Canadian based battery manufacturer Discover Battery has introduced what it calls the Dry Cell Resilience range of AGM batteries for the powered access industry.
Using data logging information from a wide range of typical applications, the company says it discovered the three most common causes of battery failure in the aerial lift industry were continuous operation at partial state of charge, high current deep discharge and high operating temperatures.
Its latest range of maintenance free AGM batteries - available in a range of sizes to suit most platform types - features hydro polymer technology which the company claims provides ‘exceptional resilience’ to battery dry-out. It also features increased electrolyte saturation levels, an absorbent separator and improved battery charge acceptance, with the batteries said to deliver 15 percent more capacity and more consistent runtimes, even when they are nearing their end of life or subjected to sub-optimal working and charging conditions.
Vice president of product and business development, Jimmy Au, said: “Most battery manufacturers test or validate products in a controlled lab environment or under 'ideal conditions'. The actual use and treatment of batteries within the access industry couldn’t be more different. Used on large or remote sites, sometimes with limited access to power, batteries end up half run, used intermittently and topped up with a mixture of chargers etc... Our latest Dry Cell Resilience range looks to provide both users and equipment owners with a more robust battery, designed to withstand and protect against common battery challenges that are all too often encountered by the access industry.”
The company also claims that as well as offering significant benefits and improved safety over traditional flooded lead acid batteries, they deliver higher operating voltages, longer runtime and the ability to withstand deep discharges compared with standard AGM maintenance free batteries.