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Nickel Carbon Supercapacitors start engines regardless of battery state.

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May 9, 2012 - Designed using nickel and carbon electrodes, non-conducting separators, and alkaline electrolyte inside each cell, KAPower® Ultracapacitors allow 1-32 L engines to crank regardless of battery state. Physical reaction is used to store and release energy, and asymmetric design lets products experience Faradaic pseudo-capacitive behavior. Able to be fully recharged to 100% capacity in as little as 30 sec, supercapacitors hold energy for upwards of 2 years in-between use.

Kold Ban International Ltd.

8390 Pingrec Rd., Lake In The Hills, IL, 60102, USA

Original Press Release

Kold Ban International Is Distributing Its Next Generation KAPower® Nickel Carbon Supercapacitors (aka Ultracapacitors) For Engine Starting Applications Or High Pulse-Power Applications.

Press release date: April 27, 2012

Kold Ban International (KBi) is excited to announce the introduction of the next generation of our KAPower Nickel Carbon Supercapacitors (aka Ultracapacitors). KAPower's proprietary asymmetrical double layer design utilizes "space-age" technology to meet the engine cranking demands of today's accessory laden engines. KAPower is an alternative or counterpart to lead-acid engine starting batteries or alternative to batteries used in high pulse-power applications.

Regardless of the design, lead-acid batteries use a chemical reaction to store and release energy. As a result, lead-acid batteries experience a deteriorating life. KAPower uses a physical reaction to store and release energy. KAPower Supercapacitors are designed using Nickel and Carbon electrodes, non-conducting separators, and an alkaline electrolyte inside each cell. This asymmetric design allows KAPower to experience a "Faradaic pseudo-capacitive behavior". As a result, KAPower suffers none of the drawbacks associated with lead-acid batteries.

Major benefits and features of KAPower Supercapacitors:

  • Eliminate no starts from a "DEAD" battery. Allows an engine to crank regardless of the state of the batteries.
  • Can be fully recharged to 100% capacity in as little as 30 seconds.
  • Can hold its energy for upwards of 2 years in-between use without needing a charge.
  • Cycle life upwards of 1,000,000 cycles and has a 15 - 20 year life.
  • Maintenance-free and in most cases outlasts the vehicle it is installed on.
  • Contains NO lead and Promotes Green Technology
  • Extends the life of existing batteries.
  • Virtual unaffected by temperatures and provides reliable cranking down to -40┬░ F.
  • Military tested and approved
  • Can provide a significant weight reduction. One 120kJ KAPower (62lbs) has approximately the same power as 4 Group 31 lead-acid batteries.
  • Consistent cranking for engines ranging from 1 to 32 liters
  • Requires no internal cell balancing mechanism as with symmetrical designs.
  • May be connected in series or parallel allowing flexible installations.
  • 12 or 24 Volt Modules
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Safe and easy to install

    KBi is very thrilled about the applications for KAPower. A couple of the principal benefits users will experience after installing KAPower Supercapacitors include: the elimination of the expenses and maintenance associated with lead-acid starting batteries and the elimination of the costs and down time associated with jump-starting.

    About Kold Ban International:

    Kold Ban International is the leading manufacture of engine starting solutions for a variety of applications. KBi can provide custom engineered and cost effective solutions for applications requiring design assistance. KBi has over 40 years experience providing safe reliable engine starting in markets that include; military, heavy truck, construction, agriculture, generators, mining, transit, and marine.

    For product information, application assistance, sales, or other information please contact KBi or visit KBi's web site at http://www.koldban.com

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