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Leisure Batteries Storage time again as Winter approaches?

Leisure Batteries Storage

It is storing your Leisure Batteries Storage time

Leisure Batteries Storage

The extremely mild weather here in the UK. Has brought out all the spring flowers,(earlier than normal). It is also bringing out the caravan and motorhome users, into thinking about their first 2014 trips out. Hence, judging by the amount of leisure batteries that we are selling at the moment.

Normally we see a surge of sales and inquiries just a few weeks before Easter. But this year the sales are coming early. One of the most popular batteries that we sell. Thus,to the caravan and campervan (RV) fraternity is the XV31 110 amp leisure battery . This battery is made by a battery manufacturer in South Korea. This also covers smaller battery sizes, including XV 23, XV 24, and XV 27 and, of course, the XV31. This battery along with the LV26, and along with the smaller LV 22 are made by Johnson Controls . Of course one of the World’s leading battery developer and battery manufacturer.

This year is a particularly good time to buy this Leisure Batteries product. Because due to the mild winter.Subsequently, the sales of car batteries have dropped off. Meaning the leading battery companies are well down on sales of car batteries.So,are looking forward to the next battery season. Which includes the sale of leisure batteries, motorcycle batteries, mobility scooter batteries, golf cart batteries. Including, other seasonal things such as lawn mower batteries. Of course, the guys who are lucky enough to own a classic car. Classic car batteries are huge sellers.

Leisure Batteries Storage

What normally happens is that the owners of these types of battery-driven machines equipment will get them out as soon as the weather improves and start getting warmer, which is normally around April time here in the UK. But this year we are about three weeks to a month in front, due to the mild weather. In fact, I have recently seen a butterfly and many bees flying about and also the grass on my lawn needs cutting for the first time after the winter.

People all over will be getting out their golf and gardening equipment only to find that their battery is flat and will not work. Most of the time the battery will recover when it is charged, but people are reluctant to charge their battery throughout the winter months. Up to recent times, the battery chargers were of the old fashioned types that you put onto your battery

Leisure Batteries

A very small Bedford camper van in the South of England.

and then took off when the battery was fully charged but these days you can buy what they call “intelligent battery chargers”. These chargers are made by well-known companies such as Ring Electrical and “Numax”, and are well worth the investment. What you have to do is find out the correct amps that you require for your size of the battery, remove the Leisure Batteries from the caravan or lawn mower, whatever it is on, give the Leisure Batteries a clean and if it is not a sealed battery, check the levels.

You can then connect the leisure battery to the smart charger

, (preferably in a frost free place) and leave it to charge all the winter long. The charger will then keep your leisure battery charge topped up to the correct levels and automatically switch on and off when charging is required. This way you will end up with a nice clean fully charged the battery when the time comes to use it.

Eric Roberts

 

lead-acid batteries- How they were developed and improved-Eric Roberts

 

Bill explains the essential principles of lead-acid batteries. He shows the inside of motorcycle lead-acid batteries, removes the lead and lead-oxide plates an…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Lead acid batteries have now been around in their present form for many years.

It is only in recent times that the lead acid car battery has been overcome by the more modern technology batteries that are now being developed for the modern electric and

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How an AGM battery works

hybrid car manufacturers, due to the rush for a more environmentally friendly battery products, such as the Lithium-Ion, that are now used many car models such as the Nissan leaf and the Toyota Auris hybrids.

In my opinion though, the ever faithful lead acid batteries, that we still use in the millions, will still be around for many years to come. They have been tried and tested and proven for almost a hundred years since their invention in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté.

Nothing much has changed in the past forty years of time,that I have bought and sold batteries. Car types have had modifications such as different lead alloys are now used in the manufacture of the plates and the development of casings to help suppress and resist vibrations. Most truck and car ones are now sealed and maintenance free, so the motorists do not have to top them up any more, but some battery makers have the old fashioned screw tops, so that you can top up when the acid  has evaporated.

The big development came when the AGM lead-acid batteries was invented in 1985 for military use and was developed by Concorde batteries for commercial use outside the military. The AGM (absorbed Glass Matting) lead-acid batteries is completely sealed and now used in hundreds of applications, although once again these batteries may be slowly replaced by the Lithium-Ion batteries. I know that some golf trolley ones are coming out in Lithium-Ion, but at the moment they are very expensive and golfers have a reputation of shall we say, “not putting their hands in their pockets”. The Lithium-Ion’s  were also developed for the military and used on the stealth bombers and they were also used in space flight and on the Mars Lander Craft “Curiosity”.

Another recent development of the lead-acid batteries has been the introduction of “stop Start” technology used on some new models of cars. This was developed by the World’s leading battery company, Johnson Controls. The trade name that they use for these batteries is Varta batteries. What happens is when the car stops the engine is switched off and

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Micro hybrid battery similar to the one used in the Mars lander

when the car wants to set off again the accelerator is pressed and the car restarts. The batteries for this job have to be more powerful that the standard lead acid battery and so the AGM battery lead-acid batteries are used.

In my opinion the lead acid battery will be further developed and used on other applications that have not been invented yet, and will still be a player in the crazy mixes of the development of the modern car, their big advantage is that they are almost 100% recyclable, which is more than can be said about the lithium-Ion batteries.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap UPS  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 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. 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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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, Commecial 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

There is not a day goes by without a new story that relates to new battery technology. This story is no exception.

Lockheed Martin the defence contractors have chosen French company SAFT, who are great innovators in the battery industry, to configure one of their batteries, the e6T lithium-Ion battery system for use on certain military vehicles 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.

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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. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business 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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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Lithium-Sulfur Battery Race Heats Up For Faster Charging and Dis-Charging of Electric Car Batteries

Lithium-Sulfur Battery

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are hot on the trail of a lithium-sulfur battery that packs four times the punch of conventional lithium-ion batteries.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Is the Lithium-Ion battery under threat from the Lithium-Sulfur battery?

A battery has been developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratoryone of the USA owned Department of energy scientific facilities (ORNL for short).

Lithium-Sulfur Battery

With the advent of the Lithium-sulphur battery, cars like this will charge and discharge at much faster rates.

This new battery has been developed using a chemical that we all know as sulphur, which is a very abundant and low costing material. The new battery has been tested as having at least four times the energy density as the new one that now powers many of our electric products the Lithium-Ion Batteries.

Scientists at the ORNL facility have been able to use new types of sulfur rich materials and were then able to join the new type sulfur cathode with a lithium anode together with a solid electrolyte material to produce an energy dense solid type. Because the scientists have used sulfur the resulting product is much safer and more cost effective that the lithium-Ion batteries in use at the moment, considered a great breakthrough.

The sulphur that is used is a waste product from the petro-chemical industry and so is almost free of charge. This makes it possible to re-cycle a waste product (sulphur) into a useful new battery.

The new batteries are not on the market just yet, but a patent has been applied for and it is thought that this excellent new invention will be available for commercial purposes in the near future.

One of the problems that the scientists have come across, is that Lithium-Sulfur Battery compounds can leak out from where they should be, which causes the batteries charge to deteriorate. The researchers set out to find it a possibility to restrain these escaping compounds.

To get round the problem, the scientists have  made very small, hollowed shells out of a type of carbon, which will conduct the element. The researchers then coated them with a film of polymer to help keep the Li-S compounds inside.

Eric Roberts

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

 

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

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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

ev batteries

Nissan Leaf battery unit

Lithium-Ion battery at the moment that is much smaller than its predecessors.

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. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business 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.

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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.

Most of the Waste Batteries that are removed from our cars and trucks are collected by scrap dealers and then they are sent to be Waste and Recycling to a waste battery

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.

In my opinion this is great news, and makes the lead acid Waste Batteries  greener than people think, which is more than we can say about the lithium-Ion batteries . 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

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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.

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

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

Batteries charged by Solar Panels-Toyota’s vision for the future – Drive

Batteries charged

Toyota‘s vision for the future

Drive

Toyota’s Smart House uses solar panels and Batteries charged for all electricity, and the system can also power any plug-in hybrid and electric cars belonging to the occupants.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Solar panels Batteries charged this cars batteries

This is a very good and in depth article by Matt Campbell. Hence, this article is about Toyota,s new vision. So of a totally green Batteries charged car. Of course, the car (if you could call it that) is operated by twin electric motors.

Batteries charged

Hydrogen cells are also becoming popular to some car makers. Especially Toyota in Japan . For this reason, Toyota are already in a well advanced stage. So in the race for the end to the gas guzzling cars. Thus, reducing greenhouse gases.

Thus , connected up to a Lithium Ion Battery Pack .Enabling , the car to do 45 k/hr. With a range of about 50 kilometers. This  little car has special suspension .Of course, that allows it to sort of tilt, as you can see in the picture. Thus, is expected to be used in busy cities and towns. Consequently, the car will be known as the i-Road. Subsequently, will also be able to be plugged in and charged at any charging station. Of course, as well as at home.Batteries charged

The future of the Lithium-Ion battery is becoming more certain.Hence, regarding the batteries. Including when they have finished their end of life as a New Car Battery. Although the old replaced battery may not be suitable for a car.

Batteries charged

Then, scientists are thinking of using disused batteries for solar energy Battery storage purposes.To be charged and used as storage. The world will be crying out for some solution to solar energy storage. Of course, the old Lithium-Ion batteries could well be the answer. To the disposal problem.

As a result of demand. Other power saving technologies are been invented in Universities . All over the world. Hence, to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases. Including the Start-Stop Batteries that are now getting more popular with car manufacturers.

for more information…http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/08/toyota-i-road-electric-trike-production/

 

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Johnson Controls-To make Smaller battery pack which may jolt auto industry – The Detroit News

Johnson Controls

Post updated  15/2/2014

Daily Tech Johnson Controls smaller battery pack may jolt auto industry The Detroit News Plymouth —Global automotive supplier Johnson Controls says it has reduced a micro-hybrid battery pack from the size of a car trunk to the size of a shoebox,…

Johnson controls are a leading battery pack company

This is yet another major step that Johnson controls are involved in, a realistic sized Lithium Ion Battery Pack.

One of the new range of Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery will be used to power a boat outboard motors and electric motors made by Torqeedo a German boat manufacturer who will use these  new  Leisure Batteries, (that will be made in Johnson controls Holland plant). The new marine batteries are to made from a

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls offices

modified version of its plug in Hybrid electric vehicle battery, that will be waterproof and will not be effected by the salt water on marine boats.

Johnson Controls are one of the largest manufacturers of 12 v lead acid batteries in the world and are now getting involved in making batteries from the new technology era that we are getting into.

Johnson Controls

Some of the new types of batteries are creating some problems at the moment for the scientists to find answers to.This includes overheating and the length of time that these batteries will last on one charge, but i am sure that answers are imminent in the near future.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Subsequently, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies . Of course, in my younger days. Naturally, before starting my first business. As a result, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Consequently, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products . Thus, that will help my business to grow. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes.Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

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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.

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Charging station sign

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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