Learn the uses and unique features of industrial batteries.
Industrial batteries are designed to convert chemical energy into electricity for the purpose of powering a wide range of applications.
Industrial batteries are built to withstand extreme temperatures, strong vibrations, and heavy usage. That is why they are often used to operate forklifts, electric drills, and other industrial devices.
Since they are stronger and more sophisticated than the average battery, industrial batteries are used extensively in automation, construction machinery, robotics, and for monitoring structural stresses on bridges and underwater seismic activity.
Why industrial batteries are better than fuel-based power sources
There are several reasons why industrial batteries are gaining ground on fuel-based sources as a primary power source.
First and foremost, batteries are long lasting and can be charged numerous times to facilitate a rotating stream of constant power.
Unlike in the past when charging took forever, battery charging times have now been significantly reduced. Plus, each charge lasts longer too!
Modern industrial batteries can last for days – ensuring uninterrupted service. If the battery runs out, most people will have a spare that they can easily swap out. Thus, eliminating the need for any alternative fuel sources as backup power.
Industrial batteries are also more powerful than ever. This massive output can now compete with petrol and other fuel sources while being less harmful to the environment.
Industrial batteries vs. consumer batteries: performance
The main difference between industrial batteries and consumer batteries is performance. Industrial batteries last a lot longer than consumer batteries because they are designed to provide uninterrupted power. Whereas the battery of a flashlight needs replacement every couple of years, industrial batteries can last around 20 years with up to 5,000 recharge cycles!
Industrial batteries are not designed for consumer devices and vice versa. This means that there is no reason to use standard consumer batteries in the workplace in the same way that industrial batteries would never be found in the home. Consumer batteries are designed with the end user in mind, so they are simpler and come in fewer variations than their industrial counterparts.
Obviously, the cost of an industrial battery is much higher than a consumer battery because they are built to perform much longer and are designed for constant use in industrial environments. Additionally, industrial batteries require a higher level of maintenance to ensure they keep working efficiently for as long as possible.
Billions of consumer batteries are manufactured yearly, powering gadgets like flashlights, cameras, mobile phones, and small appliances. These batteries can be disposable or rechargeable.
Consumer batteries often come in alkaline and lithium-ion chemistries. Alkaline batteries are designed to power devices that require a constant current flow, such as radios and flashlights. On the other hand, lithium-ion batteries typically power rechargeable devices, including laptops and mobile phones. Alkaline and lithium-ion batteries are cheap and readily available.
Industrial batteries vs. consumer batteries: longevity
Alkaline and lithium-ion batteries do not work well in extreme heat or cold and last only a few months or years. Note that consumer-grade rechargeable batteries are often disposed of within a few years, even if designed to last longer. This is because they are only required to operate for approximately 500 full recharge cycles.
Let us look at the evolution of the smartphone. The big brands often release a new model every few years. When consumers upgrade their devices, they get upgraded batteries as well.
Industrial batteries are designed to last for decades. They are built to withstand harsh weather conditions and perform well in hard-to-reach places like monitoring structural stress on bridges. Other applications of industrial batteries include power cleaning equipment in hospitals and tools in arctic environments that require proper maintenance and high-power charging systems.
Industrial applications like forklifts, EVs, and boats require more rugged batteries. Battery replacement may be difficult or even impossible in some cases.
Finding the ideal power management system for batteries installed in remote areas is crucial, as battery failure could easily turn into a major disaster.
Safety tips when operating industrial batteries
- No smoking, welding, open flame, or sparks near an industrial battery charging station. These present an immense ignition risk that could result in a major explosion.
- Always open the battery cover while charging. This allows the battery to disperse hydrogen gas properly to avoid concentration build-up.
- Keep the vent caps on when charging to prevent water and acid from forming on top of the battery, which could lead to electrical shorts.
- Ensure that the charger is turned off before disconnecting the battery to avoid sparks from live electricity.
- Never pull the leads when disconnecting the battery from the charger. Always hold the plug to prevent damage to the leads.
- Always charge the battery to a full cycle. Disconnecting the battery before the charging cycle is complete can reduce performance and overall battery life.
- Make sure the battery top is always dry and clean. Any hint of moisture could become an electrocution hazard. Clean charging points also ensure that proper connection is maintained during charging.
- Never discharge an industrial battery below 80% of its rated capacity. Doing this will significantly reduce battery life. Excessive discharging may also cause overheating in electrical circuits.
- Always allow the battery to cool down after charging. The battery temperature increases while it is charging, becoming a fire hazard if it overheats.
- Always inspect the battery and its leads and plugs before charging. Damaged components can lead to a faulty charging cycle.
Trust JPAC for your power management needs.
JPAC Batteries specialises in the installation, maintenance, and disposal of industrial stationary batteries. Our team has more than 40 years of hands-on experience in implementing commercial power management projects at various locations around New South Wales. Backed by the latest in battery testing equipment, we offer battery inspections as per AS2676, battery room upgrades and compliance to AS3011, and capacity testing according to AS4029 protocols.
We also provide removal services of existing battery installations as well as commissioning and recycling of old batteries according to ABRI Packing Standards.
Origin Energy and AGL are among our long-term clients. In addition, we have completed major battery installation works for M Power and Battery Energy. We’d be glad to serve you too. Call us today on 0422 629 870 for enquiries. You may also learn about our services here.