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Top 6 Common ATEX Battery Packs Myths and Misconceptions

In hazardous environments, where safety is absolutely paramount, ATEX battery packs are vital industrial components. Despite this, there are...

In hazardous environments, where safety is absolutely paramount, ATEX battery packs are vital industrial components. Despite this, there are a number of myths associated with these battery packs, meaning it’s very easy for individuals to get confused and make misinformed decisions. To that end, detailed below are some of the most common misconceptions and myths that are linked to ATEX battery packs, which will also be debunked in the following blog.

ATEX Battery Packs

Myth 1: ATEX Battery Packs Cannot Be Used in Wet Environments

It’s thought that ATEX batteries can’t be used in wet environments; however, if they’re appropriately rated for the specific ATEX classification and zone, they can withstand exposure to moisture. In fact, ATEX batteries can even be submerged in water for a short length of time and be placed in rainy environments. It’s for this reason that it’s so important to select the correct ATEX battery for the application. 

Myth 2: ATEX Battery Packs Don't Need Maintenance

It’s a very common misconception that ATEX batteries require no maintenance whatsoever because of their specialized design. Despite this assumption, ATEX battery packs require regular maintenance, much like any other piece of equipment. In fact, this maintenance is required to ensure the continued safe operation of ATEX batteries. As a result, it often includes routine inspections, testing, and adherence to manufacturer-recommended maintenance. Each of these aspects is essential to preventing issues and ensuring the longevity of the battery pack.

Myth 3: ATEX Battery Packs are Heavy and Bulky

It’s also mistakenly assumed that ATEX batteries are cumbersome and large; however, the latest developments in battery technology mean that lightweight and compact ATEX batteries have been created. What’s more, this is all without compromising the high energy density. In today’s society, ATEX battery packs are designed to be suitable for various applications and portable, too. This is inclusive of hazardous environments and settings that require mobility. 

Myth 4: ATEX Battery Packs are Inefficient and Costly

Another common myth about ATEX battery packs is that they’re less efficient and significantly more expensive than their non-ATEX counterparts. Although ATEX batteries tend to have a higher initial cost than other types of batteries, this is down to their specialized materials and designs, which are required for safety. Since they offer so much protection, it’s safe to say that ATEX batteries are worth this investment. Similarly, the design of ATEX batteries is energy-efficient, which means a longer lifespan is guaranteed, resulting in lower operating costs over time. 

Myth 5: All ATEX Battery Packs are the Same

Although it’s widely believed that ATEX batteries are all created equally, this couldn’t be further from the truth. ATEX batteries are designed for specific ATEX classifications and zones, which is achieved through any number of configurations. Hazardous areas are classified into the zones in which they’ll be used; these zones are based on the likelihood of an explosion. Different risk factors will result in different levels of protection and using the wrong type of ATEX battery could have detrimental impacts.

Myth 6: ATEX Battery Packs are Explosion-Proof

While ATEX batteries are designed to operate safely in explosive environments, this isn’t to say that they’re completely immune to explosions. This is a common misconception. ATEX batteries are built to prevent the initiation of explosions by guaranteeing that their internal components don’t produce heat or sparks, meaning flammable dust or gases can’t be ignited. Despite this, when battery packs are used improperly or damaged, a risk is still posed. This means that regular maintenance is of the utmost importance, as this means that crucial safety guidelines can be adhered to.

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