Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) or Cranking Amps (CA) are ratings used when referring to the current (power) that a battery can output.
Alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) are notable for inspiring the name of an iconic metal band, but they also happen to sit right at the centre of the modern world as we know it.
Batteries have been around since the 19th century when John Daniell invented the first practical battery called the Daniell cell. Daniell would likely be amazed at the variety and sophistication of batteries in our day.
How many times have you said to yourself, "My battery won't take or hold a charge" or "I'm losing duration of battery use time!"
Ever wondered how to make your mobility scooter batteries last that little bit longer? Wanting to get the best return on your investment?
Every mobility scooter owner needs a quick hack list of to do's to get the most out of their mobility scooter batteries. But what's recommended?
Wanting to ensure the mobility scooter or powered wheelchair battery charger is working correctly? Is there a quick way of checking the status of the battery charger?
Worried you might overcharge your batteries? Scared your batteries may bulge and become ruined? The answer to this question lies in the charger.
When looking after your deep cycle battery, it's essential to ensure you use the correct battery charger.
High quality, reliable rechargeable batteries are essential for powering any mobility scooter or electric wheelchair.
Like the longevity of most products, the answer to how long your battery will last depends on a few vital but simple factors.
A deep cycle battery is the power source for your Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair. A correctly maintained Deep Cycle battery is vital to the performance of your Mobility equipment.
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.
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.
When transporting any type of deep cycle battery, there are a few fundamental principles which need to be followed to ensure everyone stays safe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.