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Mounting Flexible Solar Panels

Posted on 22 Nov 2016 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

There's more than enough content for a good book on the topic of solar panel mounting, and more opinions on the subject than there are fish in the sea (approximately), so the following is more of a selection of ideas and points to consider than a final and expert opinion. None of it constitutes a recommendation so, at best, take it as a summary of what I have seen working, and a few pointers on what might cause a problem.

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Mounting Flexible Solar Panels
 

The battery that didn’t bark

Posted on 10 May 2016 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

Batteries explode sometimes, and some types of batteries explode more often than others. As the title of this blog alludes - sometimes the cause takes a bit of detective work...

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The battery that didn’t bark
 

Start-Stop Batteries

Posted on 03 Mar 2016 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

Batteries for cars fitted with start-stop systems need to be different. Here we try to de-mistify the differences, and the reasons behind them

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Mobility Scooter and Golf Cart Batteries

Posted on 13 Oct 2015 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

If I was a battery, the job I'd dread, most, would be shoving a trolley, loaded with golf clubs, in a zig-zag pattern around a wet golf course or, perhaps worse, driving a fully-loaded mobility scooter up and down hills, over rough surfaces, for mile after mile. 

A pair of batteries in a mobility scooter has to carry a load of, say, 200kg or so (including rider) for 20km or so between charges. Have a think about how much effort you'd put into pushing a wheelbarrow, containing 100 house bricks, for 20km, and that should put it in perspective. It's nothing short of a miracle that the batteries can do it at all!

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Mobility Scooter and Golf Cart Batteries
 

Lithium jump starter packs

Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

The potential market for lithium jump packs is huge, and overseas manufacturers have been quick to develop some very price-competitive solutions...

...BUT there is more to this than meets the eye, and caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) is highly appropriate here. Read on...

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Lithium jump starter packs
 

Trailer brakes, breakaway systems and battery indicators

Posted on 04 Mar 2015 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

Each state in Australia has rules relating to the use of breakaway systems - emergency brakes - on trailers. The NSW regulations are, perhaps, the strictest, so we'll focus on those here.

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Trailer brakes, breakaway systems and battery indicators
 

Black wire corrosion

Posted on 17 Feb 2015 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

Deterioration of the black (negative) wire in a DC system leads to resistance and some interesting findings!

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Black wire corrosion
 

Getting to grips with battery C ratings

Posted on 09 Jan 2015 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

The C rating for a battery is an indication of the available capacity in a battery based on normal and typical use, before the votlage goes below a usable level.

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Getting to grips with battery C ratings
 

Dual Battery Installations

Posted on 09 Dec 2014 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

In this blog we will try to cover some of the key issues with dual battery installations, the choices you can make, the relative merits of each choice, and things to look out for. If you'd like us to answer a question on the blog, please write to enquiry@battery business.com.au and we'll do our best to help.If you'd like to discuss your requirements, call us on 1300 7 666 99. We'll be happy to help. We fit dual battery systems every day of the week, very carefully, and we don't cut corners on the bits that you don't see. We also provide tea and biscuits to our customers if they want to hang around and chat. 

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Dual Battery Installations