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Automatic Battery Watering

 

Battery Maintenance Doesn’t Have to Be Slow, Dirty and Dangerous

For decades, battery maintenance has been a slow, inefficient and potentially dangerous business. And still today, many industrial sites and thousands of golf courses are using manual watering methods that typically take 20 to 30 minutes to fill each battery.

Battery Filling Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of battery watering technologies. See for yourself why distribution centers, factories and golf courses are turning to the smarter and safer approach to battery maintenance.

The care and watering of batteries

See How Much Better It Can Be

Faster. Reduce labor costs by 90-95%.
  • No more opening vent caps manually and filling each cell individually.
    Instead, each battery is equipped with a series of interconnected valves which replace your existing vent caps.
  • Water flows through a single connection, filling each cell accurately and efficiently.
  • The whole process takes less than one minute.
  • The 90-95% savings in time translates to substantial cost savings, since batteries typically need to be filled several times per month.

Safer. Keep the workspace clean and employees unharmed.
  • When there’s no need to remove vent caps for maintenance, there’s no fear of damage to floors and equipment or health hazards to people by preventing exposure to dangerous battery acid and vapors.

Better. Extend battery life and increase labor efficiency.
  • Our clean, streamlined system prevents harmful corrosion build-up on batteries.
  • Prolong battery life when they are refilled accurately and efficiently.
  • Best of all, our warranty is second to none. If our valve is the cause of a cell failure we will repair or replace it at our expense. That’s confidence!


Used with battery based solar energy systems, on golf courses or anywhere there are banks of batteries to be watered

 

 

Take the Hassle Out of Battery Maintenance

Battery Filling Systems offers a full line of products and services, including:

  • Battery filling technology - a complete line, designed to work with every industrial and golf car battery.
  • Water Delivery systems - gravity or direct fill, customizable to your maintenance requirements.
  • Water purification systems and accessories - to extend the life of your batteries.
  • Training and support - from our experienced technicians and engineers.
See how efficient, easy and cost-effective battery maintenance can be. See below for our list of system products.

Battery Watering Kits

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Battery Filling Systems offers two types of watering kits, Basic Kits and Pre-Strung Kits. Simply remove the vent caps and replace them with the BFS watering system. When ordering a basic kit, the number of valves and float size is required.

When ordering a pre-strung kit, the type of battery (manufacturer / make), the model (ex: 18-125-13), and the battery dimensions are required. If the drawing number for a pre-strung kit is known, please include it on your order. Please refer to our on-line list of drawings for help in determining the proper drawing number.


 

Basic Kits

A basic kit has all of the components needed to assemble the watering system on a battery. Tubing is not pre-cut or attached to the barbs on the valves. The basic kit is useful for users who would like to keep stock kits on hand to assemble as the need arises. Each kit includes an instruction sheet with basic assembly recommendations or the installer can utilize the desired drawing layout from  the BWS website.

*The plugs must be filled using an approved water delivery item.

Pre-Strung Kit

A pre-strung kit is completely assembled with the tubing attached to the barbs on the valves in our factory, matched to and ready to go on a specific battery type. It can be installed on a battery in about a minute, even by unskilled laborers. The filling tube is also pre-assembled.

Installation can take place on the battery line or in the field. There are no additional labor costs when ordering a pre-strung kit. When ordering, utilize our on-line battery drawings and include the drawing number on the order to ensure the proper layout.

*The plugs must be filled using an approved water delivery item.

BASIC WALL MOUNTED KITS
FOR PRE-STRUNG KITS, ORDER THE DESIRED BASIC KIT ALONG WITH THE PRE-STRUNG OPTION BELOW,
REMEMBER TO ORDER ONE (1) PRE-STRUNG OPTION FOR EACH KIT TO BE PRE-STRUNG

(PLEASE SPECIFY BATTERY MAKE AND MODEL WHEN ORDERING AND A DRAWING OF YOUR BATTERY LAY-OUT)
STANDARD PROFILE KITS
IMAGE PART
NUMBER
DESCRIPTION PART
NO.
OUR
PRICE
PURCHASE
BATTERY
CELLS
BATTERY
VOLTAGE
STYLE FLOAT
VALVES

12 CELL KIT SHOWN
K600-TB4 6 Cell Kit 12V Bayonet VB-TB4 040-K600-TB4 $130
K600-TB5 VB-TB5  040-K600-TB5 $130
K600-GLP VB-GLP 040-K600-GLP $130
K600-TB4WO VB-TB4WO 040-K600-TB4WO $130
K900-TB4 9 Cell Kit 18V Bayonet VB-TB4 040-K900-TB4 $159
K900-TB5 VB-TB5  040-K900-TB5 $159
K900-GLP VB-GLP 040-K900-GLP $159
K900-TB4WO VB-TB4WO 040-K900-TB4WO $159
K1200-TB4 12 Cell Kit 24V Bayonet VB-TB4 040-K1200-TB4 $220
K1200-TB5 VB-TB5  040-K1200-TB5 $220
K1200-GLP VB-GLP 040-K1200-GLP $220
K1200-TB4WO VB-TB4WO 040-K1200-TB4WO $220
K1800-TB4 18 Cell Kit 36V Bayonet VB-TB4 040-K1800-TB4 $336
K1800-TB5 VB-TB5  040-K1800-TB5 $336
K1800-GLP VB-GLP 040-K1800-GLP $336
K1800-TB4WO VB-TB4WO 040-1800-TB4WO $336
K2400-TB4 24 Cell Kit 48V Bayonet VB-TB4 040-K2400-TB4 $425
K2400-TB5 VB-TB5  040-K2400-TB5 $425
K2400-GLP VB-GLP 040-K2400-GLP $425
K2400-TB4WO VB-TB4WO 040-K1200-TB4WO $425
K3600-TB4 36 Cell Kit 72V Bayonet VB-TB4 040-K3600-TB4 $640
K3600-TB5 VB-TB5  040-K3600-TB5 $640
K3600-GLP VB-GLP 040-K3600-GLP $640
K3600-TB4WO VB-TB4WO 040-K3600-TB4WO $640
K4000-TB4 64 Cell Kit 128V Bayonet VB-TB4 040-K4000-TB4 $719
K4000-TB5 VB-TB5  040-K4000-TB5 $719
K4000-GLP VB-GLP 040-K4000-GLP $719
K4000-TB4WO VB-TB4WO 040-K4000-TB4WO $719
K6400-TB4 64 Cell Kit 128V Bayonet VB-TB4 040-K6400-TB4 $1,100
K6400-TB5 VB-TB5  040-K6400-TB5 $1,100
K6400-GLP VB-GLP 040-K6400-GLP $1,100
K6400-TB4WO VB-TB4WO 040-K6400-TB4WO $1,100
PRE-STRUNG OPTION
FOR EACH BASIC KIT YOU ORDER WHICH YOU WANT PRE-STRUNG, PLEASE ADD A PRE-STRONG OPTION
(Please email us a drawing of your battery layout, here are some drawings which may help you. If one of these drawings is exactly what you have, Then just provide us with the drawing number)
040-PRE-STRUNG $45
PRE-STRUNG OPTION
FOR EACH BASIC KIT YOU ORDER WHICH YOU WANT PRE-STRUNG, PLEASE ADD A PRE-STRONG OPTION
(Please email us a drawing of your battery layout, here are some drawings which may help you. If one of these drawings is exactly what you have, Then just provide us with the drawing number)
040-PRE-STRUNG $45
ACCESSORIES AND
REPLACEMENT PARTS
IMAGE BFS
PART
NUMBER
DESCRIPTION PART
NO.
OUR
PRICE
PURCHASE
NAME DETAILS
 FIL1  Inline Filter  Inline Filter for 10mm Tubing 040-FIL1 $10
NT2212GN Feed Tank 2.5 gallons, Includes Valve, Flow Indicator & Quick Connect 040-NT2212GF
(BLUE CONN)
$84
040-NT2212GF-G
(GREY CONN)
$84
040-NT2212GFR
(FLOW-RITE CONN)
$84
040-NT2212GW
(W-MASTER CONN)
$84

FEED TANK MOUNTED ON SHELF
NT2000GN Feed Tank 5 gallons, Includes Valve, Flow Indicator & Quick Connect 040-NT2000AFB
(AUTO BLUE CONN)
$126
040-NT2000AFG
(AUTO GREY CONN)
$126
040-NT2000G
(GREY CONN)
$97
  $97  
  $97  
040-NT2000GN
(BLUE CONN)
$97
  $97  
  $97  
S2000T 5 Gallon Tank Shelf Wall Mount 040-S2000T $68
09FLI1 Flow Indicator Inline 040-09FLI1 $11
  08T616  Tees 6/10/6 mm O40-08T616 $0.88
  08T666N Tees 6/6/6 mm 040-08T666N $0.88
  08KLE6 Clamps 6 mm 040-08KLE6 $0.23
  09KUM1 Quick Connectors Female 040-09KUM1 $27
  09KUV1 Quick Connectors Male 040-09KUV1 $18
  08CAP6 End Caps 040-08CAP6 $0.45
  09FTR6 Filter, 1/4 inch 6mm 040-BFS-09GYT6    
  08TUB6BLK Tubing, black, 1/4 inch (sold by the foot) 040-08TUB6BLK $0.73
  08TUB1 Tubing, clear, 1/4 inch (sold by the foot) 040-08TUB1    
  08TUB6K Tubing, clear, 3/8 inch (sold by the foot) 040-08TUB6K    
09HYCT Hydrometer Hydrometer
w/ Slender Pickup Tube
040-09HYCT $27
  B51000 Battery Cap, Bayonet Style Replacement Part 040-B51000 $16
  09HYDE Hydrometer Pickup Tube Replacement Part 040-09HYCT $0.74
  22126 On/Off Valve Replacement Part 040-22126 $35
PW-1800 Water Deionizer Filter Kit, 1800 Gal 040-PW-1800 $535
  PWRC-1800 Deionizer Replacement Cartridge for
1800 Gal Deionizer
040-PWRC-1800 $188
  DWCAR Deionizer Replacement Cartridge for
the former 600 Gal Deionizer
(not interchangeable with the 1800 gal)
040-DWCAR $176
DF710ST Direct Fill Link, a compact on/off version of the Water Delivery Gun 040-DF710ST $77
DF72 Direct Fill Link with 09FBLUT3 connector 040-DF72 $80
VA-TB4 Replacement Valve 040-VA-TB4 $10.16
VB-TB4 Replacement Valve 040-VB-TB4 $10.16
VA-TB5 Replacement Valve 040-VA-TB5 $10.16
VB-TB5 Replacement Valve
Most L-16
040-VB-TB5 $10.16
VB-TB5S Replacement Valve
Surette (all)
Trojan L-16
040-VB-TB5S $10.16
VB-GLP Replacement Valve 040-VB-GLP $10.16
VB-TB4WO Replacement Valve 040-VB-TB4WO $10.16
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Delivery Items

Battery Filling Systems offers a wide variety of water delivery items.

Because the BFS system has few restrictions on pressure requirements, our system can be used interchangeably with most competitor systems by changing the connector.

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Floats

BFS offers eleven different float sizes to provide the correct electrolyte level for every battery type. Nine of the floats are stock items as they are the most popular sizes.

Please click on float guards to learn more about other applications. If you need help in determining the proper float size, please click on choose the right float. In some applications, a float extension may be needed to lengthen the float.

  
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Valves

The Battery Filling System valves are manufactured with the highest quality materials that keep all working parts above the battery cell. BFS manufactures valves to suit all industrial cell vent openings. The patented, reliable lever arm inside the valve allows the battery to be filled with water at static pressures ranging from 6 psi to 20 psi. Only BFS offers such unique performance and a variety of specialty valves to meet the needs of the battery industry.

Years of research and development have shaped the technology of this system. Each and every valve is independently tested to ensure the components are working properly. The production of over 10,000,000 valves per year have made the company the global market leader in this field.

*The valves must be filled using an approved water delivery item.

 

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Deionizer
Purified Water Hassle Free

To protect your equipment and extend the life of your batteries, the deionizer kit from Battery Filling Systems can easily and inexpensively remove harmful impurities from the water. Dissolved impurities in standard tap water will degrade batteries and decrease battery life and performance.

With the BFS deionization system, save money with fewer cartridge replacements. The system is easy to use and is cost effective.

  • Easy Installation – Simply attach the bracket to a wall with four bolts. Connect the input hose to your water supply. Plug the purity light in to a 110/120 VAC outlet.

  • Purity Light - Monitors the water output and tells you exactly when the cartridge needs to be replaced. When the light changes from green to red, it is time to replace the cartridge.

  • Cartridge Replacement – No tools are needed. To replace the cartridge, unscrew the canister and put the new one in! The old cartridge is non-toxic and can be disposed of easily.

How much capacity can you really get from this filter? It depends on the quality of your water. If water has particulates or sediment, a pre-filter is recommended. At three grains per gallon of total dissolved solids you can expect 1000 gallons of capacity. If you want a more exact answer, BFS will be happy to test your water quality. Just send us a sample of your water and we can tell you the approximate gallons of capacity you can expect from our filter.

Our deionizer comes with an input and output hose. It connects to your choice of direct fill link or manual gun or an approved competitor filling device.

 
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Basic System Installation

If your watering system is not fully pre-assembled, you will need to assemble it as you install it on the battery.

  1. Remove the existing vent caps that are on the battery and replace them with the BFSA valves, placing the valves into the cell opening and pushing down firmly.
    Use the examples on the enclosed drawing to determine how to route your tubing.

  2. Connect the tubing to the valve and measure the distance to the center of the next valve.

  3. Using an insulated tubing cutter, cut the tubing 1/8” short of the valve’s center.
    Connect the tubing to the valve, pushing the tubing on securely.
    Repeat the process to connect all of the valves.
    Warming the tubing in hot water will ease tubing installation.

  4. Once all of the valves are connected, install the tee piece, filling tube and end caps using the drawing enclosed with your kit as your guide.

  5. It is always good practice to tie down heavy gauge battery cables.

 
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How and When to Water Your Batteries

  1. Frequency of battery watering depends on battery usage and operating temperatures. Older batteries tend to need more watering as they age. A typical watering cycle would be weekly or twice monthly after the equalization charge

  2. Fully charge the battery before watering. Remember, always water after charging.

  3. Before connecting to the water supply, examine all valves to ensure that the indicator eye is down in each valve. If you see a valve in which the indicator eye is up, remove the valve to ensure the cell’s water level is full. If the eye is up and the water level is down, examine the valve to make sure the float freely moves up and down. If it does not, replace the valve immediately.

  4. Connect the water supply to the filling tube. Always use an approved BFS delivery item.

  5. When filling the battery, watch the indicator eyes of each of the valves to ensure they are rising and shutting off properly. If all of the valves indicator eyes appear to be up and the flow indicator wheel continues to spin slowly, disconnect the water supply and examine the battery top. If any of the valves indicator eyes are still recessed, remove the valves to check the water level to ensure that the float is functioning properly.

  6. The system shuts off automatically and the flow indicator stops turning when the proper electrolyte level is reached.

  7. The white indicator eye on each valve will pop up when the valve shuts off during filling. This is a visual indication that the valve is working properly. It is not unusual for the indicator eye to drop after filling is complete or when the battery is not fully charged. Water the battery based on a schedule.

  8. Disconnect the water supply and replace the dust cap on the male connector.

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