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Manbat Industrial to exhibit at IMHX

Written on July 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Manbat Industrial division will be exhibitng at this years IMHX Trade show in Birmingham at the NEC from 13th -16th September. We will be exhibitng in partnership with TAB batteries, and will be showcasing an array of products including; US Batteries, Sonnenchien,SPE High Frequency chargers, Fronius chargers and much more. Come and see us on Stand 11N41.


Manbat VRM Battery Finder

Written on July 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Manbat have recently introduced their very own VRM battery lookup website. The site allows users to search for the correct battery for their vehicle which also includes motorcycle. Searching by using the registration, make/model or chassis number users will have access to valuable vehicle information and battery specifications. In addition Manbat customers have access to a Trade Login section which allows them access to in depth battery fitting guides. The site is totally free to use and is a valuable asset for industry traders.

The site continues to grow with a wealth of valuable information for users and Manbat customers. Soon the site will offer even more  features, such as a HGV lookup and even a leisure battery finder section.



A Clear Winner

Written on December 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain is seeing instant returns after upgrading to a high-efficiency Fronius charging system from Manbat.

When you look at a modern skyscraper, there’s a fair chance that its glass was created by Saint-Gobain. Over some 350 years, the company has grown from a Parisian mirror maker to one of the world’s leading flat-glass manufacturers, with customers across 24 countries.

At any one time, the company’s UK operation, in Eggborough, Yorkshire, has  thousands of tonnes of industrial glass on site.

Awarded the titles of Britain’s Best Factory (2005) and Britain’s Best Processing Plant (2008), its heavy lifting is carried out by electric Hubtex loaders. With each truck weighing up to 40 tonnes fully laden, the fleet has a huge appetite for power – supplied by batteries measuring two metres square. To keep production moving around the clock, Saint-Gobain’s 16 charging bays are in constant use, making energy bills a critical cost centre.

High-frequency options

Clearly, savings on battery and charging costs can quickly add up, so when Saint-Gobain’s materials handling supplier suggested a switch to high-frequency charging, facilities manager Richard Simpson was keen to take a close look at the figures, and explore all the options.

As well as the standard high-frequency chargers offered by the dealer, Saint-Gobain decided to trial the new Fronius Ri-charge technology recommended by the battery experts at Manbat Industrial Power Systems.

Richard took both chargers on a month’s trial, so that he could gauge the level of performance and savings Saint-Gobain could expect when stacked against the current setup.

When he recorded energy usage over the course of the week, the winner was clear.

60% saving – 16-month payback

“The standard high-frequency charger had achieved a reasonable saving – 65.9 kWh per charging cycle compared to our previous average of 107.2 kWh – but the Fronius was in another league,” recalls Richard.

“The consumption of 40.2 kWh per cycle meant we were saving over 60% compared to our old chargers.”

Although the Fronius chargers were the slightly more expensive option, the tests showed they could pay for themselves in around 16 months. And since all the charging stations have been converted to Fronius, the actual savings have been better still – suggesting the investment should turn a profit in just 67 weeks.

Clarity on waste battery definition

Written on December 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Clarity at last on waste battery definition

After years of confusion on the definition of a portable battery the Government has finally clarified that only batteries weighing 4kg and under will be classified as portable.

Manbat’s sister company, G & P Batteries hopes this news will reduce the huge disparity between the number of lead acid batteries being placed on and appearing to be taken off the market.

As a leading waste battery collector, G & P has been concerned for some years about the over-dependence on lead acid batteries by the UK in meeting its portable battery recycling targets. With the definition of a portable battery now clear, the company hope to see more efforts being made to recycle a wider range of battery chemistries which will bring the UK into line with the recycling activities in other European countries.

Before the clarification, industrial batteries weighing between 4kg and 10kg were often classed as portable batteries, depending on their size, shape and appearance, which caused the disparity in figures under the Waste Battery Regulations.

Noco GB40 Boost

Written on December 10, 2015 at 2:21 pm


Noco GB40 Boost

New more powerful model for diesel and high-displacement engines,but still safe on engines of all sizes. The GB40 is a portable, pocket sized lithium-ion jump starter for 12-volt vehicles with single battery systems. It can safely jump start a dead battery in seconds for such applications as a car, boat, motorcycle, ATV, Motorhome, lawn mower, truck and more. The GB40 is powered by a high-density NOCO Element       lithium-ion battery  pack with a peak Amp rating of 1000A and an actual power output of 7000 joules 3s.


For more information please get in touch:   Call : 01743 218 500  email:

Where Should You Put Your Trust This Winter?

Written on December 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm

When it comes to replacement batteries, availability takes on an even greater emphasis as nowadays it is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no way around a ‘flat’ battery.


Supplier promises of excellent availability and depth of range are easy to make, particularly when the weather is fine and the demand is low, but it is as the temperatures drop and demand increases, that the substance behind the promises is really tested.


It is not by chance that Manbat is the UK’s largest automotive and commercial vehicle battery distributor. Rather it’s the result of investment, long term planning and a customer focused business ethos that demands that service is king.


Manbat is able to support members whatever the circumstances because it has built the infrastructure that is required for that level of commitment to its customers and many members will have experienced first-hand how the company has delivered for them when it really counts and their reputation is on the line.


The practical reality of this infrastructure investment means that Manbat holds approximately 300,000 batteries in stock throughout its 13 depots, spread across the length and breadth of the county. This stock holding allows the company to cover, to all intents and purposes, 100% of the vehicle parc and therefore provides members with the solution for every conceivable battery related challenge.


In addition to having this vast battery resource in its UK warehouses, Manbat also has the means to ensure that these batteries reach their destination when and where they are needed via a fleet of almost 60 wholly owned delivery vehicles.


Manbat & NCC

Written on December 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Manbat are proud to be part of the NCC national certification for Leisure and Marine batteries….

The NCC was setup over 70 years ago (1939) as the UK trade body representing the collective interests of the tourer, motorhome, holiday home and park home sectors.

The NCC has a crucial role to play in promoting best practice, helping members become more competitive and formulating effective public policy and delivery. We are the united voice of the reputable businesses in our industry when talking to government. We quickly disseminate information to the members to protect their business interests and to give them a commercial edge.

How Do Car Batteries Work?

Written on November 25, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Provided it works, a car battery is something that most motorists take for granted. With a high quality battery such as those supplied by Manbat, we’d like to think that you will experience years of reliability. This does of course rely on properly looking after both battery and vehicle to ensure maximum efficiency in the electrical and charging systems.

Whilst we all know what a battery is for and most people have a basic understanding of how they are charged, something that is less well known is this: How does a car battery actually work?


Basic Structure

The first thing to understand is that unlike the batteries typically used for electronic devices such as remote controls and clocks, a car battery is actually 6 smaller batteries that are lined up in series. This causes the voltages of each battery to add, giving the total voltage. In the case of a car battery, this is usually 12 volts (although in actual fact the true voltage is 12.6). A wide range of other vehicles use the same battery technology in a range of voltages, however the principle remains the same.

This illustration shows how a battery is typically constructed:

What Happens Inside

The general way that a battery works is that when an electronic circuit is connected to the battery, electrons are allowed to flow. For the scientific minded, an electron is a subatomic particle, (symbol e or β−), with a negative elementary electric charge. It is the electrons that play the all important role of providing power.

Inside the battery are 3 important things. There are 2 connectors that go out of the battery, known as the cathode and anode. There is also a solution that the cathode and anode sit in. During normal operation, a chemical reaction occurs between the solution and the anode which releases electrons that flow through the circuit. These re-enter the battery through the cathode where another chemical reaction is happening between the cathode and solution. The electrons are incorporated in the products of this reaction. When run in reverse (with certain batteries), electrons are forced in the other direction in the reverse reactions. When a battery dies, it is usually because one or more of the chemical reactants is more or less used up.


The Chemistry of Batteries

Sulfuric acid structureIn a car battery (often known as a lead-acid battery) the cathode is lead dioxide (PbO2), the anode is a sponge of lead (Pb), and the solution is sulfuric acid (H2SO4). When the battery is being used, the 2 connections react to form lead sulfate (PbSO4) by reacting with the sulfuric acid.

Specifically, the two reactions are:

PbO2 + 4H+ + SO4 + 2e -> PbSO4 + 2H2O and

Pb + SO4 -> PbSO4 + 2e

Notice that one reaction releases electrons and the other uses them up. Since the electrons can’t travel directly through the solution to get from where they’re released to where they’re used, the reactions can only continue if they travel through the external electrical circuit.



The reverse reaction happens when the battery is being recharged. This reaction produces roughly 2V. The 6 cells add to give the 12V necessary to start a car. It is this reverse reaction that allows batteries to be used over and over again.

At Manbat, we take pride in providing the highest quality batteries as well as exceptional after sales support. A wide range of technical information including spec sheets and technical information for battery fitters is available from our website.



Car Battery Power: How To Prolong Your Battery’s Life

Written on October 29, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Purchasing a new, good quality battery for your car can be quite an investment to make. To ensure that it won’t need replacing just a year or two later, there are some steps you can take to ensure your car battery lasts as long as possible.


Keep It Clean

It is recommended that on a monthly basis, you check the terminals and casing of your battery. By keeping them clean and free of dirt and damp you can help prevent your battery losing any unnecessary charge. You can find more information about cleaning your car battery here.


Drive Regularly

Did you know that when your vehicle is stationary for a long period of time it can affect your car’s battery life? The best advice is to drive it regularly but avoid frequent short trips. However, if this is not possible, invest in a charger or booster to make sure you are backed up before you next drive.


Vehicle Accessories

Playing the car stereo, charging your phone and even leaving your lights on when stationary can be detrimental to your car battery power. That’s not to say you shouldn’t play your radio or use your sat nav, but it is important to bear in mind that when not in use, any gadgets should be unplugged to preserve the power supply.


Make It Secure

By making sure your car battery is secure in your vehicle, you will remove the risk of vibrations. Any vibrations can damage the battery plates as well as cause leakages that could then damage the engine and even the paintwork. Follow your battery manufacturers guidelines and ensure it is held down with the appropriate clamps and brackets.

Checking car battery



Another way your car battery power can be affected is by extreme temperatures. When the mercury plummets, consider having a battery blanket or thermal insulator on hand. These are specially designed to ensure the battery is insulated but allowed to vent.

Using our top tips, you can keep your car battery in peak condition to maximise the power output and life length. At Manbat, we stock a wide range of top quality automotive batteries only recommending trusted brands to provide your car battery power. Explore our full range including the Connect + Reset battery validation tool or contact us to discuss how we can help you.

Car Battery Facts and Myths

Written on September 25, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Since the invention of the lead-acid battery, the basic principle has not changed. However, over the years, car battery facts have become intertwined with myths and many people rely on information that is in fact untrue.

We explore some of the common facts and myths associated with car batteries.

Batteries naturally self discharge while in storage

Fact. Whilst in storage the battery will start to discharge and sulfation will occur when the state-of-charge is less than 100%. This relates to the discharge process when soft lead sulfate crystals are formed in the pores and on the surface of the positive and negative plates inside a lead-acid battery.
By storing the battery is a cold place, this will slow the process down.

“Maintenance free” batteries never require maintenance

Adding water to car battery

Myth. It is important to remember that during the warmer months of the year, the water in the electrolyte is lost and can also be lost due to excessive charging voltage or charging currents. For cars running permanently in hotter climates, non-sealed batteries are recommended so distilled water can be added when needed.

A good battery can last for over five years

Fact. When maintained correctly, there is no reason that a car battery should not last five years. There are a number of contributory factors that can mean that the battery life is compromised. A battery that is over- charged, under-charged or charged using a defective system can cause failure as well as when no maintenance is carried out.

Bad batteries will not harm the charging system

Myth. When a bad or weak battery is used, it can be incredibly detrimental to the vehicle and can cause premature failure due to the extra strain on the charging system or starter. When replacing a battery, alternator, voltage regulator or starter, be sure to check thoroughly for damage.

“Stop-Start” technology places greater demands on car batteries

Fact. It is well known that more and more cars come with stop-start technology. This is designed to automatically shutdown and restart the internal combustion engine. Stop-start technology is beneficial in reducing the cost of fuel and environmentally friendly by reducing emissions produced. However, these benefits come at the cost of a greater demand on the car battery. You can expect to pay more for a more sophisticated battery to work with this technology.

Old car batteries do not require a specialist recycling system Recycling symbol

Myth. Car batteries contain both lead dioxide and sulfuric acid which can be very harmful to the environment. By law you cannot dispose of with household waste; instead they should be taken to your local recycling centre, scrap metal facility or, should you be purchasing a new battery, the garage who replace it should be able to dispose of your old one for you.

In conclusion…

We hope you have found our car battery facts and myths useful. Since our establishment in 1952, Manbat have been a proud distributor of batteries growing from a supplier of automotive batteries to marine and many more. Our Quality Assurance System has lent itself to our reputation for exceeding customer’s requirements in a timely manner. Get in touch with our team today to discuss how we can assist you.

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