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RS Components connects with Betta Batteries to deliver superior Lead Crystal® batteries for energy storage, back-up and e-mobility

New supplier partnership brings innovative range of deep-dischargeable, fast-charging, long-lasting and environmentally safe 12V batteries

OXFORD, UK, 7 November 2014:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has boosted its battery portfolio by adding high-performing and environmentally safe Lead Crystal® batteries from new supplier partner Betta Batteries. Beginning with 12V units from 7.2Ah to 55Ah capacity, RS will market the Betta Batteries range worldwide, and will add further new products in the future.

Betta Batteries’ patent-protected Lead Crystal technology enables full recovery from repeated deep discharging without risk to battery performance. High-current discharge ability ensures superior performance in applications with high peak energy demand. The batteries are able to operate in temperatures down to -40°C, and can be safely recharged up to 40% faster than lead-acid batteries. Typical service lifetime is 18-20 years at 25°C, while minimal self-discharge allows a shelf life of up to two years with no additional charging.

Lead Crystal batteries are fluid-free, contain little acid, and have no antimony or cadmium. They are non-hazardous for transit, and are the only batteries classified for air freight as normal goods under IATA regulations. The batteries are up to 99% recyclable, and can be processed more safely than conventional lead-acid units. Applicable ISO certifications include ISO 14001 and ISO 9001, and all Betta Batteries from RS Components come with a standard three-year factory guarantee.

With their outstanding performance and environmental credentials, the batteries are ideal for back-up power in telecom or computing systems, renewable-energy storage, or e-mobility applications such as wheelchairs and golf carts. They also have numerous applications in sectors such as petrochemical and marine industries, defence, healthcare, and factory or office equipment requiring an affordable, durable, safe and robust power source.

“Our vision is to create innovative technologies that bring clean, safe, affordable energy to all regions of the world. Our new partnership with RS Components presents an exciting opportunity to realise those goals by increasing our presence and winning new customers globally,” said Eric Van Honk, Managing Director, Betta Batteries Europe.

“We constantly look to enhance our product portfolio with new technologies that deliver tangible benefits for our customers,” said Ben Lawton, Global Head of Tools & Consumables, RS Components. “Betta Batteries’ Lead Crystal batteries are among the most important new products we have added this year, and I am looking forward to seeing rapid sales growth.”

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About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

Editorial Contacts
Lisa Townsend
EMEA PR Manager
RS Components
lisa.townsend@rs-components.com
+44 (0)1536 209026

Aakriti Kaushik
Product Marketing PR Manager
RS Components
aakriti.kaushik@rs-components.com
+44 (0)1865 207546

PR Agency Contact

Janice Fenton
Account Director
Publitek Technology PR
janice.fenton@publitek.com
+44 (0)1225 470000

Further information is available via these links:

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Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-components.com

DesignSpark
www.designspark.com