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.
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 driving 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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to powering electric vehicles like golf carts, cleaning machines, and marine/RV accessories, deep-cycle batteries are the industry standard. The reason is that they are designed to provide greater long-term energy delivery that is capable of powering vehicles and equipment for longer periods of time, compared to a battery used to start a vehicle.
Deep-cycle absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries were designed with the electrolyte soaked into absorbed glass mats that surround the battery’s cell plates, rather than being submerged in the liquid electrolyte like the Flooded Lead-Acid battery types. The absorbed glass mat design eliminates the need to add water and prevents any leakage of the electrolyte in cold or hot weather conditions.
Without the need to add water, these maintenance-free, batteries offer an advantage when used in compact, battery-powered vehicles and equipment. Many of these have very small battery storage spaces, where access to the batteries is difficult. If you live or use battery-powered equipment in extremely cold environments, AGM batteries are well suited for it, as there’s no free liquid to freeze and expand, which cause battery case damage.
AGM deep-cycle batteries are available in a wide range of sizes and voltages that can be used in just about any application from RVs, to Solar and Renewable energy storage, golf cars, aerial work platforms, floor cleaning machines and more.
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.”
U.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 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.
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.
Traveling Troy outfitted his Astro Van with a solar system and U.S. Battery AGM batteries for energy storage
Not many of us can pack up our van and head out onto the open road for extended periods, but Traveling Troy is a blogger who converted his Chevrolet Astro Van into a camper and is now enjoying the van life. “From the beginning of the build, I knew I wanted to be unplugged from the grid as much as possible,” says Troy. “I knew solar would be my main source of power, but we (my Dad and I) also installed the ability to use stored power and a battery isolator for those rainy days.”
Troy had no idea how many solar cells and batteries he would need, so he began listing all of the electronic components and how often he would use them. “To determine how many watts of solar and the battery size needed, I listed all the power consuming items I planned to use while traveling,” says Troy. “This included my laptop, cellphone, gadgets, fridge, and others.” U.S. Battery has an Interactive Energy Chart that helps determine battery storage requirements on the U.S. Battery websites. “We took the estimated watt usage from each of these items and determined how many hours or minutes a day I would use them,” he says. “This gave us an idea of maximum daily consumption.”
Realizing how much power he was going to need, Troy says he figured to utilize as much of the van’s rooftop for solar panels. “It was decided that we would go as big as we could go with the limited space,” says Troy. “That ended up being 300 watts of solar panels on the roof of the van and two 6 volt batteries with 210 amp hours inside the van.”
Troy decided to use U.S. Battery AGM deep-cycle batteries because of their compact size and because he wanted something maintenance-free. “We knew space was going to be limited in the small Astro van and every inch mattered,” says Troy. “The battery compartment was no exception. We chose U.S. Battery AGMs because we wanted a deep cycle battery that was reliable, maintenance free and spill proof. The plan was to install the batteries in the back corner of the van and build around them. The area above the batteries and around the batteries was valuable build space. Two years later, and the U.S. Battery AGM batteries are still going strong.”
The solar system installed in his camper van is a custom build, but many of the pieces are readily available. “Our solar systems consist of Three Renogy 100 watt Monocrystalline solar panels run in parallel to a Renogy PMW solar controller which charges two 6-volt AGM 2000 batteries from U.S. Battery,” says Troy. “All the components are neatly packed into our ‘Power Center’ which uses what would normally be wasted space around the back passenger wheel well of the van. Some of the components include a 200-watt inverter, 12-volt cigarette plug, shore power breaker and shore power battery charger.”
So far, the system has worked well and Troy has had enough power to live out of the van and explore the country. “I’m in the third week of a 3-month road trip and it has been really amazing being on the road full-time and living out of the van, off the grid,” says Troy. “My plan is to explore Arizona and visit the Grand Canyon for my birthday. Then I’ll be exploring Southern Utah and the Mighty Five National Parks. Finally, I’m hoping to meet up with my dad and step-mom in Colorado while they’re on a road trip.”
Troy chronicles his trips and the continuous build-up of his camper van on his social media pages, travelingtroy.com.
U.S. Battery Manufacturing teamed up with Moke America at the 2018 PGA Merchandise show in Orlando, Florida, to showcase an electric powered version of an iconic vehicle called the Moke. The eMoke is a new version of this unique looking four-passenger vehicle that uses an electric engine, powered by 10 U.S. Battery US AGM 2224 six-volt batteries
This compact vehicle has been around for 50-years and was originally designed by Alec Issigonis of the British Motor Corporation, who was also the designer of the MINI Cooper. With its roots in the British military, and used for decades as means of transportation around exotic locations such as St Tropez, the Moke was made famous by actress Brigitte Bardot who was one of the vehicle’s earliest fans. The vehicle was reborn in 2016 after it had ceased production in the ‘80’s, when it was powered by a 1-liter DOHC gasoline engine.
Teaming up with U.S. Battery, Moke America is promoting this new electric model as the perfect golf, vacation, and retirement home vehicle, allowing for more mobility, comfort and customization than traditional electric vehicles currently in use. For more information on this vehicle, visit Moke America at https://mokeamerica.com.
To learn more about U.S. Battery’s AGM and Flooded Lead-Acid products for a variety of electric vehicles like the Moke, visit U.S. Battery online at www.usbattery.com.
U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s line of AGM Series batteries combines maintenance-free, deep-cycle performance, with the same high standards as the company’s flooded lead acid deep-cycle products are known for.
Used in a variety of industries, including floor machines, work platforms, transportation, marine, RV, electric vehicles, aircraft applications and more, U.S. Battery’s AGM products are tough, durable, and provide optimum performance in conditions where most other maintenance free batteries fail.
Utilizing the most advanced paste and plate technology available, U.S. Battery’s AGM products produce longer life-cycles and very low self-discharge rates. Built with the highest quality case and cover materials, as well as rigidly mounted plates, all of the AGM Series products are designed to withstand shock and vibrations, and feature low hydrogen gas emissions allowing them to be used safely in tight compartments.
Manufactured in a variety of sizes for 6-volt and 12-volt applications, U.S. Battery’s AGM line is distributed worldwide. For more information contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.