Environmentally responsible automotive batteries
The acid in your battery’s electrolyte settles to the bottom of your battery, and this destroys the plates. That’s bad – but Mixtech technology has fixed this.
The anti-stratification technology is a plastic mixing device that combats the problem of acid stratification in batteries that leads to early corrosion and battery performance loss. Using the device more than doubles the life cycle of a flooded battery.
The mixing technology, patented iQ Power technology, performs an entire 360 deg.circulation. This passive working device is very simple, with no moving parts. It just uses the driving dynamics of the vehicle to achieve the mixing results, by using hydrostatic pressure differences from driving movements in the battery chambers.
The mixing elements consist of simple polypropylene plastic parts, and require no changes to the battery box and chamber design for mounting as the parts are universal and fit into all standard battery containers.
The specific shape of the parts utilises the acceleration forces of the driving dynamics of the vehicle (accelerating, braking, cornering) for its circular mixing function while driving. The system works highly efficiently, and requires only one to three hours of normal city or urban driving for a full electrolyte circulation in the cell chambers, thus avoiding stratification and keeping the battery’s electrochemistry optimal.
The functioning principle is that of a hydrostatic pump. The elements form a kind of upside-down L-shape with the thin vertical section adjacent to the battery casing wall. While the vertical section forms a thin tubular flat channel in the width of the battery cell, the upper horizontal part forms a small container capable of taking a certain volume of electrolyte but also has openings at its bottom for a 360 deg. flow circulation.
Some 30 years ago, acid stratification didn’t harm flooded batteries so much because the batteries weren’t being charged and discharged so heavily — and cars didn’t have all the electronic devices we have today. AGM batteries eliminated this problem, but they are much more expensive and heat sensitive.
Mixtech EMX batteries are tested and proven to provide dramatically improved active material utilization, delivering twice the cycle life of comparable conventional batteries and 11/2 times the life of replacement market EFB batteries according to an OEM test standard.
In April this year, Mixtech was awarded the equivalent of an environmental Oscar, known as the Green-Tec Award, by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, for the passive mixing technology. The company has also previously received the Automechanika Innovation Award.
Why is a Mixtech battery better for the environment?
The innovation is based on non- moving (passive) plastic components in the battery, so called passive mixing elements. Coupled with the forces from the vehicle dynamics while driving, these components provide automatic and efficient 360 deg. electrolyte circulation and full electrolyte mixing within in the battery.
The advantages: no loss of capacity (Ah) of the battery due to harmful acid stratification as usual with ordinary car batteries and thus powerful and steady functioning of the electrochemistry in the battery by a homogeneous electrolyte.
The benefits: minimal costs and maximum advantages for consumers and the environment such as double service life, high reliability and much less CO2 emissions as well as less lead in the total raw material cycle over time
For more information contact your local Partmaster sales representative or phone 0800 727 862.
Or visit our web page www.partmaster.co.nz/mixtech_car_battery.