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Lead-acid VS Gel batteries


Car batteries have proved themselves in their millions throughout the world. Yet, with continuous new innovations and developments in battery technology taking place, classic wet batteries have increased in performance, reliability and versatility. The new EFB and AGM battery types, which cater for the increased demands of the present generation of vehicles and offer improved battery performance, have made it to the market with resounding success.

Often, the different forms of lead-acid batteries are confused as a separate chemistry altogether. However, the majority of batteries found in most modern-day vehicles are lead-acid batteries. Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries, along with Flooded (or wet cell), Gel Cell, and Enhanced Flooded Batteries (EFB) are sub-sets of lead-acid batteries. Just as Lithium Cobalt Oxide (LCO), Lithium Manganese Oxide (LMO), Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LNMCO), and Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) are all sub-sets of lithium-ion batteries.

Advanced Willard GEL battery technology

The Willard GEL Battery technology is ideally suited to cars, portable power systems, solar, UPS integration and home-based power backup systems, as well as dual battery systems for overlanding vehicles, trailers and caravans.

Watch the video below to find out why the Willard GEL Battery is perfect for your particular needs:

A gel battery is very similar to a traditional lead-acid battery with the addition of a silica gel which when activated gives the electrolyte a higher viscosity, creating a gel-like substance. This thickening of the electrolyte becomes more pronounced as the battery is charged and discharged.

Features of a gel battery

Maintenance free design
No addition of electrolyte required if used according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Resistant to discharge deterioration
Allowing a standard lead-acid battery to continuously discharge deeply will severely impact its lifespan, eventually resulting in the battery not being able to be recharged. Gel battery technology addresses this problem with excellent its cycling ability.

Large format gel design
The two gel battery capacities currently available from Willard are 90Ah and 130Ah, which are suitable for everything from home-based solar requirements and backup options to vehicle applications.

For more information on the Willard GEL battery, including pricing and size options, please complete the enquiry form below. A member of their team will get in touch with you.

Similarly, if you’d like to compare your current battery performance with a Gel battery by chatting to an expert – you can get in touch with Willard by completing this form below.

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