The warranty covers that a battery will be replaced free of charge within that period if the battery has a "dead cell " or a short circuit inside.
The following warranties are applicable:
All maintenance free
+ Definitions of Battery Types
There is often confusion when battery definitions are used to explain various as-pects of the lead acid battery eg. sealed, maintenance free and other descriptive terms. The explanation of terms below is based on defi nitions contained in the IEC (60095-1 :2006) specification for lead acid starter batteries and is meant to provide clarity in terms of the various terms used to describe batteries.
Definition for vented (flooded) battery
This is the most common of automotive battery types. This type of battery has a cover with one or more openings through which gas generated by the battery may escape. A battery may also be fi tted with tamper-proof plugs to prevent internal access to the battery but will still have an arrangement to allow gas generated by the battery to escape. The battery has “free” electrolyte which means that the acid moves freely within the battery.
Valve regulated (with gas recombination) battery
A secondary battery that is closed under normal conditions and has an arrangement that allows the escape of gas if the internal pressure exceeds a predetermined value.
The valve regulated battery is often called a sealed battery because no addition of electrolyte or water is possible. However, the battery will have a pressure release vent to allow for the escape of gas generated by the battery.
Low water loss
Vented starter batteries may be designated as “low water loss” according to the IEC specifi cation if the water loss of the battery is less than 4 grams per amp hour.
Very low water loss
Vented starter batteries may be designated as “very low water loss” according to the IEC specifi cation if the water loss of the battery is less than one gram per amp hour.
Some specifi cations use the term “maintenance free” to describe a battery that has a water loss below a certain level. The IEC specification does not use this term, but rather uses the terms low and very low water loss.
+ Battery Removal & Installation
The following procedures can be used for the removal and fitment of an automotive battery:
Battery Service and Maintenance:
VERY IMPORTANT STEP
+ Battery Care & Maintenance
For a battery to remain in good working order, it should be maintained in a fully charged state by the vehicle’s charging system. Where a battery is used as a means of alternative power, it is generally charged by means of an independent charger or rectifier which supplies controlled direct current (DC).
An independent charger is also used to charge motor vehicle batteries that have become discharged due to faulty alternators, charging systems or if left unused for prolonged periods.
If the following hints are adhered to, a battery will provide extended and trouble free service.
NB: Practise stock rotation and use a first-in, first-out system at all times.
+ Willard Recycling Process
The life cycle of a lead-acid battery follows a continuous, closed loop. When a scrap battery is collected and returned to Powertech Batteries, its lead and plastic are reclaimed and directed to new battery manufacturing.
The recycling of lead-acid batteries is a multi part process, the basics of which run as follows:
+ Safety Tips
Sulphuric Acid (H2SO4)
Safety Tips Sulphuric Acid
Electrical energy can be supplied from batteries and charging equipment.
*Burns may occur from the heating effect of tools and conductive objects in contact with live battery terminals or conductors. In addition, sparks and molten metal may be ejected and combustible materials, notably the gaseous fumes, ignited to cause potentially lethal explosions.
*It is possible to receive a severe electric shock from charging equipment and from a number of batteries connected in series i.e. fi ve or more 12 volt batteries (+60 volt nominal)
Emergency Procedure for Treating Electric Shocks
Emission of Gasses
+ What measures should i take when my battery is not in use?
There are 2 ways of preserving the life of your battery when it is not in use for a period of 4 weeks or longer:
1. Put the battery on a battery charger once a month to keep it fully charged.
2. Drive the vehicle once a week for at least 20kms in order for the alternator to keep it fully charged.
Many people believe that the battery wont go flat when it is not connected to the vehicle, this is NOT true. Any battery goes flat, either connected or disconnected, the only difference is that it will take a bit longer to go flat if it is not connected.
+ What is the advantages of a sealed ( maintenance free ) battery?
Most South African manufactured automotive batteries are Calcium Lead Acid batteries, which means that no battery water needs to be added to the battery ever. This gives the customer the convenience of not doing "top ups" regularly. It also helps that there is no spillage and acid stains on the mechanical parts of the vehicle because of over filling. The battery stays neat and tidy.
+ What is the average life span of a battery?
You look at about 4-5 years of service, provided there is no electrical faults on the vehicle or the vehicle is parked for too long. Life span of a battery also depends on where the battery is located in the vehicle. For example, batteries that are fitted in the boot lasts average 6-7 years, the reason for this being that the temperature in the boot is constantly the same. There is no heat affecting the battery coming from the engine.
Temperature change is a BIG factor that influence the life span of a battery.
+ Why do my battery run flat so quick and/or pack up over a short period?
Electrical problems like the starter, alternator, wiring, radio, alarm, immobiliser and tracking devices.
+ What happens to my old battery when i trade it in?
The battery is recycled, the lead and polypropylene is being used to manufacture new batteries.
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