Battery Business Blog

 

Fork lift batteries - price versus value

Posted on 27 May 2017 by cliveweatherhead@batterybusiness.com.au

Almost every fork lift battery enquiry is about one thing - PRICE. Read on to find out why VALUE might be a better starting point.

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Fork lift batteries - price versus value
 

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