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September 19, 2016

Daimler Trucks Taps NorthStar for Pure Lead AGM Batteries

Daimler Trucks North America has chosen the Swedish-American energy storage manufacturer NorthStar Battery Company as the supplier of Ultra High Performance Pure Lead AGM batteries on its next generation Cascadia truck.

June 10, 2016

Purkeys Adds Accessory to Liftgate Double Check

Purkeys has announced that the 20 Amp Applied Load Module comes with the Purkeys' Liftgate Double Check as a free accessory to the testing tool.

May 20, 2016

Purkeys’ Tool Tests Liftgate Charging System

Purkeys has developed a way to test liftgate charging systems called the Liftgate Double Check tool designed to ensure that the system is operating properly.

April 22, 2016

STA-Charge Battery Charger Offers Faster Rate of Charge

The Phillips Industries STA-Charge Battery Charger is a battery charger for 12-volt liftgate/load batteries designed to improve battery efficiency.

February 16, 2016

Solar Charger Keeps Batteries Topped Off

The PulseTech SP-5 OTR Solar Charger maintainer is a solar-powered battery charger designed to keep a vehicle battery charged during periods of non-use.

December 16, 2015

Peterbilt Adds Auto-Start to SmartAir No-Idle System

Peterbilt has added auto-start technology to its SmartAir no-idle system to help keep main and auxiliary batteries charged while running the air conditioning system and using other electronic devices.

September 17, 2015

Kiene Battery Grip Makes Transporting Batteries Easier

Kiene Diesel Accessories has released the K-1320 Battery Grip which is a grip for heavy-duty truck batteries that improves handling.

February 10, 2015

Maxwell Signs Agreement with Purkeys to Distribute ESMs

Maxwell Technologies signed an agreement with Purkeys for distribution of Maxwell’s Engine Start Module product line to the heavy-duty trucking industry.

January 27, 2015

PriorityStart HD Prevents Dead Batteries

The PriorityStart HD is an automatic battery protection system that disconnects a battery at a certain point to prevent a battery from going dead.

December 22, 2014

Recovery Charger Handles 6 Batteries At Once

PulseTech introduced the SC-6, a heavy duty recovery charger that recovers, charges, and desulfates up to six 12-volt lead-acid batteries at a time.

September 30, 2014

Carrier Transicold Solar Panel Keeps TRU Batteries Charged

Carrier Transicold’s new Thin-Film Flexible Solar Panels can be installed on the roof of a trailer or truck to continuously charge transport refrigeration unit batteries.

July 18, 2014

5 Tips to Keep Your Battery Running in the Summer Heat

While warmer temperatures help to increase battery capacity, making it easier to turn over the engine, they also cause an increase in the rate at which the battery deteriorates. When the temperature is warmer, the current conducting grids corrode faster, reducing the life of your battery.

June 17, 2014

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Idle Reduction

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

May 9, 2014

Tending Liftgate Batteries

Bruce Purkey knows where the electrons go. And, as president of Purkey’s Fleet Electric and his many activities in the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations, he’s well aware that some of them flow to batteries that support the electric-over-hydraulic systems for liftgates on trucks and trailers. Usually there are two and as many as four Group 31 batteries, like the ones on a truck or tractor.

April 25, 2014

A Systems Approach to Start/Charge System Maintenance

We have to stop thinking of our start/charge systems as simply a handful of separate components, and start viewing them as a system. From alternators to batteries and starters, cables and regulators, and even add-on components like low-voltage cut-off switches and DC/AV inverters, each can impact the component next to it.

April 14, 2014

Trace Down Circuits Before Replacing Liftgate Parts

Proper methods of testing for voltage drop on the circuits that power trailer liftgates were discussed at TMC’s recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Editor Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

March 9, 2014

Idle Smart's Battery Protect Ensures Engine Starts

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The new Battery Protect system from Idle Smart continuously monitors battery voltage levels, and will automatically start and run a vehicle’s engine to recharge batteries.

March 5, 2014

Maxwell Brings Ultracapacitor Start Module to Medium-duty Market

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- Maxwell Technologies is expanding its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module product line to medium-duty Class 3-6 trucks. The ESM ULTRA 31/900 replaces traditional lead-acid starting batteries, virtually eliminating cranking problems that come from weak or discharged batteries.

September 5, 2013

7 Factors to Consider When Installing an Inverter

Power inverters – the devices that convert standard battery (DC) power to AC household power – are becoming more commonplace in the trucking industry. Depending upon whom you ask, that’s to the delight, or chagrin of fleet and maintenance managers, who often have a love/hate relationship with inverters.

July 21, 2013

Exide Americas President Resigns

R. Paul Hirt Jr. has resigned as executive vice president and president--Exide Americas to accept another opportunity, Exide Technologies announced.



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