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Technical Information Guide

At DC Powerstore, we understand how important it is to find the correct battery for you. There are so many different products out on the market that it can all get rather confusing. 

That is why we’ve provided this informative guide to help you find the right battery to suit your needs. Ensuring that you have everything you need to know to remain confident with your purchase.

Still not sure? Why not send us a message and we will be glad to help you. 

Technologies

Flooded

Flooded lead-acid batteries contain an electrolyte that has free movement inside the battery case. When charged, the battery acid and lead plates react to store electricity.

Lead Acid batteries must be kept upright to prevent leakage out of the caps on top of the battery.

Advantages:

  • Relatively cheap to buy
  • Large current capability.
  • Tolerant of overcharging
  • Wide range of sizes and specifications available

Disadvantages:

  • Fails after a few years of use. Lifespan typically 300 – 500 cycles
  • Not suitable for fast charging
  • Acid needs disposing of with care
  • Lead is not environmentally friendly

AGM

AGM (Absorbant Glass Mat)  is an advanced lead-acid battery that provides superior power to support the higher electrical demands of today’s scooter.

AGM batteries are extremely resistant to vibration, are totally sealed, no-spillable and maintenance-free. 

Advantages:

  • Maintenance free
  • Lighter than the flooded lead-acid
  • Good at low Temperatures
  • Has the ability to deep cycle

Disadvantages:

  • Reduced capacity over time
  • They are sensitive to overcharging.
  • Prone to sulfation if charged incorrectly

Carbon Gel

Gel batteries use silica (or sand) to turn the acid inside the battery into a thick liquid. Because of this Gel’s are also spill-proof.

However the gel can still be fragile, and can easily be burned if used in high amperage situations.

Advantages:

  • Maintenance free
  • Long standby life meaning better cycle performance
  • Good at high temperature areas or confined spacing

Disadvantages:

  • Heat can affect the acid and shrink the Gel away from the plates
  • They are sensitive to overcharging
  • Need a special gel charger

Lithium

Poweroad is a professional, lithium-ion battery based green power solution, first introduced in 2009.

Expertly manufactured, POWEROAD can deliver lithium-ion batteries designed to power a long list of applications, from daily activities to crucial power support/drop-in replacement and custom solutions too.

Advantages:

  • Maintenance free
  • Much lighter than than most batteries of the same AH
  • Low self-discharge rate
  • Fast recharging time than other technologies

Disadvantages:

  • Expensive
  • If dropped to zero charge then it can be difficult to bring back up to full capacity again.