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Can I half charge my Battery and then use my Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair?

A deep cycle battery is the power source for your Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair. The deep cycle battery is vital to this mobility equipment.

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How to test Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair Batteries

Mobility technicians understand that Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair call-outs can often be related to an issue with the battery. However, these battery issues may not ultimately be a battery fault.

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How long should a deep cycle battery last for?

Every deep cycle battery, whether it’s an automotive, VRLA or Lithium battery, is engineered to meet a specific design life, provided that the battery operates within the recommended operating criteria.

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How do I safely transport deep cycle batteries?

When transporting any type of deep cycle battery, there are a few fundamental principles which need to be followed to ensure everyone stays safe.

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Tips for Staying Safe Around VRLA and Lithium Battery Systems

Deep cycle batteries, such as VRLA and Lithium batteries, are widely known to be safe to use in a range of applications, provided the proper safety precautions and maintenance procedures are correctly followed.

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Can I use the same charger for VRLA batteries and Lithium batteries?

When installing any type of deep cycle battery, it’s important to ensure you use a battery charger suited to the specific battery technology being used. Lithium Phosphate batteries function very differently to VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries and therefore have different charging requirements.   

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A Guide to Mains Powered Battery Charging

  When you’re installing any type of deep cycle VRLA battery, you need to ensure you’re using the correct battery charger for the battery technology and size. If your battery is unable to be fully and correctly charged, it cannot operate at its peak performance. In this blog, the experts at Valen take a look at the most widely used option for.

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A Guide to Solar Powered Battery Charging

When you’re installing a deep cycle VRLA battery system, you need to ensure you’re using the optimal charging method for the size and type of batteries being used.  If the batteries are unable to be fully and correctly charged, the system cannot operate at its peak performance. In this blog, the experts at Valen take a look at solar powered.

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How can I prolong the life of my deep cycle VRLA batteries?

  Every deep cycle VRLA battery is engineered for a specific demand. Battery application, required design life, operational temperature range and performance criteria are all taken into account to ensure that the battery performs as expected.  It’s always best to ensure you utilise the correct type of batteries in your systems in order to achieve.

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What’s the difference between Grid Connect, Hybrid and Stand-Alone solar systems?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are used all over the world to supply power to households, businesses and remote installations such as communication towers. There are 3 main solar PV system designs; Grid Connect, Hybrid and Stand-Alone. In this blog, the experts at Valen take a brief look at these 3 system types, explain the differences between.

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What can happen if I use the wrong type of deep cycle battery?

  Every deep cycle VRLA battery is engineered to meet a specific demand and should only ever be used for the intended application. Factors such as cyclic design life, charging requirements, physical constraints, capacity and impedance all need to be taken into consideration when choosing a deep cycle battery for any type of project.

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How to manage deep cycle batteries in hot weather

  When the weather starts heating up, the team at Valen often get asked the question, how do I manage deep cycle batteries in hot weather? The answer depends on the system specifications the battery is being installed into and the battery technology that is chosen for the system.

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Can I connect Lithium batteries in series?

A common question we get asked about in relation to Lithium batteries is how to best connect multiple batteries together to achieve correct voltage or capacity for a specific system. At Valen, we don’t recommend series connecting Lithium batteries. However, Lithium batteries can be placed in parallel if required and done correctly. 

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What’s the difference between fan and convection cooled battery chargers?

  When using a VRLA or Lithium battery for any type of application, it’s important to ensure you choose a suitable battery charger. If your battery is unable to be properly charged, it cannot operate at its peak performance.

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How can I test my solar powered road sign batteries without flattening the batteries?

  Solar powered road signs, such as portable traffic lights, radar signs and VMS trailers, can be very harsh on batteries. Heavy discharges and solar drought, which is when around a week of bad weather or overcast conditions results in no solar charge, both play a significant part in shortening battery life.  

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VRLA vs Lithium Batteries in Solar Powered Irrigation Pedestals

  As most solar powered pedestals for flume gates and pen stocks in the irrigation industry are used in remote applications, there are a number of challenging factors that need to be overcome in relation to the systems’ batteries. These factors include heat, battery gassing, weight and longevity.   Well-designed and high quality Lithium batteries.

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AGM vs Gel Batteries in Mobility Scooters and Wheelchairs

  A high quality and reliable rechargeable battery is essential for powering any mobility scooter or electric wheelchair. Gel batteries are widely used in mobility aids as opposed to AGM batteries. Over the years, many of our customers have asked us why this is the case.

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How to Correctly Connect Batteries in Series and Parallel

  Ever wondered if you are correctly connecting up your deep cycle battery system?   In this blog, the expert team at Valen will walk you through the correct way to connect your battery system to make every installation and maintenance project a success!

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Which battery is best for my solar powered road sign?

  VMS signs, radar signs, arrow boards and portable traffic lights all rely on some form of battery system, whether the battery used is an AGM, Gel or Lithium battery. Often these battery systems are charged by solar panels, and in some cases, the charging only happens when the sign is back at base. These long service periods with no battery.

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How to correctly charge starter batteries used in fire pumping systems

  For technicians in the fire systems industry, it’s not only important to ensure that the right type of starter batteries are used in diesel powered fire pumping systems, but that the correct charging methods are always followed.

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How can I maximise the life of my VRLA battery system?

VRLA batteries play a crucial role in providing power in UPS, communications and road sign applications. For large scale installations requiring multiple VRLA batteries, a common concern is how to maximise battery service life in order to reduce maintenance time and replacement costs.

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What size VRLA battery charger do I need?

Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries are widely used in a number of different applications, from mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs through to communications sites.   When you install a Gel or AGM type battery for any application, you need to ensure you’re using the correct size battery charger for the technology and size of your.

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Battery Design Life vs Actual Life Expectancy

Every type of VRLA battery will list a ‘design life’ on the Battery Specifications sheet. Design life can range from 8 years for a standard AGM battery or 20 years for a top-of-the-line Gel battery.

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How to calculate battery capacity requirements for fire pumping systems

For technicians in the fire protection industry, it is essential to ensure starter batteries used in diesel powered pump systems are of the correct capacity. Under specifying the batteries means that the fire system may be left vulnerable in a critical emergency and fail to perform the job it is designed for.

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What size Lithium battery charger do I need?

Lithium Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries are now widely used in a range of applications, from mobility scooters to caravans to providing back up power for remote communications towers.  When you install a Lithium battery for any type of application, you need to ensure you’re using the correct battery charger for the technology and the size of the.

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Are mobility scooter or powered wheelchair batteries allowed on airplanes?

Travelling by plane and unsure if you can take your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair batteries with you on your flight? We get asked about travelling with mobility batteries fairly frequently.  So we have taken the time to research and have spoken to airlines such as QANTAS in regards to their battery policies.

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Can I use my mobility scooter or powered wheelchair battery charger overseas?

So you’re planning to travel overseas and need to be able to use your mobility scooter or powered wheelchair. You’re probably wondering if your battery charger will work or if you will need to purchase a new charger which will be compatible in the country you are travelling to.  Here at Valen, we get asked about this a lot!

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How to meet battery compliance in fire protection systems

It is essential that technicians, and anyone attending site, stay safe around fire protection systems and the supporting batteries. After all…these systems are there to protect lives and assets.

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Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) vs Ah in Fire System Batteries

For technicians in the fire systems industry, selecting the right type of battery is critical to guarantee power supply in the event of an emergency. An important specification for batteries used in fire systems is Cold Cranking Amps (CCA). However, there is some confusion within the industry between CCA ratings and Ampere hour (Ah) ratings. In.

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Why AGM batteries should be used in fire systems

  Fire panels, hydrants and sprinkler systems all depend on batteries to function in the event of an emergency.   For technicians in the fire systems industry, selecting the right type of battery is critical to ensure its compliant, meets specifications and will supply power to the equipment its connected to.  

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Why cyclic batteries are essential for solar powered road signs

  Deciding on the right type of industrial battery to use in a solar powered road sign, such as a variable message board, radar/speed sign, or a weather warning sign,  is crucial to ensuring the sign always remains functional.    In this blog post, the experts at Valen explain the importance of using cyclic batteries in solar powered road signs as.

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What’s the difference between PWM and MPPT solar charge controllers?

A highly critical component of any solar system, whether it’s used for powering a communications tower, road sign or even a caravan, is the solar charge controller. A solar charge controller is a device used to control the charge coming in from a solar system to the batteries. They are essential in ensuring batteries are not overcharged.  

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What are the effects of temperature on VRLA batteries?

Every VRLA battery is engineered to meet a specific design life, provided the battery operates at a recommended temperature. Different applications call for different lengths of design life, which in turn affects the specs of a battery and the requirements it must meet.

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AGM vs Gel - which battery technology is best for my mains powered communication site?

Phone towers. Radio repeaters, Base stations. They all rely on some form of battery system, whether its an AGM Battery or a Gel Battery for energy storage and back-up power. If it’s up to you to ensure that communications coverage and support is never compromised, you need trustworthy, long-lasting batteries that are able to meet the load demands.

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4 Benefits of using a Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery for Remote Communications

  A common headache for those working on communications projects is choosing the right battery technology to ensure Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) are met across different sites. Guaranteeing uptime and arranging maintenance can be particularly difficult for solar powered remote locations. Thankfully, lithium batteries have emerged as a.

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How to correctly conduct load testing on batteries used in fire systems

Batteries used to start pumps in fire systems play an integral role in protecting the lives of people in both residential and commercial buildings.  Technicians who install and maintain fire systems are required to conduct regular battery load testing in accordance with Australian Standard AS1851.2012. This Standard outlines specific requirements.

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Which Battery is best for Fire & Pumping?

Looking for a reliable and dependable battery for your fire or pumping system? Valen has the solution for the fire and pumping industry with their Valen Topin range of batteries.

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Which Battery Tester is best for testing Communication Batteries?

Which Battery Tester is best for testing Communication Batteries? Is there a tester I can use while my telecommunication system is still connected and live? How do I test how long my radio site batteries are going to last? Technicians from the communications market often ask these questions, and Valen has all the answers for you!

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What's the Advantage of Gel Batteries in a Solar System?

Stand alone solar systems place cyclic pressure on the batteries storage systems due to regular use and factors such as solar drought. This means that such systems must utilise batteries designed for cyclic use, rather than standby use. A cyclic battery is designed to charge and discharge all day, every day, making them ideal for solar.

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New & Improved RE856 Battery Impedance Tester

The RE856 Live Circuit Battery Impedance Tester is the dependable and ideal battery impedance tester for technicians in many different industries including Communications and Water! Innovation is key to our industry and we are continuously finding ways to improve our products and services for our clients; the RE856 is no exception.

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Fire Compliant Batteries & Battery Testers

Looking for Fire Compliant Batteries & Battery Testers? Concerned about your Battery or Battery Testing equipment product compliance? At Valen, we understand the seriousness of product compliance within the fire industry. So we ensure the following products are backed by the necessary certifications and standards.

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The HIOKI 3554 Impedance Tester - What, How & Why?

The Hioki 3554 is an impedance tester which measures the Battery Impedance in mohms (mΩ). Like all impedance meters, the Hioki 3554 has the ability to test batteries simultaneously. It can also test within live circuit and take accurate comparative readings for early diagnosis of a battery failure.

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How to Charge Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair Batteries

Neglecting to charge Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair batteries could reduce your scooters' driving power and interrupt the freedom you've come to rely upon and enjoy! However, if you follow the instructions below, your Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair will always be ready to take you wherever you need to go and when you want to go.

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Cold Weather Deep Cycle Batteries

When the weather starts to get colder, we often get asked the question, how does the cold affect my batteries? The answer will depend on the battery technology as each technology has its own characteristics. However, like human beings, all VRLA batteries perform best when stored and operated at room temperature (around 20°C).

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How to Choose the Correct VRLA Battery Tester

Which Battery Tester is correct? Which Battery Tester should I use to Test my VRLA Batteries? These questions are regularly asked by our clients - the answer is dependent on which Battery technology and Battery sizes you want to test. In this blog post, the experts at provide a quick guide to choosing the VRLA battery tester for your needs. For a.

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Why do VRLA Batteries Fail?

What kills VRLA batteries? Why do VRLA batteries not last? What is the reason VRLA batteries fail prematurely? How do I ensure longevity from my battery system? Questions that are regularly asked – the answer, is there are multiple reasons why your system might not last as long as you think it should! In this blog post, the experts at Valen take a.

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The Best Battery for your Mobility Scooter

The answer will depend on how much you use your scooter. Just like there are different shoes for different uses; so also with batteries for different levels of usage.

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How to Safely Handle Lithium Phosphate Batteries

  Lithium phosphate batteries are a relatively new technology in the world of industrial batteries. Lithium Iron Phosphate formulations have been proven to be safe and highly effective for energy storage applications. However, there are certain safety considerations to be aware of when it comes to handling, shipping or storing these types of.

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How to Safely Handle VRLA Batteries

Like most industrial batteries, VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries are very easy and safe to handle. Because the electrolyte in the battery is immobilised using either Gel or Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM), VRLA batteries are considered to be ‘dry’ or ‘sealed’ and can be handled and shipped accordingly as non-dangerous goods. A VRLA battery is.

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How to Safely Store VRLA Batteries

To prevent potential damage and ensure an optimum cycle life, industrial batteries always need to be safely stored. VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries, sometimes referred to as SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) batteries, are known to be relatively easy to store and handle.

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