One Of The Largest Battery Distributors In Japan, NISCO Corporation, Upgrades Brands To Become One Of U.S. Battery’s Authorized Top-Level Distributors

The NISCO Corporation announced it is now U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s Authorized Top-Level Distributors covering the country of Japan. Based in Tokyo, NISCO is one of the country’s largest battery suppliers providing reliable power to a wide range of industries including, aerial platforms, electric vehicles, renewable energy, marine, emergency power and more. According to Mr. Chikayuki Hayakawa, President of NISCO, the company is “organic” changing continuously to respond to market changes and customer input.

After a 15-year contract with a competitive battery brand, NISCO decided to upgrade its imported deep-cycle battery line completely to U.S. Battery products, in order to provide a greater level of performance and reliability for NISCO’s customers. “In the Japanese society, electricity will be further utilized in the future, and batteries will play a more important role. This is why we want to supply products that are useful for our customer’s electric needs and provide them at a fair price,” says Hayakawa.

NISCO will distribute a wide range of U.S. Battery products including Flooded Lead-Acid and AGM batteries that are used in a variety of industries in Japan and global markets. “We’re very happy to be working with NISCO and have them as the Authorized Top-Level Distributor for Japan,” said Brad Dwan, U.S. Battery’s Director of Sales for Asia, Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. “NISCO is very dedicated to providing its customers with the highest-quality products, and for them to upgrade their deep-cycle product line to using only U.S. Battery products, proves they listen to their surrounding markets and customer base.”

U.S. Battery products with XC2 formulation, consistently provide 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.

For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of AGM and Flooded Lead-Acid batteries, visit the website at www.usbattery.com.

Electric Vehicle’s Effects On The Demand For Cobalt

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal showcased the race to control the battery industry, focused on cobalt mining. According to the authors Scott Patterson and Russell Gold, there’s a worldwide race to get as much cobalt as possible, and it’s located in the Congo.

The article points out how freelance miners in the Congo are doing whatever they can to mine cobalt for Chinese buyers, who are selling to Chinese companies, that process the cobalt into rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries used in laptops, smartphones, and electric vehicles.

Their research indicates that the Congo’s natural supply of cobalt for electric vehicles can be compared to what Saudi Arabia’s oil is to internal combustion engines.  So far, their research shows that China is the world’s largest electric-car market, and companies from China are in the process of dominating lithium-ion battery production.

In the process, freelance miners with no masks or safety equipment are caught in a process and industry that is in high demand. According to the article, it’s attracting human rights groups such as Amnesty International to look into these supply chains and ensure companies are not using these freelance miners and child labor to mine cobalt.

The article points out the staggering numbers, with global cobalt production quadrupling to 123,000 metric tons in 2000, and is expecting to reach more than 200,000 tons by 2025. Using cobalt in lithium-ion batteries, however, is not widespread, according to the article. In the article, the authors spoke with some battery experts who say that the technological shifts to make rechargeable batteries with less cobalt, or none at all, might make this mineral less important in future battery production.

With new tariffs on solar panels imposed by the U.S. President Donald Trump, the article points out that some technology experts worry what can happen if China gains a competitive hold in the battery industry.

Replacement Batteries For Floor Cleaning Machines

Maintenance crews are often on a strict schedule, so it’s vital that battery powered floor cleaning machines perform reliably and maintain full power throughout your cleaning schedule. This is one of the reasons why selecting the correct batteries for floor cleaning machines can be confusing. The least expensive batteries may not provide enough longevity, while the most expensive may hurt the bottom line of your company’s operating costs. There are some methods, however, to ensure you get the right balance between reliability and cost.

Choosing The Right Battery

When selecting a replacement battery it is important to refer to the manufacturer’s specifications.  These can be different for various floor machines such as Tennant, Nilfisk Advance, Factory Cat, Global Industrial, PowerBoss, Karcher, Minuteman International, and others.

As an example, the Nilfisk Grey Line Sweeper Scrubber SR models, run on a 24V system. Units like the SC1500 requires four, 6V 200 amp-hour batteries. U.S. Battery’s US 2000 XC2 or US 2200 XC2 are ideal for these power requirements. The Nilfisk SC600, however, runs on the same voltage system but requires four 255 amp-hour, 6V batteries. U.S. Battery’s US 250 XC2 would provide the best solution for these modes. In all, these examples, these batteries provide a great balance between cost and long-lasting performance.

Maintaining Batteries For Longer Life

To get the most performance from your batteries, it’s also important to commit to a regular maintenance regimen such as:

  1. Checking and replenishing the electrolyte levels. Installing a BWT or Flow-Rite single-point-watering kit can make this an easy and quick process.
  2. Performing an equalization charge
  3. Checking and Cleaning battery terminals and connections
  4. Performing an opportunity charge when possible

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. For a complete list of Flooded Lead-Acid or AGM batteries for cleaning machines download U.S. Battery’s Sweeper Scrubber Battery flyer to see all of the models, sizes, and specifications available to fit your particular vehicle.

 

U.S. Battery Launches New Dealer Locator Page Designed To Drive Traffic And Increase Online Branding For The Company’s Top Dealers

U.S. Battery Manufacturing is adding branding power for its dealers by implementing a new Dealer Locator system within the www.usbattery.com website. The new Dealer Locator page is faster, easier to use, and designed to drive potential customers to a Dealer Branded “mini-site” where additional images, current marketing promotions, featured U.S. Battery products, and direct contact information to expedite sales are all available. “Our new dealer branded mini-sites are a free service we’re offering our top dealers and will give them extra marketing power, placing their business at the forefront of localized online searches,” says Mike Wallace, U.S. Battery Creative Manager. “It’s designed to provide potential customers with information on U.S. Battery Products, and generate leads to drive-up sales from a simple-to-use mobile optimized location.” The program is initially being rolled out in the United States and Canada, with expansion to U.S. Battery’s global network of distributors in the coming months.

U.S. Battery’s new Dealer Locator and branded Dealer Sites, also allow customers to peruse through products by application, and quickly find and view specifications and sizes for U.S. Battery products. The Dealer Sites are maintained by U.S. Battery, to ensure customers have access to the most up-to-date product information.  Dealers are also able to personalize their site’s pages by adding more information about their company, including images of managers and staff, customer testimonials, and much more.

For more information on U.S. Battery’s new Dealer Locator, contact U.S. Battery at (800) 695-0945, or visit them online at www.usbattery.com.