February 23, 2016 at
U.S. Battery now offers a reliable 12-volt deep-cycle battery for fleets and operators wanting an economical, high-capacity battery that can lower annual operating costs. The U.S. Battery 12VE XC2 is the company’s latest design incorporating a new cell configuration that supplies 145 amp-hours at a 20-hour rate, making it suitable for a variety of equipment and vehicle applications. This new economical design, however, doesn’t mean reduced power or performance, as the USB12VE XC2 battery incorporates the company’s exclusive XC2™Formula and Diamond Plate Technology®. This allows the battery to reach higher initial rated capacity, and faster cycle up time to full-rated capacity than other battery in its class and price range.
Manufactured in the U.S.A. to the same external dimensions as U.S. Battery’s USB12V XC2, the USB12VE XC2 offers a weight reduction of five pounds and comes with a variety of heavy-duty terminal options. With a durable polypropylene case and U.S. Battery’s exclusive SpeedCap® battery vent cap for easy maintenance, the 12VE XC2 can be used with an optional single point watering system and Sense Smart™ valve, that indicates when electrolyte levels are low and the battery(s) require water.
January 28, 2016 at
Never Attempt to Charge a Vehicle Battery without first reviewing the Instructions of the Charger to be used. In addition to the Charger Manufacturer’s instructions, these general precautions should be followed:
- Always wear proper eye, face and hand protection
- Always charge batteries in a well-ventilated area
- Keep vents tight and level
- Turn the charger and timer “OFF” before connecting the leads to the battery to avoid dangerous sparks
- Never try to charge a visibly damaged or frozen battery
- Connect the charger leads to the battery; red positive (+) lead to the positive (+) terminal and black negative (-) lead to the negative (-) terminal. Ensure the ignition and all electrical accessories are turned off.
- Make sure that the charger leads are not broken, frayed or loose
- Set the timer, turn the charger on and slowly increase the charging rate until the desired ampere value is reached
- If the battery becomes hot, or if violent gassing or spewing of electrolyte occurs, reduce the charging rate or turn off the charger temporarily
- Always turn the charger “OFF” before removing the charger leads from the battery to avoid dangerous sparks.
January 14, 2016 at
Top 10 Car battery facts
If you’ve ever suffered the let-down of a flat car battery, you’ll know what a drain it is. If it does go flat for no obvious reason it may be time to replace your battery. Just like the ones in your TV remote control, car batteries need to be replaced at some point. Here are 10 car battery facts that may indicate you need a new battery – and, if so, why you should replace it.
- Causes are varied but fall into two broad categories – either something electrical (such as the lights) were left on, or the battery has become unserviceable and needs replacing.
- Modern vehicles are equipped with a number of on-board computers that control and monitor various systems. These often place a constant small drain on batteries even when the vehicle is parked up. It can mean that when the vehicle is left standing for a long period, when left in an airport car park for example, the battery can slowly discharge.
- The battery is a vital component of all cars. A good battery can last for over five years with proper care. However, battery failure can occur in as little as three years, depending on the usage, maintenance and seasonal temperatures.
- Premature battery failures can be caused by defective charging systems that cause the battery to be over, or under-charged; or other electrical faults.
- Ensure you get the correct battery for your vehicle’s specification. Depending on the level of equipment fitted, the battery specification can vary. It may help to make a note of the numbers on the existing battery. However, be aware that if it’s not the original battery, it might not even be the correct battery type for the car – so check the owners’ manual or call an expert if in any doubt.
- Your vehicle’s on-board computers may require particular procedures to be carried out when the battery has been replaced. Check your owners’ manual or consult an expert if you’re not sure.
- More and more vehicles now come with “Stop-Start” technology. This significantly helps drive down fuel consumption, saving you money on fuel and lowering the impact of driving on the environment. “Stop-Start” technology places greater demands on car batteries, so you should expect to pay a little more for these more sophisticated batteries.
- Don’t forget battery disposal. This must be done in an environmentally responsible way.
- Call in the experts if you’re in any doubt.
- Just because the battery is under the bonnet it doesn’t always mean it’s easy to replace. The location of the battery differs depending on the make and model. Batteries are fitted in various locations such as the foot well, in the boot or even under the seats.
January 6, 2016 at
HOW TO FIT A CAR BATTERY
Our how-to guide to fitting a car battery:
- Park on a flat, level surface in a safe place, put on the hand brake and take the keys out of the ignition (some vehicles may activate the central locking when replacing the battery, so keep the keys somewhere safe). Don’t forget to wear protective goggles and gloves, as car batteries contain acid which is highly corrosive.
- Before replacing the battery make sure you’ve got all the PIN codes and settings for your electronic equipment such as radios and satellite navigation etc. Some modern vehicles have systems that need to be reset after the battery has gone flat or been disconnected. Check the owner’s handbook or an expert if you are unsure.
- Open the bonnet and use the bonnet stay to keep bonnet open (Some vehicle’s bonnets may stay up on their own)
- Locate the battery. They are normally under the bonnet, but they can also be in the boot or even under the seat. Again, check the owner’s handbook for more information.
- Remove any plastic trims / covers from the battery
- Label the battery cables so that they don’t get mixed up. It’s important that you disconnect the negative connection before the positive, or you may cause damage to the vehicle’s electrical system.
- Loosen and disconnect the negative cable clamp (normally marked with “ –“ (minus) ) and move the clamp away from the battery post.
- Loosen and disconnect the positive cable clamp and move away from the battery post.
- Remove any screws, clamps or bars holding the battery in place. Disconnect any vents that are attached and carefully lift the battery out of the vehicle. Remember that a car battery is quite heavy so you may need a helping hand.
- Fit the new battery making sure the positive and negative posts are on the correct sides. Connect any vent pipes, screws, clamps or bars that hold the battery in place.
- Remove any covers from the new batteries terminals.
- Reconnect and secure the positive cable clamp (make sure the connection is as far down on the battery post as possible).
- Reconnect and secure the negative cable clamp (make sure the connection is as far down on the battery post as possible).
- You are now ready to start the vehicle.