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An A -Z of Batteries: J – M

Written on June 10, 2016 at 10:41 am

In this edition of our ongoing A -Z of all things battery, we continue with the letter J.


J is for Jump Start

In a perfect world, you’ll never have to encounter the inconvenience of a completely flat battery. Looking after your battery properly will go a long way towards preventing this frustrating situation, but now and again jump starting is the only option to get a vehicle started. Even with a relatively new and healthy battery, leaving electronics such as the lights or radio on for a prolonged period will soon consume enough power that there is insufficient remaining to start the engine.

There are two common ways to jumpstart a vehicle. Firstly, cables can be used to draw power from another vehicle. Alternatively, a portable machine can be used to jump start or boost a battery. This is a much safer and controlled approach.

The Noco Genius Boost GB40 is a powerful and versatile piece of equipment that can safely jump start a dead battery in seconds. It is suitable not just for cars, but also for boats, motorcycles, motorhomes, snowmobiles and commercial vehicles – you name it, it starts it! The ultra-safe, ultra-compact, rugged, and portable lithium-ion jump starter features spark proof technology and reverse polarity protection.

The Noco GB40 is able to instantly jump start most single-battery applications up to 20 times on a single charge. Rated to 7000 Joules, it is ideal for a wide range of vehicles including trucks and engines up to 6.0L Gas and 3.0L Diesel.

J is for Jump Start


L is for Lead Acid

The traditional car battery is known as a Lead Acid battery. Invented by French physicist Gaston Planté in 1859, it is the oldest type of rechargeable battery. Relatively inexpensive, lead acid batteries are favoured for use in cars and other internal combustion vehicles because they are able to deliver a high ‘surge power’ – the initial energy required to get the engine started. The name of the lead acid battery comes from its internal structure – it is basically comprised of cells with two metal plates made from lead, which are separated by an electrolyte reservoir of sulphuric acid.

Modern improvements have resulted in more stable batteries which are less prone to leakage and therefore safer. These include gel batteries, which as the name suggests, contain the electrolyte in the form of a gel rather than a liquid and Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) which uses a glass fibre matt soaked in electrolyte. This structure means that the battery is prevented from leaking if punctured. AGM technology also results in a generally more stable battery that performs better after storage and in cold conditions, amongst others.

L is for Lead Acid


M is for… Manbat

It would be hard to compile an A – Z of all things battery without featuring Manbat. After all, we are one of the UK’s leading automobile battery suppliers with a proud history that spans more than half a century. The origins of the present day name Manbat date back to 1952, when founder Harry Pemberton began the Manchester Batteries company in Abergele, North Wales. The company remained under the ownership and direction of the Pemberton family until then Managing Director Roger Pemberton retired in 2009. The company then started a new and exciting era within the Eco-Bat Technologies Group with Steve Sheppard at the helm.

M is for Manbat


Since then, the company has continually expanded, including the acquisition of established brands Powercell and Battery Power Systems Ltd. The Manbat company is now headquartered in a 3000 m2 site in Shrewsbury, which also forms the main distribution centre. Together with our regional service centres, we can now get the battery you need to any location on the UK by the next day.

To find your regional distribution centre, visit our branches page. If you would like to contact a member of the team, use our online contact form or call us on 01743 218511 and we will be happy to help.

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