Equipment & Maintenance

Dean Smallwood

Equipment Spotlight: For today’s tech-heavy trucks, AGM batteries may be best

| April 14, 2014

Exide Technologies, www.exide.com

Interstate Batteries MT7 AGM

Interstate MT7 AGM: Interstate’s MT7 AGM battery is designed to accommodate the cycling demands of additional devices such as cellphones, backup sensors and GPS navigators. The battery, available in group sizes 34, 65 and 78, features the company’s Pure Matrix Power, a 99.99 percent pure nonalloy lead in ultra-thin plates. The unit also is leakproof, vibration-resistant, maintenance-free and installable at any angle except upside-down.

Interstate Batteries, www.interstatebatteries.com

Maxwell Technologies ultra-capacitor

Maxwell ultracapacitor: Maxwell’s ultracapacitor is designed to replace one or two truck batteries and help start a truck. The dry maintenance-free unit is built to protect against no-starts by storing electricity on metal plates rather than through a chemical process, making it less sensitive to temperatures ranging from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to below 0. The unit offers less resistance to current flow, enabling it to crank the engine faster by storing enough energy for three potent 4-second cranking cycles.

Maxwell Technologies, www.maxwell.com

Odyssey Performance Series 31-800

Odyssey Performance Series 31-800: The Odyssey Performance Series 31-800 battery from EnerSys is built to handle the increase in onboard accessories in today’s heavy-duty vehicles. The unit is engineered to provide 802 cold-cranking amps and a deep-cycle capability of up to 400 cycles at 80 percent depth of discharge. The nonspillable battery is designed to resist vibration and has a two-year storage life at 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Odyssey Performance Series Batteries, www.odysseybattery.com

Trojan Battery TransPower ST1000 AGM

Trojan TransPower ST1000 AGM: Trojan’s TransPower ST1000 heavy-duty starting battery is designed to provide 1,000 cold-cranking amps. The sealed maintenance-free AGM 31 battery has an advanced paste formulation to optimize density, porosity and surface area, and a heavy-duty plate design and thick wire grid design to resist corrosion and extreme weather conditions. The unit’s polypropylene case keeps its internal components compressed and helps protect against shock, vibration and chemicals.

Trojan Battery, www.trojanbattery.com

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  • krisalexroberts

    Hi this is a great post; we do not see many articles about the development of the commercial truck battery market but things are certainly heading in the right direction of development. thanks eric roberts http://www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

  • godfearingrebel

    Thanks for an essay with good usable info. Has anyone heard of lith-ion batteries for big trucks? Seams like i heard about them a while back but cant remember where. They are suposed to be about 1/4 the weight of regular batteries for the same power.