There was a time, early on, when automobiles were relatively simple.
An engine, transmission and frame, some seats, doors, a roof and four tires. And a radio, of course. You couldn’t cruise without a radio.
But that accessory made car owners think: What else could I put in here? What other customization could take place?
Then came subwoofers. Car phones. In-dash navigation systems. Headrest video players. DVD systems. All sorts of device chargers. And an exceptional drain on ordinary car batteries.
An onslaught of electronics has led, in part, to the development of Johnson Controls’ Optima® series of batteries
—batteries that employ superior SpiralCell Technology.
The Heart of a New BatterySpiralCell batteries provide more plate surface than ordinary batteries
because a plate coils around itself in a cylindrical fashion. That means more chemicals come in contact with the surface, providing quicker recharges and more power transfer.
Johnson Controls’ Optima batteries also provide tighter plate spacing, resulting in lower internal resistance. And lower internal resistance means more power packed into a smaller form factor.
Additionally, all the spiral plates are locked in place, which means the battery is more resistant to vibration.
This makes it perfect for motion-intensive applications. Plus, the reduced vibration minimizes the loss of active coating on the plates, resulting in a battery with less power loss
and a significantly higher life span.
Finally, some alloys and additives used in batteries are prone to electron transfer, which decreases their effectiveness and results in the battery discharging itself more rapidly. By comparison, SpiralCell batteries use a high-purity lead, which minimizes self-discharging.
Besides the Optima starter battery, Johnson Controls also offers a line of Optima deep cycle batteries
with SpiralCell Technology.
A deep cycle battery is typically used in applications where there is a discharge of 60 to 70 percent of the battery’s capacity during application. It’s this deep, repetitive amperage drain
that gives the battery type its name—“deep cycle.” And it’s significantly different from a car starter battery, which only experiences a 1 to 3 percent discharge.
Deep cycle applications include trolling marine motors, golf carts, electric wheelchairs and RV or house power supplies. Police cars, ambulances and fire trucks are also likely candidates for an Optima deep cycle battery.