Become A Duracell Car Battery Stockist

If you’re looking for the ideal vehicle battery to offer your customers, why not become a Duracell Automotive Battery stockist?

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The new name in car batteries, Duracell products offer the ultimate in reliability, durability and power, and of course it’s a name your customers trust. Four ranges cover all car and van types, including modern start-stop and high performance vehicles.

As an authorised Duracell distributor Shield can offer excellent pricing and support, allowing you to give your customers the very best in automotive service.

For more information about becoming a stockist, please get in touch.

See Shield Batteries At Traffex 2015

We’re delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s Traffex exhibition at the NEC Birmingham, from the 21st-23rd April 2015.

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Traffex is the international traffic management, road safety, parking, ITS and highway maintenance exhibition, with over 400 companies and 10,000 visitors attending.

You can meet Shield Batteries on stand Z63 to learn about our full range of traffic signalling batteries and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

Download Our New Battery Data Sheets

Here at Shield we pride ourselves in the quality of product we manufacture – from our classic car range to our marine and leisure batteries, we only use the very best components and our engineering standards are second to none.

We also believe in giving you all the information you need to make the right decision about your new battery. Our knowledgeable battery centre staff are always on-hand to answer any questions, and we also offer a wide selection of battery data sheets detailing the technical specifications of all our products.

We’ve recently updated these sheets to include the very latest technical data. This includes:

– Car and commercial
– Leisure
– Marine
– Classic car
– Gel
– Motorcycle
– Rail
– VRLA
– General product overview

You can download any of our data sheets for free from our downloads section.

Battery Discount For Classic Car Owners

If your classic car is in need of a little TLC, we have a special offer you might be interested in.

We’re offering a £5 discount across our range of classic and vintage car batteries. Available for most makes and models of classic vehicle, these British-engineered hard rubber batteries offer a period look, along with the top performance you’d expect from Shield.

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To redeem your discount, just take the voucher along to one of our battery centres or quote “car club discount” when ordering over the phone.

Introducing Our New Rail Refurbishment Service

Shield Batteries provide rail starter, lighting and trackside batteries to train operating companies across the UK. With an emphasis on the very highest quality both in our products and service, we are renowned for the ongoing support we offer our customers.

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As part of this support, we now offer a full rail battery refurbishment service to all our customers. This increases the life of the battery set and offers a cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative to new rail batteries.

Battery refurbishment includes:

– Steam cleaning of the battery set
– A visual inspection for damaged or leaking cells, and re-watering as required
– Re-charge with on charge temp/voltage electrical test as specified in TE/TP0257
– On passing the above, all inter-cell/battery connections are removed, all threads are cleaned, checked and re-greased
– All cells are reconnected with inter-cell connectors replaced as required
– Specific gravity and OCV readings recorded and checked for pass criteria
– Final electrolyte level adjustment as required

All of the refurbishment work we carry out complies with our ISO 9001 quality certification and to BR’s Lead Acid battery maintenance specification TE/TP0257.

To find out more about our rail battery refurbishment service, please get in touch.

Win A New Battery For Your Motorhome Or Boat

If – like us – you’re looking forward to getting the caravan out in a few weeks’ time for the first camping trip of the year, or you’re thinking about your first boating trip on a sunny weekend, we have a fantastic competition for you.

We’re giving away one of the specialist batteries from our Marine and Leisure range. These batteries are designed specifically for use in boats, motorhomes and many other leisure applications. Whereever you need to take power with you, this is the battery for you. Run your lighting, a water pump and even television throughout your trip.

However you choose to use your leisure time, these batteries give you the power to do it!

How to Enter

You can enter this competition in one of three ways:

1) Follow Shield Batteries on Twitter
2) Like Shield Batteries on Facebook
3) Leave a comment on this blog post telling us your favourite spot for camping or boating

The more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win. Don’t forget to sign in to Rafflecopter to log your entry. There’s no need to create an account, it just records your details so we can contact you if you win.

The competition closes on the 30th of April, and the winner will be notified by email the following week.

Entrants must be UK residents and aged 18 or over.

Good luck!

Log Your Entries Now

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Which Duracell Car Battery Is Right For You?

An instantly-recognisable brand throughout the world, Duracell is a byword for power, performance and longevity. With decades of battery expertise, Duracell has recently moved into the automotive battery sector with a brand new range of high-performance car batteries.

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About the Duracell Automotive Range

The Duracell automotive range is split info four different applications:

Duracell Starter Batteries

Duracell’s entry-level model of car and LCV batteries, the Starter range offers an excellent maintenance-free solution for cars and light commercial vehicles. Features of the Starter range include:

– Reliable starting power
– Full calcium maintenance-free
– Double lid leak protection
– Integrated safety flame arrestor
– 12 battery models from 45Ah to 95Ah
– Optimum price/performance ratio
– UK type numbers and EN/SAE ratings

Duracell Advanced Batteries

This is the ideal battery for modern cars, meeting and exceeding the demands of leading vehicle manufacturers. 22 advanced battery types in this range cover most European and Asian vehicles. Features of the Advanced range include:

– Matches or exceeds OE specifications
– Improved cold cranking
– Full calcium maintenance-free
– Robust cyclic behaviour to support high on-board power
– Maximum double lid leak protection
– Integrated safety flame arrestor
– Vibration-resistant bond plates
– 22 battery models from 40Ah to 110Ah
– UK type numbers and EN/SAE ratings

Duracell Extreme AGM & EFB Batteries

The Extreme batteries are designed for use in modern environmentally-friendly cars that incorporate stop/start technology. The EFB battery is used in small/medium cars and LCVs that have basic stop/start features, whereas the AGM battery is mainly used in medium and luxury vehicles where more complex stop/start functions including brake energy recuperation are used. Features of the Extreme EFB range include:

– Twice the cycle resistance compared to standard batteries
– Top V3 vibration resistance rating
– UK product classification number and EN/SAE cold crank power
– Special active mass composition and separator material
– Double lid leak protection
– Zero-maintenance calcium technology

Features of the Extreme AGM range include:

– VRLA battery – three models with 70/80/92Ah
– Three times the cycle resistance compared to standard batteries
– Leak-proof and zero-maintenance
– Maximum starting power thanks to very low internal resistance
– Possible to install in a lateral position
– UK product classification number and EN/SAE cold crank power

Duracell Professional Batteries

The Professional range is designed for use in commercial vehicles such as buses, trucks, agricultural and construction machinery. Available as heavy-duty or super heavy-duty. Features of the HD range include:

– EN 50342-1 rating E3/V3: Heavy Duty cycle- and vibration resistant
– Simple maintenance: externally visible electrolyte level markings, practical plugs
– Robust design with set bonding
– Envelope separator to protect against short circuits
– Product classification with UK number and EN/SAE cold cranking power
– Optimum price-performance ratio

Features of the SHD range include:

– EN 50342-1 rating E4/V3: Super Heavy Duty extra cycleand
vibration resistant
– Maintenance-free: Hybrid technology ensures minimum water consumption
– Six models from 110 to 225Ah
– Superior Safety: Central degassing, external ignition protection, safety plugs
– Improved leak protection for models 145/180/225Ah due to 4-chamber flat lid with an integral flame arrester
– Product classification with UK number and EN/SAE cold crank power

For more information about the batteries in this range, just visit our Duracell Automotive page.

Visit Our Stand at Railtex 2015

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There are just a couple of months to go before this year’s Railtex conference at the NEC in Birmingham. We’ll be exhibiting on stand E69, so if you’d like to find out more about our rail range – including our new Rail Gel Batteries – why not come and see us?

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Heritage railways are enjoying increased attention in the UK, with more families choosing them for a day out, and more volunteers giving their time to keep the trains and stations running. Shield Batteries provides rail battery sets for many heritage lines, including The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire.

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About The KWVR

The KWVR is a preserved standard gauge line which joins the national railway network at Keighley and runs 5 miles up the valleys of the River Worth and Bridgehouse Beck to Oxenhope. It stops at six stations in total including Haworth of Bronte fame, making it a popular line with tourists, picnic-goers and history-lovers alike.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is perhaps most famous for its role in the 1970 film version of Edith Nesbit’s story ‘The Railway Children’. The film was shot at Oakworth station and many of the railway volunteers of the time were involved. This station like many of the others on the line has been completely restored to Edwardian splendour, being gas-lit and heated by coal fires!

At the time of filming there were still very few heritage railways in the UK, and The KWVR was the only line that could provide a tunnel – crucial for the filming of The Railway Children. Several locomotives were used in the film and thanks to the hard work of volunteers over the years, they all still survive to this day. They were painted in fictional liveries for the film including brown, apple green and plain black – reminiscent of real-life vintage railway companies like the Great Northern Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway.

The 5775 and 957 locomotives used in the film can still be seen on the KWVR, although as of 2014 they’re on static display rather than active duty.

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Other locations around The KWVR can be seen in the film, including the “Three Chimneys” house in Oxenhope, the Bronte Parsonage which was used as Dr. Forrest’s surgery and of course the Mytholmes tunnel. Anyone wanting to tour the various location can pick up a leaflet of ‘The Railway Children Walks’ from any KWVR stations.

Visiting The KWVR

The KWVR runs both steam and diesel locomotives, so if you want to see a steam engine in action it’s worth planning ahead to see which is planned to run on the day of your visit. There are special events throughout the year, from Footplate Experiences which allow you to actually drive and fire a locomotive, to Dining Trains which allow you to sit back in complete luxury and sample gourmet food whilst you enjoy your trip.

The KWVR website has comprehensive information on upcoming events, prices and which locomotives are scheduled to run over the coming weeks, so why not visit this beautiful part of Yorkshire. How many locations will you recognise from the film?

“IMG HaworthStation” by Dean SJ Ball – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“Steam Locomotive 5775 (5441101317)” by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK – 5775Uploaded by tm. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Rapier Sunbeam H120 Fitted With Shield Classic Car Battery

Classic car battery competition winner Sharon wasted no time in putting her new Shield battery to good use. Here we can see it about to be fitted to her 1973 Rapier Sunbeam H120, and then in situ in the engine bay:

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This car has in Sharon’s family since 1983, and although it was mechanically sound it needed extensive bodywork. In 1989 works started on the car in earnest, with new wings, doors, front valance, rear valance, bonnet, boot etc all being added. All mechanical components were renewed or reconditioned and a year later, the shell was painted and given new trim and chrome.

The car was first shown in 1992/3 where it won all prizes at the club national – a great result after so much hard work. Over the next seventeen years the car has gone on to win many cups including the club Master class for thirteen consecutive years!

We think you’ll agree the Sunbeam looks great in the paddock – a true classic.

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If you need a new battery for your classic car, head over to our classic battery page to view our full range.