General Battery Information

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Here are some great resources to learn more about batteries:

Trojan Battery User's Guide

Battery University

Johnson Matthey "Our Guide to Batteries"


General Info on "Pz" batteries:

(O)PzS (Flooded) and (O)PzV (Gel) are both tubular lead-acid batteries. They have a higher lead content and more surface area, providing them a higher energy density and a longer lifespan.


(O)PzS batteries are a form factor designed for traction systems, meant to be put in a pack and bolted together by their terminals. There are 3 main types, PzS, PzB and PzV.

PzS is the Standard DIN style form factor Lead-Acid battery.

PzB is the less common BS (British Standard) form factor Lead-Acid battery.

PzV is either Standard DIN or BS, but in a Gel-Cell chemistry.


PzS    means                                               Pz = PanZerplatte (tubular plate) S = Flüssig (flooded) "MOTIVE"
OPzS means  O = Ortsfest (STATIONARY) Pz = PanZerplatte (tubular plate) S = Flüssig (flooded)


OPzS are recommended for backup applications (UPS/telecom/stationary) and deep cycle applications, where the battery is actually spending the most-part of its life in float operation. That means the electrolyte concentration will stay high for a very long time, hence there is an increased chance of plate corrosion (that's why most battery manufacturers will choose a lower (1.24) electrolyte density).



"OPzS vs PzS" ...


Same efficiency

Same chemistry

Same electrical characteristics

More electrolyte in OPzS (stationary)

PzS (motive) is designed "stronger" to handle the forces of motion

PzS are cheaper (mass production)

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