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Maintenance Free Batteries two-What to look out for in the latest sealed lead acid battery

Maintenance Free Batteries two

Choose Maintenance Free Batteries two when possible.

Maintenance Free Batteries are known as “sealed batteries. These types of batteries are sealed to the motorist. Because, the MF batteries do not require any topping up, with distilled water . 

The story goes back to the manufacturing process. So,when the Maintenance Free Batteries are first made. It starts off with the lead alloy plates. Consequently, that will hold the batteries charge. As a result, the plates in the MF batteries are made from lead and lead-calcium alloys. So, and not of a purer lead as makes up the normal lead-Antimony battery.Therefore, you often see with the screw tops fitted.

This mixture of lead-alloys makes it possible for the sulphuric acid to act in a different way, in fact the MF batteries do not loose the same amount of water/acid therefore you do not have to top up your battery , as in the normal car battery with a screw top lid.

Also, the way in which you car battery is charged can be important.

It it therefore possible. Hence, to fit the Maintenance Free Batteries with a sealed lid. So there is no topping up. The only addition to the sealed cover is two small Maintenance Free Batteries twovalves. Often, when the battery reaches a very high temperature. naturally, this valve will release the pressure and then re-set itself.

The MF batteries come in all the same sizes. As conventional lead-antimony batteries. Because the MF batteries has a flat top. Non-sealed batteries have six screw tops.Thus, to allow you to top the battery up. In other words, if the battery has screw tops then it is not an MF battery.

In my opinion, the MF batteries are a much better option,

when buying a new battery and once again look at the tops when purchasing on the internet, if they have tops then odds on they are NOT Maintenance free batteries.

Lucas are MF batteries with models to fit all cars, they will be dispatched for following day delivery on weekdays in mainland Britain. In addition to the MF range then the AGM batteries are now popular. Especially for the Stop-Start vehicle technology.

About Eric Roberts

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Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years.

Maintenance Free Batteries two

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Wonderful Triumph Car- Spotted when Delivering Batteries to a Customer in kent UK

Wonderful Triumph Car

Wonderful Triumph Car; I always look out now for vintage cars when out delivering my batteries

Now that our internet car batteries site has taken off, I am always on the lookout for a beautiful well kept old cars or other transport related items to use on my blog. I have been surprised at the things that I see driving around the UK. Either delivering or sorting people’s battery problems out. We trade on the internet this takes me all over the country.  I have now developed an interest in vintage cars and their history of course along with other exciting motor things that I may come across.

Wonderful Triumph Car

Triumph Roadster(covered in morning mist)


The latest cars I came across were in a car park in Folkstone Kent. The cars were 1948 Triumph Roadsters because there were two I presume that they were going to some show. These cars were probably running on Six Volt Black Rubber Casing, later cars started using 12 Volt Battery similar to what we use today.

These cars were primarily 1776 cc overhead valve engines with a single SO carburetor. They had a three-speed gearbox which was column change and could reach a maximum speed of around 80 mph.  

Wonderful Triumph Car

wonderful triumph roadster

The car was only a three seater and had a detachable roof that could be removed on a sunny day.

Triumph as a company was bought by Sir John Black owner of Standard Motor Co and was interested in promoting the Triumph brand as an upmarket car to compete with the Jaguars. The Roadster was the first car built under the Standard name, in their factory in Coventry England.

In my opinion they certainly did a good job and the car still looks a great car today.

 The black batteries used in these old cars can still be bought

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About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Leisure Marine Batteries-New Style “Marine Batteries”-Sealed lead Acid and Deep Cycle.

Leisure Marine Batteries

Most Leisure Marine Batteries are now hybrids

Most Leisure Marine Batteries that we buy today are “hybrids”. They are a cross between the regular starter and the Deep Cycle Battery. This new type of marine Battery is now of a high standard. These marine batteries are of course completely sealed. The batteries are fitted with special valves that release pressure that may build up. Especially, in the battery when it is overheating.

The Marines cells are made of a lead-sponge material . For this reason, this is usually made of thicker material than the lead sponge in a starter battery. This type of marine leisure batteries is used on smaller craft. Thus, that are used for pleasure boating. For this reason, for longer sailings especially for ocean-going vessels. Therefore, I think that the true deep-cycle batteries are utilised.

Leisure Marine Batteries

Leisure Marine Batteries-Boat batteries wired up for marine batteries

We at  BatteriesOnTheWeb also sell marine ones with twin negative and twin positive posts this enables the boat owner to join other electrical items, things to the system  such as other electrical accessories.

Marine batteries are displayed in (Marine cranking amps) also known as MCA.  

Marine batteries have calcium/calcium plates requiring no maintenance.

As I have stated. It ‘s hard to tell the difference between the two types of batteries. Because in general if it looks like a car type with the caps on the top to allow you to check the electrolyte levels, then it will be a standard car one. These batteries are marine batteries

The rest of the materials used such as the oxides and separator materials. For this reason, gives a much higher capacity.

These batteries are available online in Lucas and Pennine-Kingpower from

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.


Leisure Marine Batteries

Leisure Marine Batteries-65 amp marine/leisure battery



Deep Cycle Batteries-This type of battery can be used to start your car.

Deep Cycle Batteries

Deep Cycle Batteries; You need more amps than a starter battery

Deep Cycle Batteries. This is a sort of question in reverse. Most people try to use car or leisure batteries.Hence, to fit their scooters or golf trolleys. But it is possible to use an AGM (Absorbed Glass Matting) type to start a car. Thus,this blog is aimed mainly at the motorhome/camper type customer.Therefore, that are unsure of the kind to fit.This type of battery is sealed and so can be installed on its side if required. Indeed some car makers.Of course, now provide a type of AGM Deep Cycle Batteries one to the interior of the car. Some of the Mazda range are fitted with a sealed one inside the car. Indeed underneath the driver’s seat. Because in the case of spillage during an accident.

Deep Cycle Batteries

Optima Red Top battery-Deep Cycle Batteries

The general rule when fitting an AGM  to a car is to increase the number of amps. Because of the cranking amps in a regular car battery. Are higher than those in an AGM battery. The general rule is. To fit a battery with about 20 to 25% more power in amps than a regular car starter battery. Genuine AGM deep cycle batteries are available in “Optima batteries”, from

Deep Cycle Batteries

The modern car engine with electronic ignition and fuel injection does not need as much power to crank up the engine as the older cars; this means that modern engines do not require as large a cranking amps as they used to and therefore is much less important as it used to be. However, vehicles including leisure vehicles are now fitted with power guzzling electric appliances that are more suited to using deep cycle batteries. Do not forget that the deep cycle can be totally drained and then re-charged and recover fully, but a car battery may not fully recover if totally discharged.

It will not hurt to fit Deep Cycle Batteries as a starter provided you up the amps.

If in doubt many companies now make a type of crossover battery called a leisure battery in different amps depending on how big the vehicle and amount of power the battery requires, this kind of battery is available online in Tungstone batteries and Lucas brands online at Another kind of car now uses the AGM battery, known as the Start-stop system. These cars are now getting very popular because they automatically stop and start when the car comes to a stop, this saves energy and pollution, and by 2016 a significant number of cars will be fitted with this system, using AGM batteries.

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre, and I am MD for online battery company Working for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. Now I own a garage and MOT testing centre. Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Also their related products, anything that will help my business. Naturally, we are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Deep Cycle Batteries

Dave selling a leisure battery in Halifax

Maintenance Free batteries-are now becoming the normal fitment on most cars and trucks

This is a short article about maintenance free batteries

 The phrase maintenance free batteries is only partly correct.  What are Maintenance Free Battery vs Conventional  Cheap Car batteries , use up some of the water in their diluted mixture of sulphuric acid electrolyte during there every day cycle of charging and discharging. The electrolyte process turns into a gas mixture of oxygen and hydrogen and escapes from the battery. WE then add water to keep the battery topped up.

Maintenance Free batteries

Lucas Maintenance free batteries

Maintenance free batteries known as MF batteries use a different type of lead alloy. They use calcium alloy of lead and not a lead antimony alloy. This reduces the gassing therefore stops the need to keep topping up your battery. Indeed means that you have no need to top up your battery during the normal life of your  Battery.
The only problem can occur in exceptionally high temperatures where the Maintenance free batteries may boil but the newer types of MF battery now have pressure relief valves that come into operation when the pressure may get too high. For further reading…

Altogether these Maintenance free batteries are becoming the normal standard for modern vehicle standards and are worth buying instead of cheap batteries.

Car batteries remained much the same, the only thing that changed was the different terminals and physical sizes of the batteries, battery plates, became a new mix of alloys and lead alloys and companies the likes of Lucas batteries became the first to introduce practically sealed batteries that were maintenance free, there were no screw tops on the battery for the driver to check the acid level.

Also there was the evolution of the cars. Many cars were now coming out on more sophisticated electrical systems. Which required car batteries with more power. We found that a difference in the old type battery and the new type of battery was that the new types of battery did not give you much time after failure, one morning the battery light would come on in your car and you would need a new battery, there and then; you do not have the time any more. It is very important to remember ,that the Maintenance free batteries must be stood up in the upright position. The battery caps do not unscrew and so the battery is classed as sealed. But it is important to remember that the battery is not leak proof.

Pressure relief valves automaticaly reseal

themselves after been released, this is a major safety feature.

Car Battery Problems-Or could it be your Car Alternator that is blamed.

Car Battery Problems

Unfortunately, the two things are very closely linked. Many customers call in knowing that they have car battery problems. The number one sign is quite evident? The car will not start. This is mainly in the cold weather of wintertime.

It can also become a problem in hot summer weather when the air conditioning is working at full pelt. This problem, can show up a failing battery and give the owner what

Car Battery Problems

Typical modern alternator

he thinks are car battery problems.

I must confess that the first thing we do is to test the battery and the alternator with the same piece of equipment. This usually fails the car battery, and we then fit a new one. Nine times out of ten, this will do the trick. However, a faulty alternator could make the original problem re-occur.

When we talk about car battery problems, we need to understand a little about, what the alternator does? The primary task is to keep the battery charge topped up at the correct level. This is when the driver is using a significant amount of electrics in the cars cab.

In winter time it will be the car lights and the heater system that takes much of the power from the battery and making the alternator work hard, replacing the charge back into the battery. This could also be a clue to the driver that the car is about to have some car battery problems.

Car Battery Problems

One of the first signs is that your cars lights may appear to be shining dimmer. This is usually an alternator problem. Too much or too little power back to your battery will make your lights dimmer.

This was more common on the older type, what I call “dynamo” alternators. Lights dimming were one of the first signs that the dynamo bushes, (that created the electricity to charge up the battery) were wearing down and therefore not doing the job correctly. When the alternator was not passing enough charge, then the light would dim, or the heater would work slowly and make a distinctly different noise to what it should make.

A good point about the older type of alternator is that it could be repaired, by fitting a new set of bushes. Older mechanics would remember this well. It was a job usually given to the junior member of the garage staff.

When the earlier alternators failed then, the first thing to happen would be that the driver would start to have car battery problems. What they did was to boil theCar Battery Problems battery almost dry, and the battery needed replacing. In many cases, the alternator would fail completely and would have to be repaired along with fitting a new car battery.

Car Battery Problems

The more modern car alternator is much more complicated. They are indeed connected to the entire cars electrical system via the cars ECU (on-board computer).The modern alternator works similar to a smart charger, applying a constant charge replacement to the battery in a more efficient manner than the old type dynamo charger.

This type of alternator usually fails because of a faulty circuit board and will fail at once. These alternators are repaired by specialist companies, and we buy them as we need them as exchange units.

One thing that we have learned about batteries and alternators is that when a battery goes, we here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK, always check the cars alternator when we fit a new battery. This gives us a piece of mind that the new battery won’t be damaged by a faulty alternator in a few weeks’ time.

Other great reading…

How to Check Car Battery Water Levels (with Pictures) – An easy explanation for motorists- wikiHow

How to Check Car Battery

How to Check Car Battery Water Levels.

It’s important to regularly check the electrolyte (it really isn’t just water) level in your car’s battery, for two reasons: first, because it naturally evaporates and second, because a small amount…


This is a thing that you have thought was second nature to car owners?

But it is not.

Drivers just do not know much about the How to Check Car Battery and how to check the levels and look after battery in general.

This wiki-how article explains and also shows you with graphics on how to check your battery levels.

How to Check Car Battery water levels.

The liquid that we see I our batteries is not actually water, but electrolyte. The battery is originally filled with sulphuric acid, with a specific gravity of around 12.60. A chemical action takes place when the acid enters the battery casing for the first time. This reacts with the batteries plates and turns the liquid into electrolyte.

When your car battery, is in constant use, then the level of the electrolyte falls, because of heating and condensing. This is due to the constant chemical reaction that is taking place during charging and discharging, the gases escape from the vent holes that you can see in the battery tops, and this is where the gas vents to.

Other good battery housekeeping tips include, making sure that your battery is kept in a clean condition and also clean any corrosion that may have built up on your battery terminals. This comes in the form of a white powdery substance that kind of grows on the battery terminal. This looks like a type of mold growing on the terminal. This can be done by pouring

How to Check Car Battery

This is an example of a Car Battery Problems that need a really good sorting out

some hot water onto the effected terminal. This clears the corrosion.

When the terminals are dry you can coat them with some petroleum jelly. In the UK we have a product known as “Vaseline” a petroleum jelly that has many uses and can be used on your battery terminals to protect them from further corrosion. Also when you are topping the battery up, you should use pure distilled water and NOT tap water.

How to Check Car Battery Water Levels

This treatment can also apply to the hold down nuts and bolts that secure your battery to the car. These too can suffer from rust and acid corrosion. The same treatment as the terminals will keep them clean and the nuts or bolts will be easier to remove for if you have to change or remove your battery for any reason.

In more recent times the car battery has become sealed and the motorist cannot get to the battery compartments, simply because they are sealed and have no caps. These are known as maintenance free batteries or “MF”. These batteries have plates that are made of lead alloys and not pure lead. It was found that these types of batteries do not gas as much and therefor do not lose any electrolyte, when in use.

These batteries are sealed but have a pressure release valve fitted. Unlike the AGM battery these batteries are not 100% sealed and should still be fitted in the normal upright position.

This battery, along with other modification became the standard type of battery for use on most cars today, but many of the other type of car batteries still exist on today’s cars. The same though applies to the terminals, Battery Terminal Clamps and the battery casing. It is important to keep these clean and free of any corrosion of the terminals. It is just that you will not have to check the levels?

How to Check Car Battery Water Levels

Finally if your battery fails then  Car Battery Prices are available from our website , with a next working day free delivery.


Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.

XV31MF Batteries : Lucas XV Supreme Leisure Battery 110ah

XV31MF Batteries

X31MF, Lucas XV Supreme Leisure Battery 110ah, 3 Year Manufacturers Warranty.Totally Maintenance Free.Comfortable And Robust Carry Handle., Numax, Power/Batteries


XV31MF Batteries-As a Lucas and Numax battery dealer, I know that these two batteries are made by the same company. They are both the exact same quality and are extremely reliable.

They are a twin post battery, which enables the owner to connect more than one battery to each other to give you more voltage or a higher amperage.

Both the Lucas and the Numax were specially created for the leisure market and are one of our best sellers. There has been a massive increase in the number of people buying mobile motorhomes in the past five years. These people can now travel all over Europe and so need a reliable battery that will do the job, and there is no doubt that this product is one of the best on the market.

It is also suitable for the boating and canal vessels, including narrow boats that are now a large feature of our canals and rivers here in the  UK.

XV31MF Batteries are probably the number one leisure battery

In the early days of caravanning, electrics were not much of a necessity. Gas bottles were the main source of power, TV sets were not used very much, and the motorhome market had not yet taken off here in the UK.

Countries such as Italy and France were well ahead of us, but the motor home revolution started to take off. People were buying motorhomes and all the electrical items that went with them; they really were a home from home.

The storage batteries that were used in the early days were really car and truck batteries, according to what you could afford to buy. The main part numbers used were 069,644 and 017 batteries.

XV31MF Batteries

The problem came with the increase in electrical items, Of course, including showers, TV’s . Naturally,and electric pumps for various things such as water and sewage disposal.  In my opinion. The ultimate battery for this sort of application is the AGM battery (absorbed glass mating). These batteries would charge and discharge at a much deeper cycle rate. Of course, without damaging the battery. These are the perfect battery, with one exception, the price?

The AGM batteries are very expensive, but in my opinion, you get what you pay for. These batteries will endure any normal 12volt lead acid battery, by probably five times, making the investment worthwhile.

Along came the dedicated leisure battery

Numax came up with the “leisure battery”, a sort of hybrid. This battery has thicker plates made from lead alloys.  For this reason, it gave the battery more storage capacity. These plates also meant that electrolyte did not evaporate as much. Therefore,  the battery did not require vent holes, as in the conventional screw top type of battery.

Enter the XV31MF Batteries

The next generation of batteries to come out was the XV22/26 and 31 batteries. The most powerful one is the 110 Amp XV31MF Batteries. Becuase, the later comes out with twin posts so that you can connect other things. Also, other batteries together to give you, even more, power. Both these Leisure Batteries are available in the trade names of Numax and Lucas and are available online at


ups battery information-Kept in battery banks in case of a mains power outage?

ups battery information

We are battery supplier in India. Such as Traction battery, trontek battery and many more.


ups battery information (Uninterrupted Power Supply) batteries are a crucial aspect of today’s modern living.

These batteries are there to protect the owner such as perhaps a hospital, bank or any business that have computers or significant electrical systems that need to be kept running in case there is a mains outage, and the supply fails.

These are large banks of batteries that are connected to protect the equipment that requires being 24/7. They are crucial and need proper cars and attention and also they need to be tested at regular intervals, they cannot fail?

UPS Stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply

UPS battery banks have grown with the rise of industry and with it banking and health care. When the world first used computers in a big way it was soon realised that if there were no backup system, then all the data that had been collected would be lost in the case of a power outage.

The opposite can also happen, the “spike”. Thus when the power supply surges, and the voltage is greater than it should be. When the voltage is lower than it should be, this is known as “sag”. Other than spikes and dips there is also total power failure.

UPS systems come in three different types; the first is known as the “online double”. This is the most expensive form of protection, where the batteries are connected to an inverter. No power transfer switches are required; the “line interactive UPS” is operated in a similar way to the “standby” UPS system and only offers surge protection, with an added variable voltage auto transformer; and finally the “Offline standby UPS, which provides only basic cover against waves and battery backup. This system is commonly used in your home or small business.

Ups battery information

UPS systems were thought to be designed and developed by Johnson technologies.Of course, Johnson Controls are one of the world’s largest UPS battery makers, making batteries suitable for sealed lead acid batteries. They specialise in batteries.Thus, for use on medical devices, alarm systems, fire panels, mobility devices, solar technologies, UPS systems, leisure vehicles, and almost any industrial battery application.

The size of the equipment that is to be protected will determine the size. Of the backup system, that is required. From tiny batteries that may back up a computer or burglar alarm system . To massive banks of batteries for banks and industry. The largest system I the world is said to be in Fairbanks USA, which backs up the whole community against power outages.

ups battery information

Large bank of batteries used as a backup supply

UPS Battery maintenance

Lack of the correct support is the main reason for UPS battery failure.


Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.




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High-performance Flow battery could rival lithium-ions for EVs and grid storage the battle is on?

High-performance Flow battery
high performance flow battery

High-performance Flow battery-A new redox High-performance Flow battery developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) more than doubles the amount of energy that this type of cell can pack in a given volume, approaching the num…


The Nano Flow Cell Technology, is another possible contender to knock the Lithium-Ion battery off top spot. So, the testing is not yet completed. But the results look good after initial testing.

Original article posted on Batteriesontheweb  Blog for further reading…

Redox Flow Battery may Take Over from Lithium-Ion Batteries

The race to create the battery of the century. Subsequently, is being fought out in universities all over the world. Including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The PNNL have been working on a new type of battery known as the “redox flow battery”.

The scientists involved. Claims that the new battery will give twice the amount of energy in a given volume. Consequently, the model is almost on par with the lithium- Ion battery. This battery will be yet another challenge. So. to the vast amount of input and dollars that have been put into the development. Thus, of the lithium-Ion batteries. It will be a challenge to the statuesque. Offering power to the solar storage industry. Portable electronics such as mobile phones and naturally power the electric cars.

How does the Redox High-performance Flow battery work?

This is a good question and I am afraid that I can only give a simple answer. A much more in depth explanation is available in

The design of the High-performance Flow battery is made to form two electrolytes with an opposite charge. These make electricity through a chemical energy reaction by exchanging the ions that are produced through a membrane. The two electrolytes are kept in external tanks, making the system very easy to charge, you just have to change the electrolytes, which are also resistant to high temperatures, an advantage over the Lithium-Ion model.

At the moment a dis-advantage over the Lithium-Ion battery is the fact that flow cell only gives a third of the power?

The PNNL institute have already developed a first time battery, the high-performance zinc-poly-iodide flow battery. This battery can give a high density and it would be possible to increase this in the future, with further modifications.

Because size does not matter, there will be scope for this type of High-performance Flow battery is to be used in large scale storage applications, say for storing solar energy for whole communities, and this could put a spanner in the works of Tesla, who are now claiming a stake for their batteries to be used in the same field.

The new zinc-poly iodide flow battery, claim to be much safer than the other players in the battery field, because they can store more power in a smaller space and because there is no acid in the structure, then the battery is safe from catching fire and can work in much lower temperatures than the lithium-Ion batteries. This also eliminates the need to have expensive battery cooling technology, which at the moment takes up much room in a power train.

Further testing of the new battery is going onto solve a few minor problems and they will also be building larger batteries, that can also be tested over a period of time, but lithium-Ion battery makers will be looking over their shoulders with this one.


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Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteries on the web where you can buy battery products online.