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  • How to Maintain a Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) Battery System

    Lead-acid batteries have supplied power since the 1850s, and sealed lead acid battery systems provide power for lighting installations, wheelchairs, boats, lawn mowers, portable tools, golf carts, ATVs, scooters and motorcycles. When not in use, you should store SLA batteries with full charges in cool environments to prevent them from losing their charges. Unlike non-SLA batteries, sealed batteries require little maintenance, refilling or other kinds of maintenance, but many people extend the life-cycle of these power cells by taking certain precautions. Continue reading

  • Winter On the Way - Are Your Batteries Ready?

    Batteryman Jet Ski vs Snowmobile

    Batteryman comments: "Summer or winter, batteries that are not being used should be protected."

    Winter is almost here.  The seasonal change from green grass and short-shorts to Jack Frost, scarves, and gloves can bring about many adjustments to daily life.  Out with the roller blades and in with the ice skates.  Flip the switch from leaf blower to snow blower.  It’s time to pack up motorcycles, jet skis, speed boats, etc. and rip the cover off that snowmobile.  Nobody, though, could possibly enjoy getting the entire family bundled up in winter gear for an afternoon of kicking up fresh fallen powder, just to find a dead battery that could take an hour to get charged.  In this transitional time of the year, it is important to consider how to properly maintain the battery in a power sports vehicle during extended periods without use.  First, what causes a battery to lose its charge when not being used?  Then, what can be done to stop it? Continue reading

  • What Exactly is an AGM Battery?

    Solar panels are a large investment. In order to have a properly working and efficient system, the system needs to have a good battery bank. A good battery bank will keep the system regulated, a constant power supply to the house, and be low maintenance. The initial investment for absorbent glass material (AGM) batteries is well worth the long term required maintenance costs. AGM batteries are a specific type of valve regulated lead-acid batteries (VRLA)

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