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Hawker® Battery Technical Bulletin

Tell your pubs clerk that TB 9-6140-252-13, Field and Sustainment Maintenance and Recovery Procedures for Automotive Hawker® ARMASAFE Plus Battery, NSN 6140-01-485-1472, is available now.
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TACOM Battery Training Video

The link below is to the United States Army, Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM), Life Cycle Management Command presentation entitled "Department of the Army Maintenance and Recovery procedures for automotive storage batteries."
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Applications

The Hawker® ARMASAFE Plus 6TAGM battery (NSN 6140-01-485-1472) is the direct replacement for 6TL, 6TN and 6TMF batteries in all combat and wheel vehicles.

For a comparison between the Hawker® ARMASAFE Plus and 6TMF - Click Here

Transporting and Shipping

Hawker® ARMASAFE Plus batteries have been independently tested to, and are classified as Non-Spillable and exempt from hazardous goods transportation requirements when securely packaged and protected against short circuits in accordance with:

  1. ICAO/IATA Packing Instruction 806, Special Provision A67.
  2. IMDG Class 8, UN ID 2800, exemption for Non-Spillable batteries.
  3. USA Dept of Transportation - 49 CFR Section 173.159 para d.
Installation of new ARMASAFE Plus
Installation Visually inspect the exterior of the new battery for signs of damage during transit.
  • If unsatisfactory, do not install.
  • If satisfactory, remove the applicable month/year circles on the installation label found on the top of battery.
  • Test open circuit voltage prior to installation. If greater than or equal to 12.65 volts, install.
  • If less than 12.65 volts, the battery should receive a top-off charge.
  • Do not rely on the vehicle's alternator to top off charge the new battery.
  • InstallationWipe the battery's external surfaces clean with a soft dry cloth and install.

Caution: Do NOT MIX Batteries:

When replacing individual batteries, make sure that the replacement batteries are:
  • From the same manufacturer
  • Of identical type (flooded, gel, or AGM), chemistry, and design.
  • For example, do not mix:
    • 6TMF with 6TAGM, 6TL with 6TAGM, or 6TMF with 6TL batteries
    • Pure lead with lead-calcium batteries or lead-antimony batteries
    • Lead-calcium with lead-antimony batteries
    • Flat-plate with spiral-wound batteries
    • Deep cycle with starter batteries
  • Of identically 'rated' electrical characteristics as the batteries that will remain in the equipment. Otherwise, replace all batteries. For example, the new batteries should have the same 'rated' categories such as:
    • Cold-cranking amps (CCA)
    • Open circuit voltage (OCV)
    • Amp-hour capacity (Ah at C20 rate)
    • Resistance (Ohms)

Effects of improper mixing of batteries:
  • The weaker battery (lesser capacity) will become the standard of performance. This will lower the performance of your Armasafe Plus battery.
  • May Reduce battery life.
  • Batteries may become damaged.
  • Manufacturer's warranty will be voided.
  • Additional safety and performance issues may exist when batteries are mixed from different manufacturers or when different types, chemistries, or designs are mixed on the same vehicle.
Note: Please contact (877) 485-1472 for additional details.
Proper labeling of authentic Hawker® 6TAGM Batteries:

Since March 2011, Hawker® added a US Government directed "Recoverable Item" maintenance sticker on the top of the Hawker® Armasafe Plus Battery.

To ensure you have received the original Hawker® battery, make sure your AGM batteries have the Hawker® label and the yellow "Recoverable Item" sticker (as shown below).

If you have any questions, please contact our Field Support Representatives at (877) 485-1472.
Maintaining the Hawker® ARMASAFE Plus
The Hawker® ARMASAFE Plus battery is a sealed, valve regulated system and is maintenance free with respect to electrolyte replenishment. Under no circumstances should any attempt be made to introduce any substances (e.g. acid, distilled water or alkali) to the battery. Long battery life can be ensured by preventing problems before they cause damage to the battery. For additional maintenance assistance or NO COST battery maintenance program training, contact us.
Charging Procedures
The Hawker® ARMASAFE Plus is designed and tested to be recharged numerous times over its life span. According to the US Government, the ARMASAFE Plus has proven to be recoverable (i.e. rechargeable) multiple times from voltages as low as 0.24 volts. This is one reason the US Government in Technical Bulletin 9-6140-252-13 paragraph 1.3 mandates end users attempt to recharge the ARMASAFE Plus before disposal. US Government customers should follow all applicable Federal, State, and Local battery safety, charging, and disposal procedures for their branch of service/agency.

Prior to charging:
US Government/Military Users should become familiar with and follow the Technical Bulletin 9-6140-252-13.
Overview of steps in TB 9-6140-252-13

Pre-Charge Battery Inspection:
Before starting to test or recover any battery, a visual inspection must be performed. Any batteries with physical damage should be disposed of immediately. With a permanent marker, label the battery as “DAMAGED.”

Things to look for:

  • Check the top, sides, and bottom for cracks, dents, leaking, or swelling in the battery case and lid.
  • Check that the battery lid and case are sealed.
  • Make sure terminals are not melted, bent, or otherwise damaged.
  • Valves on top of battery should be flush. If valve(s) are raised, do not install.
  • Pre-Charge Battery Testing:
    After performing the visual inspection, test the battery for potential internal electrical damage.

  • Using Voltage Meter, test Open Circuit Voltage (OCV) of the battery.
  • Using a battery tester/analyzer, determine if internal damage exists. Many testers will not give a reading if OCV
    is less than a pre-set limit.
  • If no reading is given, charge the battery for 24 hours and retest with Voltmeter and/or Analyzer.
  • If no change is detected after two hours of charging, the battery is considered bad. Mark battery as
    “CHARGED, TESTED BAD.”
  • Buss Bar Multiple Battery Procedures:

  • Group batteries for charging by open circuit voltage readings using the range grouping found in the Technical Bulletin.
  • Connect a group of batteries to a standard constant applied voltage buss bar charger set and adjust voltage between 14.7 volts and 15.2 volts. Do not use these values for the vehicle's voltage during regulator setting. Consult the appropriate
    Technical Manual.
  • Charge batteries for 24 to 48 hours.  Severely depleted batteries can take two to three days or longer to recharge.
  • Batteries are finished when charge current (ampere meter on charger) drops to less than 1 ampere per battery and holds there for three hours.

  • Single Battery Procedures:

  • Use a constant voltage charger of newer technology, which may have multiple charge settings and steps (such as AGM setting).
  • If adjustable, the voltage should be set between 14.4 volts and 15.0 volts and there should be at least 10 amperes current available for charging. Do not use these values for the vehicle's voltage during regulator setting. Consult the appropriate Technical Manual.
  • If battery charger has no adjustments or switches and is not a SMART Charger (calculates at what voltage/amps the battery is to be charged) and output voltage is greater than 15.0 volts DC, the battery should be closely monitored (every 15 minutes) during the first two hours of charge process. If it shows signs of excessive heat when touching the exterior, leaking, or swelling during charge stage, charging should be stopped immediately.
  • Charge batteries for 12 hours or longer, and check the system at least once per day to assure proper operation.  Severely depleted batteries (OCV less than 10 volts DC) can take a significant amount of time to recharge.
  • Battery is finished when charge current (ampere meter on charger) drops to less than 1 ampere and holds there for three hours. Automatic chargers will stop charging and give a screen reading of “Charge Complete.”
  • Proceed with Post-charge testing.
  • Charging through NATO Slave Receptacle (24 VDC):

  • Connect charger to the NATO Slave receptacle using the charger's NATO Slave Receptacle connection.
  • If possible, use a constant voltage charger of newer technology, which may have multiple charge settings and steps (such as an AGM setting). If voltage is adjustable, the voltage should be set between 28.8 volts and 30.0 volts (or 24 volt switch setting selected) and there should be at least 5A current per battery available for charging. Do not use these values for the vehicle's voltage regulator setting. Consult the appropriate Technical Manual.
  • If battery charger has no adjustments or switches (and is not a SMART Charger and output voltage is greater than 30.0 VDC) the battery should be closely monitored every 15 minutes, during the first two hours of charge process.
  • Charge batteries for 12 hours or longer. It is best to have someone check the system at least once per day to assure proper operation (no excessive gassing/leaking and proper voltage is being applied).
  • Batteries are finished when charge current (ampere meter on charger) drops to less than 1/2 ampere per battery and holds there for three hours. For example, if four batteries are in the battery box, then overall current should be less than 2 amperes. Automatic chargers will stop charging and give a screen reading of “Charge Complete.”
  • All batteries in battery box should be within 1V of each other, which is considered balanced, prior to charging thru NATO receptacle. If one or more are less than 1V, charge independently until within 1V, then charge entire pack thru the NATO.
  • Post-Charge Testing:

  • Remove batteries from charger and allow them to settle (rest and cool, preferably overnight).
  • Test the Battery:  Refer to TB 9-6140-252-13 for exact test methods/equipment.
  • When battery OCV is above 12.85 volts and load voltage exceeds 10.80 volts the battery is good for reissue to fleet, as is without need for recharging.
  • When the battery OCV and load voltage are below 12.85 volts and/or 10.80 volts respectively, battery needs additional charging.

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