If you are looking for an industrial or commercial battery of high calibre, choose the Powerblock Series Batteries.
Industrial applications require heavy-duty products to ensure workplace safety. And when it comes to energy storage, the Powerblock series is an extremely reliable battery solution for industrial and commercial applications.
Powerblock offers a wide range of industrial batteries that are:
- Completely sealed to eliminate the need for watering and maintenance
- Valve-regulated with Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) technology
- Safe for air and road transport
- Tested to AS1603 fire standards
- 100% leakproof and spill-proof
What is an industrial battery?
Powerblock industrial batteries are designed for heavy-duty applications, making them more resistant to extreme temperatures, shocks, and vibrations. As a result, they are ideal for operating electric drills, forklifts, structural stress monitors, underwater seismic devices, and other heavy machinery.
Since industrial batteries are built for performance, they last much longer than typical home and commercial batteries. Industrial batteries can last around 20 years or up to 5,000 recharge cycles.
What to look for when buying an industrial battery
The best industrial battery for your facility is one that meets the specifications of your equipment.
Here are four things to look for when purchasing an industrial battery.
1. Storage Capacity and Power Rating
When comparing different types of industrial batteries, two values are most important.
- Storage capacity measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh)
- Power rating measured in kilowatts (kW)
2. Battery Type
There are two types of industrial batteries: lithium-ion and lead-acid.
Lead-acid batteries are built with older technology, so they are cheaper and more readily available. However, they do have a shorter service life. A lead-acid battery will last around two years if they are charged and discharged daily.
Lead-acid batteries also require frequent maintenance and replacement.
Lithium-ion batteries are more modern. They last longer and require less maintenance. Some models even last more than 10 years even with daily charging and discharging.
Lead-acid batteries are better suited for off-grid installations or emergency power systems that do not require frequent charge cycles. But if you need high performance, lithium-ion batteries are the best option.
3. Battery Safety
Safety is paramount, no matter what type of energy storage you are purchasing. Always look for industrial batteries that have been tested for electrical safety by a third-party lab.
Lithium-ion batteries should meet Australian Standard 62619:2017.
Batteries do not last forever. You will have to eventually replace them when they reach the end of their lifecycle.
Look for industrial batteries with good warranty coverage.
Safety precautions for industrial batteries
Whether you are installing lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries, safety should be a priority.
Here are ten safety precautions to take when working with industrial batteries.
1. Remove fire hazards.
Smoking, open flame, and welding are all fire hazards. Remove any item that could spark an explosion near an industrial battery.
2. Ensure adequate ventilation.
Charge the battery in an area with adequate ventilation to let hydrogen emissions out. Gas build-up can become an ignition risk.
3. Do not remove the vent cap when charging.
Vent caps are designed to allow gas to escape during charging. If you remove these caps, acid and water will pool on top of the battery and cause an electrical short.
4. Turn off the charger before disconnecting the battery.
Turn off all chargers before disconnecting the battery to prevent any live electricity from causing a spark.
5. Hold the plug when disconnecting the battery.
Do not pull the leads when unplugging the battery, as this could damage them.
6. Complete the charging cycle, always.
Disconnecting the battery before it is fully charged can damage battery performance and shorten battery life.
7. Keep the battery clean and dry at all times.
If you charge a wet battery, it could become an electrocution hazard. Voltage tracking will also lead to over-discharging. Ensure that your battery is always clean and dry to maintain proper connection when charging.
8. Do not discharge below 80% of the rated capacity.
Discharging the battery below 80% can significantly reduce its lifecycle. However, over-discharging can also cause electrical issues such as overheating circuits and blowing fuses. In some cases, the charger might not even recognise the battery and fail to recharge.
9. Let the battery cool down after charging.
The battery’s internal temperature will rise while charging, so give it enough time to cool down. This cooling period also prevents overheating and extends the lifespan of the battery.
10. Conduct regular inspections.
Before each charging session, check the battery and its leads and plugs for damage. Report any faults you may find immediately to ensure that a proper charge is completed.
Trust JPAC for your industrial battery needs.
JPAC Batteries has been installing industrial batteries in data centres, telecom facilities, power stations, airports, hospitals, gas turbines, paper mills, and coal loaders.
Our experienced technicians are equipped with industrial-grade battery load-testing equipment for wet cell batteries to ensure operational safety.
Whatever your power needs are, JPAC can provide your business with comprehensive installation, testing, and maintenance services. In addition, if your current battery is not operating at optimal capacity, we can replace and dispose them properly.