Safety Procedures for Installation and Handling

Handling

  • Always wear insulated gloves when handling batteries; especially when connecting series and parallel groups of batteries.
  • Follow all precautions as described in our Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). This information is subject to change depending upon government legislation. Visit our website: www.oraclebattery.com for up-to-date copies.
  • If equipment is to be stored for a long period of time the batteries should be disconnected to avoid discharging the batteries and any potential for damage to the equipment.
  • Keep out of reach of children at all times.
  • Protect terminals from short circuit during transportation and handling. Terminals are live at all times.
  • Do not attempt to disassemble batteries. Contact with sulfuric acid may cause harm. Should it occur, wash skin or clothes with liberal amounts of water. Do not throw batteries into a fire; batteries may rupture or explode from extreme heat. Disassembled batteries are hazardous waste and must be treated accordingly.
  • Always recycle lead batteries. Oracle Battery will accept all spent and junk lead batteries and ensure proper recycling.

 

Installation

  • Use tools that are fully insulated to keep from accidently short circuiting the terminals during installation.
  • Do not charge in small air tight container.
  • Install batteries securely and consider shock absorption needed to protect battery from damage.
  • When installing the battery in a piece of equipment, adhere it to low point of gravity in the equipment to balance the weight.
  • Do not apply excessive force to the terminals or bend them.
  • If soldering to the battery terminals is required use low wattage soldering current and complete soldering in less than 3 seconds.
  • Do not place batteries in close proximity to objects which can produce sparks or flames, and do not charge batteries in an inverted position.
  • Avoid exposing batteries to heat! Care should be taken to place batteries away from heat-emitting components. Provide ventilation around batteries to lower heat as heat shortens battery life.  When possible allow airflow around all sides of the battery in the application.
  • Do not mix batteries in connection strings with different capacities, different ages or of different makes.
  • Battery cases and lids are made of ABS plastic that can sustain damage if exposed to organic solvents or adhesives.
  • For best results keep operating temperature ranges between -40°C (-40°F) and 60°C (140°F).
  • It is good practice to ensure that the connections are re-torqued and the batteries are cleaned periodically.

 

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

It is important that you familiarize yourself with these prior to handling, installing and disposing of all batteries.

 

Batteries contain or emit chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm.  Protect breathing and all exposed skin during use and wash thoroughly immediately after contact with batteries and avoid touching any food or other body parts that may lead to ingestion during use.

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