failure.

Run It Till It Dies

The downtime while your batteries are charging is often inconvenient and some golf car owners run the car until it’s nearly out of power or dead altogether. Batteries that experience frequent deep discharges (discharges of more than 50-percent of a battery’s rated capacity) will have dramatically shorter life than batteries with lower depth of discharge (DOD). The use of ‘opportunity charging’ or charging at every opportunity instead of waiting to recharge until batteries are fully discharged will dramatically increase battery life. (This should not take the place of fully charging regularly.)  If you need longer runtime between charges, consider switching to batteries with higher amp-hour capacity.  This may require switching to a different type of battery with a lower voltage per monoblock but higher capacity.

For example, a golf car with a 48-volt battery pack can use four 12-volt batteries, six 8-volt batteries or eight 6-volt batteries (if space is available).  While all provide the same 48-volt pack voltage, the eight 6-volt batteries provide the highest capacity and runtime. According to Fred Wehmeyer, Senior VP of Engineering at U.S. Battery Manufacturing, a battery that is routinely discharged to 40% DOD will last about 2.2 times longer than a battery that is discharged to 80% DOD. The initial cost for eight 6-volt batteries is higher than four 12-volt batteries; but considering how much longer they will last, the return on investment is much greater.

Water Whenever

Failing to consistently check water levels and add water to your batteries can also result in low capacity and eventual battery failure if left unchecked. Watering flooded lead-acid batteries is one of the most basic and important maintenance procedures. During battery charging, gases evolved from the decomposition of water results in water loss. This lost water must be replaced by regular water addition.  The rate of water loss can be even higher at elevated temperature and water levels must be checked more frequently. If water is not replaced regularly, the tops of the battery plates in each cell can become exposed to air and damaged to the point that capacity is reduced and battery life is shortened.  Electrolyte levels should always be maintained above the top of the plates by adding water before charging and after charging to about 1/8-inch below the bottom of the vent wells.  Final watering should be done after charging to prevent electrolyte overflow.

If you really hate watering batteries, consider a Single Point Watering System and a battery watering monitor. These often come in kits that are pre-made for specific golf cars and/or battery packs. Monitors such as U.S. Battery’s Sense Smart Valve works with SPWS systems and indicates via a dash or battery mounted LED when the batteries need water.

Summer’s Over; Park It Till Next Year

Improper battery storage is, unfortunately,  a common practice with resorts and RV owners. Storing your golf car with the battery pack in a discharged condition for a long period of time can lead to sulfation (a condition that leads to the development of large lead sulfate crystals that reduce the battery’s available capacity). Over time, this sulfation can reduce both the full charge capacity and overall life of the battery.

The battery pack should always be fully charged before the vehicle is put into long-term storage. In winter months, this also prevents the batteries from freezing. Maintaining the batteries at full charge will keep your batteries in good condition until the next time you use them.

Selecting The Right Single Point Watering System

Watering batteries is a necessary maintenance procedure to keep flooded lead-acid batteries performing at their best. But for those that dread the procedure because the batteries are difficult to get to or if they require removing the batteries simply to peer into the cells and check the water level, there’s a much easier way.

Many people are familiar with Single Point Watering Systems (SPWS). These can be a time and labor saver that makes it much easier to add water to flooded lead-acid batteries. These systems simply replace the battery cell caps with small valves that allow water to pour into each cell when they need it, and shut off when the level is correct.

While the process sounds simple enough, the types and kinds of systems can be confusing. For battery manufacturers like U.S. Battery, one of the leading manufacturers of flooded lead-acid batteries in the United States, they are big promoters of using SPWS. For those not knowing which type of SPWS to get, they offer some guidelines to help to make the right decision.

The company works with two major SPWS manufacturers, Battery Watering Technologies (BWT) and Flow-Rite. Both systems are excellent in providing easy ways to keep batteries and battery packs watered correctly, but they differ in their construction. the BTW system utilizes flexible hoses that are easily attached to the battery or battery pack and can be used with a gravity-feed water tank or siphon hose to direct water into the batteries. The BWT system is perfect for tight compartments where reaching the batteries may be difficult but because of the flexible tubing, it can accommodate changes to your batteries and system. For example, if you had an SPWS on a 48-volt system that uses eight 6V batteries, the BWT system could easily be used on a system that was switched out to which could be changed later to using four 12V batteries.

The Flow-Rite system is similar in that it attaches to the batteries in the same way, but it uses more durable-harder water manifolds that are made for specific applications and the number of batteries used in that application. Converting from eight to four batteries would require a new system of hoses, but because the Flow-Rite hoses are more durable, they have the advantage of being able to withstand more abuse in rugged or high-vibration applications. For vehicles and machinery that have very tight compartments and limited space where changing battery types is not an option, the Flow-Rite system could be a good long-term solution.

View images of step by step installations of both systems here: https://usbattery.com/products/watering-systems/

Sense Smart ValveThe best system will depend on your specific application but both systems can also benefit from an electrolyte sensor, which will indicate when it’s time to add water to your batteries. U.S. Battery offers its Sense Smart Valve, which fits into one of the battery pack’s cells, and features a sensor that indicates via an LED light that changes from green to red if your battery pack needs water. Because the sensor is built into an SPWS valve, it works with BWT systems and also has an available dashboard mountable indicator.

No matter which type of system is best for your application, using an SPWS is definitely a much easier way to water batteries, and in doing so, you’ll also prolong the life and performance of your battery pack, which will save you money in the long run. For more information on SPWS systems and flooded lead-acid batteries for your particular application, visit www.usbattery.com.

 

U.S. Battery Supports Sprinter Build Out International’s Project Adventure Camper

With more than 16,000 members, Sprinter Build Out International is a growing group on Facebook that provides tips and answers to Sprinter owners who are building their vehicles as multi-use camper, sports, and work utility vehicles. The group’s administrator and creator Rick Griffin is also in the process of building out his Sprinter van to use for both work and camping.

Griffin reached out to U.S. Battery Manufacturing to get more information on storing power for a solar system he’s installing for the vehicle. “I am the superintendent of a construction company and I’ve become familiar with batteries and battery storage,” says Griffin. “When it came to energy storage, I shopped around and talked to a variety of manufacturers, and came across U.S. Battery. After polling some of our members, U.S. Battery came up high on the list for reliability and customer service.”

USBattery2224AGMsU.S. Battery liked Griffin’s ideas and helped by providing two 2224 AGM 6-volt Batteries for his solar project. Running the 6volt batteries in series to support a 12volt system. “We’re running a refrigerator, TV, and other accessories and the vehicle battery wasn’t enough,” said Griffin. “So we found a battery tray built by Adventure Wagon that would accept two 6volt batteries and we’re connecting three solar panels from Renogy solar. We’re hoping that this will give us more than enough energy to power our accessories when out on adventures.”

U.S. Battery AGM deep-cycle batteries are a maintenance-free design that uses absorbed glass matt plates (AGM) that don’t require adding water, won’t spill or be damaged if frozen. In addition, these batteries are designed to be stored for longer periods of time are often used in aircraft applications and enclosed spaces.

Griffin has also added a dinette bed conversion and used high-tech honeycomb aircraft material that is strong but lightweight. According to Griffin, he wants the Sprinter to be usable for work and adventures but doesn’t want to add unnecessary weight. The U.S. Battery AGMs will also help with keeping the system light, but also maintenance free.  More information on Sprinter Build Out International’s project can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SprinterBuild/

 

More information on U.S. Battery’s line of deep-cycle AGM or flooded lead-acid batteries for a variety of applications can be found on the U.S. Battery website at www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Celebrates America Recycles Day (ARD) November 15th

Aluminum cans, glass, plastic, they are all products that most Americans recycle on a daily basis. But not many people realize that the lead-acid battery industry has a recycling rate that is 99.93-percent, making it the most recycled consumer product in the United States.

According to the Battery Council International, lead recyclers undergo some of the most restrictive emissions regulations. The process of recycling lead combined with tough emissions standards has produced new methods of recycling with reduced emissions that are far below EPA regulations. The BCI reports that contamination in the air has dropped by 99 percent since 1980. In addition, a recent study released by the BCI suggests that the U.S. lead battery industry enables more than 95,000 jobs for American workers and contributed more than $28 billion in total economic output to the national economy in 2016.*

It’s easy to see why many industries that purchase and utilize U.S. Battery Manufacturing flooded lead-acid batteries, have continued to utilize them to power everything from fleets of golf cars, aerial lifts, cleaning machines and more. In addition to reducing annual operating costs, industries and individuals embracing battery power are also doing their part to help the economy and the environment. Join U.S. Battery and celebrate ARD by returning any used flooded lead-acid battery to your nearest battery recycling center. For more information on how and where to recycle batteries, visit www.call2recycle.org.

*Lead Battery Industry Provides Billions in Economic Benefit, Provides Gateway to Middle Class – Battery Council International February 1, 2018

 

U.S. Battery Collects For Needy Children As Part Of Operation Christmas Child

U.S. Battery Manufacturing collected 250 shoe boxes filled with toys, toiletries, and other items, as part of Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a Christian outreach program run by the Samaritan’s Purse International Relief Organization. U.S. Battery has continued to help this Christian organization collect the Christmas boxes, which are distributed to pastors and community leaders in more than 100 countries, and then given to children living in remote areas.

“For the past three years, U.S. Battery employees have filled these boxes for the needy,” said Ron Anderson, Executive VP at U.S. Battery. “Every year, the count has grown and we’re very happy that the U.S. Battery Manufacturing team of employees and their families have chosen to continue supporting this worthwhile cause.”

According to the OCC, the Christmas boxes often taken by boat, walked through jungles, or even travel via camel-back to their remote destinations. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970. For more information on Samaritan’s Purse, or to make a donation, visit the website at www.samaritanspurse.org. For additional information on U.S. Battery products, visit www.usbattery.com.

Getting The Most Out of U.S. Battery’s Mobile App

U.S. Battery introduced its mobile app earlier this year.  This powerful tool allows users to access exclusive U.S. Battery content from their Apple or Android device. Here are a few ways that the app can be useful to you.

Battery Application Guide

When it comes time to replace one or more of your deep cycle batteries, selecting the right one for your application can be confusing. Battery powered vehicles and equipment often operate under different voltages and run-times, which makes selecting the right deep-cycle battery particularly important.

U.S. Battery Manufacturing created its mobile app to help you make the correct battery selection. The included Battery Application Guide makes it easy to find and select the right battery for a variety of applications including golf carts, floor machines, aerial work platforms, and more. By selecting your machine’s manufacturer and model, you can determine the batteries best suited to ensure your machine’s optimal performance.

Access to Product Spec. Sheets

From the app, you are able to easily access the most up-to-date spec. sheets and product information for all of U.S. Battery’s Flooded Lead Acid and AGM batteries.

 User-Specific Notifications

Learn about new products you might be interested in as soon as they are announced. Users can create a login and get notifications on new products, events, articles, and videos that are customized to their particular interests.

The U.S. Battery app is free and is available for download from iTunes and Google Play.

Battery Powered Floor Cleaning Machines Gain Popularity

Battery-power is an increasingly popular option when it comes to floor cleaning, and according to cleaning industry experts, there will be more options and availability in battery powered units to contract cleaners and facilities managers. Battery powered floor cleaning machines are primarily powered by flooded lead-acid batteries that industry-wide, remain as the most affordable and cost-effective method to power these machines. But there are also other advantages that the industry is experiencing with battery powered cleaning machines.

According to Natalie Dowse, Marketing and product manager for Truvox International Ltd., a manufacturer of cleaning machines in England, the major benefit of battery-powered floor cleaning machines is their ability to reduce the risk of trips and falls. With no trailing cables and leads to cause hazards in the workplace, either to people using the building or to cleaning operatives themselves, health and safety can be improved. In addition, Dowse says that machines without leads are not only safer, in terms of reducing trips and falls, they are also easier to maneuver, and transport to and from different locations.

While risk reduction is definitely a benefit, the industry also looks to these machines as a way towards improving sustainability and impacting the environment. According to 2018 North America ISSA president Paul Goldin, he believes this has a major impact on the cleaning industry and wants to improve education in this area and continue to have strong ties with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Helping in this effort is the fact that flooded lead-acid batteries are recycled at a rate nearing 100-percent, according to the Battery Council International. With high sustainability and extremely low impact on the environment, the cleaning industry can also see reducing its carbon footprint on the environment by utilizing more battery powered cleaning machines.

As battery power grows in popularity, it’s also important for maintenance companies to realize that battery-maintenance is essential for longevity and keeping costs low with this type of equipment. Proper maintenance includes checking battery water levels and refiling when necessary. This process can be simplified with the use of Single Point Watering Systems that allow water to be added to several batteries from one single inlet source, and stop once all the battery cells are filled. Proper charging techniques and making sure batteries are not discharged to levels of more than 50-percent are ways to make batteries last longer and that they continue to provide longer run-times between charges.

With a variety of benefits, there’s clearly a shift towards using battery power that can help the cleaning industry change how it’s viewed, its safety record, and an environmental leader.

 

U.S. Battery Attending The 2018 ISSA North America Show

U.S. Battery will be attending the ISSA North America Show in Dallas, Texas, to showcase a variety of deep-cycle battery products for the cleaning industry. Show attendees can learn the best ways to achieve higher reliability and longer operation times from battery-powered floor cleaning machines and equipment, by visiting the U.S. Battery booth #6155 during the show, which runs from October 30th through November 1st, 2018. The show brings the entire cleaning industry together that includes more than 9,200 distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaning, and associated service members. U.S. Battery is a global leader in providing deep-cycle batteries for the cleaning industry, as well as providing “green” and sustainable power sources for this and a variety of other industries. For more information, visit www.usbattery.com

U.S. Battery Donates Deep-Cycle Batteries To Travel Town Museum in Los Angeles, California

To help the Travel Town Museum’s efforts in restoring and interpretation of historic railroad equipment to youth, U.S. Battery donated four 8-volt deep-cycle batteries for the organization’s restoration of a 1941 ElecrtoMotive diesel engine.

U.S. Battery’s Western Regional Sales Manager Dan Grigsby, presented a certificate for the donation to the museum’s Executive Director Nancy Gneir on October 14th, during the museum’s Depo Day where the public was able to view and tour restored trains and participate in a variety of activities that supported the museum.

The U.S. Battery products will be a part of the ElectroMotive diesel’s restoration which the museum calls “Charley Atkins 1” in honor of the museum’s founder. U.S. Battery has previously donated batteries to the museum which went into the restoration of the 1929 Pullman M.177 Gas-Electric motorcar.

The Travel Town Museum is a non-profit organization that is in partnership with the City Of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks. Its mission is to educate the public about railroad history as it pertains to the Southwest Region of the United States. More information on the Travel Town Museum can be found on its website at www.traveltown.org. For more information on U.S. Battery and its products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

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Charley Atkins 1 1941 ElectroMotive diesel.

U.S. Battery Receives 2018 Corporate Excellence Award: Most Outstanding Manufacturer in Deep Cycle Batteries – USA

Corporate Vision Magazine selected U.S. Battery Manufacturing as the recipient of its 2018 Corporate Excellence Award: Most Outstanding Manufacturer in Deep Cycle Batteries – USA.  Since 1926 U.S. Battery Manufacturing has been providing its global customers with the highest quality, longest lasting batteries available on the market.

Corporate Vision Magazine awards are presented to outstanding companies that reflect exemplary corporate values and initiatives. These awards are decided by votes that are gathered by Corporate Vision Magazine’s network of industry partners, insiders, and corporate specialists, as part of the publication’s efforts to spotlight the most deserving companies and individuals from the business world.

“Within the industry, and specifically our niche markets, we have the most knowledgeable team of experts working with customers every day,” says Michael Wallace, Creative Manager at U.S. Battery Manufacturing. “We don’t just sell batteries, we are there to support our customers wherever they are, and no matter what situations they are dealing with. This is a commitment that runs from the top management team all the way through the company.”

U.S. Battery is committed to producing products that continue to be one of the most cost-effective methods of providing and storing power, as well as being environmentally responsible. “The battery industry has been working aggressively to advance the ‘green’ nature of this chemistry. With a recycling rate of 99-percent, U.S. Battery feels that it now offers the most environmentally conscious method of energy storage available on the market,” says Wallace.

U.S. Battery continues to push the boundaries of battery power and in the process is being recognized as the most respected deep-cycle battery manufacturer in the industry, focused on providing value and maintaining a position as a leader in cost-effective “green” energy storage. For more information on U.S. Battery and its products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.