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April 12, 2019 4:15 PM, EDT

Mack Makes Battery Refresher Standard

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Mack Trucks announced it is making a battery refresher standard on all Mack models to maximize uptime and significantly extend the life of electrical charging-system components.

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Mack's battery refresher. (Mack Trucks)

The battery refresher will become standard on all Mack models beginning in the second quarter of the year, according to the Greensboro, N.C.-based company. Mack is a unit of Volvo Group.

The device helps reduce and reverse the effects of sulfation, which occur when sulfate crystals, a byproduct of normal battery operation, build up on the battery’s lead plates. As more sulfate crystals build up, the battery loses its ability to accept energy and reach a full charge, shortening its life.

The refresher emits high-frequency pulses of energy to remove the sulfate crystals and allow the batteries to once again accept a full charge, resulting in significantly improved life and performance. In addition, fully charged batteries reduce the wear and tear experienced by other electrical system components, such as the alternator and starter, helping extend their service life. — Transport Topics