Battery Check!


Remember the old days? Back when batteries had caps you took off to check their fluid level? They had vent lines, and we worried about hydrogen venting and stuff like that – and really worried about having a battery that wouldn’t spill during aerobatics. Checking battery levels was a maintenance item as common as changing the oil, and more often if the weather was particularly hot or cold. Batteries were finicky, and you paid attention to them. Continue reading "Battery Check!"

Aliant Ultralight Batteries from Essex Parts Services

Essex Parts Services is offering ultralight LiFePO batteries.

Aliant Ultralight starting batteries are based on lithium iron phosphate technology and are suitable for replacing lead acid batteries without requiring any changes to the vehicles electrical system. Each battery has a digital microprocessor embedded that balances cell load allowing you to install it in any standard 12V system without modification as well as use a number of third party chargers without affecting the longevity of the battery life. Aliant batteries are up to 80% lighter than traditional batteries and last up to 7,000 cycles at 70% depth of discharge. Aliant also uses top-of-the-line, UL1642 certified, cylindrical cells that provide you with rapid complete charge time, low self-discharge rate, long life span, and superior chemical and mechanical stability.


For more information:

Essex Parts Services, Inc.
125 Hampton Ct.
Cramerton, NC 28032
Office: 704-824-6030
Fax: 704-478-1030

TCW Technologies Integrated Back-up Battery Now Available

The IBBS from TCW Technologies weighs just 2.5 pounds.

We've tested it at KITPLANES (see Marc Cook's story in the May issue), so we know it works. But now we can say that you, too, can purchase and get immediate delivery on TCW Technologies' Integrated Back-up Battery System (IBBS). For $375 you get a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack, battery charger and automatic back-up power switching hardware that is a simple fix, installation-wise, for either a new or retrofit instrument panel. The integrated system weighs just 2.5 pounds, putting it at less than half the weight of a similar-sized lead-acid battery, and can provide 4 amperes at 12 volts for just under an hour, according to Bob Newman, Jr., co-founder of TCW. Newman has been in on the design of some other TCW safety-oriented products including Safety-Trim, Intelligent Flap-Controller and Intelligent Power Stabilizer. Continue reading "TCW Technologies Integrated Back-up Battery Now Available"