Safe Handling of Batteries - AGM GEL

Safe Handling of Batteries - VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) or SLA (Sealed Lead Acid)

How do I safely handle my AGM battery?

Applies to Valen, Topin, AGM, X-CEL, ENDUROX-CEL Ranges

1 - The AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery has no special ventilation or handling requirements. Because the electrolyte in the battery is immobilized, the batteries are considered ‘dry’ or ‘sealed’ and may be handled and shipped accordingly.

2 - These batteries are of the lead acid technology and the battery is housed in a plastic ABS casing. This arrangement is rugged. However, if the casing is damaged, the contents which include lead and sulphuric acid, will become exposed and pose the typical dangers associate with these materials.

3 - Sulphuric acid can cause burns and serious injury if it comes in contact with your skin or eyes. In the event of contact with Sulphuric acid, flush thoroughly with water and seek medical attention immediately.

4 - Should Acid spill - if safe to do so, first rinse the contaminated area with plenty of clean water. Use ½ kg of baking soda in 4 litres of water to neutralize any possible acid. Kitchen dishwashing liquid in water makes a good neutralising agent. Do not use cleaners or solvents on any part of the battery.

5 - Disconnect all power before attempting to install, remove or perform maintenance work.

6 - Do not tamper with any parts of the battery including cover, vents, terminal covers, etc. Whilst these batteries are referred to as ‘Sealed Lead Acid’, they are not strictly speaking ‘sealed’ as each cell may vent through valves at the top of the battery. These valves are generally not visible as manufacturers conceal them under a plastic cover plate. Therefore the technically correct name for this battery technology is ‘Valve Regulated Lead Acid’

7 - Keep batteries clean and dry: a layer of moisture across the battery may cause accelerated discharge and result in over-discharge of the battery leading to premature malfunction.

8 - Do not allow excessive dust to accumulate on the battery or cabling.

9 - Keep battery connectors clean, greased and tight. A loose connection can reduce battery standby time and cause battery fires.

10 - Do not handle batteries that have been dropped or where the container has been ruptured except while wearing the correct PPE equipment including rubber gloves, face masks etc.

11 - Do not try to disassemble a battery.

12 - Never charge or use batteries in an airtight space or container. These batteries are also known as VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) as a small amount of gas is released through the battery valve. This gas consists of mostly hydrogen gas and can explode if ignited in a confined area or space.

13 - Keep sparks, flame, or any other ignition source (including smoking materials) away from batteries.

14 - Keep all metallic objects away from the battery terminals; even the smaller batteries are able to deliver large amounts of energy on a dead short. Creating a short will deliver huge amounts of energy resulting in injury or fire

15 - Never lift more weight than stated by Workplace Health and Safety regulations and company policies. Ensure correct lifting procedures and methods are used. Contact Regal Electro for appropriate lifting solutions if required.

For more information refer to the relevant I&O Manual.

How do I safely handle my Gel battery?

Applies to Valen Gel and ENDUROGEL Ranges

1 - The Gel battery has no special ventilation or handling requirements. Because the electrolyte in the battery is immobilized, the batteries are considered ‘dry’ or ‘sealed’ and may be handled and shipped accordingly.

2 - These batteries are of the lead acid technology and the battery is housed in a plastic ABS casing. This arrangement is rugged. However, if the casing is damaged, the contents which include lead and sulphuric acid, will become exposed and pose the typical dangers associate with these materials.

3 - Sulphuric acid can cause burns and serious injury if it comes in contact with your skin or eyes. In the event of contact with Sulphuric acid, flush thoroughly with water and seek medical attention immediately.

4 - Should Acid spill - if safe to do so, first rinse the contaminated area with plenty of clean water. Use ½ kg of baking soda in 4 litres of water to neutralize any possible acid. Kitchen dishwashing liquid in water makes a good neutralising agent. Do not use cleaners or solvents on any part of the battery.

5 - Disconnect all power before attempting to install, remove or perform maintenance work.

6 - Do not tamper with any parts of the battery including cover, vents, terminal covers, etc. Whilst these batteries are referred to as ‘Sealed Lead Acid’, they are not strictly speaking ‘sealed’ as each cell may vent through valves at the top of the battery. These valves are generally not visible as manufacturers conceal them under a plastic cover plate. Therefore the technically correct name for this battery technology is ‘Valve Regulated Lead Acid’

7 - Keep batteries clean and dry: a layer of moisture across the battery may cause accelerated discharge and result in over-discharge of the battery leading to premature malfunction.

8 - Do not allow excessive dust to accumulate on the battery or cabling.

9 - Keep battery connectors clean, greased and tight. A loose connection can reduce battery standby time and cause battery fires.

10 - Do not handle batteries that have been dropped or where the container has been ruptured except while wearing the correct PPE equipment including rubber gloves, face masks etc.

11 - Do not try to disassemble a battery.

12 - Never charge or use batteries in an airtight space or container. These batteries are also known as VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) as a small amount of gas is released through the battery valve. This gas consists of mostly hydrogen gas and can explode if ignited in a confined area or space.

13 - Keep sparks, flame, or any other ignition source (including smoking materials) away from batteries.

14 - Keep all metallic objects away from the battery terminals; even the smaller batteries are able to deliver large amounts of energy on a dead short. Creating a short will deliver huge amounts of energy resulting in injury or fire

15 - Never lift more weight than stated by Workplace Health and Safety regulations and company policies. Ensure correct lifting procedures and methods are used. Contact Regal Electro for appropriate lifting solutions if required.

For more information refer to the relevant I&O Manual.

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  • AGM Battery Manufacturer
    AGM Battery Manufacturer February 23, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    This is just a great example using in this post and very much informative. These gel dry batteries life are far better then other common batteries. Thanks for sharing this valuable info.

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