Battery Maintenance and Pulse Technology Conditioning with Solar can Double your Battery Life.
Batteries keep us rolling and give us conveniences in our trucks and horse trailers. But if you don’t maintain them, you’ll be stranded and surprised. I run a lot of toys from my eight 12 volt outlets in my truck from my cooler to my motion detector in the trailer. Diesel trucks use two 12 volt batteries for extra power to start a diesel engine. This also gives you reserve power going down the road. Living Quarter horse trailers usually have two deep cell batteries that can be drawn down and last a long time. With 4 batteries between your truck and trailer, proper maintenance is as important as checking our trucks oil level. There’s new technology that can do most of the work for you. Battery Pulse Technology Conditioning with Solar Doubles Battery Life.
Sulfation builds up on battery plates naturally when chemicals in the battery acid discharge to the point where they crystallize and coat the lead plates. The more the plates are coated, the less charging they hold. High-frequency pulse technology works to actually reduce the buildup of sulfation on the battery plates. SolarPulse Industrial Solar Charging System is a product that reenergizes the sulfates, removes them from the lead plates back into the acid where they have a purpose in cycling. Sulfation of the lead plates is the largest cause of battery deterioration.
5 Watt SolarPulse Battery Charger Price: $189.95 click to order
SolarPulse emits a DC current into the battery. The microprocessor (black box above) charges the battery with one circuit and conditions the battery with another circuit low-voltage high-frequency pulse, continuously desulfating your batteries. SolarPulse keeps your batteries charged and conditions them for longer life. 5-times longer according to SolarPulse from Premium Supply. And all with free power from it’s solar panel.
For my horse trailer I was trying to decide between solar and wind. Wind generation puts out more power but is noisy, more expensive and has to be set up each time to use. The 5-Watt SolarPulse I installed has a compact solar panel 8.8″ X 8.7″ which is flat on a piece of aluminum instead of framed like other panels I use. With eyelets on each corner, was easy to mount anywhere. Comes with 17 ft of cable, the microprocessor box is weatherproof and has a LED that flashes for low charge in cloudy weather and solid light for full charge.
Best of both worlds, charging and conditioning batteries for longer battery life. Trickle charging is better for batteries than a high charge you might do to prepare your trailer to use after it has set all winter.
SolarPulse solar panels, instead of glass, are protected with a clear polyurethane plastic coating. This I need, my trailer seams to run into tree branches and hail storms. Commercial grade single-crystalline silicon solar cells from SolarPulse is as good as it gets. Charging and conditioning batteries is ideal for LQ horse trailers and can come in handy with hydraulic dumper trailers, car trailers with winches and vehicles that sit for months at at time. Good enough for the military. SolarPulse works with all battery types, wet cell, gel cell, AGM and dual battery setup like a LQ horse trailer uses.
If your trailer has electric over hydraulic brakes, it has an actuator electric motor that supplies the brake boost. This system needs a battery. If your trailer is a Living Quarters, then the LQ batteries are shared with the electric/hydraulic brake actuator. This makes batteries even more important to be putting out at their max voltage to give you the best brake power from your trailer.
|I used a piece of 1/4 inch scrap aluminum to attach the solar panel to my hay rack||Commercial grade crystalline silicon photo-voltaic cell encapsulated in polyurethane||Mounted the solar panel on the side of my hay rack for less wind resistance|
5 Watt SolarPulse Battery Charger
Works with Every Type of 12v Lead Acid Battery!!!
- Commercial-grade “monocrystalline” cells are 30% smaller per watt and twice as efficient as typical panels
- Restores and maintains the normal loss of battery power on seldom used vehicles and equipment
- Patented pulse technology continuously desulfates batteries as it charges
Most Effective 5-Watt Solar Charging System Available – Anywhere!
The 5-Watt SolarPulse charger combines our ReNew-IT Pulse Technology® with an exceptional charging system. ReNew-It Technology safely prevents the main cause of battery problems and failure: sulfation buildup on lead-acid battery plates. Used extensively by the consumers and the U.S. Military worldwide for over ten years, this technology has been scientifically proven by two major universities to make batteries work harder and last longer than you ever thought possible.
- Ideal for virtually any kind of vehicle and equipment in areas without access to electrical power, including motor carriers, rail cars, sailboats, recreational vehicles, gensets and much more.
- Unique industrial-strength 5-watt panel is almost HALF THE SIZE of other 5-watt solar chargers yet provides full 5-watt power
- Smaller panel provides more installation options
- Works with every type of lead-acid battery (flooded, AGM and gel cell)
- Cleans battery plates of large damaging lead-sulfates so batteries can accept, store and release MAXIMUM power when you need it
- Helps offset energy-robbing key-off parasitic loads)
- Ideal for virtually any kind of vehicle and equipment in areas without access to electrical power
- Low-profile industrial-strength solar panel mounts flat (no frame required) so it’s virtually indestructible
- Prevents the normal loss of battery power on vehicles stored outside no matter how long they sit unused – even months at a time
- Helps extend battery life up to 3X longer
- Five-year limited warranty. There are two other SolarPulse models available: 2 Watt (735X602) and a 6-Watt ERV unit (735X613). The 6-watt model is ideal for emergency rescue and law enforcement vehicles because it has a unique rectangular solar panel designed to easily mount on any light bar
- Pulse Frequency 22-28 KHz
- Max Charging DC Voltage 16.5V, 350 mA
- Reverse Polarity Protected Yes
- Circuit Box Dimensions 3.25″ X 2.25″ X 1.5″
- Solar Panel Dimensions 8.875″ X 8.75″ X .125″
- Box to Lugs Wire Length 3 feet
- Box to Panel Wire Length 17 feet
- Termination .375″ Lugs
- Weight 1.65 lb
Pictures ( diesels have two truck batteries)
In the last couple of decades, battery manufactures came out with “maintenance free” batteries that supposedly don’t need water added. Well maybe not as often, but they still need water added from time to time; it’s just harder to take the cell caps off. The truck battery pictured above is “maintenance free” but you still have to stick a straight edge screw drive in the slot and pop the hidden caps off to check the water level. Lead-acid batteries normally use up some of the water in their dilute sulfuric acid electrolyte during a normal charge-discharge cycle. If your battery stays charged, it won’t use much water, but if you over charge or run the battery down often, you will want to check the water level.
Only the “gel” batteries like Optima don’t need water added. Back in my farm days, I would replace two batteries on my diesel tractors with one Optima gel battery. Gel batteries don’t corrode their terminals, which is a big benefit on a diesel truck and a Living Quarters horse trailer with all the accessory electric leads anchored to the battery terminals. Most LQ horse trailers are wired to trickle charge from the truck going down the road. Solar panels are becoming popular for keeping Living Quarter trailer batteries charged.
Picture (left and right batteries on my trailer. Some batteries are in a box and others are exposed to road grime. Lots of wires for trailer hydraulic jack, AC inverter, internal lights) Deep cell batteries have thicker lead plates for greater long-term energy delivery, and can survive a number of discharge cycles.
The Lead Acid battery is made up of plates, lead, and lead oxide with a 35% sulfuric acid and 65% water solution. This solution is called electrolyte, which causes a chemical reaction that produce electricity. When you test a battery with a hydrometer, you are measuring the amount of sulfuric acid in the electrolyte. Before you add any water, suck enough electrolyte out of one cell into the hydrometer to float the bulb. Squirt the liquid back and repeat with the next cell. All six cells should have readings within 0.050, or you’ve got a bad cell. These readings very with temperature. Most modern batteries have a built in hydrometer eye, that’s green when charged.
Had this discussion with my teenage daughter about keeping her car battery cleaned. She explained to me that all she had to do was clean the top of the battery terminals. Two weeks later, her car wouldn’t start. The basics with batteries are keeping the water level at the fill line. Distilled water is the ideal water to add to your battery, tap water usually has minerals which can corrode the battery lead plates. Don’t over fill the batteries with water as it is acid that’s inside the battery and you don’t need that running over and on your trucks metal parts.
Pour warm water on your battery posts to start the cleaning. Good ole baking soda mixed with water is the best thing to use to getting rid of corrosion. Use a wrench to take the battery cable terminal clamp off the battery post. Negative side first, it is electricity, be safe and unhook the ground first. Mix baking soda and water in a used soup can, dipping the batter cable terminal in the soup can, will take the green stuff off. Pour what’s left of the baking soda in the can on the battery posts. Use a battery cleaning tool (pictures below) to scrub the posts and inside the terminals. After you re-clamp the terminals to the battery posts, hose the battery off with water and apply grease to the terminals or a battery terminal sealant. There is a cleaning brush for GM side terminals. In an emergency, you can use a bottle of Coke or Pepsi to eat some of the corrosion off the battery terminals.Keep your batteries clean and serviced, and you’ll forget what booster cables are for.