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SLA Battery Types

There are four main types of sealed lead acid batteries. Each battery type has been specifically designed to best perform under certain conditions. The harder a battery has to work, the sooner it will fail. Therefore, the type of SLA battery you should use should be based on your application.

General Purpose SLA AGM Batteries

General Purpose SLA AGM Batteries are the most commonly used, and can go into the widest variety of applications. These batteries work well for cycling (discharging and recharging) and back-up applications. However, if the battery is cycled frequently or used in certain back-up applications, an alternative battery type may be better. Your local Batteries Plus Bulbs can help to identify the best battery for your needs.

Common applications where General Purpose SLA batteries can be used are: Emergency Lighting, Security Systems, Back-Ups, Electronic Testing Equipment, Consumer Electronics and Sump Pumps.

Deep Cycle SLA AGM Batteries

Deep Cycle SLA AGM Batteries offer exceptional performance for demanding everyday use applications. These batteries are designed to provide a constant flow of power for a longer period of time, and can be recharged hundreds of times.

Deep Cycle batteries offer greater cycle life than general purpose batteries. These are best used in demanding applications where the battery will be frequently cycled (discharged and recharged). These batteries should never be used for High Rate/UPS applications as the interior construction is not designed for the type of power needed. Your local Batteries Plus Bulbs can help to identify the best battery for your needs.

Common Applications where Deep Cycle SLA batteries can be used are: Wheelchairs & Scooters, Floor Scrubbers, Lawn & Garden Equipment, Marine & RV House Power, Trolling Motors and Golf Carts.

Gel SLA Batteries

Deep Cycle Gel SLA Batteries are designed for heavy daily use where very deep discharges occur on a regular basis. These are perfect for customers who are constantly using their batteries or would like their batteries to last for an extended period of time.

Gel batteries provide the greatest number of cycles compared to general purpose and even deep cycle batteries. These batteries should never be used for High Rate/UPS Back-up applications as the interior construction is not designed for the type of power needed. Your local Batteries Plus Bulbs can help to identify the best battery for your needs.

Important

Gel batteries require a different charging voltage than other SLA batteries. It is critical to use a charger that is designed to charge Gel batteries.

Common Applications where Gel batteries can be used are: Power Wheelchairs & Scooters, Wind Generation, Water Pumping, Remote Monitoring, Floor Scrubbers and Marine & RV House Power.

High Rate, UPS SLA AGM Batteries

High Rate/UPS SLA AGM Batteries are much different than General Purpose, Deep Cycle or Gel batteries. These batteries are designed for emergency back-up applications to provide a much faster power delivery.

High Rate batteries have a longer life, require minimal maintenance and typically have longer warranties than other SLA battery types. High Rate/UPS batteries should never be used in an application where the battery is the primary source of power being used every day, and therefore should never be used in place of deep cycle or gel SLA batteries.

It's also important to note that there are High Rate batteries specifically designed for use in UPS applications and in Telecom applications. High Rate batteries for these applications are not interchangeable. Your local Batteries Plus Bulbs can help to identify the best battery for your needs.

Common Applications where High Rate batteries can be used are: Data Centers, 911 Centers, Medical Equipment, Telecom, Cable TV and Internet Housing Sites.

Contact us or visit your nearest store to learn more about sealed lead acid batteries.