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Lawnmower Battery Care-Time to dig out and replace your old battery-Care advice

Lawnmower Battery Care

Lawnmower Battery Care; Your lawnmower battery probably didn’t make it through the Winter?

Another spring is here and its grass cutting time again. The temperatures are starting to get milder. But as I write this blog the rain’s been falling for the past 2 weeks. Hence, and its freezing again. You get home from work have to the central heating on to keep the house warm. So think about your poor  mower battery stuck in your shed or garage all winter.

Lawnmower Battery Care

Typical battery start-up  mower (looks a bit like Tony Blair?)

 

Your battery will have been well forgotten about. Thus, and is probably dead by now. The problem is that your grass is slowly growing. Therefore, and needs that regular cut. Get in the shed and dig out your lawnmower battery. Because, you know it makes sense. It might be one of the worst summers on record.Thus, my lawn has been growing for three weeks without a mow.Naturally, it’s four inches long now and getting out of control.(at least, I have got a new battery, ready for the first sunny dry day to attack my grass)

Now you have dug the mower out you try starting it. Here goes? A few puffs of smoke and bangs. As expected, the old one is cold and frozen all winter and is totally dead. Yes, you shout! I can watch the match now, I have an excuse. “Sorry dear but the mower battery is dead”,”ill put it on charge and cut the grass in the morning”. You’ve always got an excuse she says and goes to see her daughter down the road while you open a glass of beer and watch the match,”perfect”.

Lawnmower Battery Care

This is how it goes for 90% of the guys, cutting grass is just another chore thrown at us by our wife’s. The gardeners are the ones who take their mower battery off their machine before the Winter arrives and charges the mower battery up to make sure it makes it through the winter. In my opinion, if the old one is more than two yeas old then it should be changed at the beginning of the new grass growing season in the spring and is not worth keeping or charging and needs to be replaced. Remember though if you throw away the old one and make sure that you write down the part numbers and letters so that you can order the exact same size for the next spring.

If you are like the first guy and do not like gardening then the easiest thing to do is to through the old one away and buy a new one. Your Electric Lawn Mowers battery can be bought online and batteriesontheweb store on e-bay carry a good selection, but it is important to write down the numbers and letters on your old lawnmower battery and get the correct one. You will find plenty of cheap batteries

Your lawnmower battery should be changed at regular intervals

Lawnmower Battery Care

A popular 896 Ride on Lawn Mowers battery

online, and all are good quality. You can buy lawnmower batteries with a next day delivery online. Most normal lawnmower batteries come with a 5 amp battery, or ride on mowers have a 24 amp battery and 32 amp batteries.

 Eric Roberts

 

 

Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries- Absorbed Glass Mat batteries AGM are now a very popular battery

Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries

Many people think that GEL and Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries are the same

Many people buying new golf batteries or mobility batteries. Therefore, believe that the two types of battery are the same. They are very similar.Hence, they are a deep cycle with a low discharge. Because they do not spill they are classed as sealed.Therefore, may be mounted in any position.For this reason, are safe to use in a confined area. Naturally, and may be carried safely.

Absorbed Glass Mat batteries. Are filled with a type of fibreglass material.As expected, that is fitted inside the battery and then soaked with the electrolyte between the batteries plates. Therefore, this makes the battery leak proof.In other words, if the battery casing is broken.Accordingly, then no acid will leak out. This type of battery is also the most popular here in

Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries

Lucas Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries used for mobility scooters

the UK (in my opinion this is due to the price difference) these are usually much cheaper batteries, in particular with the golfing fraternity.

Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries

GEL batteries have filled a type of silica gel mixed with the electrolyte making a thick jelly that allows the electrons to flow through the plates. Once again as in the other kind, they do not leak when the casing is broken.

One of the most common reasons. Thus, for people using the Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries. Is it can give out a high burst of amps if required to do so. Of course,they can also be charged with a standard battery charger. So, and an alternator if necessary.Also, they have a longer life expectancy.Especially, if these batteries are not fully discharged between discharges. In my opinion, this is a mistake that people make, they fully discharge their batteries too often causing premature failure, I think that people should keep a backup battery as a spare so as to not allow their batteries to become too discharged.

 GEL batteries as stated before cost more than Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries

But offer better-working conditions.Especially, in hotter climates. Although, this does not affect us here in the UK. The big problem with gel batteries is that they must be charged correctly. Hence, or failure will follow. If you have a GEL charger then stick to a GEL battery.For this reason, they are designed especially for these types of battery. GEL  should not be charged with an alternator. Unless appropriate adjustments are made. Another battery that is starting to appear in the marketplace. Naturally, is the Lithium-Ion battery.So, watch out for this one.
To conclude. We think that Absorbed Glass Mat. Now has the upper hand and unless you only have an own charger on your golf buggy or mobility scooter you would be better off buying AGM.

Eric Roberts

Trojan Batteries Yorkshire-One of the Worlds finest AGM Batteries for Solar battery Storage and Golf Buggys

Trojan Batteries Yorkshire

Trojan Batteries Yorkshire

That is a very good question, why Trojan batteries?

Well until a couple of years ago I knew nothing about Trojan batteries . Of course, other than they were made in the USA. Having a reputation for their good quality. So, we became a Trojan batteries dealer for the Yorkshire region in 2012. As I have said, I must admit I knew nothing about the product. Hence, the first thing I did was to look up their history. Soon discovering that they started out in 1925, (twenty three years before I was born).

The company was started out by a Mr George Godber. Consequently, an ex world war one navy veteran serving on a submarine. Soon, he formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, a Mr Carl Speer.

Car batteries were Trojan batteries first product.

Their business adventure started off in Los Angele’s. The pair kicked off by making car batteries. After a while they developed and started to make the larger batteries. So, that were suitable for the trucks of that time.

Their main desire though was to produce deep cycle batteries. So, they were more specialised and a good product for the future. The two original partners were later joined in their business by Ray and Dick Godber. Subsequently, a second generation that were to help develop their desire for the deep cycle battery.

In the period of the early 1950s. A company by the name of the Autoette made a small one cylinder petrol driven cart. Capable of doing in the region of 10 mph,(they are now used extensively in a town called Avalon. Where normal cars are banned and there is a speed limit of 20 mph).

The first deep cycle battery was produced in conjunction with Autoette. Producing a battery driven golf cart for a golfer with mobility problems. Thus helping him to get round a golf course. This lead to the revolution of the golf cart. Driven by an electric motor and powered by the now familiar maroon coloured Trojan batteries. 

trojan batteries

The famous maroon colored Trojan batteries

Trojan Batteries Yorkshire

This was the beginning of the deep cycle battery. So, the company went from strength to strength. Designing and making batteries for many other applications. The 1980s saw the company expand into a new location and battery building factory. Just on the outskirts of Georgia Atlanta. In 1992 they added a master stroke by building a new technology centre.  Hence, to enhance the future development of the Trojan battery products. Helping to develop batteries for floor machine, marine applications. Including construction and various industrial applications.

Since then new generations of the family have dedicated their work into making Trojan batteries into the top brands for such things as Golf and Utility Vehicles, Floor Machines, Aerial Work Platforms, Commercial trucks, Marine vessels, Recreational Vehicles, Medical Mobility, Neighborhood Electric Vehicles and their latest venture into Renewable Energy systems, due to the high demand for renewable energy storage from solar panels to wind turbines.

In the following years Trojan batteries have been responsible for many new battery initiatives and subsequently won many awards from industry for their achievements. Although Trojan batteries still develop and manufacture their battery and associated products in the USA they now have international offices located in Europe, UAE and Asia.

Trojan batteries are also proud member of the Battery Council International (BCI), the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium and a technical research partner with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Trojan applies rigorous industry battery testing procedures that adhere to BCI and International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) test standards. There is no doubting the stature and the endeavour that this company have and I am proud to be a minute part of such a great companies marketing set-up here in the UK, through our website www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

 

 

 

leisure battery

Leisure Battery Suppliers UK, All types of 12 volt Leisure Batteries- Online to most UK Areas.

Leisure Battery Suppliers

Leisure Battery Suppliers

Leisure Battery Suppliers

 

As a result, we sell all types of 12 volt Leisure Batteries and Deep Cycle Batteries Online.Hence, with UK Free Delivery. Leisure Batteries, Deep Cycle Batteries 12 Volt. Including Caravan Batteries, Motorhome Batteries, …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Leisure battery

BatteriesOnTheWeb offer great choice and quality at excellent prices

One of the most up and coming Leisure Battery Suppliers to trade on the internet are Batteries On The Web . The company have now been trading online

for five years. Of course,and are rapidly building up a reputation. Thus, for their service and an excellent range of battery products.

The owner has actually been in business selling Batteries for 35 years . Consequently, in his battery store located in Halifax West Yorkshire UK. Because of their success they decided to start selling on line using the web name of www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk . The company have now gone from strength to strength; selling many different types of Caravan Leisure Batteries, such as for golf, UPS systems, trucks, tractors even for kids ride on toys and many more applications.

The online store are one of the countries largest Leisure Battery Suppliers and also offers other  top name batteries, most of who are made by Johnson controls, the World’s biggest battery makers or made by Yuasa batteries. Some of our

leisure battery

Johnson Controls Leisure Battery Suppliers a snowy winter scene

names include Varta, FirstPower, Trojan batteries, Lucas batteries, Numax leisure batteries and much more.

They also sell other products such as Ring Electrical battery chargers and C-Tech battery chargers, along with Poorboy’s car cleaning products. Altogether a good selection for the online customer to browse through.

The companies motto is “We offer old fashion Values, using modern day technology”

Eric Roberts member of  POINT-S

Eric Roberts

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Rechargeable flow batteries-Could be cheaper solution to renewable energy Solar Storage

Rechargeable flow batteries

Rechargeable flow batteries

Rechargeable flow batteries

 

Post updated  15/2/2014

Researchers at MIT have developed some Rechargeable flow batteries that could bring us reliable and cheap large scale energy storage. Based on flow battery technology, the researchers took out the costly membrane and created a battery that has a power density that is an order of magnitude higher than lithium-ion batteries and three times greater than other membrane-less systems.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:  Going onto a different development the Multiple-Electron Aqueous Battery

There are many Universities now developing new types of batteries ?

Multiple-Electron Aqueous Battery

The University of Maryland UMD has just secured $32 million for research. Developing  electric vehicles (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistry, architectures and designs.

Rechargeable flow batteries

Nissan Leaf at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rechargeable flow batteries

The short distances that are covered by using the Lithium-Ion batteries are

causing some concern in the auto industry and governments and car makers are looking for better ideas and products that will be safer, lower cost and more reliable than the Lithium-Ion batteries that are now in use.

This has brought together the Army research Laboratory aka(ARL) and the UMD to create a new type of Rechargeable flow batteries.

This new type of Rechargeable flow batteries are expected to be with twice the cell voltage and capacity, this would cut the cost in half compared to the lithium-Ion battery.

Rechargeable flow batteries give twice the distance

The new Rechargeable flow batteries would enable an electric vehicle to twice the length of the charge. So if the new batteries development is a successful. Then the EV will drive up to 300 miles. Thus, on a single charging. This would be a great improvement on the Lithium-Ion batteries that are used by some companies at present.

In my opinion, for what it’s worth. Thus, we will one day discover the “magic battery”. Cutting down our reliability on gasoline burning engines. As a result will truly make for a better driving experience. Without having to rely on fossil fuels. I think we are slowly getting there. Whether this new development will be the answer or not, only time will tell.

Also the era of a Cheap Car battery may be coming to an end. Many of the new car models are now coming out with the Start-Stop battery technology. Of course, these batteries are AGM batteries. This gives the option of a deep cycle battery. But at the moment they are twice the price of a regular Discounted car battery online.

Eric Roberts

 

Overheated Car batteries-Can cause an Explosion also Extreme Heat Can Burn Up Your Car Battery

Overheated Car batteries

Overheated Car batteries

Overheated Car batteries

Of course, the main reason for a battery exploding is over charging? Therefore, it is important to explain some of the reasoning behind simple charging methods.

Some battery chargers. Hence, need to be connected to a main power supply. So, during the charging process. While others are rechargeable and a power supply is not necessary. These portable chargers can be used in charging a car battery anywhere and they are easily transported too.

Here at our garage, Pellon Autocentre, in Halifax, Yorkshire ,UK. We very often have to go out to cars with starting problems. Of course, these problems differ. But the main problem is a flat battery.

For this, we use our portable battery charger. This portable charger uses a 12 volt 22 Ah AGM battery. The type used on mobility scooters and golf trolleys. These are good as long as you do not forget to charge the charger up. Especially after use?

Other types of portable charger are the ones that are simply plugged into the 12-volt outlet socket. Usually the cigarette lighter port. As a result these small chargers are able to charge the battery of the car at a low rate of amps. More modern equipment now include solar chargers. These are reasonably cheap and can be used where there is no mains power supply. Often used by campervan owners to charge up their campervan batteries.

Overheated Car batteries

This is the advice where the possibility of an explosion may occur? Most types of lead acid batteries give off a gas. Especially when they are being charged up. Therefore, you should take into consideration some important safety measurements. Avoid smoking or any other types of naked lights when working on the car battery. Especially, while charging the battery? Because the hydrogen and sulfur dioxide gas from the battery may cause an explosion. Causing an unwanted accident.

This is the reason why batteries should be charged in a well ventilated area. To properly charge a battery. Take note if the fluid level is above the lead plates .This is if the battery is a screw top type? To prevent the battery from overheating, charge it on the lowest charger amps setting. Of course,it will take a longer time to charge the battery. Subsequently, if a faster charge is required, then a higher Amps must be set on the charger.

The big problem occurs when the battery is being overcharged. This is what causes problems in the charging room. Sulphuric acid contains sulphur, and hydrogen sulphide  (H2S) can be a possible by-product of over-charging and battery decomposition. When overcharging then the sulphur smells like rotten eggs. So it is a very bad smell. Just to “add salt into the wound” then Hydrogen is also given off by a battery. Although this is not toxic high concentrations give off a highly explosive gas.

So as you can see the dangers of charging a battery. However, over the number of years that I have worked in the battery trade then only one explosion from an over charged battery has occurred. it is just common sense really.

Eric Roberts