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0ctober 2017
Block battery Ni-Cd range
SBLE, SBM, SBH types for standard
SBL, SBM, SBH types for non standard
Installation & operating instructions for Block battery range
Safety precautions
2.3. Electrolyte
■ Never allow an exposed flame or spark
near the batteries, while charging.
■
Cells delivered filled and charged:
Check for spilling.
If spilling is noticed, the spilled cells must
be refilled with E22 electrolyte, only after
assembly (see 2.4 Assembly), to the
same level as the other cells in the string.
■
Cells delivered empty and discharged:
Important: The commissioning charge
must start within 24 hours but not
before 4 hours after the electrolyte
has been filled. After commissioning,
the battery shall be charged
permanently according to section 4.
■ Never smoke while performing any
operation on the battery.
■ For protection, wear rubber gloves,
long sleeves and appropriate splash
goggles or face shield.
■ The electrolyte is harmful to skin and
eyes. In the event of contact with skin
or eyes, wash immediately with
plenty of water. If eyes are affected,
flush with water, and obtain immediate
medical attention.
■ Remove all rings, watches and other
items with metal parts before working
on the battery.
■ Use insulated tools.
■ Avoid static electricity and take
measurements for protection against
electric shocks.
■ Discharge any possible static electricity
from clothing and / or tools by touching
an earth-connected part “ground” before
working on the battery.
1. Receiving the shipment
Do not overturn the package. Inspect
cells for any damage and report any to
the freight company immediately.
■
If the cells are shipped filled and
charged, the cells are ready for
assembly.
If the electrolyte is supplied dry,
prepare it according to its separate
instructions sheet.
The electrolyte to be used is E22.
Fill the cells about 20 mm above
the minimum level mark (lower)
with electrolyte. Start the
commissioning charge within 24 hours
but not before 4 hours.
2.4. Assembly
Verify that cells are correctly interconnected
with the appropriate polarity.
The connecting lugs to the battery terminals
should be nickel plated.
Recommended torques values for
terminal bolts are:
• M 6 = 11 ± 1.1 N m (97.4 ± 9.8 lbf.in)
• M 8 = 20 ± 2 N m (177.0 ± 17.7 lbf.in)
2. Installation
2.1. Location
Install the battery in a dry and clean
room. Avoid direct sunlight and heat.
The battery will give the best
performance when the ambient
temperature is between +10°C to +30°C
(+50°F to +86°F).
2.2. Ventilation
During the last part of charging,
the battery is emitting gases (oxygen
and hydrogen mixture). At normal float
charge the gas evolution is very small,
but some ventilation is necessary.
Note that special regulations for
ventilation may be valid in your area
depending on the application.
• M10 = 30 ± 3 N m (265.0 ± 26.6 lbf.in)
The connectors and terminals should
be corrosion-protected by coating
with a thin layer of anti-corrosion oil
or NO-OX-ID”A”
3. Commissioning
Verify that the vents are closed
and the ventilation is adequate during
this operation.
A good commissioning is important and
mandatory. Charge at constant current
is preferable.
Prior and during commissioning charge,
record all data requested in the
commissioning report available on
www.saftbatteries.com.
3.1. Constant current charge
If the current limit is lower than indicated
in the Table A or B, charge for a
proportionally longer time.
■
For cells filled and charged by the
factory and stored less than 6 months:
Charge for 10 h at 0.2 C5 A
recommended (see Tables A or B).
■
For cells filled on location or for filled
cells which have been stored more
than 6 months:
a) Charge for 10 h at 0.2 C5 A
recommended (see Tables A or B)
b) Discharge at 0.2 C5 A to 1.0 V/cell
c) Charge for 10 h at 0.2 C5 A
recommended (see Tables A or B).
Note: At the end of the charge, the cell
voltage may reach the level of 1.85 V
per cell, thus the charger shall be able
to supply such voltage.
When the charger maximum voltage
setting is too low to supply constant
current charging, divide the battery into
two parts to be charged individually.
3.2. Constant voltage charge
For cells filled and charged by the
factory and stored less than 6 months:
Charge for 24 h at 1.65 V/cell,
current limited to 0.2 C5 A or charge
for 48 h at 1.55 V/cell, current limited
to 0.2 C5 A (see Tables A or B).
■ For cells filled on location or for filled
cells which have been stored more
than 6 months:
a) Charge for 30 h at 1.65 V/cell with
current limited to 0.2 C5 A
(see Tables A or B)
b) Discharge at 0.2 C5 A to 1.0 V/cell
c) Charge for 30 h at 1.65 V/cell
with current limited to 0.2 C5 A
or charge for 48 h at 1.55 V/cell
current limited to 0.2 C5 A
(see Tables A or B)
■
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Block battery Ni-Cd range
SBLE, SBM, SBH types for standard
SBL, SBM, SBH types for non standard
Installation & operating instructions for Block battery range
3.3. Electrolyte adjustment after
commissioning
■
For cells delivered filled by the factory:
- Check the electrolyte level and adjust
it to the maximum level mark (upper)
by adding distilled or deionized water.
■
For cells filled on location:
- Check the electrolyte level and adjust
it to the maximum level mark (upper)
by adding: electrolyte.
The battery is ready for use.
Note: When full battery performance
is required for capacity test purposes,
the battery has to be charged in
accordance with IEC 60623.
4. Charging in service
Maintaining the recommended battery
charging voltage is very important to
insure long life to the battery. The
battery charger must be set to the
recommended charging values.
4.1. Continuous parallel operation,
with occasional battery discharge.
Recommended charging voltage (+20°C
to +25°C / +68°F to +77°F):
For two level charge:
• Float level
= 1.42 ± 0.01 V/cell for L cells
= 1.40 ± 0.01 V/cell for M and H cells
• High level (Boost)
= 1.47 - 1.70 V/cell for L cells
= 1.45 - 1.70 V/cell for M and H cells.
A high voltage will increase the speed
and efficiency of the recharging.
For single level charge (Float and Boost
charge are not available):
1.43 - 1.50 V/cell.
It is important that the recommended
charging voltage remains unchanged.
The charging voltage should be
checked and recorded at least once
yearly. If a cell float voltage is found
below 1.35 V, high-rate charge is
recommended to apply to the cell
concerned.
■ Check visually the electrolyte level. Never
let the level fall below the minimum level
mark (lower). Use only distilled or
deionized water to top-up. Experience will
tell the time interval between topping-up.
Note: Once the battery has been filled
with the correct electrolyte either at the
battery factory or during the battery
commissioning, there is no need to
check the electrolyte density periodically.
Interpretation of density measurements
is difficult and could be misleading.
■ Check every two years that all
connectors are tight. The connectors
and terminal bolts should be corrosion
protected by coating with a thin layer
of anti-corrosion oil or NO-OX-ID”A”
■ High water consumption is usually
caused by high improper voltage
setting of the charger.
Note that all these maintenance
recommendations followed the IEEE
1106 standard ‘Recommended Practice
for Installation, Maintenance, Testing and
Replacement of Vented Nickel-Cadmium
Batteries for Stationary Applications’.
6. Changing Electrolyte
Recommended charging voltage (+20°C
to +25°C / +68°F to +77°F):
1.50 - 1.60 V/cell.
In most stationary battery applications,
the electrolyte will retain its effectiveness
for the life of the battery. However,
under special battery operating
conditions, if the electrolyte is found
to be carbonated, the battery
performance can be restored by
replacing the electrolyte.
The electrolyte type to be used for
replacement in these cells is: E13.
Refer to "Electrolyte Instructions".
5. Preventive maintenance
7. Storage
Keep the battery clean using only
water. Do not use a wire brush or
solvents of any kind. Vent plugs can be
rinsed in clean water if necessary.
■ Check the charging voltage.
Store the battery indoors in a dry,
clean, cool location (0°C to +30°C /
+32°F to+ 86°F) and well ventilated
space.
Do not store in direct sunlight or expose
4.2. Buffer operation, where the load
exceeds the charger rating.
■
to excessive heat.
Cells filled and charged
• If cells are stored filled, they must be
fully charged prior to storage.
• Cells may be stored filled and charged
for a period not exceeding 12 months
from date of dispatch from factory.
Storage of a filled battery at
temperatures above +30°C (+86°F) can
result in permanent change and loss of
product performance, depending on the
duration of the storage above the
maximum recommended temperature.
■
■
Cells empty and discharged
• Saft recommends to store cells empty
and discharged.
• Cells can be stored like this for many
years.
8. Environment
To protect the environment all used
batteries must be recycled. Contact your
local Saft representative for further
information.
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Block battery Ni-Cd range
SBLE, SBM, SBH types for standard
SBL, SBM, SBH types for non standard
Installation & operating instructions for Block battery range
Table A: Standard range
Cell
type
SBLE 7.5
SBLE 15
SBLE 22
SBLE 30
SBLE 40
SBLE 47
SBLE 62
SBLE 75
SBLE 85
SBLE 95
SBLE 110
SBLE 125
SBLE 140
SBLE 165
SBLE 185
SBLE 200
SBLE 215
SBLE 230
SBLE 255
SBLE 275
SBLE 300
SBLE 325
SBLE 355
SBLE 365
SBLE 375
SBLE 395
SBLE 415
SBLE 435
SBLE 460
SBLE 480
SBLE 500
SBLE 510
SBLE 550
SBLE 600
SBLE 650
SBLE 700
SBLE 750
SBLE 790
SBLE 830
SBLE 890
SBLE 925
SBLE 980
SBLE 1000
SBLE 1020
SBLE 1070
SBLE 1100
SBLE 1150
SBLE 1200
SBLE 1250
SBLE 1300
SBLE 1350
SBLE 1400
SBLE 1450
SBLE 1500
SBLE 1560
SBLE 1600
SBLE 1660
SBLE 1690
Electrolyte
per cell
Charging
current
0.2 C5 A
(A)
Solid*
(kg)
Liquid*
(l)
Cell
connect.
bolt
per pole
1.5
3.0
4.4
6.0
8.0
9.4
12
15
17
19
22
25
28
33
37
40
43
46
51
55
60
65
71
73
75
79
83
87
92
96
100
102
110
120
130
140
150
158
166
178
185
196
200
204
214
220
230
240
250
260
270
280
290
300
312
320
332
338
0.08
0.11
0.17
0.15
0.29
0.19
0.23
0.32
0.45
0.45
0.49
0.58
0.58
0.71
0.71
0.84
0.84
0.84
0.97
0.97
1.26
1.26
1.39
1.39
1.39
1.52
1.52
1.68
1.68
1.81
1.81
1.81
1.94
2.20
2.37
2.49
2.62
2.75
2.88
3.18
3.34
3.47
3.60
3.60
3.73
3.86
4.18
4.31
4.41
4.54
4.67
4.80
5.12
5.38
5.51
5.64
5.77
5.77
0.2
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.9
0.6
0.7
1.0
1.4
1.4
1.5
1.8
1.8
2.2
2.2
2.6
2.6
2.6
3.0
3.0
3.9
3.9
4.3
4.3
4.3
4.7
4.7
5.2
5.2
5.6
5.6
5.6
6.0
6.8
7.3
7.7
8.1
8.5
8.9
9.8
10.3
10.7
11.1
11.1
11.5
11.9
12.9
13.3
13.6
14.0
14.4
14.8
15.8
16.6
17.0
17.4
17.8
17.8
M6
M6
M6
M6
M6
M6
M6
M8
M8
M8
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
Cell
type
SBM 11
SBM 15
SBM 22
SBM 30
SBM 43
SBM 50
SBM 56
SBM 65
SBM 72
SBM 84
SBM 93
SBM 100
SBM 112
SBM 118
SBM 130
SBM 138
SBM 150
SBM 161
SBM 168
SBM 184
SBM 192
SBM 200
SBM 208
SBM 216
SBM 231
SBM 241
SBM 250
SBM 260
SBM 277
SBM 300
SBM 323
SBM 346
SBM 369
SBM 392
SBM 415
SBM 438
SBM 461
SBM 482
SBM 505
SBM 526
SBM 555
SBM 576
SBM 600
SBM 625
SBM 649
SBM 674
SBM 690
SBM 723
SBM 740
SBM 768
SBM 792
SBM 830
SBM 866
SBM 890
SBM 920
SBM 940
SBM 965
SBM 1009
SBM 1040
SBM 1082
SBM 1107
SBM 1150
SBM 1181
SBM 1220
SBM 1274
SBM 1324
SBM 1390
SBM 1445
Electrolyte
per cell
Charging
current
0.2 C5 A
(A)
Solid*
(kg)
Liquid*
(l)
Cell
connect.
bolt
per pole
2.2
3.0
4.4
6.0
8.6
10
11
13
14
17
19
20
22
24
26
28
30
32
34
37
38
40
42
43
46
48
50
52
55
60
65
70
74
78
83
88
92
96
101
105
111
115
120
125
130
135
138
145
148
154
158
166
173
178
184
188
193
202
208
216
221
230
236
244
254
264
278
289
0.10
0.11
0.15
0.15
0.32
0.32
0.39
0.36
0.36
0.42
0.42
0.52
0.52
0.52
0.58
0.65
0.75
0.68
0.87
0.87
0.87
1.04
1.04
1.04
0.97
0.97
1.26
1.26
1.26
1.30
1.36
1.56
1.72
1.91
2.07
1.98
1.91
1.91
2.37
2.37
2.59
2.59
2.75
3.08
3.08
3.01
2.88
2.88
3.43
3.43
3.63
4.11
4.11
4.05
3.82
3.89
4.05
4.63
5.15
5.15
5.05
4.76
4.86
5.99
5.99
6.09
5.73
5.73
0.3
0.3
0.5
0.5
1.0
1.0
1.2
1.1
1.1
1.3
1.3
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.8
2.0
2.3
2.1
2.7
2.7
2.7
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.0
3.0
3.9
3.9
3.9
4.0
4.2
4.8
5.3
5.9
6.4
6.1
5.9
5.9
7.3
7.3
8.0
8.0
8.5
9.5
9.5
9.3
8.9
8.9
10.6
10.6
11.2
12.7
12.7
12.5
11.8
12.0
12.5
14.3
15.9
15.9
15.6
14.7
15.0
18.5
18.5
18.8
17.7
17.7
M6
M6
M6
M6
M6
M6
M6
M8
M8
M8
M8
M8
M8
M8
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
6 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
Cell
type
SBH 8.3
SBH 12
SBH 16
SBH 19
SBH 29
SBH 39
SBH 49
SBH 59
SBH 69
SBH 79
SBH 88
SBH 98
SBH 110
SBH 118
SBH 137
SBH 157
SBH 177
SBH 196
SBH 204
SBH 236
SBH 256
SBH 265
SBH 270
SBH 281
SBH 294
SBH 307
SBH 323
SBH 345
SBH 353
SBH 363
SBH 383
SBH 393
SBH 400
SBH 422
SBH 440
SBH 460
SBH 471
SBH 491
SBH 510
SBH 560
SBH 590
SBH 600
SBH 615
SBH 640
SBH 655
SBH 670
SBH 705
SBH 765
SBH 800
SBH 865
SBH 920
Charging
current
0.2 C5 A
(A)
1.7
2.4
3.2
3.8
5.8
7.8
9.8
12
14
16
18
20
22
24
27
31
35
39
41
47
51
53
54
56
59
61
65
69
71
73
77
79
80
84
88
92
94
98
102
112
118
120
123
128
131
134
141
153
160
173
184
Electrolyte
per cell
Solid*
(kg)
Liquid*
(l)
Cell
connect.
bolt
per pole
0.1
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.7
0.6
0.8
0.8
0.9
0.9
1.3
1.3
1.6
1.5
1.5
1.7
1.8
2.4
2.0
2.2
2.3
2.1
2.4
2.9
2.6
2.8
2.7
3.0
2.9
3.3
3.2
3.1
3.5
3.8
3.6
4.3
4.4
4.2
4.1
4.5
4.7
4.9
5.4
5.2
5.5
5.9
6.2
0.4
0.4
0.5
0.9
1.1
1.2
1.5
1.6
2.1
2.0
2.5
2.4
2.9
2.7
4.1
3.9
4.9
4.7
4.6
5.4
5.5
7.4
6.1
6.7
7.0
6.4
7.5
8.8
8.1
8.6
8.3
9.3
8.9
10.1
9.9
9.6
10.8
11.7
11.0
13.4
13.5
12.9
12.8
13.8
14.4
15.0
16.7
16.0
17.0
18.2
19.1
M6
M6
M6
M6
M6
M8
M8
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
3 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
3 x M 10
2 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
4 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
4 x M 10
5 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
5 x M 10
4 x M 10
4 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
5 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
* Value for initial filling (E22).
The cell type shows the rated capacity
in ampere hours (Ah).
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Block battery Ni-Cd range
SBLE, SBM, SBH types for standard
SBL, SBM, SBH types for non standard
Installation & operating instructions for Block battery range
Table B: Non standard range
Cell
type
Charging
current
0.2 C5 A
(A)
Electrolyte
per cell
Solid*
(kg)
Liquid*
(l)
Cell
connect.
bolt
per pole
Cell
type
Charging
current
0.2 C5 A
(A)
Electrolyte
per cell
Solid*
(kg)
Cell
connect.
bolt
per pole
Liquid*
(l)
Cell
type
Charging
current
0.2 C5 A
(A)
Electrolyte
per cell
Solid*
(kg)
Liquid*
(l)
Cell
connect.
bolt
per pole
SBL 7.5
SBL 16
SBL 30
SBL 37
1.5
3.2
6.0
7.4
0.08
0.11
0.15
0.22
0.24
0.35
0.46
0.69
M6
M6
M6
M6
SBM 86
17
0.42
1.3
M8
SBH 25
5.0
0.30
0.92
M6
SBM 287
57
1.39
4.3
2 x M 10
SBH 38
7.6
0.39
1.2
M6
SBM 359
72
1.62
5.0
2 x M 10
SBH 51
10
0.42
1.3
M8
SBM 431
86
2.07
6.4
3 x M 10
SBH 64
13
0.52
1.6
M8
SBL 45
SBL 48
SBL 59
SBL 70
9.0
9.6
12
14
0.19
0.28
0.23
0.32
0.59
0.86
0.7
1.0
M6
M6
M6
M8
SBM 540
108
2.43
7.5
3 x M 10
SBH 77
15
0.52
1.6
M 10
SBM 575
115
2.78
8.6
4 x M 10
SBH 89
18
0.61
1.9
M 10
SBM 720
144
3.24
10.0
4 x M 10
SBH 102
20
0.68
2.1
M 10
SBM 900
180
4.05
12.5
5 x M 10
SBH 115
23
0.91
2.8
M 10
SBH 128
26
0.84
2.6
M 10
SBH 141
28
1.07
3.3
M 10
SBH 153
31
1.04
3.2
M 10
SBH 179
36
1.23
3.8
2 x M 10
SBH 230
46
1.81
5.6
2 x M 10
SBL 90
SBL 102
SBL 131
SBL 135
18
21
27
27
0.39
0.39
0.49
0.55
1.2
1.2
1.5
1.7
M8
M 10
M 10
M 10
SBL 167
SBL 173
SBL 199
SBL 214
34
35
40
43
0.65
0.65
0.78
0.74
2.0
2.0
2.4
2.3
M 10
M 10
M 10
M 10
SBL 237
SBL 256
SBL 269
SBL 301
48
52
54
61
0.97
0.94
1.13
1.20
3.0
2.9
3.5
3.7
2 x M 10
M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
SBL 304
SBL 334
SBL 346
SBL 366
61
67
70
74
1.13
1.26
1.26
1.42
3.5
3.9
3.9
4.4
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
SBL 387
SBL 398
SBL 429
SBL 470
78
80
86
94
1.36
1.55
1.49
1.68
4.2
4.8
4.6
5.2
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
2 x M 10
SBL 500
SBL 510
SBL 595
SBL 600
SBL 645
100
102
119
120
129
1.91
1.88
2.33
2.14
2.23
5.9
5.8
7.2
6.6
6.9
3 x M 10
2 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
3 x M 10
SBL 665
SBL 770
SBL 795
SBL 835
133
154
159
167
2.56
2.78
3.11
3.11
7.9
8.6
9.6
9.6
4 x M 10
3 x M 10
4 x M 10
5 x M 10
SBL 860
SBL 995
SBL 1020
SBL 1070
172
199
204
214
2.98
3.88
3.72
3.72
9.2
12.0
11.5
11.5
4 x M 10
5 x M 10
4 x M 10
5 x M 10
SBL 1280
SBL 1450
SBL 1540
256
290
308
4.66
5.31
5.60
14.4
16.4
17.3
5 x M 10
6 x M 10
6 x M 10
Saft
Industrial Battery Group
* Value for initial filling (E22).
The cell type shows the rated capacity in ampere hours (Ah).
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