New Product Spotlight

June 1, 2001
Batteries and battery chargers.


The MCBA Series of computer-controlled battery analyzers provide accurate data on the usable health of industrial batteries. It lets you validate battery warranties and identify faulty cells for replacement. It can test a variety of batteries, including 2.00 VDC nominal cell up to 36 cells and the 6.00 and 12.00 VDC batteries. Analysis software provides data that can be viewed, printed or downloaded to a spreadsheet. BatteryTest Inc.


Batteries with tubular plates have been used throughout Europe and are now available in the U.S. Tubular technology enables batteries to deliver a large amount of consistent, reliable power, because they contain more stored energy. These batteries can be used with every popular electric lift truck model in Class I, Class II and Class III systems. GNB Industrial Power, a division of Exide Technologies


Dominator gel industrial batteries provide reliable, maintenance-free power to medium- and light-duty trucks. With proper care and charging, the completely sealed batteries deliver 75 amps per positive plate. The Gel-Mate model provides the charger inside the battery. The batteries use an oxygen recombination technique to recombine water normally lost into the atmosphere by conventional wet batteries. East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc.


PosiCharge MVS will charge from four to 10 trucks at once, depending on battery size and state of charge. For operations that use 1.5 or more batteries a day, it gets vehicles up and operational in 20 to 60 minutes. It works on 24-, 36-, 48-, 72-, 80-, and 96-V battery packs and has a peak power rating of 60 kW. Charging algorithms allocate power to batteries based on their size and state of charge, directing the most current first to the battery with the lowest state of charge while also delivering energy to other batteries. The system will equalize up to 10 vehicles simultaneously. AeroVironment Inc.


The Charge Network System lets you monitor and control charging of up to 1,000 chargers from one PC. You can access data on next available battery, equipment use, on charge time history, temperature history, which truck used a battery and when, and more. The system enables accurate troubleshooting, precise maintenance schedules, and no guesswork when it comes to battery rotation. EnerSys Inc.