Monday, July 28, 2014

Longer Battery Life

                                    In aircraft that sit for more than one week at a time, the battery will tend to self-discharge due to inactivity .
                                   Just like the muscles in your body – if you do not use them, you lose them. Concorde highly recommends that the battery be maintained with a charger that is voltage regulated with temperature compensation, like the BatteryMINDER. Or, if the aircraft is parked outside, with a solar charger. For maximum life and performance, these maintainers should be on 24/7, keeping the battery in a ready state of charge.
                                  Sometimes, but not every time, modern avionics are hot wired directly to the battery, bypassing the Battery Master Switch. This may cause a very small parasitic load. In time, though, this condition takes a toll on small aircraft batteries causing them to discharge faster than they would by simply self-discharging due to temperature. Lead Acid Batteries self-discharge at a much higher rate at warm temperatures than in freezing temperatures.
                                               Terminal Corrosion
              Battery cables and their ring terminals are copper, and all Concorde Batteries have copper terminals that do not corrode. Copper alloy terminals and hardware come with the battery and provide low resistance connections.
                                            FAA Approved Installation
           FAA Aircraft Circular AC 23-27 allows to install a Concorde Battery into unpressurized Cessna aircraft with just a logbook entry. Concorde Battery Corporation has obtained FAA Parts Manufacturing Approval for every Cessna battery part number.
                                           RG® VRLA-AGM Batteries
              Recombinant Gas (RG®) Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) Batteries or Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Batteries have almost replaced the flooded, or vented, dry charged batteries that need to be activated, charged and tested before being placed in service.
              RG® Batteries have plates wrapped in electrolyte-absorbed AGM and packed closely together, with less space between the plates. The reduced electrolyte weight has been replaced with more lead plates per cell, which means more active material and lower internal resistance for greater cranking power, along with more power for essential or emergency requirements.
              Erroneously, some pilots believe that higher capacity batteries may be detrimental to the aircraft systems. The opposite is true. With a higher capacity battery the starter, starter contacts, and all associated electrical equipment and avionics are taxed less because the systems voltage remains higher and the amperage draw is lower. Therefore, the highest capacity battery available for your aircraft is the safest and provides the longest life.

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