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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 an industrial 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?

     

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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 will overcome all of these obstacles, making Lithium technology a highly suitable choice.

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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 and 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 charging, plus other challenges such as solar drought, play a large part in limiting battery service life. However, when the correct battery technology is used, emergency maintenance and downtimes can be dramatically reduced.

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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 battery. If your battery is not fully charged, it cannot operate at its peak performance.

     

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    Battery Design Life vs Actual Life Expectancy

    Every type of industrial 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. As batteries age, it is also imperative that correct maintenance and testing is being carried out so that there is peace of mind should an emergency occur.

     

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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 battery.

    So how do you determine what battery charger you need?

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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 this blog post, the experts at Valen will clarify the differences between these ratings and explain the significance of CCA in fire system applications.

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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 well as the advantages of certain battery types.

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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 industrial 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 of the communication equipment.

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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 revolutionary battery technology, promising low maintenance and superior performance. But not all lithium batteries are the same. 

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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 for the routine servicing of fire protection systems.

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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 applications. When the sun comes out, the batteries will begin to charge. When the sun goes down at night or there's heavy cloud cover, the battery starts to discharge to supply the load. Therefore, the battery is cycling each and every day.

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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 Deep Cycle 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 table guide reference, click on the link to view our Battery Tester Comparison Chart!

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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 look at some of these reasons and ways you can prevent your VRLA batteries from failing prematurely.

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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 when it comes to industrial batteries.

    Lithium Iron Phosphate formulations have 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 batteries.  

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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 housed in a plastic ABS casing and this arrangement is considered to be rugged. However, general safety measures should always be applied when handling any industrial battery.

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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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