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Euro Energy renew JOSCAR accreditation
Posted on 7th November 2019

Euro Energy renew JOSCAR accreditation

Euro Energy has recently renewed JOSCAR accreditation for another year.

JOSCAR is a cross-sector collaborative compliance solution by HELLIOS, which reduces the time, cost, resources and duplication often needed to provide information to major customers, particularly in the Defence sector. Holding common supplier data in a central system allows the information to be accessed by all participating buying organisations quickly and in a simple format.

The service is subscribed to by BAE Systems, Babcock, Qinetiq, Selex, Textron and many more, and contains the data of more than 6000 members of their supply chains.

Areas of compliance covered by JOSCAR are Business Continuity, Counterfeit Products/Material, Environmental & Sustainability, Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Health & Safety, Import/Export, Insurances & Third Party Certifications, IT Security, Labour Standards & Human Rights, Modern Slavery, Product Safety & Supply Chain Quality.

To read more about JOSCAR & HELLIOS, click here

As a leading supplier of custom batteries and battery packs, Euro Energy see accreditation as an absolute necessity to allow further business growth in some of our core markets - such as the defence sector. Being accredited enables new and old customers to access relevant information, and, for new customers to speed up the pre-qualification process making us easier to work with.

If you are looking for custom battery power for new mobile devices, or have a spares requirement for batteries of any chemistry, whether Ni-MH, Li-Ion, LiFePO4, VRLA or even Ni-Cd, please contact our Technical team. You’ll be surprised to find that somewhere in your organisation you are likely to be working with us already!

For further information contact our Technical Team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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Philips HeartStart FR2+ AED Defibrillator - End of Life announced!
Posted on 24th October 2019

Philips HeartStart FR2+ AED Defibrillator - End of Life announced!

Philips have announced end of life for the HeartStart FR2+ defibrillator. After 2019, this defibrillator will no longer be supported, meaning its battery, M3863A, will no longer be manufactured. Stock of the HeartStart FR2+ battery, M3863A, may remain available in the short term, though as time progresses, this battery will be increasingly difficult to find. But Euro Energy have a solution to keep your FR2+ defibrillator ready for when you need it most!

To help prolong the useful life of the Philips HeartStart FR2+ defibrillator, Euro Energy are increasing stock levels of this battery, our part 02102, to allow owners of this Philips defibrillator to keep their life saving equipment in service and ready for use in an emergency situation.

The Philips datasheet states the shelf life of this battery is 5 years* and the installed standby life is also 5 years^, which means that buying 2 replacement batteries now could keep your FR2+ ready for action until 2030!

Data sheet details are shown at the bottom of this message.

 

And don’t forget to check your Philips defib pads! Available in both adult & child sizes, part numbers 06516 (M3713A / 989803158211) and 06515 (M3870A / 989803108851) respectively. These have a limited shelf life, though continue to be available.

Don't leave it too late and face having to buy a new defib unit just because you didn't buy the batteries whilst you could, buy replacement batteries and adult/child FR2+ defib pads today and make sure your Philips HeartStart FR2+ defibrillator remains ready for use in the event of an emergency for many years to come! 

For more information or to place your order, please contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

Philips HeartStart FR2+ battery datasheet for M3863A below:-

*When stored between 0 to 43C (32 & 109 fahrenheit) in its original packaging
^If FR2+ defib is unused.
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Euro Energy to Exhibit at The National Biomedical & Clinical Engineering Conference 28th November 2019
Posted on 16th August 2019

Euro Energy to Exhibit at The National Biomedical & Clinical Engineering Conference 28th November 2019

On the 28th of November 2019, Euro Energy will once again be supporting Philips at their National Biomedical & Clinical Engineering Conference, being held this year at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre on Beeston Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ.

Celebrating it's 21st year, this year's theme is 'The evolution of the Biomed in the age of digital healthcare' and will feature world class speakers to help delegates navigate through this changing world with a series of keynotes and panel session. The new venue has capacity for 400 delegates, so Philips are hoping that this event will be their biggest so far. The show is aimed at Clinical Technologists, Medical Engineers, EBME Managers, Technical Support Managers, Biomedical Engineers, Heads of Clinical Engineering, Directors, Solution Consultants, Field Service Engineers, IT Specialists and Operations Managers.

Even with a packed day planned, there will be ample time for delegates to engage with exhibitors during registration, lunch and refreshment breaks - which will be hosted in the main hall.

Euro Energy will be showcasing Philips Medical batteries and equipment accessories and consumables on our table top display. We will welcome all delegates to come on over to say hello and ask any questions you may have about Philips medical batteries and medical accessories - or indeed any items from our wide range of OEM & compatible medical batteries and OEM medical equipment consumables.

We look forwards to seeing you on the 28th of November!

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VAT Exempt Purchases From Euro Energy
Posted on 29th July 2019

VAT Exempt Purchases From Euro Energy

Most of our medical batteries and medical equipment accessories are for use in Hospitals, Care Homes, Doctor's Surgeries, Medical Centres etc  for use by trained professionals, however some of our medical batteries are also suitable for home applications and can be purchased exempt from VAT for use by chronically sick or disabled customers. Our VAT exemption form can be downloaded here or from our Downloads page in the 'Other Downloads' section at the bottom of the page.

To find out more about what types of products can be purchased and under what conditions a person qualifies for VAT exemption, please visit the gov.uk website. You can click here  to visit the gov.uk information page and read all about VAT Exempt purchases, what products can qualify for VAT Exempt purchasing and whether you qualify for VAT free goods.

Some examples of the types of equipment that we offer batteries for that could qualify for VAT Exemption are:-

  • Hoist batteries
  • Nebuliser batteries
  • Oxygen Concentrator batteries

Before deciding whether you and your intended purchase qualify for VAT Exemption, it is vital that you read the gov.uk guidance carefully.

If you qualify for a VAT Exemption and you wish to purchase an item from Euro Energy, please download, print and fully complete (not forgetting to sign) our VAT Exemption certificate  and then email it along with details of the item you wish to buy along with your telephone number, to info@euroenergy.co.uk We will then call you to arrange payment by credit or debit card.

We cannot offer guidance or advice on whether or not you qualify for a VAT Exempt purchase, but our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to help you to find the right battery for your equipment.

For further information or to discuss our range of Original Manufacturer medical batteries & Compatible medical batteries, Original Manufacturer medical accessories and general purpose Sealed Lead Acid/VRLA batteries contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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Field Safety Notice - Philips Intellivue MX40 989803174131 / 989803176201 - Increased Battery power Consumption and Absence of Low Battery Alarms
Posted on 2nd July 2019

Field Safety Notice - Philips Intellivue MX40 989803174131 / 989803176201 - FSN86201863C

Increased Battery power Consumption and Absence of Low Battery Alarms

On June 19, 2019 Philips Healthcare released an urgent Field Safety Notice, FSN86201863C, regarding the Philips Intellivue MX40 entitled 'Increased Battery Power Consumption and Absence of Low Battery Alarms, text below:-

Dear Customer, 
 
Previously, you received notices related to power consumption and battery alarms of the MX40, including the original letter dated March 22, 2019. Subsequent to these communications, additional issues related to power consumption and low battery alarms have been found.  This letter supersedes the prior notices with respect to the “Actions to be Taken by the Customer/User“ to prevent risks to patients.  As mentioned previously, Philips will be contacting you to arrange for a software upgrade and the installation of the software upgrade will correct these problems. 
 
This Medical Device Recall letter is intended to update you about:
  • what the problem is and under what circumstances it can occur
  • the actions that should be taken by the customer / user in order to prevent risks for patients or users
  • the actions planned by Philips to correct the problem. 

This document contains important information for the continued safe and proper use of your equipment 

Please review the following information with all members of your staff who need to be aware of the contents of this communication. It is important to understand the implications of this communication. 
 
Please retain a copy with the equipment Instruction for Use.
 
The MX40 may experience increased power consumption and may have a lack of visual and/or audible notifications while in a “Low Battery State”.   
 
This notice will be reported to the appropriate regulatory agencies. 
 
Philips apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this problem.
 
AFFECTED PRODUCTS: All Philips IntelliVue MX40 Patient Worn Monitors. 
PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: The MX40 may experience increased power consumption and may have a lack of visual and/or audible notifications while in a “Low Battery State”. 
HAZARD INVOLVED: The patient and nearby caregivers may not realize that monitoring has been lost and the battery should be replaced, which may result in a delay in recognition of the need for therapy and/or therapy delivery. 
HOW TO IDENTIFY AFFECTED PRODUCTS: This action applies to all MX40 units.   
ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY CUSTOMER / USER: Until you have upgraded the software on your MX40, replace your batteries every 8 hours, unless you are using Monitor Mode and SpO2 measurement (Manual, Continuous or Auto modes) with AA batteries, in which case replacement should be done every 2 hours. Please complete the attached Reply Card and return to Philips as soon as possible. 
ACTIONS PLANNED BY PHILIPS: Philips Healthcare has released a software upgrade (MX40 rev B.06.59), which will correct these problems. Philips will contact you to arrange for software correction. 
 
If you need to purchase additional batteries, please contact Euro Energy on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk. MX40 batteries are sold as either a 3 pack, Euro Energy Part Number 02214, Philips Part Number 989803174131 or as singles, Euro Energy Part Number 02396, Philips Part Number 9898803176201.
 

For further information or to discuss our range of Original Manufacturer medical batteries & Compatible medical batteries, Original Manufacturer medical accessories and general purpose Sealed Lead Acid/VRLA batteries contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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How Important is the Correct Battery Charger?
Posted on 18th June 2019

How Important is the Correct Battery Charger?

When specifying a battery or battery pack for a project, one of the most important questions is “how it will be recharged?” Clearly careful consideration is required here, as an incorrect charger, leading to only partial charging of your battery or battery pack can make or break your product.

Many designers look at the big picture, incorporating fuel gauging, cell protection and charging into their own electronics. Others opt for a stand alone ‘off the peg’ charger. In either case, Euro Energy can work with you to minimise risk, but we’re able to take full responsibility for a project where we supply both the battery and the charger.

Lots of our customers have come to us initially to help them rescue a failing project, our experience and an assessment of the charger, cell and environmental characteristics will often pinpoint their problem. In some rare cases, the cause of the failure is more subtle, requiring supplementary testing to establish where the incompatibility lies. From an equipment manufacturers perspective though, ‘right first time’ is the ideal, and the beginning of your project is best point for Euro Energy to become involved.

We work with a number of European charger manufacturers, so we can select the solution which offers the best balance of features and characteristics, being mindful of the required pricing - a solution for one customer isn’t necessarily right for another. We can also provide bespoke solutions, such as vehicle powered chargers, wired charger PCBs for installation into your own housing, bespoke housings, charge sequence and parameter modification, additional termination methods, along with the ‘add ons’ such as customer specified connectors, regional plugs and broad input voltage ranges for World-wide sales. The good thing is, you don’t need to make a massive commitment to get bespoke features, often less than 30pcs is enough.

To answer the intial question, how important is the correct battery charger? The answer is very important if you want your battery or battery pack to continue to power your application time after time.

So, if you have a Li-Ion, Lithium Polymer, LiFePO4, Ni-MH or VRLA battery or battery pack project, let us steer your charger selection – speak to us and get it ‘right first time’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information on Li-Ion, Lithium Polymer, Lithium Iron Phospahate, Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) or Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) cells, batteries & battery packs or to learn more about our custom battery pack design and build service, contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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Euro Energy Guide to Battery Chemistries number 3 – Lithium Ion
Posted on 13th June 2019

Euro Energy Guide to Battery Chemistries number 3 – Lithium Ion

It’s approaching 30 years since the first Lithium Ion (Li Ion or Li-Ion) batteries were manufactured commercially.  Constant evolution, driven by the World’s desire to move away from fossil fuels for automotive applications, has resulted in higher discharge current, faster charging and enhanced safety. Whilst success here is the big prize, developments are beneficial across all industry sectors.

Li-Ion has many benefits over other chemistries, such as;

  • Low self-discharge. Around 10% of that experienced with Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH or NiMH)
  • High terminal voltage, three times that of Nickel Metal Hydride
  • Very high energy density, more than twice that of Nickel Metal Hydride
  • A flat discharge voltage profile, with very little voltage reduction during discharge

These characteristics have led to battery packs of a similar voltage and capacity reducing by 55 to 60% in volume and weight when compared with Ni-MH alternatives. Clearly for many products this gives a distinct advantage.

Lithium Ion cells ability to ‘Vent with flame’ is a well- documented phenomenon, and big steps have been taken to ensure this possibility is minimised, primarily by the inclusion of a safety circuit or PCM, or BMS in all lithium batteries. The function of this circuit is to isolate the cells from the output wires should an adverse incident occur. Safety concerns have also led to them being classified by the UN as Class 9 Miscellaneous dangerous goods for shipping purposes, either by road, rail, air or sea. Compliance is a legal requirement, and is a costly process when placing new designs on the market. This is often the prohibitive factor for the use of Li-Ion on small to medium project requirements.    

Euro Energy can lead you through the compliance process, or alternatively we may already have a suitable pre-approved ‘Project Ready’ soft pack in our ever-growing range. If you have a requirement, call our Technical Team to discuss – there’s a good chance we have the solution to your problem!

For further information on Lithium Ion (Li Ion/Li-IOn) cells and battery packs or to learn more about our custom battery pack design and build service, contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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Euro Energy Guide to Battery Chemistries number 2 – Valve Regulated Lead Acid
Posted on 4th June 2019

Euro Energy Guide to Battery Chemistries number 2 – Valve Regulated Lead Acid

Valve Regulated Lead Acid batteries (Often known as VRLA, Sealed Lead Acid, SLA or AGM) were first brought to market during the 1950s, but can still offer the ideal solution to power many products. The technology used in lead acid batteries matured many years ago creating a robust, low cost battery, readily available globally from multiple manufacturers.

Their operation allows 99% of all gas produced to be recombined during normal use, so the need for regular topping up is removed and allowing them to be classified as ‘Non-Spillable’. Anyone who ships batteries will know this classification greatly simplifies the delivery process.

Key to the design of lead acid batteries are glass fibre separators which sit between the lead calcium grids. These hold the acid in suspension, so even if stored upside down they won’t leak! This is coupled with a low- pressure relief valve, effectively a rubber cap over the filler spout, which keeps the acid in. In the event of an incident such as over-charging, this will slowly allow the gas to release and disperse to atmosphere. So long as the enclosure is adequately ventilated, sufficiently to prevent a 4% concentration, they remain completely safe.

Some manufacturers are so confident in their lead acid batteries they approve operation in any orientation, including upside down!

The ‘block’ format of VRLA batteries also make them ideal to build into bespoke battery packs in either series or parallel battery pack configurations. Here are a few of the batteries that we build here at Euro Energy that use lead acid batteries, demonstrating versatility of VRLA;


 

 

 

The cycle life and operational time of lead acid batteries are heavily dependent on the way in which the battery is used and maintained. Regular deep cycling will soon reduce capacity, as will high temperature operation (as the result of high ambient temperatures or aggressive charging regimes for example). Storing after a full discharge without recharging is also bad for your battery. This may cause ‘sulphation’, where lead sulphate crystals begin to form within the battery which then act to prevent recharging and normal battery operation.

How to Keep your Lead Acid Battery Healthy

  • Always recharge after use, store fully charged
  • Recharge at least every 6 months if stored
  • Keep the battery in a cool place, cooler the better
  • Use a good quality charger – make sure it’s 3 stage charger if the battery is used in a cyclic application
  • Charge only at room temperature
  • If the battery will be used in a very hot or very cold location, consider reducing or increasing charge voltage in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations

And finally, always make sure the battery specified is the correct type for the intended use. For example, a general purpose battery in a cyclic application will have a very short life. Read our blog about the differences between cyclic & standby batteries here.

Here at Euro Energy, we stock a comprehensive range of Sealed Lead Acid batteries to ensure that most batteries are available for immediate despatch and our intelligent stock management system ensures that our lead acid batteries are in perfect condition when they leave our shelves! We stock batteries from CSB, Cyclon, Fiamm, MK, Panasonic, PBQ, Portalaq, Powersonic, Sonnenschein and Yuasa. You can read more about our range of Sealed Lead Acid batteries here.

For further information on Sealed Lead Acid/Valve Regulated Lead Acid (SLA/VRLA) batteries and battery packs or to learn more about our custom battery pack design and build service, contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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