14 September 2006 — SmartSpark Energy Systems, Inc. is expanding its BattEQ™ product line with the introduction of two additional models. The new models (LA-250-12V-4 and LA-50-12V-4) are designed for golf cart and scooter applications, but will work with any system that uses four 12V batteries in a string at up to 250 or 50 A-Hr, respectively.
"We believe BattEQ has tremendous potential in several applications and want to develop the product line to address the needs in those markets," said SmartSpark CEO Rick Krein. "The new models bring us into 5 markets and allow us to continue exploring additional needs."
SmartSpark released the first three models of its BattEQ line of charge equalizers earlier this year. They were received with great enthusiasm by several industry experts and many inquiries were made for additional models. The strong interest in the new product resulted from it being designed to increase the life of battery strings by as much as 5 times. That translates into reduced maintenance and hassle and increased savings for both the manufacturer/distributor and end customer.
Technically speaking, BattEQ is a non-dissipative circuit that precisely balances charge in strings of rechargeable batteries while avoiding traditional wasteful overcharge equalization. Charge equalization is an essential element of effective battery management. BattEQ provides a precise, modular, low-cost solution that applies to all major battery chemistries.
The initial models improve battery performance in applications with two 12V batteries or four 6V batteries. Model LA-50-12V-2 is perfect for wheelchairs, electric lawnmowers, and other applications with two 12V batteries. Model LA-250-6V-4 is designed for strings of four 6V batteries found in applications such as golf carts, pallet jacks, and floor scrubbers. Also designed for strings of four 6V batteries, model LA-500-6V-4 is ideal for UPS and solar applications where higher A-hr ratings are needed.
BattEQ can provide end users and suppliers with more convenience and savings, reduced maintenance, and increased longevity. SmartSpark is continuing to develop models for other applications based on demand, and welcomes input.
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