Dec 07

PAC Helps Batteries Charge Through the Cold

Purkeys’ Pack Accelerated Charger (PAC™) can help fleets keep batteries at a good state of charge during cold winter months. A fully-charged battery will perform well in cold weather. Fleets will start to see problems when their batteries become severely discharged. It is well known that cold weather makes it harder to crank a motor....

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Nov 16

Purkeys’ 6-Station Battery Charger

Fleets have trouble keeping batteries fully charged in cold weather. Batteries produce energy through a chemical reaction. As temperatures drop, so does the rate of reaction. This contributes to batteries producing less energy. If batteries don’t produce enough energy to meet the cranking requirements, fleets will have trouble starting their vehicles. This leaves fleets with...

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Oct 18

Reduce No-Start Situations this Winter

It is harder to start vehicles in the cold, because the energy requirements to crank an engine increase, while the battery’s ability to produce energy decreases. As temperatures drop, vehicle energy requirements go up, mainly because of engine oil viscosity. Viscosity refers to the thickness or consistency of a fluid. Lower temperatures make the oil...

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Oct 14

COLD WEATHER MAKES CHARGING LIFTGATE BATTERIES A CHALLENGE

Cold temperatures cause all sorts of problems for the trucking industry. Fuel starts to gel and wax, fuel filters clog, and seemingly every electrical problem is amplified. Liftgate batteries are no exception. Why are cold temps a problem for electrical systems? The colder it is outside, the more voltage is needed to charge liftgate batteries....

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Jul 20

HOW CCA AND RC RELATE TO EACH OTHER

The specifications of a battery are one of the first things to consider when choosing a battery for a heavy-duty vehicle. Since every fleet deals with different cycling scenarios, it is important to understand how a battery is rated and what that means. Purkeys’ Sales and Service Engineers Rylar Masco and Charley Gipe explain how a...

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Jul 01

THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE ON ELECTRIC APU BATTERIES

    Anti-idling regulations and higher fuel costs have led to increased demand on heavy-duty vehicle batteries. Electric Auxiliary Power Units allow drivers to operate truck accessories without draining the batteries required for starting. These battery packs are very convenient for over the road drivers, but proper maintenance is required to conserve battery life. Purkeys...

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Jun 17

AGM VS. FLOODED CELL BATTERIES

Choosing the right battery for a fleet’s specific needs is the second step in extending battery life. It may seem simple, but having the best battery to fit the exact needs of a fleet can make a huge difference. In the heavy-duty, commercial trucking industry, there are two main types of batteries to choose from:...

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Jun 17

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT APU BATTERY

Anti-idling regulations have led to increased demand on the batteries’ ability to provide power for accessory equipment on a truck. Auxiliary Power Units (APU) allow drivers to operate hotel loads while the truck isn’t running. These are very convenient but it is important to choose the correct batteries for the application for fleets to get...

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May 27

3 WAYS TO GET THE MOST FROM A BATTERY

  Every year, heavy-duty commercial trucking fleets lose time and money because of battery issues. The good news is there are things that can be done to resolve these issues and keep trucks on the road. The Right Application Purkeys’ Sales and Service Engineer Charley Gipe said the best way to extend battery life is...

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May 13

ORGANIZE YOUR RECHARGE AREA

  Battery manufacturers will honor warranties on failed batteries. Discharged batteries are not necessarily failed batteries, however, it’s critical that batteries be at a good state of charge before testing. Having a well-organized recharge area allows technicians to recharge batteries quickly. It can also reduce confusion by keeping warranty batteries separate from core batteries. Sales...

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