Battery recycling

Celebrating Global Recycling Day

Today, March 18th is Global Recycling day. As part of the Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative (ALBCI) U.S. Battery Manufacturing and the Battery Council International urge everyone to recycle their used batteries.  The battery industry is committed to its on-going recycling efforts, which you can read more about on the BCI’s Essential Energy Everyday website.

The recycling process breaks down the outer polypropylene casings; they are then washed, melted, and extruded into small pellets. Manufacturers use these pellets to produce new battery cases as well as other plastic products. The lead oxide and lead grids of the battery’s interior are melted in a smelting furnace to form lead ingots to make new battery components. The sulfuric acid in the battery’s electrolyte is neutralized and purified into water that meets EPA clean water standards before being recirculated. The acid can also be converted into sodium sulfate during the recycling process, a compound commonly used in laundry detergent, glass, and other textiles. The process creates a sustainable energy source that is the model of recycling in the United States.

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US Battery Manufacturing Updates Its AGM Battery Line With A New And Improved Performance Deep-Cycle Design

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has launched its new and improved line of AGM Deep-Cycle batteries specifically designed to provide increased deep-cycling performance. “Our advanced line of AGM Deep-Cycle batteries have features that improve cycling performance and longevity, which makes them a better choice for customers wanting maintenance-free reliable operation,” says Zachary Cox, U.S. Battery VP Operations.

The new AGM Deep-Cycle batteries will be available after March 22, 2021, with updated features such as the use of thick positive alloy grids for exceptional corrosion resistance, high-density positive active material, and advanced glass mat separators. These components work together to maintain the battery cell structure during deep-cycling, limit acid stratification, and inhibit internal shorts.

The batteries also feature a carbon-enhanced negative active material that improves charge acceptance and cycling performance. In addition to being resistant to vibration, fully sealed, and maintenance-free, U.S. Battery’s new AGM design improves reliability, overall performance, and delivers longer cycle life.

In addition to these design upgrades, U.S. Battery’s AGM Deep-Cycle line will also have a new look, featuring a new case and graphics on redesigned labels. On top of the current 6V, 8V, and 12V models, the product line is also expanding to include new 6V and 12V options. “More of our customers are asking for high-performance deep-cycle batteries that are maintenance-free and cost-effective alternatives to lithium,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery COO. “We’re responding with engineering that delivers the superior performance and reliability needed for modern battery-powered equipment and vehicles.”

U.S. Battery’s complete line of AGM and Flooded Lead-Acid Deep-Cycle batteries are available for a wide variety of applications such as EV Golf Car & Utility, AWP, RV, Marine, Floor Cleaning Machines, and Renewable Energy.

 

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Pop-Up Camper Manufacturer Four Wheel Campers, Relies On U.S. Battery Products

With the surge of Overlanding at an all-time high, Four Wheel Campers has become the go-to brand for adventurers who travel beyond traditional camping locations. “Because many Four Wheel Campers customers venture to faraway places like Alaska, Baja, Central America, South America, and the remote southwest, they expect undeterred performance,” says Dan Welty, VP at Four Wheel Campers. “Their requirement for uninterruptable power over a longer period of time is essential. To meet this demand, we have selected U.S. Battery Manufacturing products as our sole supplier of AGM 12 and 6-volt batteries. Four Wheel Campers and our customers count on the performance and reliability U.S. Battery products provide. Having a national resource that warranties and services the occasional problem is required, and comforting insurance as well.”

The company was founded in 1972 and is the world’s leading producer of pop-up campers for trucks. The entire operation is located in Woodland, just outside of Sacramento, California, and over the years has become the go-to brand for those adventuring beyond traditional camping locations. The campers themselves fit into the bed of most full-size pickup trucks and feature a welded aluminum frame, one-piece aluminum roof, and aluminum siding. Wearable components like the collapsible pop-up material (typical 20-year life) can be replaced at the factory or dealer locations.

Four Wheel Campers can come equipped with one or two 12-volt or 6-volt U.S. Batteries. These batteries are recharged by the truck as it is Four Wheel Campers Interiordriving or by solar panels on the camper roof. “We have numerous customers living full-time with a combination of this power and occasionally plug into external (shore) power,” says Welty. “With two 6V batteries, our customers can run the refrigerator, numerous camper lights, and power smartphones for two days. With the 160 watts solar and, or truck driving, customers can be off-the-grid indefinitely.”

U.S. Battery AGM batteries are sealed and do not require watering. They feature low self-discharge rates, along with rigid-mounted and tightly packed battery cell plates to withstand shock and vibration found in motive power applications. These components work together to improve reliability, overall performance and deliver longer cycle life.

For more information on Four Wheel Camper products, visit https://fourwheelcampers.com.