Are your batteries from Mil Supply really new?
Batteries received from the military supply system may have sat in a warehouse for up to a couple of years. And, because most warehouses are not climate controlled, warm temperatures increase the rate of self-discharge. While pure lead/tin batteries can be stored this long, it doesn’t mean they are ready to use. So, even though they are in the box and seem brand new, there’s a good chance they need some maintenance prior to installation.
Installing a partially discharged battery right from the box can lead to sulfation problems, poor performance, and reduced life. No matter what battery type you order, you should always check the voltage before installation. Our rule of thumb is charge the battery first if voltage is less than 12.60 VDC!
Did you see the PS Magazine article last year about generator batteries? It listed the battery NSN for each TQG model. And, this great excerpt from the article “So, the bottom line—use the Optima!”
A link to the PS Magazine article is below in the PDF for Newsletter 2.
- Newsletter 1: Optima 6T adapter
- Newsletter 2: Receiving batteries from DLA. TQG batteries.
- Newsletter 3: Dead batteries & Jump Starting, M969A3
- Newsletter 4: Testing batteries with threaded stud posts. Battery upgrade for DRASH ECU
- Newsletter 5: Discount for military & gov personnel. VRRFL, Variable Reach Rough Terrain Fork Lift
- Newsletter 6: Repetitive Reserve Capacity. Optima upgrade for Portable Light Sets.