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Trojan Motorhome Batteries-Upgrading Your Motorhome-RV-caravan Batteries to perhaps the best Trojan

Trojan Motorhome Batteries

Get the most out of camping unplugged by upgrading your Motorhome Batteries 12-volt battery to two 6-volt Trojan Motorhome Batteries. A TrailerLife TV original video. For more…

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

Trojan Motorhome Batteries- 6 volt Motorhome Batteries conversion

This is a great video. So, about converting you 12-volt single battery to two Trojan 6 volt batteries. Of course, that are wired in series. Producing a 12 Volt Motorhome Batteries system. As a result, but with greatly increased amps. In fact, as the video says a regular Leisure Batteries are usually from 85 Ah to the most popular one which is the 110 amp leisure battery. But by joining the two 6 volt batteries inMotorhome Batteries,trojan

series the output will be a massive 240 amps.

This battery layout is an ideal situation. Enabling the owner of the Motorhome Batteries to use whatever electrical items that he chooses. Believe me, this system will be really on top of the job. So, with a massive 240 amp storage capacity. The Trojan AGM batteries are one of the best Motorhome Batteries in the World and you would expect this system to last at least 5 or 6 years. I say this because although the initial layout would cost you more, then you would be making savings over the long run.

This system would be great for the people who go out in the wilderness or are traveling long distances, say across Europe or perhaps further, people in America will be able to stay in their own country to travel to a wilderness, but wherever you travel you can use all the electricity that you require before the batteries will need recharging. Trojan has a reputation second to none and it gave me a real thrill and great pleasure when I first became the Motorhome Batteries dealer for the Yorkshire area here in the UK.

Trojan Motorhome Batteries

Trojan batteries make batteries to fit hundreds of applications, including boats, both large and small, emergency traffic light signals, platform lifts, known in the UK as “cherry Pickers”, golf carts and golf buggies, floor cleaning machines so that they can clean large areas without having to plug into an electric point and more recently they produce batteries to store renewable energy from the Sun via solar panels and wind turbines.

Trojan Motorhome Batteries

Large C class motorhomes use many electrical appliances, requiring a larger battery Amperage.

Here’s hoping that whatever battery you fit your Motorhome Batteries or caravan gives you great service on your travels in the new year holiday season(especially if you bought your battery from me?).

Eric Roberts

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Lithium-Ion Batteries-Could These Be The Truck Batteries of the Future?

Lithium-Ion Batteries,truck batteries

Lithium-Ion Batteries can be made to look like the lead acid batteries that are in common use today.

Lithium-Ion truck batteries in the future ?

Defense Update
TRADEC Evaluates 6T Li-ion Batteries for Military, Commercial Vehicles
Defense Update
Drop-in e6T Li-ion battery Saft, originally developed for military vehicle applications, is now being tested on commercial vehicles.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Lithium-Ion batteries may shortly be used on regular truck batteries

Of course, there is not a day goes by without a new story that relates to new battery technology. So, this story is no exception. Consequently,

Lockheed Martin the defense contractors . Importantly, have chosen French company SAFT. Of course, who are great innovators in the battery industry. Naturally, to configure one of their batteries. The e6T lithium-Ion battery system for use on certain military vehicles. Subsequently, above the use of the traditional lead-acid batteries.

The advantages of using Lithium-Ion batteries, is that they are lighter in weight than a lead-acid battery and the same size, thus making the new type of batteries able to fit into the same truck  batteries compartments without having to do a re-design. The battery is a 25.5 volt capacity and is able to carry out many modern functions such as charging personal items of electronics that the troops will be using, the likes of GPS devices and night site technologies apart from the normal tasks such as starting and lighting duties.

Lithium-Ion Batteries,truck batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries in assembly at Johnson Controls

Other attributes for this new battery can be read in this excellent article.

Calstart who are a Worldwide organisation dedicated to implementation of using technology for cleaner transport by reducing our reliance on oil and producing cleaner air, with less CO2 emissions say that if these trials are a success there will no reason why the new batteries will be able to be used on regular trucks, using a 12 volt system. These batteries will last much longer due to a longer life cycle than the 12 Volt Battery, whilst giving a greater depth of charge, with a fast re-charges, giving a saving on the fuel costs. One that has not been mentioned is the cost of these batteries; this is what will eventually drive any changes in design and technology forward, and only time will tell.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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Changing car tyres-When Should You Change Your Car Tyres? | Automotive Tools review

Changing car tyres

Some people know that they should be checking their tyres, but they have no idea what to look for and they just glance at Changing car tyres and then report that they regularly check them. Here is a list about what you should be …

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

When indeed do we think about  Changing car tyres?

This is an interesting article from Automotive Tools Revue. You would think that it would be easy to determine when your tyres need changing, but it is the same as everything in life, some people know what to do, or what they are looking at and other people do not and have to ask for advice.

Watch for the Point-S signFortunately we are one of those trades that are only willing to help people with their tyre problems ! So, most tyre companies are only too willing to give a free tyre report for their customers. Many independent tyre retailers are affiliated to an organisation called Point-S. Of course,the members can be found on the Point-S web site. Where you can find your nearest tyre retailer. Who will only be too willing to give your car a free tyre check . Also recommending when you should be Changing car tyres.

Look out for a Point-S in your area

If you do not have a Point-S tyre retailer in your area. Then I am sure that a local garage will do the job for them at no cost to the customer.

The first thing to look at before Changing car tyres. Of course, is to check your tyres and see if your tyres are worn on one side. Naturally, they will look as if they have no tread cut into the tyres. This is a sure sign that your tyres will need replacing ! Significantly, the car will also need a wheel alignment. This is a sign that the tyre have been scrubbed off at one side, because the wheel alignment was not set correctly.

The other way to check to see if it may be necessary for  Changing car tyres is to look for the small bumps of rubber that are set between the tread at 1.6 mm deep, this is the British Governments law for the tread depth that your tyres should be at, although we in the trade think that it should now be 3 mm because of the change in driving conditions since the last tyre laws were passed. These laws are pretty much the same in the USA and much of Europe to help keep the high standards of safety.

To conclude the best way  to check your tyres is to take your car to your tyre retailer and they will check them for you free of charge.

 

Car Tyres by Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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Hybrid Car Servicing

EV Batteries?- How Cheap Are they really?Climate Denial Crock of the Week

ev batteries

I’m finding Chevy Volt replacement ev batteries online for about $2,300. $2,300/16 kWh = $144/kWh. Retail. On the GM Parts Store site a replacement battery for the 2012 Chevy Volt is listed at $2,305.88.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Why a replacement ev batteries any how ?

EV batteries prices

This article shows the prices for the  EV Batteries replacement but I was wondering why would you need a replacement anyhow?

According this good and in depth article a replacement battery would cost $2000 and more, but why would you have to buy one? The old  EV Batteries should be replaced free of charge if found faulty, like any other part of the car. Some of the European car makers, such as Renault, lease the batteries out when they sell an Electric Car, so I can only assume that the same warranty reasons will apply to them.

In my opinion, when the EV batteries will need replacing in a few years’ time, then the technology that is carried out at the moment will have drastically reduced the battery prices by that time. All this new development will probably reduce the size of the batteries, to a more realistic and affordable size. Johnson controls are developing a Lithium-Ion battery at the moment that is much smaller than its predecessors. ev batteries

 

The only reason I can think of for an EV car to need  new EV Batteries, is after an accident.

 

Because of the battery power train size there is likely to be damage caused by an accident. This brings me to the cars insurance, is the possible scenario of a crashed EV car requiring an expensive battery going to put insurance premiums, or will the cost be spread amongst us all?

There is no doubt that the EV car will play a significant part in the future of fuel efficient cat technology, with batteries that can last for years due to the advent of silicon “Nano” battery technology and car manufacturers will keep up with these improvement trends.

The charging rates are also getting much better, with charging time expected to get down to as low as 15 minutes for an 80% charge but my money is still on Hydrogen cell technology. However, this is a good article and worth a click to read.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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Car Battery Check-Make sure that your family are safe by checking your CAR BATTERY before a journey

Car Battery Check

Make sure that your family are safe with a Car Battery CheckCar Battery Check

On a recent visit to France, we unfortunately broke down due to an electrical fault on our Peugeot van. Just by a coincidence another English vehicle in a few car spaces near to us was also broke down, this vehicle was a Citroen C4 Picasso people carrier, and was occupied by a family of six , four children and their parents.

I went over to the guy, who was looking under the bonnet (hood) of his car, and asked him what had gone wrong. He told that the orange alternator light had come on, but he carried on and did not suspect that the light would cause a problem. He went on to tell me that he had suspected that the car may have had a dodgy battery for a few weeks, but he just kept on charging it up because he did not use the people carrier very often, in fact he only used the car for family outings and visits to the sea side.

I told him that I was in the Car battery business and suspected that a Car Battery Check would do the trick I am amazed at the number of drivers that I come across who are hell bent on trying to keep a dead battery alive, by constantly trying to charge up their old, and probably dead battery up, trying to keep the thing alive. Most drivers fail and eventually give up their dead battery and go out to have a professional Car Battery Check before buying  buy a new one.

Car Battery Check

We were both members of the AA, a British breakdown organisation, that covers the whole of Europe, and sure enough a breakdown truck arrived to attend to the guy with the people carrier. The system in France only allows the AA Recovery to attend a breakdown on the road side or hard shoulder of a motorway.

This is French law and I think it has something to do with protecting the livelihood of the French garage trade, something that the French are good at, protectionism. The English guy did have a Car Battery Check and needed a new  12 Volt Battery. The battery on the vehicle was a common size, known to us as a 096. These batteries cost about £60 here in the UK, but the driver got a shock when the new battery cost him 140 Euros.

His breakdown cover may not have covered him for what we call renewable s, so the lesson there is do not mess about trying to resurrect your old car battery,

just go and buy a new one. The whole experience of breaking down would have put a lot of pressure on his family, not knowing if they would not reach their holiday destination or not, just for the sake of a Car Battery Check before starting off on a journey.

car battery check

A car battery chack would have picked up the poor condition of this car battery.This is an example of a car battery that needs a really good clean

Car Battery Check

My wife and I have had eight children together over the past 35 years and have traveled extensively all over Europe. We have broken down a couple of times in our people carriers and so we know about the pressure that breaking down can put on the whole family. It is not worth the hassle and stress, just because you did not prepare your car and had a not knowing if they would not reach their holiday destination or not, just for the sake of a Car Battery Check before starting off on a journey.  

 About Eric Roberts

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

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips-Look after your bike battery?

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips

This article  explains some of the pitfalls about buying a motorcycle battery. Motor cyclists should be careful when buying a new battery.But i do not want to be scare mongering. As long as you follow simple rules. Hence, it will be a perfectly safe operation to carry out. Your new battery can be bought at a cheap Motor-cycle battery price online. Of course, where possible, with a next working day delivery. Thousands of these batteries are bought online every year.Significantly,, without any problems at all.

“Battery failure isn’t just inconvenient, it can often lead to dangerous problems. Before you take your bike far from home, learn what happened to Sarah. Anytime you take your motorcycle on a trip, you should make sure the battery is in optimum condition. If you have a typical, conventional battery, take a few moments to ensure that fluid levels are adequate before heading out. Remove the caps to see if the cells appear dry; if they are, add clean distilled water. Additionally, look for any signs of terminal corrosion and leaking acid, including tarnished chrome and faded paint.”If you aren’t confident in your ability to service a conventional battery, consider buying a sealed variety. These maintenance-free motorcycle batteries are ideal for people who like riding their bikes but don’t particularly enjoy using Batteries Maintenance Tips and working on them”

         Motorcycle batteries are very safe

Motor cycle batteries? which make or type?

The motorcycle battery market is flooded. Commonly, with all sorts of makes and different types of batteries. Significantly, this can be very complicated. Of course, I think that the internet is the best way to go about buying one of these batteries. Consequently, this way of buying motor cycle batteries. Keeps the job as simple as possible. Importantly, try to replace the part number of the battery the same as that you are replacing. So, like for like.

Differing manufactures are not such a problem ! Except that some motorcycle batteries come with differing part numbers. Of course, I was thinking of Varta and perhaps Bosch. A few years ago a European standard battery part number was introduced. Of course, to try to make all the battery manufacturers use the same number, but this seems to have fallen apart and you can get three different numbers for the same battery.

Japanese battery markings

The most common part numbers are on the Japanese bikes and will look like,”YTX9BS”; this to me is the most common type of battery. The European number found on a Varta will look like “53030”, so the numbers will differ depending where your bike is from. You will find though that most Japanese bikes will have the YTX9BS lettering, but BMW’s will have the 53030 Varta numbers.

In any case you will find it easier if you replace the battery that is fitted to your bike, will be best practice and unless you know what you are doing please don’t try to be clever and update or uprate the battery that you have fitted to the bike. Batteries are available for cherry pickers in Kings Lynn. Information about the worlds largest battery.

Motorcycle Batteries Maintenance Tips

Voltmeters are a cheap and handy toll for battery testing !

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

 

Waste Batteries-Where do batteries go to die? – St. George Daily Spectrum

Waste Batteries

Waste Batteries ready to be re-cycled

Where do Waste Batteries go to die?

St. George Daily Spectrum

Batteries are essential to our daily lives. They are everywhere — in our cell phones, lap tops, iPods, kitchen appliances and garden tools.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

95% of waste batteries are recycled.

So, most of the Waste Batteries that are removed from our cars and trucks. Hence, are collected by scrap dealers and then they are sent to the Recycling plant to be re-cycled into new batteries.

Waste Batteries,failing a battery for the re-cycling bin

failing a battery for the Waste Batteries bin

Re-processing plant such as the one used by Exide Batteries.

Waste Batteries

Lead acid Waste Batteries are one of the success stories in the world of re-cycling. Over 95% of the old car,truck and tractor batteries are sent to be re-made into new battery products. Almost all black coloured batteries are made from re-cycling old Waste Batteries a very worthy record.

The complete battery starts out at one end of the process and ends up at the other end as part of a new battery. Even the plastic is broken up into very small pieces and then mixed with new material before been made into a new battery casing.

These re-cycled casings (battery boxes) are always made into black batteries because of the mixture of colours, any white or opaque coloured 12 Volt Battery has been made from new materials and therefor has not been re-cycled.

Recycled batteries help the environment ?

So, in my opinion this is great news! So this makes the lead acid Waste Batteries  greener than people think. Which is more than we can say about the lithium-Ion batteries . Significantly, the lithium-ion battery has not in my opinion stood the test of time.

Regarding both safety and the potential for them to be re-cycled. There is some news though that the lithium-ion batteries that are on the electric cars at the moment, could be used for storing solar energy in a domestic situation.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/blog/

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Leisure Batteries Connected-How to Connect 2 or More Leisure Batteries? / Car & Leisure Battery …

Leisure Batteries Connected

Leisure Batteries Connected

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Connecting two or more leisure batteries is entirely possible, but it should be undertaken with caution. To connect the batteries, you’ll have to have enough space in the caravan to house the multiple batteries safely, as well as …

 

Eric Roberts insight:

Connecting 2 or More Leisure Batteries

It is entirely possible to connect more than two leisure or solar power batteries. But it must be in parallel. Therefore, this means that to retain the twelve volts that you require. Hence, you must connect the two positive terminals together. Naturally, and the two negative terminals together. By connecting the batteries in this way.Thus, as I have said you will retain the twelve volts that you will require.As a result, to power a twelve-volt system. For this reason, that is used on most cars and marine and leisure systems, it

Leisure Batteries Connected

2 x 75 amp Lucas Leisure Batteries

will also double the amps for more power storage, which is why this is done in the first place. This method also means that your batteries will charge at the same rate.

It is also important to use the same type of batteries, the accompanying video will explain about the different types of Leisure Batteries and the best for most applications are AGM batteries.

Leisure Batteries Connected

Leisure Batteries can be connected in parallel

Leisure Batteries Connected

The Leisure Batteries that you connect together must also be the same type and age, preferably new batteries, it will be of no use if you connect a new battery with one that is old and has less power.

This will only make the new battery fail at a later stage and not give you the full power that you are looking for. It is also possible to connect each battery to a fuse, which will stop the risk of a high current flowing from the good battery to the bad battery with a faulty cell causing it to short; this situation could be dangerous, with a risk of a fire or explosion. One of our most popular boat batteries is the LV31MF ApolloPower leisure battery.

For more reading… http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/serial_and_parallel_battery_configurations

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. Finally, we are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

ELECTRIC CAR Battery Plug in Stations in Chester UK

ELECTRIC CAR Battery

 

ELECTRIC CAR Battery Plug in Stations in Chester UK

In the last few days I visited the beautiful city of Chester in Cheshire, North West England. Chester is very close to the Welsh border and is steeped in history. Of course, the city was once a Roman settlement. So, still boasts a near complete Roman wall. Encircling the city centre. Including, its many shops and hotels. Attracting millions of visitors a year.

electric car

Charging station sign

electric car

My daughter Brooke collecting her graduation gown from the University campus in Chester.

My wife and I were in Chester to see our daughter receive her Honours degree. Naturally, from the University of Chester. The ceremony was held at the cities cathedral. Attended by many dignitaries and important university personnel. Subsequently, the service took some two hours. But was well worth it see our daughter Brooke receive her degree in French studies. Indeed, we were very proud parents indeed Celebrating with a nice meal and a few drinks. Before heading back to the hotel for a few more night caps.

The Hotel was the Mill Hotel and Spa complex Hotel just off the centre of Chester and very nice it was too. On arriving I could not help noticing that there was a few very large life size replicas of rhinos, painted in very bright psychedelically painted situated around the hotel car park. Looking more closely I noticed that they all had a sign attached to them. To my amazement the rhinos were in fact “electric car charging points”.

ELECTRIC CAR Battery- charging is free to residents of the hotel.

These were some of the first that I had ever seen in the North of England. The Hotel had them installed care of a company called”Zerocarbonworld.org and are fitted free of charge through government grants and special funding. I have always been interested in the electric car and other inventions that are at the moment flooding the car market place, so I could not wait to turn this find into a blog.

When we checked out I asked the guy at the reception how much they charged to top the battery up on an electric car and to my surprise he said that there was no charge for the service indeed the service was free. But as a business man I know that the electricity used would have been a business cost and used to calculate the cost of a room, so therefor we would have been paying for the cost of charging up an electric car battery in the price of a room. The reception guy then told me that they had only ever had two electric cars to have their batteries charged.

In the end we all had a great three days and I found an interesting subject to blog about.

Eric Roberts… www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

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Giant model Rhino marking where the electric car charging points are located

Hybrid Car-That Runs on Air-Pressure and Not Batteries

Peugeot’s new technology will get you 117 miles per gallon. (Better Than Batteries: A Hybrid Car That Runs on Air http://t.co/3wz2KXjhlo)

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

New technology to compete with the big batteries Hybridshybrid car,peugoet batteries

This new development from Peugeot-Citroen is yet another big development to compete with the massive batteries and price tag of the earlier hybrid car. The beauty about this car is that the engine is almost a standard type engine that uses petrol (gasoline) and will be started by a standard Battery System along with uprated gearbox and special hydraulics. This is great news for us independent garage owners as it will give us a chance to repair these cars when they arrive in the aftermarket a few years down the line, a thing that I don’t believe will happen with the huge Lithium-Ion battery driven cars, that are to be leased to their owners.

The new hybrid car will be driven by the conventional engine when traveling any distance, but will reverts to the “Air power” when driving in cities and towns, when the air system will be activated when the car does less than 43 mph. It is also expected that the car will be capable of producing an average of just less than 129 miles to the gallon with upgrades towards 2020. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266632/Car-runs-air-coming-soon-Peugeot-Citroen-unveil-new-117mpg-

The first hybrid car using this technology is expected to on the smaller Peugeot 206 ; although I don’t think that a decision has yet been made. The price of these new cars is going to be about £1000.00 cheaper than today’s battery powered hybrids. The hybrid car has been a closely guarded secret and has been under development for almost three years now at a research centre not far from the south of Paris. The car is expected to be a great success and will help the giant French car company to retain its place in the technology driven hybrid car market. The car will also use  standard batteries and will look no different to the standard models that we see today, as I said previously this will be a car that we can all service in the future which is good news for the independent garages out there.

To bring this article further forward, Peugeot , the French automaker revealed its Hybrid Air technology will be further revealed later this year at the Paris Motor Show. The vehicle that the new technology will be demonstrated on will be the Peugoet 208 hybrid car and not the Peugeot 206 that i stated earlier. This version of the Hybrid Air design will offer the car makers a fuel economy distance of 117 miles per gallon, which is an improvement on the figures that they announced last year. I believe that this technology could be a winner and will not involve the suspect lithium-Ion batteries, that other car makers are relying on.

Article by Eric Roberts… www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap leisure Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

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