Most agricultural customers use 12v batteries to power their Bird Gard devices. Having gone to the expense of defending your valuable crop, it wouldn't make any sense to rely on an old unreliable batteries... would it? If your batteries fail at the wrong time the result can be devasating.
To assist growers to get the most out of their Bird Gard system, we recommend and supply 85 amp Deep Cycle Batteries. While any 12 volt battery will do, Deep Cycle batteries offer greater reliability and longevity thus cost effectiveness if well maintained. To encourage best results Bird Gard can supply 85amp Deep Cycle Batteries, including free delivery to most areas of Australia.
Charging your battery:
Before charging begins, provide plenty of ventilation and ensure safety goggles and a face shield are worn. Sparks from loose connections or metal tools making contact between the terminals or the ungrounded terminal and nearby grounded metal parts can also be hazardous. Do not remove the vent caps and do not charge the battery unless you are thoroughly familiar with the step-by-step procedure of recharging a battery. Check the electrolyte levels, then place a wet cloth over the battery top and vent caps. Turn the charge rate switch and timer to the OFF position before connecting the leads to the battery.
Connect the charger leads to the battery terminals, red positive (+) lead to positive terminal and black negative (-) lead to negative terminal. Rock the charger lead clamps to make certain a good connection has been made. Set the electric timer to the desired charging time. Turn on the charger and slowly increase the charging rate until the desired ampere value is reached. Do not charge in the red zone. If the battery starts to emit smoke or dense vapour, shut off the charger and reject the battery. If violent gassing or spewing of electrolyte occurs, reduce or temporarily halt the charging.
Never touch the charger leads when the charger is ON. This could break a connection at the battery terminal and create a spark which could ignite the explosive gasses in the battery. Never break a "live" circuit at the battery terminals for the same reason. Always turn the charger OFF before removing a charger lead from the battery.
To prolong your battery life between seasons it is best to store your batteries in a cool dry place. Don't leave them sitting on concrete or metal surfaces. Batteries will loose power gradually. It is best to fully recharge batteries before they are stored and then recharge them every 4-8 weeks during the off-season.