Installation

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  • Can we install a battery in a sealed enclosure?
    Batteries must never be charged or discharged in a sealed environment. Batteries generate a mixture of gasses internally. Given the right set of circumstances, such as extreme overcharging or shorting of the battery, these gasses might vent into the enclosure and create the potential for an explosion when ignited by a spark. Generally, ventilation inherent in most enclosures is sufficient to avoid problems.
  • We have just purchased some of your batteries from a supplier and they are not performing as well as the older Power-Sonic batteries that they replaced. Any ideas why?
    The most likely reason is that they have not come up to full capacity yet. A brand new battery will have a capacity (AH) 5-10% lower than the rated capacity. The full amp hour will be reached when the battery has been cycled 10 -30 times.
  • Can your batteries be laid on their side?
    Our batteries can be operated in virtually any orientation without loss of capacity or electrolyte leakage. However, upside down operation is not recommended. Before undertaking installation please ensure that you are familiar with our Technical Manual, particularly with the Important To Dos and the do nots detailed on pages 20 and 21.

    To access our Technical Manual please go to the Literature - SLA Batteries section of our website.
  • Can I bend the terminals of the battery in the opposite direction?
    The terminals of any sealed lead acid battery should not be bent. They are bonded in place with epoxy and bending the terminals may crack the epoxy and allow electrolyte to leak out and air to take its place. This will shorten the life of the battery, may cause damage due to the electrolyte spillage and will void the warranty.
  • How do I connect your batteries in parallel? (Increases capacity)

    When charging batteries in parallel (positive terminals are connected to the positive terminal and negative terminals to the negative), all batteries in the string will receive the same charge voltage but the charge current each battery receives will vary until equalization is reached.

    Further information can be obtained by going to the Literature section of this website  - Sealed Lead Acid Batteries and scrolling down the list.

  • I want to use your batteries in series, what are the considerations?
    In connecting batteries in series (increases voltage) the positive terminal of the first battery is connected to the negative terminal of the second battery and so on down the string. The interconnecting cables must be of equal length and resistance to insure equalization of the load. All batteries in the string will receive the same amount of charge current, though individual battery voltages may vary. High voltage strings of batteries in series should be limited to twenty 6 volt or ten 12 volt batteries when a single constant voltage charger is connected across the entire string. Differences in capacity can cause some batteries to overcharge while others remain undercharged thus causing premature aging of batteries. It is, therefore, not advisable to mix batteries of different capacities, make, or age in a series string.
  • What are the recommended torque settings for your nut and bolt terminals?
    These settings are published in the Terminals section of our website. Go to Products - SLA Terminals. It is good practice to ensure that the connections are re-torqued periodically.
  • What is the AH supposed to be right out of the box?
    A brand new battery will have a capacity (AH) 5-10% lower than the rated capacity. The full amp hour will be reached when the battery has been cycled 10 -30 times.
  • As you do not make 24 volt batteries can we use 12 volt instead. If so, how do we hook them up?
    Yes you can use two 12 volt batteries by connecting them in series. Positive is connected to negative and negative is connected to positive. It is important that you access our Technical Manual page 17 for further information. To access our Technical Manual please go to the Literature - SLA Batteries section of this website