A flooded lead acid battery (FLA) is a type of rechargeable battery in which the electrolyte (an acidic solution) is held in liquid form within the battery casing. This type of battery has been commonly used in a variety of applications, including automotive, industrial, and marine applications. The flooded lead acid battery typically provides a higher level of performance and a longer life than other types of batteries, such as AGM or Gel cell.
Flooded Lead Acid Battery Applications:
1. Automotive applications, such as starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) batteries for cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles.
2. Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) for computers, telecom systems, and other mission-critical applications.
3. Marine applications, such as trolling motors and deep cycle batteries for boats.
4. Renewable energy applications, such as solar and wind systems.
5. Electric forklifts and other industrial mobility applications.
6. Electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
7. Emergency lighting systems.
8. Telecom and data center applications.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Flooded Lead Acid Batteries:
Flooded Lead Acid (FLA) batteries are the most common type of battery used in consumer applications. The main advantage of a FLA battery is its relatively low cost compared to other types of batteries. They are also very reliable and can last for many years with proper maintenance. The downside is that they require regular maintenance, including adding distilled water, checking the electrolyte level, and charging the battery periodically. They are also quite heavy, making them difficult to transport. Additionally, they are prone to sulfation, which can reduce the overall life of the battery.
Flooded Lead Acid Batteries for Motive Power Applications:
Flooded Lead Acid (FLA) batteries are an economical and reliable choice of motive power applications. They are commonly used in electric vehicles, forklifts, and golf carts due to their robust and powerful performance. FLA batteries are the most common type of batteries used in motive power applications due to their low cost and good performance. They are versatile and can deliver both high and low currents, making them a great choice for applications that require a lot of power. FLA batteries require regular maintenance and need to be checked and filled with electrolyte solution regularly. FLA batteries are not suitable for high temperature applications and are best suited for applications with low temperature requirements.
Flooded Lead Acid Batteries for Critical Power Applications:
Flooded lead acid batteries are a popular choice for backup power applications due to their relatively low cost, long lifespan, and ability to deliver high surge currents. They are typically used in applications such as UPS systems, emergency lighting, and telecom systems. Flooded lead acid batteries are composed of two lead plates in an electrolyte of sulfuric acid. This acid provides the necessary electrolyte to allow the battery to store and discharge energy. The lead plates are designed to absorb the electric charge and store it until it is needed. Flooded lead acid batteries have a relatively slow charge/discharge cycle and require maintenance such as periodic refilling of the electrolyte and checking of the specific gravity. Despite their maintenance requirements, flooded lead acid batteries are an economical and reliable choice for many backup power applications.
Alpine's Flooded Lead Acid Battery Offerings:
Alpine is a leading solution provider of flooded lead acid batteries for critical power, telecom and motive power applications. We provide product and service solutions nationwide. Our FLA battery services include installation, maintenance, monitoring, recycling and more.