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Discharge Testing: What, Why and When Explained

Tom Carpenter

Lesley Varga

There is confusion within the industry on the need for discharge tests, what type, what constitutes one, how they are performed, and their effect on the battery. The confusion is exacerbated by the number of new people in the field. This proposed paper will cover the IEEE Std. 450 (VLA) and Std. 1188 (VRLA) recommended discharge tests. The below topics will be presented to dispel some of the myths that exist around discharge testing and provide an argument for why discharge testing should be performed despite the costs and schedule impacts.

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