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MANBAT – THE BEST JUST GETS BETTER

Written on September 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

Further Improvements To Manbat’s Battery Finder Portal

Following the successful launch of its battery look-up website, Manbat Ltd has introduced the second phase of its development plan and added a new trade login area, which will provide factors, workshops and fleet operators with a specific section that will give them access to additional information, such as fitting instructions and product related data.

 

This new look-up website can be found via batteryfinder.manbat.co.uk

and users simply need to enter the registration number of the vehicle in question into the search box and the site will use a sophisticated VRM look-up database to locate the correct car and provide access to its vehicle-specific details.

 

This information naturally includes the exact specification of the battery for which it is designed, and therefore provides an absolute assurance the battery is the precise replacement the vehicle manufacturer has specified for that model.

 

By creating an account, which is completely free, users can login and access other helpful information such as battery specification sheets, as well as battery handling information and do’s and don’ts when it comes to batteries both installed on a vehicle and stored in a warehouse.

 

Naturally, the look-up portal links in with the main Manbat website from where users can find out more about any aspect of the business including its UK branch network and sister companies that operate in Europe.

 

It also contains a raft of information concerning the brands the company distributes and the alternative sectors those brands cater for. This is particularly useful for those exploring the option of expanding their offering to include other sectors such as leisure or marine, where the profit margin is substantially greater than it is in the ultra competitive world of automotive and commercial vehicle batteries.

 

In addition to the VRM look-up, the site allows users to find the correct battery replacement motorcycles and light commercial vehicles, as well as passenger cars, via two alternative routes, should the registration number for some reason not be available. The first is through the vehicle’s own specific identification or VIN number, which it then links through to the database in the same way as the VRM search, the second is a vehicle search menu.

 

Here, users have an easy and intuitive suite of drop-down boxes to locate the vehicle in the shortest possible number of selections. Both routes allow them to make the identification process extremely quick, while maintaining the accuracy they need.

WHAT’S THE AGM STORY?

Written on September 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

Manbat Brings Clarity To Market Confusion

Manbat Ltd, the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor and leading member of ECOBAT’s battery distribution division, has shed light on the subject of just why AGM battery sales in the aftermarket have not mirrored their original equipment (OE) presence in the current vehicle parc.

 

In his recent seminar presentation made to visitors at Automechanika Birmingham, Manbat’s technical manager, John Bentley explained that although vehicles fitted with a Stop-Start function, officially known as micro hybrids, have driven the development of firstly, the absorbed glass matt (AGM) battery and latterly, the enhanced flooded battery (EFB), the replacement market has not grown accordingly.

 

This anomaly ultimately comes down to two factors: first, the quality of the batteries that have been designed for micro hybrid applications and second, the driver’s ability to override the Stop-Start system.

 

Addressing the first point, when the micro hybrid vehicle was being developed, the technology employed in the typical starter, lighting and ignition (SLI) battery that had been, and still is, used in traditional applications, was simply not designed to cope with the 20-30,000 engine starts the vehicle manufacturers (VMs) anticipated these vehicles would have to make over a four-year term. To put this into context, AGM batteries have approximately three times the cyclic (charge/recharge/charge) life of a typical SLI battery, while an EFB has double the lifespan.

 

Therefore, the growth in the sale of AGM/EFB batteries in the aftermarket should be clearly evident, as many micro hybrids are four years old or more and, in addition, as 70% of vehicles manufactured since last year fall into the micro hybrid classification, the growth curve should continue to rise steeply.

 

However, instead of reflecting the growth in their OE fitment, aftermarket sales across Europe have been pitiful and the reason simply comes back to the number of starts the batteries are designed to cope with, which is where the second factor comes into play.

 

In common with many of the driver aids now incorporated into contemporary vehicle design, the driver can deactivate the Stop-Start function. So while the system is designed to benefit them, the truth is, most don’t like the idea of being without complete control and so switch it off.

 

As a result, instead of the engine stopping when the vehicle comes to a halt and restarting as it needs to pull away, the engine remains running. Therefore, instead of making the multiple engine starts the battery is designed to undertake on a typical journey, it may only make one and the obvious consequence is that these batteries do not need to be replaced because they are not coming to the end of their design life.

 

The light on the horizon for the aftermarket however comes first in the fact that as drivers become more comfortable with driver assistance systems, they are less likely to override them and second, it is likely that legislation will dictate that second generation Stop-Start systems will not be able to be deactivated. The logical outcome is therefore that these vehicles should need a battery replacement within the VM’s original four-year timeframe, which means factors and their workshop customers need to have a battery partner that is able to supply the high quality replacements they need, when they need them, a forte that Manbat has provided for more than 50 years.

IT’S ALL ABOUT VALIDATION

Written on September 23, 2016 at 10:26 am

Manbat Start-Stop Battery Installation Tool

In order to compete for business and to develop every profit-making opportunity, the successful workshop needs to keep its eyes open and consider every possible option.

 

As the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor, Manbat is able to assist with general advice concerning developments in the market or the changing trends that will affect their businesses, which is why for several years it has been highlighting the impact that the increase in the number of vehicles fitted with a Start-Stop system, will have on the aftermarket.

 

In order to develop this philosophy still further, Manbat now offers its own Manbat ‘Connect + Reset’ battery validation tool, which allows technicians to put the company’s advice into practice and correctly install batteries.

 

“As is becoming increasingly understood,” says marketing manager, Myles Pemberton, “the battery in a micro-hybrid vehicle (one fitted with a Start-Stop function) is central to its electrical systems and is therefore constantly governed by a battery management module, which monitors its voltage, current, temperature and operating time.

 

“This information is processed to determine the battery’s state of charge, starting capacity, electrical consumption, energy reserve and optimum charging voltage, to ensure the system applies the correct charging regime and keeps it in the best possible condition.

 

“Fitting the battery for which the system was designed is therefore crucial, but so also is the process of ‘validation’ to ensure the battery and battery management module are diagnostically ‘connected’ and able to communicate with one another correctly.

 

“Failure to validate the battery can cause issues with the Start-Stop functionality, the shutdown of non-essential electrical systems and the premature failure of the replacement because the system can ‘assume’ the new battery is in the same derogated condition as the old battery it replaced.

 

“Although technicians already have a host of workshop tools at their disposal, the Manbat ‘Connect + Reset’ battery validation tool provides them with a simple, effective and inexpensive way to allow them to install a Start-Stop battery with confidence.

 

“When connected to the vehicle’s j1962 diagnostic socket, the handheld tool will go through the validation and fault code reset process, so that the battery is introduced and assimilated into the vehicle’s electronic systems and integrated with the battery management module, to ensure the installation is performed correctly and the vehicle/battery combination is able to operate to its intended capability.

 

“Although the tool is capable of many other functions, the primary concern for Manbat is to provide technicians with a viable solution to the challenges of fitting Start-Stop batteries and which allows them to complete the correct battery installation for whatever the vehicle that comes into the workshop.”

ECOBAT BATTERY TECHNOLOGIES – Automechanika Frankfurt

Written on September 23, 2016 at 10:23 am

A New Company For A Positive Future

 

Automechanika Frankfurt in September will be the venue for the first official appearance of ECOBAT Battery Technologies (hall 4.1 stand C50), a new company that has been formed from the consolidation of three independent businesses operating within the ECOBAT Technologies Group. ECOBAT Battery Technologies is therefore an entirely new entity, which is able to offer a unique and comprehensive battery service across Europe.

 

The three consolidated businesses all have an enviable heritage and superb reputation within their home markets and in the case of Manbat, that heritage, which began in 1952, enabled the company to establish itself as the UK’s largest battery distributor and the country’s sole supplier of Lucas batteries, with a 12 branch network offering a truly national service. Now brought together under a single European identity these businesses are able to benefit their existing customers and influence the far wider market, in a way they would not have been able as individuals.

 

The establishment of ECOBAT Battery Technologies is a strategic development that makes the entity Europe’s number one battery partner, offering a four-fold service from product conception, design and construction, to its regional and local circulation and end of life collection. In the process it is able to provide the most suitable solution for every aspect of the aftermarket battery supply business and demonstrate the power of partnership with its existing and future customers.

 

Alongside the very best in customer service, ECOBAT Battery Technologies is able to back up its offering with the brands that provide the opportunities that workshops need to develop their battery related business and with premium quality products that give their customers complete confidence. Prominent in its portfolio is Lucas, a brand widely recognised across the continent and offering huge potential for future growth.

 

Environmental responsibilities are, quite correctly, a reality for all sectors of industry and the aftermarket is no different. Therefore, this is another area in which ECOBAT Battery Technologies can make a positive difference by providing a truly European closed-loop recycling service that takes care of all the waste management requirements for the workshop and ensures the most environmentally sensitive outcome for battery disposal.

 

As a result of these combined elements and the consolidation of the successful existing businesses, ECOBAT Battery Technologies is able to offer the European aftermarket a positive and unique solution that sets new standards across a wide range of requirements and delivers quality products and a level of service that will make a genuine difference to its customers and the profitability of their businesses.

 

The Power Of Partnership

Successful businesses are built on solid and dependable relationships that allow them to develop and grow. ECOBAT Battery Technologies has made partnership a foundation principle at the heart of its business ethos. Developing partnership is central in its relationship with its product suppliers, with recycling specialists and of course, with its customers. These partnerships provide the environment to power business growth and define ‘the power of partnership’.

VARTA® DYNAMIC RANGE FROM MANBAT LTD

Written on July 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

VARTA® DYNAMIC RANGE FROM MANBAT LTD

Manbat, the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor, has had a successful, long-term distribution relationship with premium quality original equipment (OE) brand VARTA® for more than 30 years.

 

VARTA provides the ideal solution for every conceivable automotive and commercial vehicle battery requirement and with its automotive orientated Dynamic range caters for everything from the super-mini with lower energy demands, to the highly equipped luxury car and SUV that requires a premium battery that delivers consistently high performance. The combination of high quality batteries and excellent customer service makes the Manbat/VARTA partnership a formidable aftermarket team.

 

VARTA Black Dynamic

The range starts with the Black Dynamic, which offers a reliable and trustworthy choice for the standard car with typical energy requirements. It is competitively priced and includes Labyrinth lid technology, which provides safe gas discharge and is more resistant to leaks for an extra safe and maintenance free battery. In common with the rest of the Dynamic range, the Black contains PowerFrame® grid plates, which deliver extremely efficient energy transfer and therefore, reliable cold cranking power and long-term performance. This comprehensive range comes in 40Ah to 90Ah capacities and is ideal for smaller cars.

 

VARTA Blue Dynamic

The Blue Dynamic ups the game by refining extra starting power for dependable performance over a longer time period. Available from 40Ah to 95Ah capacity, the Blue Dynamic benefits from a clean manufacturing process, which uses 20% less energy and causes 20% less air pollution, making it a particularly environmentally friendly choice.

 

VARTA Silver Dynamic

The top of the range Silver Dynamic provides extra power and premium performance, with exceptional starting power that meets the toughest energy demands without compromise. Available in capacities from 52Ah to 110Ah and incorporating its renowned expertise with the latest technology, VARTA has been able to produce a battery that provides the ultimate solution for vehicles with high power demands.

 

The Start-Stop Solution

For vehicles that incorporate a start-stop function (micro-hybrids), which since last year, make up the bulk of Europe’s automotive production, VARTA has two additional batteries in the Dynamic range; the Blue Dynamic EFB, which provides the ideal solution for small to medium sized start-stop enabled cars without regenerative braking technology and the Silver Dynamic AGM, that delivers exceptional performance for the most powerful and highly equipped start-stop enabled cars.

 

In detail, the Blue Dynamic EFB (enhanced flooded battery) is specially designed to manage the stresses associated with continuous discharge and recharge cycles of the engine. The battery delivers a consistently elevated performance for highly equipped cars and produces twice the extended cycle life compared to a conventional battery, which is suitable for cars with higher than normal energy demands and entry level start-stop enabled cars.

 

The absorbent glass mat (AGM) technology incorporated into the Silver Dynamic AGM, is designed to allow it to handle the rigorous electrical loads required in cars that include premium features such as regenerative braking. The battery delivers exceptional performance due to its internal material, which is permeable and holds the battery’s acid like a sponge to ensure constant contact between the plates and the absorbed electrolyte. The battery offers up to three times the extended cycle life compared to a conventional battery and is also designed to ensure the battery will not leak, even in the unlikely circumstance the battery case is broken.

 

Alongside quality products, outstanding customer service and unrivalled availability, Manbat also offers a refined scrap battery service. The package includes scrap storage bins, regular collections and the complete recycling process, as well as help with setting up the initial paperwork to ensure the legal waste disposal requirements are fully satisfied.

VARTA® CV Technology

Written on July 7, 2016 at 10:23 am

VARTA® CV Technology

Manbat, the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor, has had a long and successful distribution relationship with premium brand, VARTA®, for more than 30 years. With a century’s worth of knowledge and expertise behind the brand, VARTA batteries provide the ideal solution for every conceivable battery need, including the top of the range VARTA Promotive EFB.

 

This battery is specifically designed for high performance commercial vehicles (CVs) and can endure a high number of charge, discharge, charge ‘cycles’ during its lifetime. Its construction overcomes a common problem associated with deep cycle applications, as it includes an acid circulator that counteracts acid stratification and keeps the acid density consistent, which enhances charge acceptance and ultimately, increases the longevity of the battery.

 

One of the primary benefits of this technology to fleet managers, is a significant reduction in the potential down time of their fleets, as the VARTA Promotive EFB will reliably power the vehicle, even under the most arduous conditions, so they will not encounter battery problems when in service. In addition, its construction will provide a longer life cycle when compared to a conventional battery.

 

MANBAT – THE BEST JUST GETS BETTER

Written on July 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

Further Improvements To Manbat’s Battery Finder Portal

Following the successful launch of its battery look-up website, Manbat Ltd has introduced the second phase of its development plan and added a new trade login area, which will provide factors, workshops and fleet operators with a specific section that will give them access to additional information, such as fitting instructions and product related data.

 

This new look-up website can be found via batteryfinder.manbat.co.uk

and users simply need to enter the registration number of the vehicle in question into the search box and the site will use a sophisticated VRM look-up database to locate the correct car and provide access to its vehicle-specific details.

 

This information naturally includes the exact specification of the battery for which it is designed, and therefore provides an absolute assurance the battery is the precise replacement the vehicle manufacturer has specified for that model.

 

By creating an account, which is completely free, users can login and access other helpful information such as battery specification sheets, as well as battery handling information and do’s and don’ts when it comes to batteries both installed on a vehicle and stored in a warehouse.

 

Naturally, the look-up portal links in with the main Manbat website from where users can find out more about any aspect of the business including its UK branch network and sister companies that operate in Europe.

 

It also contains a raft of information concerning the brands the company distributes and the alternative sectors those brands cater for. This is particularly useful for those exploring the option of expanding their offering to include other sectors such as leisure or marine, where the profit margin is substantially greater than it is in the ultra competitive world of automotive and commercial vehicle batteries.

 

In addition to the VRM look-up, the site allows users to find the correct battery replacement motorcycles and light commercial vehicles, as well as passenger cars, via two alternative routes, should the registration number for some reason not be available. The first is through the vehicle’s own specific identification or VIN number, which it then links through to the database in the same way as the VRM search, the second is a vehicle search menu.

 

Here, users have an easy and intuitive suite of drop-down boxes to locate the vehicle in the shortest possible number of selections. Both routes allow them to make the identification process extremely quick, while maintaining the accuracy they need.

 

For further details, please call Manbat Customer Services on: 01743 218500 or visit: www.manbat.co.uk

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

Manbat Ltd

Originally founded as Manchester Batteries in 1952, Manbat Ltd is a business committed to providing its customers with top quality products that are backed up by exceptional customer service. As a result of these combined strengths, and its 60-year plus aftermarket heritage, Manbat has an unrivalled reputation as the UK’s premier automotive and commercial vehicle power storage product supplier and service provider.

 

MANBAT REINVENTS ITS LEISURE RANGE

Written on June 30, 2016 at 7:46 am

Redefining The Standard Of Leisure Batteries

Manbat Ltd, the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor and leading member of ECOBAT’s battery distribution division, is the company behind the respected Numax brand.

 

Numax has an established reputation for quality and is a prominent brand within the caravan and motorhome community, with thousands of enthusiasts already reliant on its combination of performance, dependability and value.

 

“In order to ensure the Numax range provides the ideal solution across the full spectrum of possible applications, the entire range has been completely revamped to raise its overall capabilities to match or exceed the highest requirements recognised by the industry,” Marketing Manager, Myles Pemberton explained.

 

“The obvious industry standard to use to benchmark the revamp is the NCC’s Verified Leisure Battery Scheme because it is has been specifically designed to provide transparency for the leisure battery marketplace and help consumers select a product that’s right for them.

 

“In addition to conforming to these independent standards, the range now comes in three clearly defined bands, providing a good, better, best progression, which reflects the requirements of individuals across the leisure market.

 

“The LV range consists of two models, the 75 ampere hour (Ah) 22MF and the 110Ah 30MF, both of which are NCC category C rated.

 

“For those that need a battery offering more in the way of cyclic capability, the DC range provides the answer. Beginning with the 80Ah 24MF, which is NCC category C rated, the three remaining models are category B rated.

 

“Specifically designed for motorhome applications, the 25MF is the only battery in the range to also display an EN rating, whereas the equivalent 27MF, which is also 95Ah, does not and therefore remains recommended for leisure applications only. Finally, offering a 105Ah capacity, is the 31MF

 

“The ‘crème de la crème’ of the range comes in the form of the dual purpose XD series: the XDC, which offers extra cyclic performance and is defined by their striking yellow tops, and the super cyclic performance orientated XDT, which features tubular plates and boasts the ability to deliver up to 1,000 plus cycles.

 

“The 80Ah 24MF is the best performing battery available in its size, although due to the constraints of its case, it cannot be rated above category C. The 95Ah 27MF and 105Ah 31MF in contrast have the potential of category A ratings.

 

“At 115Ah, the XDT 30MF is category A rated and features both leisure and canal boat imagery, as it is designed for use in high demand environments such as narrow boats and other equivalent performance orientated applications.

 

“With this fundamental product redevelopment, we are confident that we now have something that hits the mark for every leisure application and we have therefore reinvented the leisure battery to both reflect the needs of today’s enthusiast and which conform with the best in industry standards.”

 

VARTA® DYNAMIC RANGE FROM MANBAT LTD

Written on June 30, 2016 at 7:45 am

Manbat, the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor, has had a successful, long-term distribution relationship with premium quality original equipment (OE) brand VARTA® for more than 30 years.

 

VARTA provides the ideal solution for every conceivable automotive and commercial vehicle battery requirement and with its automotive orientated Dynamic range caters for everything from the super-mini with lower energy demands, to the highly equipped luxury car and SUV that requires a premium battery that delivers consistently high performance. The combination of high quality batteries and excellent customer service makes the Manbat/VARTA partnership a formidable aftermarket team.

 

VARTA Black Dynamic

The range starts with the Black Dynamic, which offers a reliable and trustworthy choice for the standard car with typical energy requirements. It is competitively priced and includes Labyrinth lid technology, which provides safe gas discharge and is more resistant to leaks for an extra safe and maintenance free battery. In common with the rest of the Dynamic range, the Black contains PowerFrame® grid plates, which deliver extremely efficient energy transfer and therefore, reliable cold cranking power and long-term performance. This comprehensive range comes in 40Ah to 90Ah capacities and is ideal for smaller cars.

 

VARTA Blue Dynamic

The Blue Dynamic ups the game by refining extra starting power for dependable performance over a longer time period. Available from 40Ah to 95Ah capacity, the Blue Dynamic benefits from a clean manufacturing process, which uses 20% less energy and causes 20% less air pollution, making it a particularly environmentally friendly choice.

 

VARTA Silver Dynamic

The top of the range Silver Dynamic provides extra power and premium performance, with exceptional starting power that meets the toughest energy demands without compromise. Available in capacities from 52Ah to 110Ah and incorporating its renowned expertise with the latest technology, VARTA has been able to produce a battery that provides the ultimate solution for vehicles with high power demands.

 

The Start-Stop Solution

For vehicles that incorporate a start-stop function (micro-hybrids), which since last year, make up the bulk of Europe’s automotive production, VARTA has two additional batteries in the Dynamic range; the Blue Dynamic EFB, which provides the ideal solution for small to medium sized start-stop enabled cars without regenerative braking technology and the Silver Dynamic AGM, that delivers exceptional performance for the most powerful and highly equipped start-stop enabled cars.

 

In detail, the Blue Dynamic EFB (enhanced flooded battery) is specially designed to manage the stresses associated with continuous discharge and recharge cycles of the engine. The battery delivers a consistently elevated performance for highly equipped cars and produces twice the extended cycle life compared to a conventional battery, which is suitable for cars with higher than normal energy demands and entry level start-stop enabled cars.

 

The absorbent glass mat (AGM) technology incorporated into the Silver Dynamic AGM, is designed to allow it to handle the rigorous electrical loads required in cars that include premium features such as regenerative braking. The battery delivers exceptional performance due to its internal material, which is permeable and holds the battery’s acid like a sponge to ensure constant contact between the plates and the absorbed electrolyte. The battery offers up to three times the extended cycle life compared to a conventional battery and is also designed to ensure the battery will not leak, even in the unlikely circumstance the battery case is broken.

 

Alongside quality products, outstanding customer service and unrivalled availability, Manbat also offers a refined scrap battery service. The package includes scrap storage bins, regular collections and the complete recycling process, as well as help with setting up the initial paperwork to ensure the legal waste disposal requirements are fully satisfied.

IT’S ALL ABOUT VALIDATION

Written on June 30, 2016 at 7:44 am

Manbat Introduces Start-Stop Battery Installation Tool

In order to compete for business and to develop every profit-making opportunity, the successful workshop needs to keep its eyes open and consider every possible option.

 

As the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor, Manbat is able to assist with general advice concerning developments in the market or the changing trends that will affect their businesses, which is why for several years it has been highlighting the impact that the increase in the number of vehicles fitted with a Start-Stop system, will have on the aftermarket.

 

In a move that will develop this philosophy still further, Manbat is taking a bold step and introducing its own Manbat ‘Connect + Reset’ battery validation tool, which will allow technicians to put the company’s advice into practice and correctly install batteries.

 

“As is becoming increasingly understood,” says marketing manager, Myles Pemberton, “the battery in a micro-hybrid vehicle (one fitted with a Start-Stop function) is central to its electrical systems and is therefore constantly governed by a battery management module, which monitors its voltage, current, temperature and operating time.

 

“This information is processed to determine the battery’s state of charge, starting capacity, electrical consumption, energy reserve and optimum charging voltage, to ensure the system applies the correct charging regime and keeps it in the best possible condition.

 

“Fitting the battery for which the system was designed is therefore crucial, but so also is the process of ‘validation’ to ensure the battery and battery management module are diagnostically ‘connected’ and able to communicate with one another correctly.

 

“Failure to validate the battery can cause issues with the Start-Stop functionality, the shutdown of non-essential electrical systems and the premature failure of the replacement because the system can ‘assume’ the new battery is in the same derogated condition as the old battery it replaced.

 

“Although technicians already have a host of workshop tools at their disposal, the Manbat ‘Connect + Reset’ battery validation tool provides them with a simple, effective and inexpensive way to allow them to install a Start-Stop battery with confidence.

 

“When connected to the vehicle’s j1962 diagnostic socket, the handheld tool will go through the validation and fault code reset process, so that the battery is introduced and assimilated into the vehicle’s electronic systems and integrated with the battery management module, to ensure the installation is performed correctly and the vehicle/battery combination is able to operate to its intended capability.

 

“Although the tool is capable of many other functions, the primary concern for Manbat is to provide technicians with a viable solution to the challenges of fitting Start-Stop batteries and which allows them to complete the correct battery installation for whatever the vehicle that comes into the workshop.”

 


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