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Fronius: Selectiva battery charging systems now available with optional warranty extension

As part of a special campaign running from now until the end of September 2015, Fronius is offering the battery charging systems in the Selectiva model range with an optional warranty extension at no extra cost. If desired, the warranty period can be extended from the two years previously available to three or even five years. Users can also decide to take out this extension at a later time – up to one year from the purchase date.

Providers of forklift trucks are especially well-positioned to benefit
from this free warranty extension when concluding leasing contracts. For
fleet contracts in particular, this form of rental – with terms of up to
five years – is already standard practice on the market. The provider’s
task is to select suitable components for the customer – i.e. the vehicle,
battery and charging system. Any failures of these components must be kept
to a minimum over the leasing period. After all, too many failures may
throw off the leasing provider’s calculation and mean that a loss is made
on the deal.

With longer contractual terms available on request, this option not only
allows users to receive well-known, high-quality battery charging systems,
but also promises significantly greater reliability – something that is
especially necessary with full-service contracts. The warranty extension
is available when purchasing battery charging systems via the Fronius
sales partners Manbat Ltd and IBCS (Industrial Battery and Charger-
Services Ltd.), or directly from Fronius UK. The warranty extension
relates to selected charging systems for battery voltages of 24, 48 or 80
Volts.

The battery charging systems are based on the Ri charging process. This
means that they minimise energy loss during the charging process, thereby
reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions whilst simultaneously increasing
the service life of the battery. Unlike with conventional processes such
as 50 Hz transformer or high-frequency (HF) technology, the charging
process does not follow a fixed characteristic with a given current.
Instead, the current is determined by the effective inner resistance (Ri)
of the battery, which is dependent on the battery’s age, temperature and
state of charge. Each charging process is therefore unique and has an
individual characteristic. Accordingly, this makes it possible to minimise
overcharging, which causes a high level of energy loss and heats up the
battery with detrimental effects. The new technology is already being put
to use by numerous well-known companies, including within the automotive,
food and logistics sectors.

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