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Understanding the Distinct Types of Battery Sulfation

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When it comes to lead batteries, there is a phenomena known as battery sulfation that can have a substantial impact on both their performance and lifespan. There are two types of sulfation that can occur in your lead battery: reversible sulfation (often dubbed “soft”) and permanent sulfation (also known as “hard”).

Reversible Sulfation: A Glimmer of Hope

Lead sulfate crystals grow on the battery plates as a result of discharge cycles, causing sulfation. If caught early, sulfation can potentially be undone.

Monitoring the discharge curve’s voltage profile can provide useful information.  If a fully charged battery keeps a steady voltage throughout discharge indicates the possibility of reversal. Consider this as a warning sign, giving your lead batteries a chance to recover. On the other hand, the probability of reversal decreases if the voltage rapidly drops under load.

 Anti-sulfation devices, such as Battrecon’s cutting-edge technology, are a game-changing solution. These devices reduce sulfation levels in a healthy battery, giving the battery a chance to regain its vitality.

Permanent Sulfation: The Point of No Return

Permanent sulfation takes root during prolonged periods of low state-of-charge, spanning weeks or even months. As lead sulfate crystals solidify and embed themselves in the battery plates, the chances of restoration diminish significantly.  At this point, it seems unlikely that sulfation can be reversed, and the battery’s performance is irreparably damaged.

Early Intervention Matters

Early detection and prompt action can pave the way for reversal, while an understanding of the irreversible can guide better battery management. Reach out to us at Battrecon, whether your battery is displaying signs of early reversible sulfation or has fallen victim to the grasp of permanent sulfation. Our profound understanding of battery dynamics empowers us to not only identify the type of sulfation at play but also to tailor solutions that best suit the scenario.

Contact us at [email protected], and let’s prevent and reverse sulfation together, one battery at a time.