Can I add acid or water to my GEL or AGM battery?

You never need to add water or acid, and that is the advantage!

Should I open the vent on a gel battery for inspection or to top-up the electrolyte?

Under no circumstances should you open the vent on any sealed lead acid battery. This will void the battery warranty.

Does a gel battery require the addition of water or acid during its life?

No, the battery is sealed for life.

Does Battery Energy manufacture automotive, golf carts or mobility scooter batteries?

No, Battery Energy only supplies a premium range of industrial batteries.

Does Battery Energy manufacture alarm, mobile phones, laptop or remote control device batteries?

No, Battery Energy only supplies a premium range of industrial batteries.

Can SUNGEL battery be used for a standby application?

Yes, however this is only practical if the autonomy required is over 50-hours.

Can ENERGEL batteries be used for cycling applications?

Yes, in solar hybrid applications with autonomy up to 50-hours duration.

Is POWERLYTE suitable for a solar application?

No, this battery is strictly for standby float operation only.

Can I use a new battery with old batteries?

Yes, however the capacity of, the bank will perform only as well as the least performing cell in the bank.

How long will my battery last?

A battery is a box of electrochemical energy and this had a finite life. The more capacity you use from your battery over a shorter period of time the quicker it will fail. There fore the less capacity you use the longer it will last.

What does the "Design Life of a battery" mean?

The design life is a method by which battery manufacturers self-rating their batteries, based on the corrosion of the positive plate to failure. This test is usually in a controlled environment with a measured thickness of the battery grid in a known strength of sulphuric acid. It should be noted that batteries can fail due to a number of reasons beside positive grid failure.

Does a thick plate battery have longer life than a thin plate battery?

Yes, the more material in the grid structure the longer it takes to corrode away.

Are sealed lead acid batteries really maintenance-free?

No, there is no requirement to top-up the electrolyte however, you still need to keep the batteries clean and ensure that the terminals are clean and tight.

Are gel batteries recyclable?

Yes, gel batteries can be recycled using a scrap metal merchant.

What happens to my power system when the batteries get old?

The batteries will start to lose capacity therefore the run-time for your applications will be reduced. If the system is designed right it should be approximately 80% of capacity at end of life.

Why are Battery Energy's gel batteries so much better than other batteries?

The battery has been designed to give an operating life as close to the flooded batteries as possible. This is achieved by using special alloys, SuperGEL plate technology, thick plate designs, and proprietary gel mix and filling.

Are Battery Energy batteries cased in flame retardant containers?

Yes the majority of Battery Energy batteries have flame retardant ABS cases with the exception of the flooded cells which are moulded SAN material.

What does C10 and C120 mean?

This is the rate that the battery is discharged at therefore, C10 is discharged over a 10 hour period and C120 is discharged over a 120 hour period.

What do I use to connect my batteries?

All batteries are dispatched with required fasteners, links and cables.

Does Battery Energy Power Solutions Pty Ltd. export batteries to other countries?

Yes. contact us for further details.

Accumulator

The unit used in specifying the storage capacity of a battery. A battery with 1Ah capacity can supply a current of one ampere for one hour or 0.5A for two hours, etc. 1Ah is the equivalent of 3600 coulombs of electrical charge.

Anode

In a primary or secondary cell, the metal electrode that gives up electrons to the load circuit and dissolves into the electrolyte.

Aqueous Batteries

Batteries with water-based electrolytes.

Available Capacity

The total battery capacity, usually expressed in ampere-hours or milliampere-hours that are available to perform work. This depends on factors such as the endpoint voltage, quantity and density of electrolyte, temperature, discharge rate, age, and the life history of the battery.

Battery

An electrochemical energy storage system packaged as a physical component. The term is usually applied to a group of two or more electric cells connected together electrically. In common usage, the term “battery” is also applied to a single cell, such as a household battery.

Battery Types

There are, in general, two type of batteries: primary batteries, and secondary storage or accumulator batteries. Primary types, although sometimes consisting of the same active materials as secondary types, are constructed so that only one continuous or intermittent discharge can be obtained. Secondary types are constructed so that they may be recharged, following a partial or complete discharge, by the flow of direct current through them in a direction opposite to the current flow on discharge. By recharging after discharge, a higher state of oxidation is created at the positive plate or electrode and a lower state at the negative plate, returning the plates to approximately their original charged condition.

Battery Capacity

The electric output of a cell or battery on a service test delivered before the cell reaches a specified final electrical condition and may be expressed in ampere-hours, watt-hours, or similar units. The capacity in watt-hours is equal to the capacity in ampere-hours multiplied by the battery voltage.

Design Life of Battery

The design life is a method by which battery manufacturers self-rating their batteries, based on the corrosion of the positive plate to failure. This test is usually in a controlled environment with a measured thickness of the battery grid in a known strength of sulphuric acid. It should be noted that batteries can fail due to a number of reasons beside positive grid failure.

C/10 and C/120

This is the rate that the battery is discharged at, therefore, C/10 is discharged over a 10 hour period and C/120 is discharged over a 120 hour period.

 

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