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Make A Battery Cleaning Solution

Keeping your battery and the terminals clean is a key maintenance procedure to getting the most performance from your deep cycle batteries. Corrosion occurs when acid from inside of the battery makes its way to the terminals and connectors on top of the battery. The acid attacks the battery terminals and connectors, which if left untreated can reduce or disconnect power to the vehicle. In addition, untreated corrosion can lead to arcing, where the electrical current jumps an air gap resulting in a spark. This arcing can melt terminals, damage connectors, or cause ignition of hydrogen gas emitted during charging.

Fortunately, battery terminal corrosion can be easily cleaned with a special solution that neutralizes battery acid. The solution can be made by mixing one tablespoon (15ml) of baking soda to every 1-cup (250ml) of hot water. Apply the solution to the corroded areas of the battery terminals and use a wire brush or toothbrush to gently clean off any additional residue on the terminals. Once the terminals and wiring are clean, rinse the area with water to rinse any remaining solution off the batteries. Use some paper towels to dry the area.

To slow down the corrosion process apply some corrosion prevention spray to the terminals to coat them. Make sure to check the terminals approximately every six months and clean as necessary. Be sure to use protective gloves and safety glasses to prevent injury and ensure all connections are safely removed from the batteries prior to cleaning. For more battery maintenance tips, visit www.usbattery.com.

Correct Charger Settings And An Off-Season Charging Regimen, Dramatically Extended The Battery Life Of This Golf Car Fleet

Congress Lake Club in Ohio Found That By Changing To The Correct Charger Settings, With An Off-Season Charging Regimen, Can Dramatically Extended The Battery Life Of Its Golf Car Fleet.

When Congress Lake Club in Hartville, Ohio purchased a new fleet of EZGO TXT golf cars in May of 2012 they didn’t expect to get sluggish performance right from the start. One of the club’s members, Bill Glover, retired U.S. Battery VP of Sales, immediately realized that the golf cars were not performing at their full potential. Since the golf cars were also outfitted with U.S. Battery products, Glover got with the club’s safety supervisor Lynne Vincent, and Bob Gegick, superintendent of grounds, to work on ways to solve the problem.

After doing some preliminary testing, it was determined that the batteries appeared to be undercharged. The first course of action was to put the batteries through a series of equalizing charges to see if their performance would improve. The result of this process showed improvement in the overall battery performance, indicating that this was most likely a charging issue and not a battery related problem. Glover contacted Delta-Q, the manufacturer of the charging system, and requested that they send him some chargers with a revised charging algorithm installed (basically this amounted to a simple software change). “After being cycled five or six times with the new chargers and correct charging profile, the batteries quickly ramped back up to their full rated capacity, further verifying that incorrect charging regimes were the root cause of the sluggish performance,” said Glover.

Bill Glover, retired VP of Sales at U.S. Battery with Lynne Vincent.

Bill Glover with Lynne Vincent

To avoid this type of situation again, Glover and Vincent decided to create an off-season charging regimen that would prevent the batteries from their fleet from having this problem again after they have been sitting through the winter months. The process involves:

 

  • Allowing each golf car to run through a charge and checking the state-of-charge in each battery.
  • A discharge machine is used to cycle each golf car.
  • A constant current charger is placed on the batteries to bring them up to full charge, 1.275 specific gravity readings in each battery cell. This step was done several times to assure the sulfate is completely transformed back into the solution.

“The off-season charging regimen has been extremely effective in keeping the golf cars performing like new every year,” said Glover. “The program has worked to extend the life of the batteries which are now five years old, and the golf cars are still running like new.”

While U.S. Battery recommends storing batteries in a fully charged state, these additional steps have proven to be beneficial to the Congress Lakes Club’s fleet of golf cars. For additional information on battery charging and maintenance tips can be found on the U.S. Battery website at www.usbattery.com.  More information on Congress Lakes Club can be found at www.congresslakeclub.com.

 

 

U.S. Battery Manufacturing Launches New Endurance Plus™ Line Of Deep-Cycle Batteries

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has launched a new line of deep-cycle batteries called Endurance Plus™. The Endurance Plus™ line is made up of 6-volt, 8-volt and 12-volt batteries that feature improved overall performance and higher ratings in an all-new bright red color case and top. “Our engineers were able to improve the performance on some of our most popular batteries that include the US 2000XC2, US 8VGCXC2, and US 12VRXXC2, to create a new category for the U.S. Battery brand we are calling Endurance Plus™,” said Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive VP Sales and Marketing.  “The Endurance Plus™ line provides our distributors with the opportunity to offer customers the industry’s most efficient batteries with higher performance ratings, ultimately giving customers a better battery and greater overall value.”

Endurance Plus™ batteries are manufactured in the U.S.A. and feature molded-in UTL terminals that have torque values that are consistent with current burned-on UTL versions. Dual molded terminals will be available soon as an option. The batteries also feature U.S. Battery’s exclusive XC2 formulation that give them the highest initial capacity, fastest cycle-up time to full-rated capacity, improved recharge-ability, and the highest total energy delivered than any battery in their class.

The full line-up of Endurance Plus™ batteries, ratings and sizes are available on the company’s website, at www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery’s 8VGCi XC2 Offers A Performance Upgrade That Fits Most Single Point Watering Systems

U.S. Battery’s new US 8VGCi XC2 enables vehicle owners to easily upgrade their 8-volt deep-cycle battery to a higher-performing, longer lasting battery, and continue to use their existing manifold-style single point watering system.

Since battery manufacturers have different styles of vent caps, it’s often difficult to change or upgrade to a different battery brand, especially if you’ve already invested in a single point watering system. With the introduction of U.S. Battery’s new US 8VGCi XC2 option, it’s easy to upgrade to a better battery and keep your existing watering system.  The new US 8VGCi XC2 version will also fit existing Flow Rite and BWT systems as well, giving you the option to upgrade your single point watering system at a later date.

The new US 8VGCi XC2 is a Group GC8 size battery that provides 170 amp-hours at the 20-hour rate, making it a powerful and reliable upgrade for a variety of heavy-duty applications. Equipped with U.S. Battery’s exclusive XC2™ Formula and Diamond Plate Technology®, the 8VGCi XC2 reaches higher initial rated capacity, and faster cycle up time to full-rated capacity, than any other battery in its class and price range.

Manufactured in the U.S.A., the US 8VGCi XC2 weighs 64 lbs. (29.0kg) and comes in a durable polypropylene case. This battery is only available with bayonet vent caps, and does not come with U.S. Battery’s exclusive SpeedCap®. It can also be ordered with a variety of precision-made terminals to fit your particular application. For more information contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.