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.

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.

Camper Van Equipped With Solar And Battery Storage

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.”

camper van power center 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.”

power center 2 (1)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. Additional information and videos on the camper van build are on Troy’s YouTube page. www.youtube.com/c/Travelingtroy.

 

 

 

U.S. Battery Showcases The Electric MOKE During The 2018 PGA Accessory Show

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

USB-Moke-AGMsThis 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’s AGM Series Batteries Provide A Higher Standard Of Reliability And Maintenance-Free Performance

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.

U.S. Battery’s AGM Products Get An Updated Appearance

U.S. Battery Manufacturing is giving its complete line of AGM batteries a fresh new look with updated labels that provide important battery data at a glance. The new labels reflect U.S. Battery’s continual growth in the AGM battery segment, as more industries are wanting maintenance free solutions to their OE battery operated vehicles and fleets.

Aside from a bold new appearance, the new labels feature improved charging instructions, as well as application icons that are easy to see and recognize when the batteries are displayed on retailer product shelves. These changes also address new labeling standards and make it easy for customers to pick the right battery for their particular application.

Distributed by U.S. Battery, the AGM line features the most advanced paste and plate technology available to provide reliable performance with no maintenance. Manufactured in a variety of sizes for 6-volt and 12-volt applications, U.S. Battery’s AGM line is distributed worldwide and designed for reliable service in applications where vibrations, shock, and freezing temperatures can hinder performance on other types of batteries.

For more information contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

Electric Vehicles Powered By U.S. Battery Finish A Cross-Country Trip To Raise Money For Veterans

U.S. Battery Manufacturing joins Drive for Veterans in celebrating the end of a successful cross-country trip that raised money for wounded veterans. Drive for Veterans consisted of volunteers that took turns driving four Columbia ParCar electric vehicles across the United States, all powered by U.S. Battery products. “We were very happy to provide Drive for Veterans with batteries that allowed them to maintain a constant speed and level of reliability in conditions that most electric vehicles will never experience,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive Vice President. “Each of the low-speed electric vehicles made the entire trip using a single set of our batteries.” Three of the vehicles were equipped with U.S. Battery US2200 6-volt deep-cycle batteries, while one was outfitted with U.S. Battery AGM2224 batteries.

The Drive for Veterans began October 19, 2013 in San Diego, California and ended December 2, 2013 at the American Legion Post 347 in Lady Lake, Florida. Participants stopped at various cities and events across the country, in an effort to raise a total of $500,000 for the Fisher House Foundation and Semper Fi Fund. Although the cross-country trip is over, Drive for Veterans will still accept donations thru December 31st.

One of the vehicles used in the fund raiser will also be on display in U.S. Battery’s booth during the PGA Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, January 22-24th booth #2525, and at the GIS Trade Show also in Orlando, February 5-6th booth #1353. For more information on Drive For Veterans, visit www.driveforveterans.com. For additional information on U.S. Battery products, contact U.S. Battery 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Or visit them online at www.USBattery.com.