Triathlon wins Archie with game-changing new battery technology

Longer run-times, longer cycle-life and shorter recharge times secure top award.

International battery specialists Triathlon Battery Solutions swept to victory at the recent UKMHA Awards for Excellence, collecting the coveted Archie for Innovation Ancillary Product.

The jury was impressed by the enhanced lead acid technology that combines the economy of conventional lead acid with the convenience and non-stop availability of rapid, opportunity charging normally associated with lithium-ion.

“QUASAR harnesses ground-breaking technology to achieve up to 25% greater run-time than traditional lead acid batteries and cuts recharge times by 50% — significantly reducing running costs and capital investment in spare batteries and chargers,” explains Tom Burgess, Managing Director of Triathlon Battery Solutions UK. “In operational terms those longer run times typically translate into an additional shift.”

Revolutionary nanotube technology is a game-changer

The secret lies in revolutionary carbon nanotube technology that delivers faster charging, greater thermal operating ranges and higher charge acceptance for opportunity charging. Uniquely, QUASAR actually cools during charge and when working — preventing the heat build-up that destroys conventional batteries.

“QUASAR is the obvious choice in the move from diesel to electric because of its capacity to operate in clean indoor environments as well as prolonged shifts outdoors… even in extreme temperatures,” says Tom. “It delivers high performance in extreme temperatures and provides up to 50 percent longer run times at cold temperatures compared with a standard lead acid battery.”

What’s more, according to the manufacturers, although it occupies the same footprint as a standard lead acid battery, it delivers far higher output, eliminating the problem of power collapse on ramps, in hostile environments and in heavy-duty cycles.

As a result, it is particularly at home in demanding applications such as ground support, VNA, cold stores, multi-shift operations and manufacturing.

Receiving the award, Tom says: “Winning the Archie is a huge accolade. The competition is always extremely fierce, especially in the category of Innovation. The jury is made up of experienced individuals with a wealth of industry knowledge so they certainly know their stuff.

“With QUASAR the customer benefits from unrivalled performance allied to exceptionally low whole-life operating costs when compared with all other fuel and energy sources.”

For more information about QUASAR visit or call 0161 669 9180.

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Topping up: the single most important piece of forklift maintenance you can do

And how Triathlon Battery Solutions can guarantee you always get it right.

Rising diesel prices and environmental concerns have encouraged many forklift owners to make the switch to electric trucks. But, while battery power can deliver substantial savings, these can quickly be lost through poor battery care.

Tom Burgess of leading international supplier Triathlon Battery Solutions explains: “A typical forklift battery represents around 30% of a new truck’s value and will deliver approximately 6,000 working hours. It’s your fuel for the next 5 years or more… providing you look after it correctly.

“Topping up the water is perhaps the single most important aspect of battery maintenance, and, all too often, the most problematic. It’s crucial that topping up is done at the right intervals and to exactly the correct levels, but this can prove difficult, especially in a high-pressure working environment or where casual staff are involved.”

Water plays a key role in the long-term efficiency and lifespan of a forklift battery, but if too much is added the battery will overflow, causing dangerous corrosive acid to leak and leading to expensive battery replacements.

“You only need to get it wrong once and you’ve ruined the battery,” emphasises Mr Burgess. “Adding too little water – or too much – can be disastrous.”

The good news is that topping up is easy and economical to outsource. With a topping up contract from Triathlon, batteries are maintained consistently and correctly.

“Topping up may be a low-cost endeavour that only takes a few minutes, but it’s very high risk for the truck owner or operator,” says Mr Burgess. “At Triathlon we deploy engineers with expert knowledge of batteries who can make sure water is added safely and securely.”

Triathlon Battery Solutions has a dedicated UK-wide network of battery and charger engineers available to support lift truck owners.

“No matter where you are in the country, a specialist battery technician will arrive at a pre-arranged time to top up the water, check for any issues and, once a year will clean the battery to ensure it’s in tip top condition,” adds Mr Burgess. “This is much more efficient and reliable than waiting for a service engineer who’s trying to fit it in between other more pressing jobs.

“A topping up contract is a reliable, cost-effective way to protect your investment whilst making sure your batteries perform at optimal levels for longer and with no drop-off.

“For anyone who manages a fleet of electric forklifts or warehouse trucks, including dealers and plant hire businesses, a topping up contract is a real no-brainer.”

For more information visit or call 01618 480094

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QUASAR eases switch to electric as red diesel subsidy ends

All the power, a fraction of the cost

QUASAR battery helps heavy-duty industries switch to electric as end of red diesel subsidy signals rise in fuel costs.

On 1st April 2022 the red diesel subsidy for the use of diesel in forklifts will come to an end. For diesel truck owners this means soaring fuel prices and expensive running costs. But electric offers a cheaper alternative.

The good news is that switching to electric doesn’t mean compromising on performance, thanks to the new QUASAR next-generation lead acid battery from Triathlon Battery Solutions.

Utilising innovative thin tube positive plate technology, QUASAR has a high discharge rate and higher energy density compared to standard lead acid, with opportune charging capabilities.

Minimal internal resistance means QUASAR can be charged faster and more efficiently, delivering extra capacity without the risk of power drops – even on ramps – resulting in greater uptime and improved productivity.

“Diesel used to have a strong hold on heavy-duty industries, but electric is undoubtedly the future,” explains Tom Burgess, Managing Director at Triathlon Battery Solutions.

“For many, QUASAR could be the next logical step, as it is an ideal replacement power source technology for applications normally associated with LPG or diesel. Demanding applications such as ground support, VNA, multi-shift operations and manufacturing can all benefit from the flexibility and non-stop reliability QUASAR offers.

“Not only is it emission-free, but it also reduces whole-life costs and outperforms IC engine trucks in both power and precision.”

The use of advanced lead acid technology also means QUASAR can achieve 25 percent greater run times in ambient temperatures, helping forklifts last longer on a single charge – which can translate into an additional shift – and reduces the number of battery changes required. For heavy industries running multi-shift operations, this saves valuable time.

Tom Burgess adds: “QUASAR allows trucks to work longer and harder, whether they operate indoors or out. Its capacity allows it to deliver high performance in extreme temperatures and provide up to 50 percent longer run times at cold temperatures compared to standard lead acid.

“There’s not much time left before the rules change on red diesel, and if you’re already considering updates to your fleet, we can help find the right battery for your application.”

For more information about QUASAR visit or call 0161 669 9180.

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IMHX 2019 is less than 2 months away, and you’re invited!

As you may, or may not be aware, we’re exhibiting at IMHX 2019.

IMHX is the UK’s largest materials handling expo, and we would like to invite you to come and visit us on our stand, 6D205. We promise, you won’t want to miss us.

We’ll have our regular product offerings on display, as well as showcasing our latest product innovations, including; Lithium-Ion battery solutions, MD LOADmanagement (which we’ll have an interactive demonstration area for) and the world’s first Resonant Frequency battery charger.

So, if you’re planning a visit then come and say hello.

We can’t wait to see you there.

WHERE: NEC Birmingham, UK

WHEN: 24 – 27 September 2019

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Introducing the FUTURe of Traction Battery Charging


  • Increase efficiency
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce downtime
  • Reduce carbon footprint
  • Save money

These are the aspects of business that we would all like to improve upon, agreed?

At Triathlon ® Battery Solutions we’re dedicated to providing you with the technology to do just that. That’s why we’re eager to introduce you to the first fully resonant switching High Frequency charging system in the world, the TriCOM FUTUR Resonant Frequency Traction Battery Charger (we call it the “RF charger” for short).


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Lead Acid Batteries or Lithium-Ion Batteries? That is the question

Lead Acid Batteries or Lithium-Ion Batteries?

Check out our article “Lead Acid Batteries or Lithium-Ion Batteries? That is the question” in the July 1st Edition of Warehouse and Logistics News Magazine.

We have an advert on the front cover and on page 11 we have another advert as well as an article where our directors, Thomas Burgess and Matthew Stevenson, talk about the choice between Lead Acid Batteries or Lithium-Ion Batteries.

See the full Warehouse and Logistics News Magazine here.

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