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An A – Z of Batteries – N, O, P

Written on July 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

In this installment of our A – Z of all things battery, we look at two the brands available in our extensive range, as well as the man who invented the car battery as we know it today.


N is for Numax

Manbat introduced its Numax brand in 2002. Since then, the brand has become a significant and respected player within the automotive sector. It has also established itself as the UK’s premier range of leisure and marine batteries.

As well as offering part numbers which cover 98% of standard petrol, diesel and LPG powered cars and light commercial vehicles, the Numax battery range also includes a classic car range, designed specifically for use on vintage and classic vehicles. These include encapsulated hard rubber casing and retro aesthetics, whilst preserving the performance and reliability that Numax batteries have come to represent.

Numax batteries are also available for Commercial / HGV / Heavy Plant / PSV and Agricultural applications. Features of this range include increased capacity for higher cold start performance, reinforced handles and locked plates for extra resistance to vibration

Over the last couple of years we have extended the Numax family with innovative products that tie into the stored energy marketplace which give people the choice of buying top Quality products that are built to the highest standard, at a very reasonable price.

Numax Battery Range


O is for Optima

Manbat is proud to be a key distributor for Optima Batteries, a brand whose batteries were first used in 1969 for the US space programme to power the Lunar Rover. Their wound cell technology  was bought by Gates Rubber in 1972, and in 1983 the firm began to develop it for automotive applications.

The Gylling Group of Scandinavia bought OPTIMA® in 1994, opening a factory a year later in Colorado. In 2000 OPTIMA® was acquired by Johnson Controls. In 2007 JCI laid the foundation stone for a new production site in Monterrey, Mexico, enabling it to keep pace with global demand.

Unlike typical batteries which consist of two electrode plates, wound batteries use a spiral-wound cell with thin lead foil electrodes. They are noted for their exceptionally high rate output and long life – some of them lasting up to 10 years. Wound batteries have proved particularly suitable in the aircraft and military sectors, where they have been used in a variety of aircraft including the Harrier and F16.

Today, OPTIMA® batteries are repeatedly proving their importance in a variety of applications which includes car racing, off-road and 4×4 vehicles, marine sport, leisure vehicles, military generators, cleaning equipment, emergency vehicles, construction vehicles, agricultural machinery, mobile generators, uninterrupted power supply, electrical vehicles, and many more.

Optima Batteries


P is for Planté

Gaston PlantéGaston Planté (22 April 1834 – 21 May 1889) was a French physicist who invented the lead–acid battery in 1859. The lead-acid battery eventually became the first rechargeable electric battery marketed for commercial use and is today most widely used in the automotive market.

His early model consisted of a spiral roll of two sheets of pure lead separated by a linen cloth, immersed in a glass jar of sulfuric acid solution.The following year, he presented a nine-cell lead-acid battery to the Academy of Sciences. In 1881, a fellow scientist Camille Alphonse Faure went on to develop a more efficient and reliable model that saw great success in early electric cars.


For one of the UK’s most extensive range of lead-acid batteries, take a look at our brands and products pages. If you need advice on batteries for a specific purpose, get in touch online or by calling us on 01743 218500 and our experts will be happy to help.

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