Sulphation pulse treatment surprise - the inconvenient truth
- In the article "Sulphation pulse treatment surprise" (http://www.batteryvitamin.net/sulfation_pulse_treatment_surprise), it is suggested that the use of pulsing (such as employed by Megapulse) to improve battery condition is not all it is cracked up to be: "Desulfation product manufacturers claim their products do work. They are also wrong". Just like that!
- Myriads of patents (53 and counting) which somehow 'prove' the technology is flawed (??)
- Analysis of the chemistry of battery technology which somehow 'proves' that pulsing does not work
- Tests (unspecified) by the author that 'prove' pulsing does not work
The report suggests that attempting to reclaim the performance of heavily sulphated batteries by pulsing has limited efficacy: it is suggested, without any definitive supporting data or qualifying conditions, that a 67% failure rate leaves 2 customers out of 3 disillusioned with pulsing products. If such figures applied to our product as it is used to remove and prevent battery sulphation in a variety of applications from solar systems to golf cars and automotive vehicles, we would have gone out of business years ago leaving a trail of unhappy customers, and with none of the referrals that actually keep bringing a steady stream of new customers to our door. So with Megapulse, this is patently not the case.
While the author of the article obviously has self-interest in promoting chemical treatment over pulsing products such as Megapulse, we strongly contest the bland and unsupported statements of 'fact' quoted therein, which inconveniently do not match the reality experienced in our laboratories and by our customers.
Much of the article is devoted to rubbishing pulsing technology on the basis of
To set the record straight, it is important to distinguish between suspicious theoretical conjecture backed by undefined 'tests', and reports from the field.. Despite the debate over how pulsing works at the molecular level, none of this changes the fact that pulsing can improve battery performance in the real world. The ultimate test of any technology is whether or not it works, whether independent tests repeatedly demonstrate that it works, and whether the results can be repeated again and again in the manner expected.
This is the case with Megapulse, which since its inception 17 years ago, has been proven time and again to improve the performance of lead-acid batteries. Among others, both Volvo and Scania have run long-term tests on trucks, each lasting over 5 years, with the result that both companies endorse and approve the fitment of Megapulse to their vehicles to the extent that the product has been rebadged for their specific use. The product meets all EU requirements. Summary details of Scania's tests, along with those of Unibuss on its vehicle fleet, are available at our web site.
Over and above much anecdotal information from our South African customers, quantitative data are now emerging from the field to back up the fact that Megapulse does indeed improve the performance of under-performing batteries.
In one example, the standard golf car battery test measures the time it takes to discharge, at a defined and controlled rate, a set of batteries from fully charged to a predetermined voltage: in essence, the longer it takes, the better the battery condition. Here are the before and after results for the same set of 6 x 6v, 2½ year old, batteries arranged in a 36v bank, the first before, the second after, applying Megapulse for a few months:
Before: 65 mins (see above) After: 103 mins (see table on right)
Battery performance improvement: 38 minutes (54.5%)
These results were obtained solely and only from the application of Megapulse to the golf car battery bank.
The full report from which these figures are taken can be viewed here
While these figures demonstrate that Megapulse can indeed reverse the effects of sulphation, it must also be borne in mind that the primary purpose of Megapulse is the prevention of sulphation in new batteries, so that sulphation never becomes a problem in the first place. That it can successfully recover moderately sulphated batteries as well, is a secondary effect of the device, and ample demonstration that electrical pulsing is effective in the control of sulphation.
In summary, the practical results speak for themselves.
Despite having to defend ourselves from our detractors, we have no interest in promoting our product at the expense of others: its performance speaks for itself. However, we leave it to the endorsements of our growing list of customers to demonstrate that Megapulse clearly and provably works as claimed.
This document can be downloaded here