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Increase the life of RM480e Riding mower?


jgilliam1955

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While watching YouTube how to change out my batteries it was mentioned to add this product to the batteries. It will increase the life of the batteries 2 to 3 times. My first 4 batteries lasted 5 years. You have to use the 48 Volt one. Pulsetech PowerPulse Battery Maintenance System is the name. I installed it on my mower & the 12 -volt one on my Camper & home

 

generator. Here is a YouTube video about it.

 

 

 

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I am always interested when someone says their batteries failed. Did all four fail? Leoch states these batteries should be good for 1,500-1,700 charges. My 48 month old RM480e has over 350 charges on it and it will still mow for over 2 hrs. My neighbor's RM480ex is also in its fifth mowing season with over 300 hours of run time and over 600 charge cycles. Last month, he was seeing reduced run times and load testing revealed one battery not able to hold voltage under load.  Replacement returned like new performance. Given that the Ryobi system limits the Depth Of Discharge to about 30%, I wonder how much the battery saver devices will really extend the life of these SAL/AGM batteries. 

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I sent an e-mail to Power Plus with questions regarding how the Ryobi system operates and how their product will enhance the lifespan of the LPC12 batteries. I'll update this thread if and when they respond.

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Power Pulse replied to my detailed description of the Ryobi riding mower charging system.  Even though my batteries are performing pretty much like new with over 350 charges. Pretty much what I expected.

 

"Thank you for contacting us.  The PowerPulse will not allow sulfates to accumulate and reduce the capacity of your batteries.  When batteries are even slightly discharged, the sulfates will start accumulating and the buildup rate increases with the depth of discharge.  Using this product will work well together with your charger to make the bank perform stronger for an extended period"

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I posed the same question to Delta Q, the maker of the SC 48 charger used with the Ryobi 48 volt mowers. They also make chargers for the golf cart market and their chargers are used with high end cart makers. Here's their response.

 

"You are doing very well with your charger and battery pack already!  We do not have any data or evidence that a sulfation reduction device provides any benefit.  If you are using good charging and maintenance practices to keep the batteries topped up all the time then you should not have to worry about sulfation.
That said, the charger will do some desulphation on its own each cycle during the finish phase.."

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I get the impression that a desulphation device isn't needed with the SC 48 chargers and the SLA/AGM batteries, but I guess it couldn't hurt. Is it worth the $75 for the 48 volt Power Pulse box?

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