THE 5 FAQ
AND THE ANSWERS
In order to achieve full performance and service life, the battery must be fully charged prior to installation (1. + 2.).
1. Bike Bull
Preparation. The degassing vent is closed and must be opened before putting into operation. Remove the protective cap, or cut off the degassing hose at the end.
Filling. Remove all battery stoppers. Only use special acid (density 1.28 kg/l), which is supplied with the battery in a special plastic container. Fill to the maximum mark and then allow the battery to rest for 30 minutes.
Warning! The acid container with any residual acid should be brought to a hazardous waste collection point. Acid residues may not enter the sewerage system. Empty acid containers should be disposed of as domestic plastic waste.
Commissioning. In order to reach full performance, once the battery has been filled with acid it must be fully charged prior to installation. In accordance with the instructions for use of the charger and the battery, charging can take place for approx. 5-10 hours at a maximum of one-tenth of battery capacity (Ah).
Battery capacity can be ascertained by means of the DIN number on the individual box. Numbers 2 and 3, e.g. 509 14 have 9 Ah capacity and therefore require charging current of approx. 0.9 A. After charging, the acid level should be checked and if necessary topped up with demineralised water. The battery can then be closed with the stoppers.
Maintenance. Never allow the acid to fall below the minimum level. Only use demineralised water (desalinated or distilled water according to VDE 0510).
Please note! The Bike Bull cannot be installed in a lateral position!
2. Bike Bull AGM
Preparation. Remove the battery seal shortly before filling. A slight hissing sound can be heard.
Filling. Only use special acid (density 1.32 kg/l), which is supplied with the battery in a special plastic container. Then allow the battery to rest for 30 minutes. After filling, the battery is closed with the stopper strip and may not be reopened, as this would destroy the battery! Warning! The acid container with any residual acid should be brought to a hazardous waste collection point. Acid residues may not enter the sewerage system. Empty acid containers should be disposed of as domestic plastic waste.
Commissioning. In order to reach full performance, once the battery has been filled with acid it must be fully charged prior to installation. In accordance with the instructions for use of the charger and the battery, charging can take place for approx. 5-10 hours at a maximum of one-tenth of battery capacity (Ah). Battery capacity can be ascertained by means of the DIN number on the individual box. Numbers 2 and 3, e.g. 518 21 have 18 Ah capacity and therefore require charging current of approx. 1.8 A.
Please note! The Bike Bull AGM cannot be installed in a lateral position!
3. Bike Bull GEL, AGM PROfessional
Putting into operation. The battery is fully charged and ready for install.
Please note: The Bike Bull GEL / Bike Bull AGM PROfessional can be installed in a lateral position!
Use of a voltage controlled Banner Accucharger 6/12V 2A or 12V 3A is recommended.
Warning! Never install a maintenance-free battery (AGM, GEL, AGM PROfessional) in a motorcycle without a regulator, as the maximum voltage may not exceed 14.8 V.
Finding the right battery for use in a motor caravan is not that simple. The text below is intended to provide some explanations regarding the Energy Bull and shed some light on alternative possibilities.
Pay close attention to the appropriate dimensions of the feed cable (in order to minimise voltage loss).
The charging voltage for Energy Bull batteries should amount to 14.2 – 14.4V. In order to achieve suitable battery life, the charging current should not amount to more than five times the rated current* (see subsequent calculation).
All in all, the Energy Bull is a good cyclical battery, which forgives a great deal (as opposed to gel or AGM batteries). The “disadvantage” of Energy Bull batteries as compared to AGM or gel batteries relates to maintenance. For when an Energy Bull battery is employed, it is imperative that the electrolyte level is checked regularly. During intensive use (camping operation) this should take place on a monthly basis, otherwise quarterly and half-yearly inspections are sufficient.
Gel and AGM batteries are maintenance-free.
A reasonable price, insensitivity to high temperatures and higher charging voltages are all positive factors in favour of the Energy Bull.
In the case of solar cells make certain that you have a “good“ regulator. Ideally, this should have pulse-width modulation (PWM), temperature compensation and freely selectable parameters (charging voltage...).
Inverters require a sizeable amount of discharge current from the battery.
In principle, Energy Bull and gel batteries are unsuitable for high current discharges (>40 times the rated current* for >1min).
Should you require increased amounts of discharge current, we recommend the use of an AGM battery (Running Bull).
*--> Calculation of the rated current follows!
It is preferable that the batteries are only operated with low discharge depths.
A lead-acid battery can withstand a certain degree of capacity conversion (= number of conversions of the rated capacity).
The flatter the cycle, the higher the number of possible repeats.
As far as cyclical capability is concerned, if handled with care the gel battery offers roughly twice the service life of an Energy Bull.
Should the battery be installed inside the vehicle, it must be fitted with a degassing hose with an external outlet. When selecting a battery please choose a type that has a central degassing connection.
--> This allows the gases created during charging (hydrogen and oxygen) to be conducted out of the vehicle.
In a normal operational condition, AGM and gel batteries do not generate any gas (exception: a charger or battery defect). However, for safety reasons a degassing hose must be employed.
Energy Bull batteries generate gases during standard operation and therefore it is essential that a degassing hose is used.
*Rated current calculation
Example: 100Ah (K20) Energy Bull 95751
Rated current (In) = 100 Ah: 20 h = 5A
Maximum charging current = 5 x In = 25A
The "EN types" Power Bull (total height 175 or 190mm) and Running Bull AGM and EFB have their central degassing vent on either the left-hand side (- terminal) or on the right-hand side (+ terminal). The other side is sealed with a removable plug.
If, as in your case, the degassing vent is on the unsuitable side, the plug can be removed. Warning! The plug must then be inserted into the degassing vent on the other side.
Please use a wooden screw with a 5mm diameter for removal of the plug. Insert the screw manually into the small hole in the plug, turn and then pull out both the screw and the plug. There is no need to worry, as the plug cannot be screwed into the battery.
The "EN types" Starting Bull (total height 175 or 190mm) have their central degassing vent on either the left-hand side (- terminal) or on the right-hand side (+ terminal). Please note: there is no change possible, if the degassing vent is on the unsuitable side!
The degassing elbow including the hose (part number: 10300017000) is available at every Banner sales partner.
The Retailer finder shows the nearest Banner sales partner.
Insert the degassing hose by using the elbow at the central degassing opening at the side of the battery cover.
No additional work is necessary.
What happens when a battery without a BEM (Battery Energy Management) code is installed in a vehicle? Banner has had to consider this question in the case of Audi.
BEM = Battery Energy Management. In view of the increasing use of electrical power in modern vehicles, the battery constitutes a vital component. Therefore, in order to guarantee its long service life in spite of higher loads, vehicles such as the Audi A6 employ intelligent energy management.
Function. The massive rise in on-board power requirements in the latest car generation places fresh demands on
batteries, especially in connection with micro-hybrid applications involving stop-start technology and brake energy recuperation. The BEM incorporates ongoing parameters such as the charging status and the age of the battery. This data is then reported to the vehicle computer, which decides upon the energy balance in the vehicle and if required, limits the use of comfort consumers such as seat heating or air conditioning and provides the driver with a warning.
Where possible, the aim is to constantly guarantee engine starts.
Differing systems. The majority of automotive manufacturers such as BMW operate with an open system, i.e. the
independent retrofitting market can install a suitable battery without the need to reprogram the vehicle electronics. However, producers like Audi employ a closed system and allocate so-called BEM codes for original retrofitting batteries. Unfortunately, such codes are unavailable for free spare part batteries.
Installation of batteries without a BEM code. Basically, the installation of a non-BEM free tested battery is possible as exemplified by Audi. However, a battery must be employed that possesses OEM quality (preferably Power Bull PROfessional and in the case of an original AGM battery, replacement with a Running Bull AGM), is of identical dimensions with the original battery and also has the same labelled performance as the original.
Self-teaching system. In the case of an elderly battery, the vehicle system stores the term “defect battery”. Accordingly, if a new battery is installed without the entry of a BEM code, initially the vehicle does not recognise the
presence of a replacement. Therefore, the energy management system must either be informed of the new battery status via a BEM code input, or learn the new battery status. The more trigger events (impulses, signals, e.g. starts, cold starts) experienced by the battery, the faster this process is completed. The vehicle computer then successively releases the previously limited systems, e.g. the full performance of the air conditioning system.
No safety risk. If a high-quality battery is installed without the input of a BEM code, this neither constitutes a safety risk, nor a possible danger of damage to the vehicle electronics or other components.