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Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) Batteries and Floor Cleaning Equipment

Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) batteries offer numerous benefits over other types of lead-acid batteries for floor care applications.

TPPL benefits include:

  • Faster recharge capability - Cleaning professionals can quickly recharge during breaks or downtime, minimizing the waiting time and maximizing productivity. This feature is crucial in cleaning machines, which often operate in multi-shift and sensitive environments.
  • Maintenance-free and sealed - TPPL is virtually maintenance-free, saving cleaning professionals valuable time and effort. TPPL significantly minimizes the risk of exposure to acid spills on floors.
  • Long cycle life - TPPL can withstand numerous charge cycles, ensuring a longer lifespan and reduced replacement costs.
  • Long shelf life - TPPL can retain its energy throughput and capacity even during periods of inactivity or extended storage. Their shelf life is long and can easily be put back into operation without any capacity loss after months of inactivity.
  • Recyclability - They are made from materials that are 99% recyclable, reducing their environmental impact and promoting sustainability.
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TPPL is a reliable power solution for cleaning professionals. With their faster recharge capability, long life cycle, superior recovery, and compatibility with standby applications, TPPL offers an improved battery technology option for cleaning machines. They enhance the efficiency and productivity of cleaning operations while reducing operating costs and the need for replacement. Moreover, TPPL contributes to a safer and cleaner environment by eliminating the risks associated with traditional lead-acid batteries.

What are Thin Plate Pure Lead Batteries?

Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) batteries are a variant of Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries that utilize a unique design and materials to deliver superior performance in various applications. The key distinguishing feature of TPPL is its thin grid design made of high-purity lead plates. This design increases plate surface area, resulting in higher energy throughput and improved charge acceptance.


Thin Plate Pure Lead Batteries compared to Wet Lead-Acid

Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) offers several benefits that set them apart from other technologies, mainly traditional lead-acid batteries. One of the primary advantages of TPPL is its thin grid design and increased plate surface area, which allows for more available power. This means that TPPL can provide a higher level of performance, making them suitable for demanding applications and multi-shift operations.

In addition to their increased power output, TPPL offers higher charge acceptance than traditional lead-acid batteries. This means that TPPL can be charged faster and more efficiently, reducing charging time and increasing productivity. This is particularly beneficial for equipment that needs to be recharged regularly or operations requiring extended periods of equipment use.

TPPLs are virtually maintenance-free design. Unlike traditional lead-acid that require regular water addition and electrolyte maintenance, TPPL requires no such maintenance. This saves time and effort and eliminates the risk of acid spills on floors, making TPPL a safer choice for sensitive environments. Eliminating the risk of acid spills helps keep cleaning machines running longer by preventing corrosion beneath the power pack.

  • Utilizes a thin grid design made of high-purity lead plates
  • Increased plate surface area for improved performance
  • Higher charge acceptance
  • Virtually no maintenance is required
  • Eliminates acid spills, and protects the machine and flooring

TPPL Batteries compared to AGM

TPPL and AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) are commonly used lead-acid battery technologies. While they have similarities, key differences make TPPL the preferred choice for professional facility managers and custodial managers.

One of the main differences between TPPL and AGM lies in their design and construction. TPPL has thinner plates made of pure lead, allowing for a faster recharge capability than AGM. This means that TPPL can be recharged more quickly, minimizing downtime and improving overall efficiency.

In terms of performance, TPPL outshines AGM. The thin plate design of TPPL allows for higher power output and increased energy throughput, making them more suitable for demanding applications and multi-shift operations. Additionally, TPPL typically comes with superior warranties, offering peace of mind and ensuring consistent performance over an extended period of time.

  • TPPL has a faster recharge capability and a longer maintenance-free life cycle than AGM.
  • TPPL offers superior performance, with increased power output and energy throughput.
  • TPPL is suitable for demanding applications and multi-shift operations.
  • TPPL provides peace of mind with its superior warranties.

TPPL Batteries Compared To Lithium-Ion

Lithium-Ion batteries have come a long way in recent years. Lithium-Ion is now found in many deep-cycle applications, including cleaning equipment. They have a long cycle life, can be opportunity charged, have long warranties, and are maintenance-free. Lithium-Ion's largest limitation, preventing widespread adoption, however, is its cost. Similarly sized lithium-ioncan cost two to three times more than TPPL, making TPPL a more budget-friendly option. Spreading the cost over the life of the machine, TPPL is a more cost-effective way to provide power to cleaning equipment.

Hillyard's TPPL Battery Offering

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Hillyard's TPPL offering is specifically designed to cater to professional facility and custodial managers' needs. We worked with our preferred battery manufacturer, Enersys, to develop a system to provide reliable performance with minimal maintenance. Simply charge the machine when it is not in use.

Each Trident Floor Scrubber when outfitted with Enersys TPPL batteries also includes a Protection from Over-Discharge (POD) device, which provides an audible alarm when charging is needed.

Our TPPL offering provides these advantages:

  • The same run-time as other lead-acid products with more cycles per pack
  • Easy maintenance and no damage from opportunity charging, unlike traditional AGM or wet-acid batteries
  • A three-year full replacement warranty. Follow our recommended operating procedures, including the POD device, and receive a three-year full replacement warranty. (See warranty for details)

Hillyard offers a wide array of floor scrubbers designed with innovative technology and exceptional engineering. Use the "I'm interested" form at the bottom of this page and one of our representatives will contact you to address your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Charger Should I Use for TPPL Batteries?

Hillyard has approved the Lester Summit Series II chargers for use with our TPPL offering. Contact your local Hillyard representative with any questions about the correct charger and charger settings for your equipment.

What is a TPPL battery?

TPPL stands for Thin Plate Pure Lead, a type of battery technology offering exceptional performance and reliability.

How long do TPPL batteries last?

TPPL has an exceptional life, allowing them to withstand numerous charge cycles. This is why they have a warranty far exceeding industry standards for wet-acid batteries.

Can TPPL batteries replace traditional lead-acid?

TPPL is a great alternative to traditional lead-acid. They offer superior performance, extended cycle life, and virtually maintenance-free operation. Installing TPPL in a machine that didn't have them initially will also require a new, compatible charger.

Is it easy to maintain TPPL batteries?

Yes, TPPL is virtually maintenance-free. They do not require regular water addition or electrolyte maintenance, making them hassle-free to maintain.

Are TPPL batteries cost-effective?

Yes, TPPL can provide significant cost savings in the long run. With their long cycle life and reduced maintenance requirements, they can help reduce replacement costs and overall operating costs.

DISCLAIMER:  Specifications are subject to change without notice. Examples and recommendations in this article may not apply to every situation. This information is provided on an “as is” basis and does not supersede any other documentation. Always follow the instructions as written on the product label.

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