8V batteries with watering kit

5 Benefits To Using A Single Point Watering System

Anyone using deep-cycle flooded lead-acid batteries in their electric vehicle or other equipment knows the importance of routinely watering the batteries. During charging, the water content of the electrolyte will decrease due to the electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen gases. If left unchecked, the electrodes inside each cell can become exposed, resulting in a loss of battery performance. Regular watering is essential to the continued life and performance of any flooded deep cycle battery.

Electric vehicles and other equipment using deep cycle batteries typically have from four to eight individual batteries – each with multiple cells. Watering each cell can take a significant amount of time, especially if you are maintaining a fleet of vehicles. Battery packs are often located in areas that are not easily accessible, increasing the time required for watering.U.S. Battery offers two single-point watering systems (SPWS), Battery Watering Technologies and Flow-Rite, that can make battery maintenance quick and easy while offering several other benefits.

  1. You Can Fill All Your Batteries At Once A SPWS connects to all of the cells in each of the batteries within the pack allowing you to fill them with water from a single point.
  2. Save Time During Regular Maintenance On a single battery-powered vehicle, you can water all of the batteries in about a minute, versus what would normally take 45-60 minutes per vehicle.
  3. No Chance Of Over Watering With an SPWS, the battery cells fill up to the proper level and shut off to prevent overfilling.
  4. Monitoring Systems Can Tell You When To Water Some SPWS offer a sensor that can monitor water levels in the battery and indicate when they need watering.
  5. Extended Battery Life Frequent maintenance extends the life of your batteries which in turn lowers your annual operating costs.

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AGM and Flooded Deep-Cycle Batteries

Understanding the Differences Between AGM And Flooded Deep-Cycle Batteries

When it comes to powering electric vehicles like golf carts, deep-cycle lead-acid batteries are the industry standard. The reason is that they are designed to provide the most cost-effective energy storage and delivery over the life of the battery.

Over the years, there have been two main types of deep-cycle lead-acid batteries that many golf car owners and fleets have used, the Flooded Lead-Acid (FLA) battery and the Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) battery. While both provide optimum performance in a wide variety of applications, their design difference can offer various advantages depending on the application.

Engineering

The main design difference between FLA and AGM batteries is how the electrolyte is managed. In FLA batteries, the battery plates are submerged in the liquid electrolyte. During use, water in the electrolyte is broken down into oxygen and hydrogen gases and water is lost. This requires regular additions of water to be replaced to keep the battery plates fully submerged in the electrolyte.

In AGM batteries, the electrolyte is absorbed in special glass mat separators that retain all the electrolyte needed for the life of the battery.  Since there is no free electrolyte, the oxygen generated on a charge is recombined at the negative plate.  In normal operation, hydrogen is not generated and no water is lost.  This eliminates the need to add water and also allows the battery to be sealed with a one-way valve that prevents leakage of the electrolyte.

Performance Differences

FLA batteries have been used in a wide variety of applications for well over 150 years. Their popularity comes from their safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness when compared with other types of rechargeable batteries.   According to Fred Wehmeyer, U.S. Battery Senior VP of Engineering, FLA batteries deliver the lowest cost per watt-hour both in acquisition cost and in overall cost per charge/discharge cycle.  “This is why they are the best choice for fleets of vehicles or equipment that are used heavily on a daily basis,” says Wehmeyer. “Also, both FLA and AGM batteries offer an environmental advantage over other types of batteries because they are essentially 100 percent recyclable and enjoy the highest recycling rate of any commercial product.”

AGM batteries offer the advantage of being maintenance-free. This can be significant in applications where regular maintenance is difficult or costly, such as when the batteries are located in remote or hard to access locations. Even though AGM batteries cost more per watt-hour, the elimination of maintenance costs reduces the overall battery operational costs.  Also, since the battery is sealed and does not emit gases in normal use, it can be used in sensitive areas such as food or pharmaceutical storage facilities.

Selecting between FLA or AGM deep cycle batteries ultimately depends on the type of use and the capability to provide regular maintenance in the application.

AGM = No Maintenance + Higher Cost + Susceptible to abuse like overcharging

FLA = Requires Watering + Lower Cost + Susceptible to abuse from poor maintenance

No matter what type of battery you use, it is always best to target the depth of discharge to 50 percent or less for both FLA or AGM battery types. This will optimize battery life cycle cost vs acquisition cost over the life of the battery system.

 

Santa's Posse 2019

U.S. Battery Makes Donation To Santa’s Posse

Santa’s Posse is a nonprofit organization that partners with the Clark County, Washington Sheriff’s Office, who collects and distributes toys and food for the needy. To help Santa’s Posse deliver to more than 1,000 families this year, U.S. Battery and its Distributor Battery Systems of Portland, Oregon, donated two US 27DC XC2 deep-cycle 12-Volt multi-purpose batteries. The batteries will be auctioned to raise additional money that helps to provide more than 2,900 kids with toys and holiday meals.

U.S. Battery’s Western Regional Sales Manager Dwayne Porter is also a volunteer Sheriff’s Auxiliary member and presented the donation on behalf of Battery Systems of Portland and U.S. Battery, to Sergeant Kevin Allais of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. Donations to Santa’s Posse can be made via the organization’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/SantasPosse/

U.S. Battery products on pallets at Sea Gear Maldives

SeaGear Uses U.S. Battery Products To Provide Reliable Service To Resorts Across The Maldives

SeaGear is one of U.S. Battery’s newest international customers with a reputation of providing quality equipment and service to various resort companies.  Located in the Maldives, SeaGear services 13 resorts across the islands and wanted their customer’s battery-powered equipment to keep up with the demand and provide the reliability they are known for. 

“With SeaGear receiving a second container load of US 8VGC XC2 deep-cycle batteries, it’s a huge milestone for U.S. Battery’s penetration into the South Asia market,” says Rosli Zainol, U.S. Battery Director of Business Development Asia/Pacific/Southeast Asia. “Sea Gear has affirmed its trust in U.S. Battery upon receiving satisfying feedback on our deep-cycle performance products in their customers’ fleet of golf cars. Having such confidence on our batteries allows them to offer to other verticals (especially in the marine and fishing industries) where motive power is critical.”

U.S. Battery products batteries deliver greater overall capacity, longer battery life and the ability to reach peak capacity in fewer cycles.

1.7 million tons of lead batteries is recycled every year

Battery Council International Among The Success Stories In Recycling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenged companies and organizations to sign and be a part of the EPA’s America Recycles Pledge, representing their active participation in addressing the challenges of America’s recycling programs. After many companies signed and joined, the EPA recently recognized several organizations that have shown exemplary successes in recycling.

Among those recognized was the Battery Council International (BCI), a not-for-profit trade organization that represents the lead battery industry consisting of battery manufacturers, recyclers, and suppliers. The organization is committed to sustainability, the environment, and society by providing extensive information about recycling lead batteries to consumers and policymakers. 

With lead battery recycling at a 99.3% rate and the fact that lead batteries are safely manufactured and recycled through a “closed-loop” state-of-the-art process, BCI estimates this effort keeps more than 1.7 million tons of lead batteries out of  U.S. landfills. BCI was recognized for its training materials, intended for retailers, that help inform handlers on how to identify and remove lithium batteries from the lead recycling process. BCI created a lithium battery training tool kit designed for companies to incorporate into their onboarding programs and learning management systems.

BCI was one of many companies and organizations recognized by the EPA for their recycling efforts in 2018 and celebrates these successes to remind us of the significant progress made by individuals and companies when working together.