DEFINITION OF COMMON TERMS
Buss Bar - A means of attaching one charger to two or more batteries to be charged at the same time.
Passivation - When batteries are left in a discharged state, a layer of lead oxide begins to coat the plates hampering
the cells' ability to accept or release energy. Passivation may result in a battery taking 24 hours or more to begin to
draw current during charging, and may result in false "bad battery" readings by battery analyzers and chargers.
Pulsing - Some chargers apply "pulses" of current to the battery, purported to remove the sulfating layers
accumulated on the battery cell plates.
Vent - There are six vents per 12 volt battery. They are located in the lid in a 3X2 pattern, circular in shape, one inch
or 2.5 cm in diameter.
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS/ACRONYMS
The following table lists abbreviations and acronyms that appear in this Technical Bulletin (TB).
Absorbed Glass Mat; a lead-acid battery format where the electrolyte is held in
fiberglass mats suspended between the battery plates
Army Materiel Command
Battery Council International
Cold Cranking Amperage; an indication of Amperage available to perform start
Equipment Improvement Recommendation
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
National Stock Number
Open Circuit Voltage; the electrical value measured between the positive and
negative posts on the battery without a load
Standard Automotive Tool Set
State Of Charge
Tank Automotive Command
The Army Maintenance Management System