New Hawker XFC 2V batteries deliver power on demand
12 December 2012
The new range of Hawker XFC batteries with 2V cells from EnerSys provides materials handling equipment manufacturers and operators with greater flexibility to specify plugand- play power sources that can be charged fo
The batteries combine advanced performance and high efficiency with low overall cost of ownership and are suitable for a range of materials handling applications including counterbalance trucks, reach trucks, pallet trucks, order pickers and AGVs.
Minimum gassing ensures they can be used in retail areas, public spaces and sensitive manufacturing locations. The battery is totally maintenance free and no water topping-up is necessary.
The Hawker XFC range radically changes discharge/recharge operating procedures compared with conventional lead-acid batteries. The batteries can be used when in a partial state of charge and deliver superior and stable performance even at high discharge rates. The charging profile of the XFC technology allows a rapid recharge in less than four hours from 60 per cent depth of discharge and opportunity charging as often as needed without damaging the batteries. This means that XFC batteries can be specified for poweron- demand applications where charging can be done whenever the operator requires, whatever time is available. In this way they enable complete flexibility in the deployment and utilisation of handling equipment to support multishift operations. By comparison, conventional batteries only provide optimum performance when discharged to a specific level before being fully recharged for 8- 12 hours which means extra batteries are required to support continuous operations or else equipment is unavailable.
The introduction of the batteries with 2V cells builds on the success of the original Hawker XFC range with 12V blocs introduced by EnerSys in 2007.