Choosing a battery powered floor scrubber has plenty of benefits. Unlike the electrically powered scrubbers, owners of battery-powered scrubbers benefit from a wireless cleaning experience. Just like their electric-powered counterparts, the battery powered scrubbers have similar efficiency, power, and convenience. Because of their agility and maneuverability, the battery powered scrubbers are now becoming a favorite cleaning choice for different sectors such as hospitals, factories, schools, government offices, and where large groups of people congregate. For optimum productivity, however, you are required to make an informed decision on which type of floor scrubber battery you should go for.
Currently, the market is flooded with plenty of batteries used in scrubber machines. Some of the common battery types include flooded batteries, sealed AGM, lithium-ion batteries, deep-cycle batteries. Whether to select an AGM or lithium-ion, the battery choice ultimately depends on your budget and the environmental regulations in your place. Below is an overview of the three main battery types used in floor scrubber, accompanied with their advantages and disadvantages.
Flooded Batteries with single watering point
Flooded batteries are the base trim level of all the floor scrubber batteries, and also happen to be the cheapest. The flooded batteries require addition of water for their proper functioning. A properly maintained flooded battery lasts longer and performs better.
The main downside of the flooded battery is that it requires constant checking of water levels. Improper watering can lead to premature failure of the battery. On the other hand, overfilling of water can lead to the leaking or loss of acid, while charging when with low electrolyte levels will cause damage to the lead plates, thus reducing the expectancy and performance of the floor scrubber considerably.
Seal Gel Battery
Although the Seal Gel batteries are a costly option, they excel in slow discharging. Also referred to as valve-regulated lead-acid battery (VRLA), the Seal Gel batteries are superior to the flooded batteries due to their construction i.e. they can be mounted in any orientation and do not require constant maintenance. However, they operate dismally than other batteries in higher ambient operating temperatures. Another shortfall of the Seal Gel batteries lies on its short run time charge, meaning that users require performing constant replacement of the battery while scrubbing the floor.
The AGM technology was first popularized in the 1980s as lead acid battery for vehicle, UPS, and aircraft to reduce the weight and improve reliability. Unlike the flooded lead batteries, the AGM batteries require no maintenance and provide excellent electrical reliability. Additionally, the AGM batteries boast of meager internal resistance, which translates to the delivery of higher currents on demand.
The key benefit of the AGM battery is that it`s nearly five times more powerful than the flooded battery.
The negatives of the battery include higher manufacturing costs, which translates to a higher cost to the client and slightly lower specific energy.