Written on January 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm
For more than 60 years, national battery distributor Manbat has been serving the independent aftermarket by providing it with high quality products, backed up by great availability and excellent customer service.
Part of this service is a commitment to keeping technicians up to speed with developments and opportunities in the battery market, such as battery validation.
As technicians will be aware, 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, shutdown of non-essential electrical systems and the premature failure of the battery.
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.
It is also worth stating that even some vehicles without a Start-Stop function require battery validation when fitting a replacement and here too the ‘Connect + Reset’ tool provides the solution.
Always intent on providing its customers with products that allow them to compete as proactively across as many fronts as possible, alongside premium quality batteries, Manbat offers a superb range of chargers, including the highly respected NOCO brand.
“NOCO is the premium brand in the US, where its chargers and battery boosters are the benchmark products for performance, reliability and design,” said marketing manager, Myles Pemberton. “.
“The charger range all naturally feature smart charging technology, which means they can remain permanently connected, as once they’ve charged the battery, they are designed to maintain it to ensure it remains in the best possible condition, whatever and wherever the application.
“The multi range includes amongst others the Genius G1100UK, which is a 1.1-amp charger for smaller batteries between 2 and 40Ah for applications such as motorcycles, ATVs and jet skis. It is suitable for both 6 and 12-volt batteries and also provides an excellent maintenance option for larger applications like cars, motorhomes, boats and even some commercial vehicles.
“The G3500UK is a versatile 3.5-amp charger that is the most popular model as it provides the charging capacity for the bulk of normal applications, catering for any vehicle with a battery in the range of 2 to 120Ah. As well as being suitable for 6 and 12-volt batteries, both the G3500UK and G1100UK feature a standby mode and have staged LED charge displays to show the battery’s current state of charge.
“The top of the range ‘professional’ charger is the G7200UK, which at 7.2-amps, provides the power required for the largest 230Ah battery in either 12 or 24-volt form. In addition to its immense charge capacity, it also incorporates several specialist charging modes designed to recover severely discharged batteries that will no longer accept a ‘normal’ charge.”
Alongside these new chargers, stands a ‘game changing’ booster pack that rewrites the rulebook when it comes to portable jump starters/power units.
“The NOCO GB30 Genius BOOST sets new standards when it comes to portable power,” Pemberton continues, “and makes it entirely practical for the average motorist to carry a ‘pocket-sized’ jump starter in case of emergency, because incredibly, the GB30, which contains a high density lithium-ion battery, is capable of starting a petrol vehicle with up to a 6.0-litre engine or a 3.0-litre diesel for as many as 20 times on one charge!
“What’s more, it also features spark-proof technology, is reverse polarity protected, holds its charge for a year and fits into the smallest glove box or the seat pocket. Also, as it uses a USB connection, it can charge or be charged from virtually any device: laptop, smartphone, tablet etc. If all this wasn’t enough, it also incorporates an ultra-bright, dual LED flashlight with seven modes including SOS and emergency strobe.”