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Rhino-Charge Engineering Opens in Upland



Upland, California - Newly formed Rhino-Charge Engineering opened its doors in January. The new business specializes in pulse technology for rapid battery charging and maintenance. Rhino-Charge distributes commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) pulse chargers and battery maintenance equipment.

Pulse technology provides two important benefits for batteries: rapid charging and extended life. Rhino-Charge supplies pulse-technology chargers that can completely charge even lead-acid batteries in under an hour without excessive temperature rise or gassing. Rhino-Charge also distributes pulse-technology battery maintenance and charger systems where rapid charging is not required.

Pulse-technology rapid battery chargers add value to the supported battery operated equipment. Most overnight chargers on the market wither undercharge or overcharge the battery, causing premature battery death. More importantly, the slow charge constraints limit the utility of battery-operated equipment. These factors limit the market penetration for battery and battery operated equipment manufacturers. Rapid battery chargers using Rhino-Charge supplied pulse technology overcome these problems and are thus essential for the continued growth of the battery-powered application market.

Rapid-pulse charging cycles decrease charge time and deadly temperature runaway by overcoming the tendency for ions to gather on the battery's cell plates. Utilizing a series of negative and positive pulses causes more effective ion distribution. The negative pulse disperses ions gathering at the plates, which lowers the battery's impedance to the charge process. The positive pulse impels free ions into the plates. By breaking up the clumps, the battery receives a faster and stronger charge while, at the same time, it is conditioned.

Battery conditioning is the process of breaking down the sulfation crystals on the surface of the battery plates and restoring the ions to the electrolyte. Pulse technology accomplishes this by applying fast-rising pulses to the battery that cause the sulfation crystals to resonate and break down. The pulse-technology rapid chargers do this with the strong negative pulses used to disperse the ion clumps during the charge process. The pulse-technology maintenance systems do this with frequent, short-duration positive pulses. The result is greatly extended battery life.

Glenn Crosby, Chief of Engineering at Rhino-Charge, believes the company is poised to become a leader in the rapid-charging and battery maintenance field. "Pulse battery charging and maintenance is the enabling technology that will allow the transition to more and more battery-powered vehicles and industrial equipment," says Mr. Crosby. "Just think how much more valuable an electric bicycle, golf-cart, or even forklift is that can be completely charged in under an hour using inexpensive lead-acid batteries compared to the ones that must sit idle overnight or those that use expensive exotic battery chemistries to allow accepting a rapid charge."

Rhino-Charge will introduce a two-kilowatt charger this fall for 24 to 48 volt applications. This will be ideal for charging golf carts, low voltage electric cars, forklifts, and other mobile industrial equipment.


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