Banner Batteries claims that uptake of the new-to-range additions to its Buffalo Bull commercial vehicle and plant battery product portfolio has already ‘exceeded expectations’. Here’s why.
Designed and developed to meet the demands CV and plant batteries have to contend with, Banner’s latest two products are the Buffalo Bull High-Current battery and the Buffalo Bull EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery).
Available in two standard sizes (B and C boxes) with 190 and 240Ah respectively, the Buffalo Bull EFB is said to deliver a number of beneficial features, including enhanced cyclical resistance. This is derived from an active mass recipe and non-woven covers, as well as robust design and top vibration resistance delivered through special set bonding. In addition, calcium technology ensures minimal water consumption under normal operating conditions, thereby making the battery maintenance-free.
Commenting on the development of EFB technology within the CV and plant sector, Banner Batteries’ UK Country Manager, Lee Quinney, said, “Batteries used in long-distance trucks are subject to special requirements and frequently reach the limits of their design. Today, for example, an electrical system battery in the commercial vehicle sector must fulfil a whole range of requirements. They are often the trucker’s mobile home for up to five days a week, which means batteries must provide the entire energy supply for anything from air conditioning, stationary heating, refrigerators and televisions. Not surprisingly, therefore, top quality batteries are essential for truck applications, and the products in the Buffalo Bull series represent the toughest starter and electrical system batteries around.”
Aware of the scourge of vehicle downtime, and whilst it’s always going to be impossible to protect fully from the probability of mechanical failure in parts, particularly when on the road and moving, there should never be a problem when it comes to powering up a vehicle in the first place. With this in mind, Banner has specifically developed the Buffalo Bull High-Current battery. Available in two standard sizes (A and B boxes) with 1,150 and 1,400A respectively, the Buffalo Bull High- Current specifically targets those vehicles that require reliable increased cold start power currents. For example, municipal vehicles, such as RCVs, road sweepers, vacuum tankers, construction machinery and snow groomers. In almost all cases, vehicles such as these have onboard hydraulic units that create high lag loads that render the battery to deliver an improved starting capability.
Understandably a high-performance starter battery, key features of the Buffalo High-Current include high vibration resistance, and central degassing with integrated backfire protection. For heightened product safety, short circuit protection ESD (electrostatic discharge) plugs are incorporated in the overall design. Electrostatic discharges can cause brief, high electrical currents that can lead to the ignition of flammable materials, however the existence of ESD plugs provides total safety protection.
Lee concluded, “Given that Banner’s Buffalo Bull batteries are the preferred choice of manufacturers such as BOMAG Compactors, Caterpillar, Kässbohrer, Kubota, Leibherr, Mercedes trucks and Rammax, it’s no surprise that the EFB and High-Current batteries are being widely received here in the UK.”