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Batteries Plus Has the Best SLA Solutions for Your Industrial Needs

For Professionals - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 5/24/2022

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Summer is an ideal time to focus on your facility's battery and lighting needs. For many companies and schools, that means checking to make sure that your SLA batteries are still performing properly and swapping out any dead batteries for the busy year ahead. SLA batteries power a wide range of industrial applications, making them a standard power source in most schools, municipalities and fire & security companies. In light of recent supply chain challenges, now's the time to plan ahead by stocking up on the batteries you'll need for the coming year. If you're looking to make the most of your energy dollars, Batteries Plus can help by recommending the best SLA options for your business' specific needs.

What are SLA Batteries Used for?

Here are some of the common industrial applications that run on SLA batteries.

  • Exit & emergency lighting
  • Security panels
  • UPS battery backups
  • Data centers
  • Industrial scrubbers

Are All SLA Batteries the Same?

What you may not know is that there are actually several different types of SLA batteries, each with its own unique set of strengths. For instance, while a standard SLA battery may be adequate for fire and security systems, your data center will likely require a high rate discharge SLA battery with thinner plates. Likewise, other applications like industrial scrubbers and wheelchairs run best on deep cycle batteries.

If you have limited maintenance resources, you may not have the time to research the full range of battery options available to you. Fortunately, you don't have to. By partnering with Batteries Plus, you'll have access to your own dedicated advisor who can help you save time by recommending the best possible battery for each and every job.

How Do You Maintain an SLA Battery?

If you're looking to make the most of your energy dollars, regularly charging your batteries is key. The first step is to ensure that you're using the proper battery charger. If you're not using the right charger, you can end up either under- or overcharging your battery, which will shorten its lifespan significantly. Ask yourself these questions when selecting an SLA charger:

  • What voltage do you need? - Different batteries have different voltages and it's important to find a charger that matches the voltage of the battery you'll be using it on.
  • How many batteries do you need to charge? - Some chargers allow you to charge multiple batteries simultaneously. If you plan on doing this, pay attention to the number of batteries your charger can charge at specific voltages.
  • What is my battery's chemistry? - When selecting a charger, it's essential that the model you select is compatible with the chemistry of your battery. Many chargers have settings for a variety of different chemistries.
  • Does the charger have a float setting? - Both under- and overcharging will hurt your battery. In order to avoid this, you have two options. You can either monitor the charging process or pick up an automatic charger with a float setting. Automatic chargers will shut off automatically once your battery reaches its ideal state of charge.

Shop SLA Batteries at Batteries Plus

Shop our selection of SLA batteries for any application, or visit our SLA Buying Guide for answers to some of the most commonly asked SLA questions. While you're there, consider signing up for a free business account  . Once you do, you'll become eligible for a number of time and money-saving perks, including discount volume pricing, customizable delivery options and access to our industry experts who can help you save money by upgrading your facility's lighting and recommending more efficient battery products.

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