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U.S. Battery Manufacturing Sponsors Homeowners Of Punta Chivato, Baja Mexico In Their Annual Bulls Only Dorado Fishing Tournament

The community of Punta Chivato in Baja California, Mexico is an area where most of the homes utilize solar power, many using U.S. Battery RE deep-cycle batteries for energy storage. Over the years, the homeowners have organized into a non-profit association that raises money for the local schools, as well as many other charitable organizations, with an annual fishing tournament that is now in its 23rd year. “Our first Dorado Fishing Tournament was in 1996,” said Bill Knerr, one of the event organizers. “We take donations and contributions from sponsors like U.S. Battery Manufacturing and at the end of our fiscal year (April), we either write checks or set up lines of credit at merchant’s stores, whichever is appropriate for a particular charity. U.S. Battery has been in our community for many years and their products continue to be a reliable source for energy storage.”

The 23rd Dorado Fishing Tournament takes place June 21st through the 23rd and offers cash prizes up to $1000 for the largest Dorado caught. “U.S. Battery is happy to continue supporting the homeowners in Punta Chivato not only because of their use of our products but also for their work supporting area schools and other local charities,” says Michael Coad, VP Sales & Marketing at U.S. Battery Manufacturing.

More information on the 23rd Dorado Fishing Tournament can be found here. Additional information on U.S. Battery’s RE-Series deep-cycle batteries designed for energy storage is available on the U.S. Battery website at www.usbattery.com.

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Experienced Off-Grid Homesteaders Believe Flooded Lead Acid Batteries Are Still The Best Choice For Renewable Energy Systems

Batteries used for energy storage are necessary for any off-grid homestead or cabin. For experienced off-grid homesteaders, managing power storage from renewable energy sources is something they become good at, and over the years, the choice of batteries for experienced homesteaders like Allan Sindelar, a licensed electrician, and homesteader who has been living off-grid for more than 25 years, he still prefers deep-cycle flooded lead-acid batteries (FLA) for the job. “Few off-grid installers have been selecting, installing, and maintaining batteries long enough to learn from entire battery life cycles,” said Sindelar in his article The Best Batteries For Your Off-Grid Battery Bank that was published in Mother Earth News. “Without much long-term data, we tend to use what has worked previously, rather than trying new and possibly expensive approaches.”

Sindelar recalls when early homesteaders were using two car batteries 30 years ago, but once the FLA batteries became more affordable, off-grid homesteaders settled on using the L16 FLA batteries for their performance and reliability. “These are well-sized for small-to-medium systems and are available at a relatively low cost.” Sindelar also says in his article that experienced homesteaders are often better at performing routine maintenance which can lead to FLA batteries lasting greater than six years or more.

With other battery types trickling into the off-grid industry, Sindelar believes the data isn’t there to determine if they are a better solution over the long-run. “While tremendous advances are taking place in battery development, most are based around increasing a battery’s performance and energy density per pound, that is, lightweight, high-capacity batteries for electric vehicles and portable applications,” says Sindelar. “In homestead systems, weight isn’t a key factor. For most homesteaders, conventional flooded lead-acid batteries still fit this bill best.”

The appeal of batteries with no maintenance is big among new homesteaders, but Sindelar believes there are drawbacks. “Sealed batteries are substantially more expensive and more susceptible to damage from overcharging,” says Sindelar. “They’re well-suited to homeowners who don’t want to perform their own battery maintenance, as the charge for professional service several times each year adds up. This group might include many newcomers to off-grid living, who value the benefits but don’t desire the DIY involvement of earlier generations.”

As battery technology increases Sindelar believes it’s a good idea to use tried-and-true flooded lead-acid batteries until the various choices of batter types become clear in this form of use. “Homesteaders may want to consider waiting through one more set of batteries before trying lithium or other emerging technologies. Superior technologies are coming, and prices will drop as PV module prices have dropped in recent years, but we’re not there quite yet.”

Simple Solar Power Upgrade For Marine Use

This boat owner and blogger pieced together a simple solar system to efficiently re-charge his deep-cycle batteries

Mark McMaster wanted to add a solar charging system to provide efficient power on his 34-foot, 1983 Tollycraft Series II boat, and reduce the need to run a noisy generator and conserve fuel. “We don’t have an onboard generator, and we hate the noise in quiet anchorages,” says McMaster.

TollyBatteryCompartmentBeing in the Equipment Business, especially related to golf courses and parks, McMaster was familiar with battery powered products and 12-volt deep-cycle batteries. “We supplied these machines with a variety of brands of batteries, but hands down, the best overall performance has been with U.S. Battery Products,” said McMaster.

It didn’t take long for McMaster to install a bank of four US2200 XC2 6-volt deep-cycle batteries in 2013 to his boat. Once he decided to go solar, he added a second set of four batteries and began the conversion. McMaster added four 100-watt flexible panels from Amray Solar and attached them to the bimini for the time being. A Victron MPPT charge controller was also used along with LinkPro battery monitor. The system allows McMaster to monitor the system via the Victron app and with the four solar panels, has so far managed to keep the batteries fully charged.

“The system works great so far, beyond expectations,” says McMaster. “We’ll get a better test of the entire set-up once we head out for a two or three-week trip. My only wish is that I should have taken better care of the batteries when I started. I should have performed an equalization charge on them on a regular basis and not let them get down to the 55-percent discharge range. I might replace them next spring and we’ll definitely use U.S. Battery products.”

You can see the entire solar system upgrade and other upgrades he’s made to his boat, on the Tolly Rodger blog: https://tollyroger.com. More information on U.S. Battery deep-cycle batteries for marine and RV applications can be found on the U.S. Battery Manufacturing website at https://www.usbattery.com.

Wiring system and controller for the battery bank.

Wiring system and the controller for the battery bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar panels temporarily attached to bimini.

Solar panels temporarily attached to bimini.

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 Manufacturing A Sponsor For The 2018 Bulls Only Dorado Fishing Tournament In Baja Mexico

U.S. Battery Manufacturing continues to be one of several annual sponsors of the Bulls Only Dorado Fishing Tournament held in Punta Chivato, Baja California, Mexico. “Residents of this small fishing town of Punta Chivato are mostly U.S. citizens who have vacation homes that successfully use solar and wind power, and store energy using U.S. Battery RE-Series products,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/ Executive VP, Sales and Marketing. “The proceeds from the annual tournament support local schools, retirement homes, and charities, so we’re happy to continue to help the tournament with our support.”

usb_re_all3_med_xc2logo-webThis tournament hosted its 21st annual gathering of sports fishermen who go out and try to hook the largest Dorado (Mahi-mahi). This year, the winning fish was 38-pounds, caught by Mike Bower, according to BD Outdoors.com’s fishing report. The annual tournament took place June 23rd to the 25th and offered up to $1,000 for the largest fish, along with $500 and $250 in prize money for second and third place anglers. The event also offers participants numerous raffle prizes, including certificates for U.S Battery’s RE L16 XC2 deep-cycle batteries that many of the townspeople use to store energy from their solar and wind systems.

 For additional information on U.S. Battery RE-Series Deep-Cycle Batteries, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit https://www.usbattery.com.

Dutt Electronics Found U.S. Battery Products Provided Optimum Performance For Its New Energy Save OE Power System

Dutt Electronics, a manufacturer of alternate energy inverters for the OE market, found that U.S. Battery products were the best choice for energy storage for its new Energy Save power system, which has been nominated for the 2016 EnerTIC Award in the category of Smart Industry.

“We conducted a detailed study of existing storage technologies,” said Ramon Ugarte of Dutt Electronics. “Our Energy Save application required a mature technology and low cost. Initially, Lithium-Ion batteries would have worked, but for a quick return on investment and low cost for our customers, deep-cycle flooded lead-acid batteries were the best choice.”

The Save Energy system uses 36 U.S. Battery 185E batteries with XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology® which deliver more watt-hours per liter and watt-hours per kilogram than any other flooded lead-acid battery on the market. “There are plenty of battery brands available,” said Ugarte. “But we wanted to use U.S. Battery products because their technical characteristics were the best fit, and they offer the support of a solid company with more than 90-years of history.”

The Dutt Energy Save system is an integrated unit that combines a bi-directional inverter, monitoring system, and battery pack all in one unit. With autonomous operation, it balances power output between stored energy consumption and battery charging during peak energy hours to reduce overall energy costs.

For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of performance products, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

 

About Dutt Electronics: Dutt is an electronics manufacturer in Spain whose field of interest covers any sector that requires control and conversion of energy and/or power; such as solar, industrial, energy storage and more. The company has nearly 20 years of experience in providing OEM solutions for inverters and hybrid converters. Visit www.duttelectronics.com/en/site/solutions.

U.S. Battery Sponsors 20th Annual Bulls Only Fishing Tournament

The 20th Annual Bulls Only Dorado Fishing Tournament is an annual gathering of sports fisherman, in which all proceeds go towards improving schools, retirement homes, and local charities in the town of Punta Chivato, Baja California, Mexico. U.S. Battery is a proud sponsor of the 20th Annual Bulls Only Fishing Tournament, supporting the organization that is primarily made up of American citizens who have vacation homes in the area, and who also require batteries to live off-grid, as many utility services are not available in this quaint Mexican fishing village.

“We’re proud to support the tournament and provide help for those people living in Punta Chivato, who lovingly provide for the locals in the town, and have helped raise funds for its emergency services, Community Center, schools and more,” said Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/ Executive VP, Sales and Marketing.

usb_re_all3_med_xc2logo-webMany of the town’s people in Punta Chivato use U.S Battery’s RE L16 XC deep-cycle batteries with Diamond Plate Xtreme Capacity technology, to provide power for their solar power storage systems. RE-Series deep-cycle batteries also feature Defender™ Moss Shields that effectively prevent short-circuiting within the battery, along with Outside Positive (OSP™) battery design that mitigates positive plate deterioration. RE-Series deep cycle batteries are available in both 6-volt and 2-volt configurations. U.S. Battery manufactures a variety of deep-cycle batteries that are all manufactured in the U.S.A. and are distributed worldwide. For more information on the 20th Annual Bulls Only Dorado Tournament, visit the Punta Chivato Facebook page HERE.

For additional information on U.S. Battery RE-Series Deep-Cycle Batteries, contact U.S. Battery Manufacturing, 1675 Sampson Ave. Corona, CA 92879. (800) 695-0945. Visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Helps Homeowners Create Reliable Off-Grid Solar Systems

As solar energy products become widely available, individual homeowners are seeking to create their own partial-grid, and off-grid system. While there is an abundance of solar panels, inverters, and other components to choose from, it’s often difficult for the average homeowner to figure out their particular power needs, as well as how to properly store that energy.

Fortunately, U.S. Battery was able to help one homeowner who contacted U.S. Battery’s Product & Process Engineering Manager Zach Cox, who helped solve this customer’s particular situation. “Mr. Spong is an individual homeowner and U.S. Battery customer. He contacted us about using a small solar array in his back yard to power his home’s appliances, and store the energy from his solar panels using our batteries,” says Cox. “The result was a simple, yet efficient system that allows him to have more than enough amp-hours, using eight U.S. Battery US2200XC2 six-volt batteries to store his power.

Mr. Spong uses 8 US2200XC2 deep cycle batteries to store energy for night-time use.

Mr. Spong uses 8 US2200XC2 deep cycle batteries to store energy for night-time use.

The system used in Mr. Spong’s home consists of an Outback MPPT FLEXmax 60 charge controller, a COTEK 24-volt – 2000 watt converter, and four 280-watt solar panels. “I found the U.S. Battery US2200 batteries to be rated very high, and found them to be the best buy for the money in my area,” said Mr. Spong. “I am running my fridge, freezer and computer 24/7 with the batteries, dropping down to only 24.5 volts overnight. During the day, I have more power than I need even with running a microwave and other things.”

According to Spong, the system gives him approximately 11 amp hours of total power. “I am trying to keep my usage down to 30 to 40 percent of total battery discharge, which helps extend battery life a lot,” says Mr. Spong. “For now, I am running a 14 cubic ft refrigerator and a 12 cubic ft. freezer 24/7, and I can still have lights on and enough power to run a few other things. With the amount of power usage at night and the size of my solar panels, I have lots of surplus power that I can use to run a microwave for cooking and other things. With all this, I still get my batteries fully charged in time for my power usage at night.”

The U.S. Battery US2200XC2 is one of the company’s most highly rated and popular flooded lead-acid batteries. While these batteries currently serve as great storage for small systems like Mr. Spong’s, U.S. Battery’s RE-Series batteries are available should his power needs increase. These batteries feature Defender™ moss shields, that effectively prevent the formation of “mossing shorts” and include Outside Positive (OSP™) battery design, which mitigates the effects of positive plate deterioration and further increases battery life.

“So far the system is working well but there is a lot to learn,” says Mr. Spong. “I am very happy with the choices I made putting this together and appreciate the help U.S. Battery has given me.”

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

Mr. Spong's home consists of an Outback MPPT FLEXmax 60 charge controller, a COTEK 24-volt - 2000 watt converter, and four 280-watt solar panels.

Mr. Spong’s home consists of an Outback MPPT FLEXmax 60 charge controller, a COTEK 24-volt – 2000 watt converter, and four 280-watt solar panels.

 

Spong uses four 280-watt solar panels that feed power into 8 US2200XC2 batteries.

Spong uses four 280-watt solar panels that feed power into 8 US2200XC2 batteries.