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Monday, 25 October 2021 16:30

What is the difference between MPPT & PWM?

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MPPT stands for Maximum Power Point Tracking. It observes and regulates the energy going from the solar panel to the batteries. Solar panels have a variable output depending on the light available. The devices can match the panel’s voltage with the battery voltage to maximise charge efficiency.
PWM stands for Pulse Width Modulation. The devices can be explained as an electrical switch between batteries. It can be quickly switched on and off. Which allows the desired voltage to be obtained to charge the batteries.
So what is the difference?
MPPT charge control devices are more efficient. The current is drawn out of the panel at the panel.
Where as a PWM device, the current is drawn out of the panel at just above the battery voltage. This is not to say that PWM devices do not have place in a system set up.
Choosing the right solar controller/regulator.
PWM devices are a good low cost option for small systems where the efficiency of the system is not critical such as trickle charging. Also it’s good for panels with a maximum power voltage of up to 18V for charging a 12v battery.
MPPT controllers are best for larger systems where additional energy harvesting is worth while and the solar array voltage is substantially higher than the battery voltage. An example of this is using house solar panels to charge 12v batteries.
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 02:09

Bike Batteries

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Bike batteries don't last as long as car batteries. If your battery is more than 2 years old, it might pay to have it tested before you head out on that weekend ride or commute to work. We do FREE battery testing in store. Come and see us or call 07 3736 0297 #shoplocal #afterpay #motobatt @amaron.aus.nz @superchargebatteries.au
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 02:08

Off Grid Power

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Thinking of going off grid?? Have a shed that needs power?? With our Solar Kits we can design a system that best suits your power needs and budget. Give us a call 07 3736 0297 or call in and see us 1/280 Brisbane St, West Ipswich. #shoplocal #solarpower
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 02:05

Mobility Batteries & Chargers

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Stay active and on the go with a quality, dependable mobility battery. Selecting the right battery is critical and you or your loved one will get more mobility and mileage out of the right Gel or AGM battery. We also stock the correct battery mainteance chargers for your mobility batteries. Gives us a call 07 3736 0297 or pop in and see us Shop 1 280 Brisbane St, West Ipswich.
Thursday, 07 October 2021 12:23

Glamping or Camping

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Heading off into the great unknown??? Are your batteries up to the task??? Come and see us for testing and advice or call 07 3736 0297
Monday, 04 October 2021 05:12

Golf Cart Batteries

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Is your Golf cart struggling to get you to the 19th hole??? We supply major brands such as Trojan, Century & Maxon. We can also supply chargers, cables and solar charging solutions. Give us a call 07 3736 0297 or pop in and see us 1/280 Brisbane Street West Ipswich.
Tuesday, 01 June 2021 09:11

FIVE SIGNS THAT YOUR CAR BATTERY IS FAILING

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FIVE SIGNS THAT YOUR CAR BATTERY IS FAILING
 
The battery is an essential part of the car’s electrical system. Its main role is to start the engine and supply power to various accessories and components. It is pretty important that a car’s battery be in good working order – nobody wants to be stuck on the side of the road, not be able get to work, all because of a dead battery.
Here are 5 warning signs that your battery is starting to fail
 
1. Trouble starting the car
The battery’s principal function is to jolt the starter motor into life (this motor, in turn, works to get the engine fired up). A battery in good condition can do this task quickly and without much fuss. Turning the key should start the engine almost instantly, a clear warning sign that the battery is on the way out is when the engine cranks slowly and the process takes longer to complete. You may not even get any cranking at all and instead hear a clicking sound. If that is the case, then the battery is all but dead and you’ll need a jump start or a new one.
 
2. Power loss
The battery supplies power to a car’s electrical components and accessories when the engine is not running, and a failing battery won’t be able to supply that energy. So, if the headlights are dimmer than usual, the infotainment system won’t work, the power seats won’t move at the push of the button, the battery could be the culprit.
 
3. Battery corrosion
Power from the battery flows through leads connected to its terminals. These contact points can be damaged over time with corrosive material building up around them. This corrosion affects the performance of the battery by interrupting the transmission of electrical current to the car’s electrical system. It is an indication that the battery is in poor condition and may need replacing. If you’re checking the terminals, you may as well take a few extra seconds to examine the body of the battery too. If the case is swollen or cracked, then a new battery is a must.
 
4. Age
A battery should last from five to seven years. It’s possible that they will last longer, but if you’ve had the car five years or more without changing the battery it might be time to think of doing so, or at least get it examined by a professional.
 
5. Battery warning light
One of the many dashboard warning lights that briefly illuminates when a car starts is one shaped like a battery. It makes sense then, that should this light up at any other time, a new battery is in order. This is not necessarily so. This warning light is actually a sign that there is an issue with the system that is charging the battery. While the battery may indeed have a problem, it is just as likely that the trouble lies with another component such as the alternator (which charges the battery and supplies power to the car’s electrical system when the engine is running), or even the drive belt (which powers the alternator). Either way, the battery warning light does mean that a trip to a mechanic or auto electrician is required.
The car battery, while a relatively inexpensive component, is a part of a vehicle’s extensive electrical system and is critical to performance and safety. While a failing battery will often be the reason cars struggle to start, do not start at all, or suffer a loss of power, it is important to recognise that other components in that electrical system – and ones that are considerably more expensive to repair – could be at fault. Diagnosis and repair of any problems should be dealt with quickly.
 
Come in store and take advantage of our free battery and alternator health check. Call us 07 3736 0297
Wednesday, 26 May 2021 02:53

What is a battery?

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There are many types, styles, brands, sizes and chemistries, however they all have one thing in common.
“A battery is a device that is able to store electrical energy in the form of chemical energy, and convert that energy into electricity.”
Let’s start by taking a look at why you should care.
Batteries are used in almost everything, from small batteries in your watch, clock or hearing aid, backup batteries in your alarm or NBN, remotes for your tv, Foxtel, aircon, garage door, key fob for your car. They power your cordless phone, mobile, laptop, tablet & mp3 player. Larger batteries that are in your truck, boat, car, bike, mobility scooter, camper trailer or motorhome.
There are many batteries you don't even see that help you get through your day.
I guess what I'm saying is that batteries are used in almost every aspect of your life and the range of batteries is an even longer list.
This is why it is important to know what batteries you need and how long you can expect them to last.
For advice on what battery is suited to your needs. Give us a call 07 3736 0297.
 
Thursday, 20 May 2021 17:44

When you need a reliable battery.... Featured

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Knowing you have the most reliable heavy duty battery under your bonnet gives you the confidence that goes with your driving experience. Battery Central Ipswich carry the largest range at best prices of Amaron Batteries in Brisbane.
When you need a reliable battery for your 4WD, Truck, Stop Start or passenger car battery that "Last Long Really Long" you can't go past Amaron.
Made to handle Australian conditions. Give us a call 07 3736 0297.
We have free in store battery fitting & testing service or if you are unable to get to us we can come to you with our roadside service in and around Ipswich.

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