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U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. Introduces Its New ESSENTIAL Li Lithium-Ion Deep-Cycle Golf Car Battery At The 2023 PGA Show

With nearly 100 years of battery design, development, and innovation experience, U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. introduces its all-new ESSENTIAL Li line of Lithium-Ion deep-cycle batteries. ESSENTIAL Li will include 24-volt and 48-volt GC2 models designed with golf car applications in mind, and built to deliver the safety and reliability customers have come to trust with U.S. Battery products. “We didn’t want to be first to market and launch a lithium product simply because it was a new and popular chemistry,” says Zachary Cox, U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. VP of Operations. “Our focus was to ensure we took the time to develop a product line we are proud to stand behind.”

ESSENTIAL Li Features Include:

  • A sophisticated Battery Management System (BMS) that monitors and optimizes battery operation.
  • CAN communication capability to allow for machine integration.
  • Long life and maintenance-free operation.
  • Integrated heat sink and enhanced fault detection.
  • Scalable to be used in parallel for increased capacity.
  • Long runtime and fast charging to maximize machine uptime.
  • IP67-rated heavy-duty battery case with built-in carrying handles.

ESSENTIAL Libatteries are engineered using Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) cell chemistry, which is widely considered the safest and most robust option currently available. This chemistry enables U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. to deliver a reliable, maintenance-free, deep-cycle battery that easily integrates into many golf cars. With increased capacity and longer runtimes, golf cars can drive further on a single charge. ESSENTIAL Li deep-cycle batteries also reach full charge in less time, substantially reducing vehicle downtime and overall operating costs when combined with zero maintenance.

Attendees of the 2023 PGA Show in Orlando, Florida, can see this new battery and learn about its advanced features by visiting the U.S. Battery booth #2825 during the show. The booth will also showcase an Advanced EV Advent HD FXA vehicle equipped with ESSENTIAL Li deep-cycle batteries.  Additional models of ESSENTIAL Li deep-cycle batteries are coming soon, all designed to provide the same dependable power U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. has been delivering to its customers since 1926.

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U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. To Showcase Its New ESSENTIAL Li™ Lithium-Ion Deep-Cycle Battery At The ISSA North America 2022

Corona, Calif.– U.S. Battery Mfg. Co., the most trusted manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, will introduce its new Lithium-Ion deep-cycle battery at the ISSA 2022 show in booth #3742. The ESSENTIAL Li™ battery line will include a 48-volt and a 24-volt GC2 model. The 24-volt battery is designed with floor machines in mind and delivers the safety and reliability customers have come to trust with U.S. Battery products.

ESSENTIAL Li™ Features Include:

  • A sophisticated Battery Management System (BMS) that monitors and optimizes battery operation.
  • CAN communication capability to allow for machine integration.
  • Long life and maintenance-free operation.
  • Integrated heat sink and enhanced fault detection.
  • Scalable to be used in parallel for increased capacity.
  • Long runtime and fast charging to maximize machine uptime.
  • IP67-rated heavy-duty battery case with built-in carrying handles.

The ESSENTIAL Li™ deep-cycle battery line is the result of almost 100 years of battery development and innovation. “We didn’t want to be first to market and launch a lithium product simply because it was a new and popular chemistry,” says Zachary Cox, U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. VP of Operations. “Our focus was to ensure we took the time to develop a product line we are proud to stand behind.”

Utilizing Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) cell chemistry, which is widely considered the safest and most robust option currently available, allows U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. to develop a reliable, maintenance-free, deep-cycle battery that easily integrates into cleaning machines. Maintenance crews can be confident their floor machines will have the power to last through the most demanding jobs while lowering annual operating costs with increased efficiency.

With additional models coming soon, ESSENTIAL Li™ deep-cycle batteries are designed to provide the dependable power U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. products have been delivering customers since 1926. Visit our ESSENTIAL Li™ page for more information on the ESSENTIAL Li™ line

Click on the banner below to register for the show and visit the U.S. Battery Manufacturing Booth #3742.





 

AdvancedEV Raffles Golf Car To Raise Money For Texas Neighbor With ALS

Golf car manufacturer AdvancedEV from Rosenberg, TX is raising money to help one of their neighbors, Sammye Cotton, who is afflicted with ALS. The company is selling raffle tickets at $20 apiece, with the proceeds going towards the cherished community volunteer, wife of Robert Cotton, and mother of two boys. “Sammye has helped so many in our community by volunteering and coaching youth sports,” says a spokesperson for AdvancedEV.

The Grand Prize is a 2022 AdvancedEV Advent four-passenger model equipped with U.S. Battery deep-cycle batteries; additional prizes have been donated by sponsors. Raffle tickets are available at this link: https://help-a-neighbor-win-a-golf-cart.myshopify.com/ and will be available through July 29, 2022. In order to win the Grand Prize, you must be located in the contiguous 48-states. The drawing date is July 30, 2022, at 11 am CST.

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U.S. Battery Manufacturing And The Battery Industry, Celebrate Their Commitment Towards Positive Environmental Change On Earth Day

Since 1970, Earth Day has stood as a celebration of the modern environmental movement. Today people and industries around the world, including the lead battery industry, have answered the call to help improve our world by developing methods of manufacturing and operations that are more environmentally friendly. As a result of these new approaches, lead batteries are now a sustainable energy source used in a wide range of applications.

The battery industry has emerged as one of the major success stories of this Earth Day movement. Flooded Lead Acid (FLA) batteries are recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the most recycled consumer product in the nation. The innovative recycling methods for the lead battery industry result in 99 percent of every lead battery being recycled. Translating into 130-million used batteries not reaching landfills annually. Over the decades, the process has evolved to use almost every part of the battery. Battery reyclingThe polypropylene outer case and cover are broken down into small pellets and manufactured into new batteries and other plastic products. The internal lead components of the battery are melted down to make components for new batteries. The battery’s electrolyte is neutralized and purified into water or converted into sodium sulfate, a compound commonly used in laundry detergent, glass, and textiles.

The effects of the battery industry’s efforts, however, don’t end there. As well as reducing its environmental impact, the battery industry provides $26.3-billion in revenue to the nation’s economy, impacting suppliers, worker spending, transportation, and distribution sectors. According to the Battery Council International (BCI), the international trade association of battery manufacturers, an estimated $1.7 billion is put into payroll within an industry of approximately 25,000 workers in the United States.

In addition, advancements in battery technology have turned lead batteries into one of the most cost-efficient forms of energy, allowing battery-powered equipment to operate cleanly and with increased reliability. Lower operating costs also offer advantages to lead battery-powered machinery and vehicles, further reducing emissions and reducing the environmental impact of other industries that embrace battery power.

U.S. Battery is proud to be a part of this effort and continually encourages customers and industries it’s involved in to recycle and use battery power where ever possible. Please join U.S. Battery and others in the global community in celebrating Earth Day by visiting the EarthDay.org website and finding an event to participate in or ways to take action. For more information, visit www.earthday.org, or for more information on sustainable deep-cycle batteries for various applications, visit www.usbattery.com.

 

U.S. Battery Manufacturing Suspends Exports Of Its Deep-Cycle Battery Products To Russia

Due to the current geopolitical situation, U.S. Battery Manufacturing is suspending all exports of its products to Russia. “We are concerned for the people of Ukraine and their suffering as a result of the aggressive military actions taken by the Russian government,” said U.S. Battery COO Don Wallace. “In response, we will not be exporting any further U.S. Battery products to Russia. We will continue to pray, and offer support to the Ukrainian people in the hopes that this unprovoked act of violence ends as quickly as possible.”

U.S. Battery has been exporting to Russia for more than 10-years and is a major global supplier of deep-cycle batteries that are used in numerous industries. For more information on U.S. Battery’s products, visit www.usbattery.com.

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Let’s Make It In America

In his State of the Union address, President Biden called for an end to relying on foreign supply chains and stated, “Let’s make it in America.” The Battery Council International (BCI) agrees, and according to Roger Miksad, executive vice president of the council, the U.S. lead battery manufacturing, and recycling industry is ready to meet the challenges.

Miksad stated that the U.S. lead and battery industry is proud of its existing domestic infrastructure that meets more than 90% of the domestic lead battery demand. According to the BCI, the U.S. supply chain employs nearly 25,000 people generating $26.3 Billion in economic contribution to the country’s economy.

With environmental issues also at the forefront of the President’s agenda, the BCI reminds Americans that in the U.S., lead batteries are manufactured utilizing a closed-loop system. In this system, the industry collects more than 130-million used batteries each year and recycles them to make new batteries that contain 80% recycled materials.

“Lead batteries are essential to building energy independence,” said Miksad. “They employ the most sustainable battery technology to aid in both mitigating climate change and securing energy independence for our country. Nearly every new electric vehicle contains a 12-volt lead battery to power critical safety functions. They enable low-carbon start-stop technology that keeps 5.3 million tons of greenhouse gases from the environment annually.”

According to the BCI, lead batteries are the most sustainable battery technology that aids in building energy independence and annually keeps 5.3-million tons of greenhouse gases out of the environment. “They provide renewable energy storage capabilities for commercial wind and solar farms,” says Miksad. “As well as in residential and community-based installations to capture energy generated by the wind and sun.”

The BCI and battery manufacturers like U.S. Battery are constantly looking to improve battery technology. Through continued investment in research and development with the U.S. National Laboratories system, the battery industry is pursuing next-generation battery technology and energy storage solutions that will be built by U.S. workers across the nation.

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO MODERN BATTERY-POWER NEEDS

The rechargeable lead-acid battery has been in continuous development since its initial introduction separately by Siemens, Sinsteden, and Planté during the period of 1852 – 1859. Since then, battery manufacturers such as U.S. Battery, which is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year, have continually sought to improve upon the performance, life, and efficiency of deep-cycle batteries for various commercial and industrial uses.

Deep-Cycle batteries’ overall dependability, cost-effectiveness, and recyclability have enabled them to continue in widespread use since their initial development. When John Anderson took over the reins of U.S. Battery early in the company’s history, he believed it was essential to look for ways to improve upon the basic battery technology. Over the decades, U.S. Battery has continued Mr. Anderson’s legacy by modernizing and innovating deep-cycle battery designs in multiple ways. These improvements enable the company’s products to stay ahead of the changing demands of consumers and the various industries it serves.

One of the first innovations by U.S. Battery was to increase the efficiency of the grid alloys used in the current collectors called grids. Historically, during cycling, the positive grids would slowly corrode, and grid corrosion was found to be a primary failure mode. U.S. Battery improved upon the corrosion resistance of the grids by adding selenium to the antimony grid alloys. The addition of selenium acts as a grain refiner to produce a fine-grain alloy that increases its strength and electrical conductivity as well as reduces corrosion. The effect of this improvement is that positive grid corrosion is no longer a primary failure mode, and the cycle life of F.L.A. deep-cycle batteries has been significantly increased.

The active materials pasted on the grids in a battery’s positive electrodes have also been improved over the years. The active materials start out as basic lead sulfates, and tetrabasic lead sulfate (TTBLS) has been shown to provide the longest cycle life.  Historically, TTBLS crystals have been ‘grown’ in a process called hydroset.  Because growing crystals depends on many factors such as time, temperature, humidity, etc., the sizes of the finished TTBLS crystals can be unpredictable. U.S. Battery has found that through the use of crystal seeding additives, the size and distribution of these crystals can be controlled to produce consistently small crystals distributed uniformly throughout the electrode.  Using a process the company calls Xtreme Capacity, U.S. Battery was able to provide customers with increased initial capacity, faster cycle-up to the full rated capacity, higher peak capacity, and improved charging using the wide range of charger technologies used in various applications.

As improvements to the positive electrodes were made, U.S. Battery realized that improvements to the negative electrodes were needed to balance the active materials’ performance in the battery.  Improving the negative electrodes’ performance allowed U.S. Battery to increase the battery’s overall capacity and extend service life. To do this, improved expanders were used in the negative active materials to prevent the natural tendency of the negative active material to shrink or coalesce during cycling. U.S. Battery also found that in applications with limited time for charging, progressive undercharge can result in negative plate sulfation.  This is often referred to as a partial state of charge (PSOC) operation.  To improve upon this problem, it was discovered that introducing structured carbon materials such as advanced graphites, graphene, and nano-carbons can improve dynamic charge acceptance and control sulfation. This allows renewable energy applications with unpredictable charging from solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources to advance with greater reliability and energy storage capability.

When deep-cycle batteries are used in a vehicle, the motion of the vehicle continually mixes the electrolyte and prevents electrolyte stratification.  However, in renewable energy applications where the batteries are stationary, there is no mechanical mixing of the electrolyte.  In these applications, it is essential to recognize the importance of proper charging to create gassing to mix the electrolyte properly. U.S. Battery has developed special charge algorithms to provide the appropriate amount of over-charge, including equalization charging to prevent electrolyte stratification.

While these improvements on 100-year-old battery technology have kept industries worldwide running efficiently, U.S. Battery is continually searching for ways to improve efficiency further and maintain a level of cost-effectiveness. Once again, the requirements of battery-powered equipment have evolved, both for consumers and the industries that rely on them. U.S. Battery has responded with the development of new product lines that incorporate the reliability, longevity, and capacity that the company’s customers have come to expect. The latest generation of deep-cycle batteries has been shown to last longer, are lighter in weight, and feature a technologically advanced design that will meet the demands of the customer’s energy needs now and in the future. Designed in the U.S.A., the new product line will be available worldwide exclusively from U.S. Battery. More information on what’s coming from U.S. Battery will be announced in the coming months.

 

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Is It Cost Effective To Go Green With Lead-Acid Deep Cycle Batteries?

For many business owners making an effort to go “green” can be an expensive process, requiring investments in new equipment and infrastructure. But if a company decides to be more environmentally conscious by investing in battery-powered machines and vehicles, it may also prove to be a cost-effective choice. While switching to battery power reduces the need for plug-in electricity and combustible fuels for power, there’s also the added benefit of lower overall operating costs.

Deep-cycle lead-acid batteries are the most cost-effective form of power for these types of machinery and vehicles. According to Fred Wehmeyer, Senior VP of Engineering at U.S. Battery, lead-acid batteries provide more energy per cycle at a lower cost per kilowatt-hour than any other type of battery chemistry. That means that the use of lead batteries can translate to lower operating costs over time. It gives companies using them a greater incentive, knowing that the operating costs would absorb any up-front expenses.

In addition to lower costs, there are other environmental advantages. Perhaps the most important is that deep-cycle lead-acid batteries are a sustainable source of energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes lead batteries as the most recycled consumer product in the nation. The foundation for this has been the lead-acid battery industry’s ability to create a model recycling program, one in which essentially 100 percent of them are recycled. It prevents millions of used lead-acid batteries from reaching landfills, as it is a problem currently happening with other battery chemistries.

So the question that commonly arises is, if switching to battery power is environmentally better and more cost-effective, how can various industries and rental companies make the most out of their battery-powered machines and vehicles? The answer, according to Wehmeyer, is to make sure you start with a battery that is rated for the optimum power requirements of the application and the type of cleaning machine. Selecting the correct battery further minimizes the upfront costs of going “green” in this manner and helps to extend service life for continued low operational costs.

Batteries come with various capacity ratings, so Wehmeyer recommends starting with one that matches the duty cycle of the vehicle or machinery will require. Purchasing a battery with too little capacity will shorten overall battery life and increase annual operating costs because you will have to replace them more often. On the other hand, selecting a battery with more capacity than needed will add to the initial purchase cost without necessarily increasing battery life.  Also, Wehmeyer reminds us that deep-cycle battery cycle-life ratings are not always compared using the same basis by different manufacturers.  Typically, cycle life comparisons are based on the depth of discharge (%DOD) using the C20 capacity as a baseline.

To truly take advantage of the benefits of going “green” with deep-cycle battery power, it’s also essential to perform a routine maintenance schedule. This routine should include checking water levels and filling as necessary, performing a monthly equalization charge, and minimizing the total DOD to 50 percent or less during each use. Doing these things will dramatically increase battery life and ultimately lower operational costs that will make your investment pay off in the end.

Looking at how batteries play an integral part in being environmentally friendly, it’s easy to see why many industries have continued to utilize flooded lead-acid batteries to power everything from fleets of golf cars and floor cleaning machines to aerial lifts and more. In addition to reducing annual operating costs, industries and individuals embracing battery power are also doing their part to help the economy and the environment.

U.S. Battery Manufacturing And Delta-Q Technologies Partner In Battery Compatibility Program

Corona, Calif.- U.S. Battery Manufacturing and Delta-Q Technologies have partnered together for a new program called “Charged by Delta-Q”. The program provides tools that showcase U.S. Battery products that are integrated with Delta-Q in a curated network of tested and compatible battery and charging solutions.

“Delta-Q’s battery compatibility program strengthens collaboration in the industry. It supports battery and BMS partners like U.S. Battery Manufacturing as they pursue new markets by giving them the opportunity to show their affiliation with Delta-Q’s global brand,” says Sarah MacKinnon, Delta-Q’s Co CEO and CFO.

The ‘Charged by Delta-Q’ program is intended to empower OEMs and help partners market their solutions on a broader scale. “Our affiliation with the ‘Charged by Delta-Q’ program helps our original equipment (OE) customers select U.S. Battery products that are compatible with Delta-Q charging solutions, as well as view tested charging algorithms with Delta-Q that can provide improved performance, longer battery life, and maximum runtime,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery COO.

 

About Delta-Q Technologies

Delta-Q Technologies is a manufacturer of battery chargers, that improve the performance of electric drive vehicles and industrial machines, and is a supplier of choice for Tier 1 OEMs.  Part of the Zapi Group of companies, Delta-Q is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with a global distribution to service industries such as electric golf cars, lift trucks, aerial work platforms, e-mobility, floor care machines, utility/recreational vehicles, and new markets, like outdoor power equipment.

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Join U.S. Battery Manufacturing In Celebrating Earth Day

Join U.S. Battery Manufacturing in celebrating the 51st Earth Day. The company recognizes this day as a continued reminder of its commitment to producing environmentally responsible energy storage products. Within the battery power industry, the focus has been to develop a cost-effective means of power while also creating a sustainable source of energy. To date, this has been done on many fronts. The most successful has been the recycling rate of lead batteries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continually recognizes lead batteries as the most recycled consumer product in the nation.  It is a product that delivers a sustainable energy source that powers a variety of industries such as aerial lifts and cranes, maintenance, golf car and electric vehicles, the RV and marine industries, as well as renewable energy power and backup power systems.

The recycling process means new life for old batteries. When a lead battery is recycled, virtually every part of it is broken down and reused. This process starts with the polypropylene outer case, which is broken down into small pellets to be reused for other plastic products. The lead components of the battery are melted down to make new batteries. The sulfuric acid in the battery’s electrolyte can be neutralized and purified into water or converted into sodium sulfate, a compound commonly used in laundry detergent, glass, and textiles.

With a continued push towards advancements in batteries, the future of the environment looks brighter. The investments made now into this technology will help keep the Earth safer for the future.  For more information on Earth Day or to find an Earth Day event near you, visit www.earthday.org.