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Deep-Cycle Lead-Acid Batteries Have Many Uses

Even in today’s high-tech world, lead-acid batteries serve a variety of invaluable functions. Deep-cycle batteries play an especially important role in powering electric vehicles, industrial equipment and off-grid alternative energy systems.

Deep-Cycle Lead-Acid Batteries Have Many Uses
Although they are cost-effective, a battery of this type can be an expensive investment. And unfortunately, not all sealed, lead-acid batteries are created equally. To ensure you’re purchasing a high-quality product, it helps to know what to look for.

What Are Deep-Cycle Batteries?

Deep-cycle batteries are a form of sealed lead-acid (SLA) battery, also known as valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA). This type of battery is leak-proof and maintenance-free. It can be used in any position.

When an SLA battery is used regularly, it is in what we refer to as cyclic use. Batteries are rated based on how many charge-and-discharge cycles they will complete in their lifetimes.

These batteries are specifically designed to be used regularly and discharged deeply — up to about 75 to 80 percent of capacity. As opposed to batteries used for jobs like starting your car, a deep-cycle battery dispenses long, steady streams of current.

Applications for Deep-Cycle SLA Batteries

Although this type of battery is used in many marine and recreational applications, it is most frequently seen in more practical roles. An SLA battery may be used to power electric vehicles, including wheelchairs. They are also used in industrial floor sweepers and forklifts.

The SLA battery is ideal for emergency applications, including backup power for critical medical equipment such as ventilators and infant warmers. They are also commonly used in traffic signals, sump pumps, sensitive computer equipment and security systems.

One of the most popular uses for lead-acid batteries today is to provide backup power storage for photovoltaic solar energy systems. Deep-cycle batteries are used in both off-grid and on-grid solar installations, where they provide an exceptional level of capacity.

Selecting the Correct Lead-Acid Batteries for Your Needs

When shopping for a deeply-cycling SLA battery, look for one that uses absorbent glass mat (AGM) technology. This ensures a more dependable level of performance. For true deep-cycle performance, look for oversized negative plates, as thicker plates equate to longer life.

The most effective way to ensure you are selecting the right battery for your needs is to purchase from a trusted and established electronics distributor. Kimball Electronics is the premier distributor of electronic components in the Intermountain West. In addition to our online electronics store, we have stores in Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City, Utah, for your convenience.

Kimball Electronics Inc. offers a wide variety of battery options to meet all of your needs. Our experienced staff is available to answer all your questions and assist you in making your selection. Contact us today for more information about our large selection of sealed lead-acid batteries.