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Batteries and Their Types

Batteries may be classified into two types, one based on application and the other based on the process of construction. Application batteries are automotive, marine or deep cycled. By the process of construction, batteries can be flooded, gelled and AGM.

A deep cycled battery has the ability to harness solar energy as a backup source. This type of battery has a dry mechanism or starve electrolyte. A majority of the deep cycled batteries are made of fiberglass mat with a high-density compound of sulfuric acid inside.

Construction-type batteries flaunt a standard, removable cap. They are referred to as being maintenance-free. They also have regulated, sealed valves. The valves contribute to regulated pressures.

A DC battery

Direct current is a type of electricity. In a DC battery, the electric charge always travels in a uni-directional way. This may also cause an imbalance to the electric charges.

DC batteries are sealed with electrolyte and several layers of metal. The electrolytes carry positively charged electrons.

The battery’s output terminal sports both positive and negative poles. When these poles are connected with each other, the current flows between them.

Sealed batteries

A Sealed battery is usually maintenance-free and non-spoilable. It has lesser corrosion rate as there is no liquid inside. It also has low self-discharge and cracking amperage.

Sealed batteries can supply both reserve and starting applications. They are generally more competent and have a longer life. Sealed batteries appeal to the price-conscious user and are frequently used to cut costs.

Deep cycle batteries

Deep cycle batteries generally have a heavy, thick plate made of lead. The plate aids the battery to withstand a deep charge. It is slower to dispense a charge when compared with a starter battery. It has a longer life span due to the thick plates. It is also used to initiate combustion in engines.

Starting batteries

A starting battery has multiple thin plates as opposed to a single plate, which enable it to release a comparatively larger amount of electric current quickly that too within a short time period. It is used in engines for combustion to continue.

A disadvantage when using a starting battery is that it cannot be deeply discharged. Most starter batteries get spoilt when nearing a complete discharge.

Gel cell batteries

Gel cell batteries are also known as gel batteries. They have a silica gel inside which makes the acids harden into a solid. One benefit of using these batteries is that they don’t drip acid even when broken.

These batteries are slow to charge and cannot cope up with a conventional automotive charger. They also have a limited current flow and tend to get damaged easily.

AGM batteries

AGM or ‘Absorbed Glass Mats’ type of batteries are the new sealed type batteries used between plates. The plates are made of a fine fiber of Boron and Silicon glass. These types of batteries have the same features as that of gel type batteries, but can handle more electric discharge.

Even when broken, these batteries do not spill out, as the glass mats hold the acid and electrolytes together. As there is no liquid in the inner layer, it is also safe from damage caused due to spilling.

Avoiding Rip Currents In The Ocean This Summer

Florida has some of the best beaches in the world. Tourists come to Florida for the Disney World experience, but what makes Florida most famous are its world class beaches, with various types of powdery sand, water, eco-structures and natural beauty.
Different areas of Florida have different types of surf. For instance, New Smyrna Beach is the surf capitol of the world, and many surfers go there and to Daytona Beach as well to experience some serious waves. But to the in-experienced swimmer, the ocean can change unfavorably in the blink of an eye.

On June 17th in Daytona Beach, there were almost three hundred rescues from lifeguards on duty in regard to rip currents, most people unaware of the danger the ocean possesses, due to weather changes that pick up winds that affect the surf. When the winds are fierce, the ocean can get quite dangerous, making any current beach condition while rip currents are present chancy at best.

Beneath the surf there are open pockets that water runs through with such a force that it can easily carry swimmers out to sea. What causes swimmers to panic is when they lose footing, due to a shift in position. One minute swimmers feel the ocean floor beneath them, the next minute they don’t, and become disorientated. Many try to swim back to shore, but the water can drag them further out, or the waves become more intense, and one can easily get caught in the tide.

Rip currents are always possible, especially when there is a tropical storm brewing, or a shift in climate change. The summer months are when people are more susceptible, due to the hurricane season approaching with shifts in atmosphere and storms coming in from the tropics.

Rip currents in the ocean are responsible for most beach drowning deaths, for aside from the currents taking one further out to sea, getting caught in a rip current can cause panic, which makes people susceptible to drowning, especially if they begin to swallow water.

To avoid this danger while swimming, simply remain aware of what is going on. Is it windy, did the surf get rougher? Do you feel the sand shifting beneath you? If so, swim through the tide diagonally, not against it, for you will get closer to the shoreline because you are breaking through against the pull of the rip current, and will be pushed to shore by each incoming wave. Try to remain calm, and always swim near a lifeguard, or around other people that you can signal for help, preferably people that you know are watching out for you. A few simple precautions can help keep your fun vacation from turning into a tragedy.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: A Review

Let me now progress to saying that if I pitched this idea to you, you would tell me I was an absolute lunatic for even thinking this up: okay, so get this, a six-foot-tall milkshake, a flying box of fries with braces, and a childish, possibly mentally-impaired (legitimately – they do allude to Meatwad being slightly less than mentally capable) meatball do nothing all day except mess with their fat, hairy, balding neighbor named Carl who works from the home and doesn’t care about anything except for women.

That’s it? Yep.

That is pretty much the premise of ATHF. They did start out as detectives, but they quit doing that after the first two or three episodes pretty much.

Anyway, as stupid as it sounds (and I know how stupid it sounds. Trust me. It is stupid.), it’s hilarious. At least, it’s hilarious in my eyes. Master Shake, or as he is more commonly known Shake, is played by Dana Snyder, who might be the only voice actor who doesn’t do a handful of voices on the show, and this six-foot-tall, walking, talking milkshake is the king of the Aqua Teen universe. At least, he thinks he is. Mostly, he’s just comedic in his absolute failure at everything he does. The only thing he’s king of is Meatwad, the little meatball who generally acts like a child, which is all the funnier when he mouths off at Frylock, the only sane, responsible cast member of the show. At least, until he snaps and just stops caring about anything. And then there’s Carl, Carl the magnificent, Carl the beautiful. Everything about Carl is the opposite of perfection, and that is why he is just so unlovable.

There are three rules in the Aqua Teen universe (physics need not apply in New Jersey): something awful must happen to Carl, Carl’s car, Carl’s pool, or Carl’s house; everything that gets dropped or, as is more likely, thrown must blow up upon contact of the ground or floor; and continuity must not exist – ever. All of these things must happen in every single episode.

Look, I’m not saying Aqua Teen Hunger Force is for everyone – it’s not. But if you don’t mind pure idiocy, then you might get a few chuckles out of Aqua Teen, or if you’re like me, you might die laughing every time you watch it.

The best part? Carl’s accent. The way Carl talks is hilarious to me, because he is almost always angry, hammered, or yelling about the New York Giants (or women or the band Boston or Styx or well, everything), possibly all three at the same time.

Go check it out. Go enjoy. But be warned. They do not discriminate. Anything and everything that can be offended will be.

An Easter Basket for the Construction Dad

You want to give Dad an Easter basket for Easter. What do you give the man that has everything? He won’t go for the cute bunny stuff. Maybe your dad is into home repair or construction. He probably has all the tools you can imagine. What else would you give dad in an Easter basket for a construction dad? If your dad is a construction or fixer upper dad and you want to give him the perfect Easter basket for a construction dad, here are a few suggestions that might help. First you might want to ask in a conversation if your dad is working on something special or if he could use something. He will probably tell you he doesn’t need anything so ask mom to make sure. Suggestions for an Easter basket for a construction dad:

1. Gift card from Lowe’s or Home Depot: An Easter basket for a construction dad could easily hold a gift card from Lowe’s or the Home Depot. If dad doesn’t give you a specific idea that he wants from there to save time guessing you may want to buy a gift card. This way dad can get what he really needs or wants.

2. Magazine – Remodeling, Residential Design and Build, Construction Business Owner or Remodeler are great magazines for the home repair or construction industry. An Easter basket for a construction dad should contain one of these magazines if the dad likes to read.

3. Ladder – Your dad may need a new ladder for his work or hobby. If you have a dad that likes construction or home repair he could probably use a new ladder. If your dad already has the traditional ladders and they are in good shape you might want to consider buying a folding ladder that you can use at different angles for different jobs. The ladder folds into different shapes. A dad that is used to working in construction or home repair would love a ladder in his Easter basket.

4. Tools – Tools get old and break. Your dad might like the new tools that have come out. You could buy a bunch of little tools to fill an Easter basket for a construction or home repair dad. You might buy a tool that has a laser that shows a straight line. You can even get a laser with a bubble to show if something is even. This helps when you put the line on. If the line goes up or down the bubble will move off center until it is straightened. Your dad has probably been using the same hammer for twenty years so you may want to get him a new one. The possibility for tools is endless.

5. Tool Box – Tool Boxes wear out. An Easter basket for a construction or home repair dad could be a tool box. Instead of an Easter “basket” the tool box could be the basket for the dad who likes construction or home repair.

6. Tool Belt – Tool belts are a little more flimsy than tool boxes. A tool belt is a great Easter gift for a dad who likes construction or home repair because if he doesn’t have one, he can certainly use it and if he does have one it probably needs to be replaced.

7. Pants – Pants may seem a funny idea for an Easter basket for a construction or home repair dad. Pants wear out quickly and if your dad likes to put tools in his pants pockets or hang them from his pants he probably could use new pants. Some pants have special pockets and flaps for tools to go in and hang from. These pants don’t last long because they are worked hard. An Easter basket for a dad who likes construction or home repair might include pants.

Your Easter basket for a dad who likes construction or home repair will be a great Easter gift for your dad. Happy Easter.

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth for DS

When developers at Capcom pitched the idea of a video game about lawyers, I am willing to bet that there were some skeptics. To perhaps everyone’s surprise, however, the game has been a huge success, as many innovative games turn out to be. Ace Attorney Investigations is the 5th game in this series and takes it in a new direction by taking the main character, Miles Edgeworth out of the courtroom and into the streets to investigate crime scenes.

Premise

For those unfamiliar with the Ace Attorney series, the game works basically as an adventure/graphic novel. Much of the game is interesting and dramatic storyline, which is broken up and made interactive by puzzles that the gamer has to solve. Most of these games have you assume the role of lawyer who must cross examine witnesses, examine evidence, and other such lawyer duties. In this game, Miles Edgeworth follows similar tactics in his quest to examine crime scenes and get to the bottom of things.

Storyline

As always with Ace Attorney games, the storyline is one of the highlights. Hilarious characters and unforgettable dialogue occurs throughout this game. With so much light-heartedness, it seems remarkable that it’s a game about crime. The writers of this game have a fun outlook on life that really shines through and makes the game something worth experiencing.

New Game Features

All of the old tricks to solving cases are still around, but Capcom has also added a few new features. One of the new tricks that Miles Edgeworth brings do the game is his ability to “logically” connect evidence. As Miles examines the scene, he will make notes of things that seem interesting in his notebook. By using your stylus to draw a line between two related notes, you can connect them, which will help you solve the case. An attempted wrong connection will drain a special health bar. Another technique, which is certainly beyond the ability of real investigators, is a virtual reality machine, which will allow you to play out the crime scene to see which elements of your theory do not fit. This will help you literally see what you may be missing. For the first time in the series, you can also walk around as a character, though this really doesn’t make too much of a difference, aside from making you feel a bit freer. In reality, these new features do not greatly change the gameplay, which could be a good thing if you’re a real fan of previous games in the series. The use of the two screens and microphone is present as always, which has become something of a requirement with DS games.

Verdict

The game in many ways is different and yet much of the same. This may be a disappointment to some fans, who really want a change from the ordinary formula of clever dialogue, puzzles, and objections. The game can be frustrating at times because it requires players to solve puzzles in only one way, when there are other ways that seem possible. The game developers would have saved a lot of grief to just create multiple answers to the same problems. In that same vein, the game has no replay value, since the plot and puzzles can only be enjoyed once. All of that aside, the game is really very good and fans of Ace Attorney will rejoice at new opportunities to enforce the law. Reviewers give it a 8-9/10.

All About Carpet as Flooring Material

With improved fiber and finishing technology, carpets are better value than ever. Whether you’re a traditionalist or after one of the latest animal prints, like plain carpets or imaginative borders, there’s one to suit. Even asthmatics, usually steered clear of carpets, will find one endorsed by the British Allergy foundation.

Halls and stairs need the heaviest duty carpets, followed by living areas and then bedrooms, where you can get away with less robust types. There’s currently no grading scheme, though a new European standard is expected soon and this is likely to pinpoint where carpet should be used. Use a professional fitter to lay carpets, who will also give an estimate of quantities.

Carpets are either woven, tufted (Hessian or foam backed) or bonded, which means they don’t have a pile. Woven carpets (Ax Minster or Witt on) are more expensive as the pile and backings are woven together giving extra durability. Tufted foam backed carpets are less durable and suitable mainly for bedrooms.

Carpets: wool or synthetic?

  • Acrylic: acrylic looks and feels like wool and is often blended with other fibers. It has good stain resistance.
  • Nylon: very hard wearing and will resist crushing if in a dense twisted pile otherwise once flattened the pile is difficult to restore. Top quality brands can almost feel like wool although cheaper ones attract dirt and feel harsh. Static is now much reduced.
  • Polyester: warm underfoot, it keeps its color well and is abrasion resistant, but the pile is difficult to restore.
  • Polypropylene: inexpensive and durable but it has a harsh feel so is often used in wool blends. It flattens easily so low loop piles are common. Carpets containing this fiber are non absorbent, colorfast; they resist abrasion and are low in static.
  • Wool: the most expensive type of carpet with good insulation properties and resistance to soiling and flattening. Frequently blended with 20 percent nylon for good looks, greater resilience and durability, it is ideal for heavy duty areas. Like all woven carpets, it can not if over-wetted.

Watch points

When you choose your carpet, take a photograph of the room or rooms with you to help find the right color or pattern.

Underlay

Choose the best quality you can afford. A good underlay can prolong the life of your carpet so never use an old one with a new carpet. It will also prevent draughts through floorboards and act as sound proofing. Choose between;

  • Felt made from matted fibers: top of the range and will resist indentations.
  • Paper felt: used under foam backed carpets.
  • Solid rubber: hard wearing but not as springy as waffle rubber.
  • Waffle rubber underlay: sold in different weights from light use to heavy duty.

Carpet pile

The closer the tufts the more hard wearing the carpet can be:

  • Looped in and out of the backing; low loops are very hard wearing and often called corded if very tightly looped.
  • Cut, but short dense cut pile (velvet) is susceptible to shading and shows up tread and furniture marks. A less dense pile is known as Saxony carpet and shag pile is the longest cut pile and should be avoided on stairs. Twist pile is twisted cut pile, the more tightly twisted, the greater the durability and resistance to flattening.
  • A combination of cut and looped for a textured effect.
  • A Berber carpet that can be cut or loop with flecks of contrasting color throughout.

Alienware Area-51 17-Inch PC Laptop Review Model: M7700

There are some laptops on the market that are so amazing, many have not even heard of them. If you are searching for a laptop that has been developed with the serious gamer in mind, then you will definitely want to view the following product. Even if you are not a gamer, but require a high-performance computing system, you will still be able to benefit from this laptop. The Alienware Area 5117-Inch M7700 PC Laptop will provide you with one of the most stable and advanced computing systems on the market. With advanced features and a design that is just plain cool, you will really enjoy this laptop for whatever reasons you use it.

Product Ratings:

  • User-Friendliness: 5/5 Stars
  • Processor Quality: 4.5/5 Stars
  • Product Features: 5/5 Stars
  • Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Product Overview:

Within this Alienware Area 51 M7700 Laptop you will have the ability to streamline your productivity and if you are a gamer, then you will absolutely fall for this laptop computer. Like most computers, this laptop comes with downfalls, which I will discuss further down.

To start off this laptop comes with the Intel Pentium Processor, which allows you to have a stable platform to perform all of your computer tasks. Whether you are into intense gaming or just want a fun and fast laptop to do your daily tasks, this laptop is well-capable of doing that.

The screen for this laptop is a massive 17-inches, with a screen resolution of 1400 x 900. This screen has been developed to provide you with real-life details that are fluid in their motions and full of color and depth. Again, this laptop was designed for gamers, so you can believe that the screen looks breathtaking.

The graphics processor this laptop is the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800, which has been deemed as a very stable graphics card. While this isn’t the most advanced graphics card that is currently available, it can definitely compete with some of the other high-performance computers on the market.

Okay, now to discuss the downsides to this laptop The hard drive for this laptop is very small, only 60GB with a run speed of 5400RPM. If you are using this laptop solely for online and offline gaming purposes then you will find this hard drive to be sufficient, but if not, then you will be very disappointed with its storage capacity.

You will also be able to burn/read CDs and DVDs at variable speeds. There is also a 7-in-1 memory card reader, which will allow you to easily access and upload your digital photographs and movies, however, due to the hard drive capacity, I wouldn’t recommend uploading movies.

Price and Availability:

This Alienware Area 51 17-Inch M7700 Laptop can be purchased online and at select retail stores for an average price of $1,200.

Six Great Places to Start Earning Online

Get paid to share your opinion, write a blog or sell niche products. These six Web sites are designed to do just that. So sit back relax and enjoy as we visit the 6 best stress free places to get started on the Internet.

Before I mention the first site on my list let me just say, I understand getting paid for surveys is not considered glamorous or romantic but the reality is that lots of money is saved and therefore gained by using some of these so called survey sites.

Surveyscout.com is one of the better ones. They claim to have jobs that pay anywhere from five to seventy five dollars per survey. In addition they have also added a Jobs or Career Opportunities section as I like to call it. Paidsurveysetc.com is another good “pay for opinion site” that offers similar services but is not as large as Surveyscout.com.

If you are serious about becoming a “Professional” blogger then you should consider becomeablogger.com. This is hands on instructional video for anybody that is considering joining the industry. What’s great about it is that you don’t have to rely on the slow drip of information that so often keeps bloggers from being immediately productive. Becomeablogger.com is also stocked with tons of free stuff including lots of free videos to get you started. The information contained in this course will save you a lot of time and money. Or perhaps you’re the kind of guy who’s got a couple Blogs and you’ve been sitting on the fence about being a Pro Blogger you could also enlist the aid of your own Blog Mastermind at Blogmastermind.com. You can learn to set up and customize your blog, build your readership and make money under one roof.

If perhaps you are more of a maverick then niche marketing may be more your thing. It involves joining affiliate organizations such as Clickbank.com in order to resell products. Developers are looking for talented people who know how to get product in front of the masses. If you have the Talent Clickbank.com has the product. You can promote and resell anything from tools like Acautilities.com to get rid of that spyware to Xboxrepairkit.com for the dreaded Xbox rings of death. They have one of the most complete lists of products that I have ever seen and payment is always on time.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that I’m a loyal Clickbank affiliate and thus far have been pleased with the results. As always all comments are welcome and look forward to hearing from anyone who has used any of these products.

6 Must Have Survival Tips For Young Mothers

A lot of things come up when you’re a young mother that you may not always be ready to handle. Being a young mother is like being thrown into a pool of water without knowing how to swim. There are things you must learn and learn fast! Everyone won’t always want to help you out; there are some things that you must do yourself. Below I have listed the best survival tips when it comes to being a young mother.

Staying Focused: Keeping your mentality is essential when u are a young mother because you will need to have a clear and rational mind especially when are raising your children on your own. Sure you may feel down from time to time, however; you can’t let the negatives in life interfere with the positives; always push forward no matter what.

Don’t lose Yourself: Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can’t do things you once enjoyed prior to having kids. Take the time to pencil yourself in a special day just for you without the kids so you can pamper yourself. A lot single young mothers seem to forget that it is okay to take a little more time getting dress to go out the house instead of wearing pajamas every where you go. I feel as if you weren’t wearing PJ’s out doors prior to you having kids, don’t start because you should always lead by example.

Lead by Example: Remember your kids are watching your every move so when you teach them right from wrong, make sure that you are actually practicing what you preach. If you had to drop out of school just for the simple fact you were pregnant and could no longer do school while in this state, after you give birth you can always go back to school. If you don’t do it for you, do it for your kids! Show them that you can do anything you set your mind to no matter what obstacles come your way and they will respect you for it.

Financial Support: Everyone needs a little help sometimes and it’s understandable if you reach out to get help from the government. In the helping of you bettering yourself, so you do not always have to depend on that once a month check, just call your local D.E.S (Department of Economic Security) for more information. When you do work, do not over work your body because it is not fair to your child. If you overwork yourself on a daily basis, you will not want to play with them and that will make raising your child difficult.

Don’t get Discouraged: Getting discouraged is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to raising a child by yourself. Not only will this affect your attitude from day to day, it will also effect how you talk and play with your child. Children have no idea what “problems” are, all they know is how much they love their mother and how to have fun, let them stay in a child’s place. If you have other problems or concerns on your mind, never take them out on your children!

Family Support: If you’re family is willing to be there for you and your child, you’re one of the lucky ones! Don’t take that for granted, however; if you feel as though your family has strayed away from you due to you having a child at a young age, TRY to move past it. The reason I say TRY is because I know how hard it can be to stay strong when you feel as though the whole world is against you. If you’re family isn’t willing to accept your situation, the only thing you can do is keep moving forward for you and your child. It sounds a lot easier than it really is, I know, however; you must keep your head towards the skies in order to pull through this difficult time.

5 Questions To Ask Before Joining The Military

If you are thinking of joining the military, you should probably read this before you speak with your recruiter. Keep in mind that your recruiter is doing their job by making the high points of the military sound good, and downplaying the low points. It is also part of their job to divert your attention to the well-known things about your branch, and not to tell you about the many questions that he or she had before entrance. Maybe after reading this, you will have a little more insight into your chosen career. Always ask about an open contract. When I joined the military, I had a specific job in mind. But when I joined, I was told that job had a 20-year waiting list, would I be interested in another? I scored very high in the medical field on my ASVAB, as well as the sciences. So I could choose just about whatever I wanted. I chose medical lab technician. Or at least that’s what I thought I chose. The man at our induction center left my contract open. That means that you are required to do whatever job Uncle Sam puts you doing, like cleaning latrines for your whole 4-year tour.

Ask to see any videos that are available. They give you a little better understanding of what daily life in basic training will be like, rather than a watered down version of what your recruiter remembers from years ago when they went through. Pay attention to the looks on the recruits’ faces. It’s not a happy look; this is what you are going to look like when you ship out.

Ask about the buddy system, and credit for having others join with you. If you have a friend that wants to join with you and be battle buddies, you can join at the same time and both of you receive a higher rank. You both will be an E-2 in the Air Force, before even entering basic training. So this gives you a raise in pay, and it’s easier to climb the ladder when you’re one rung above the crowd.

Ask what you will be paid, and how long you must serve to be eligible for your Veteran’s benefits. You are entitled to college tuition reimbursement, health insurance, aid in purchasing a home or vehicle, among many other things. But in order for you to get those things, you must serve for at least 6 months, not including basic training. So if you are in the Air Force, you must complete basic training, and then work 6 months of active duty and then be discharged honorably or uncharacterized in order to get these benefits. You are paid on a card given to you during your induction onto base once you begin basic training. This will be linked to an account that has your monthly pay, and you can do as you please with it.

Lastly, ask about your options during wartime. The job you choose may not have a huge calling during war time, but with the war mongering that has gone on in recent years, you seriously need to consider the thought you may go to war. If your job is going to be greatly involved in a war, and you are not comfortable with that, DON’T sign a thing. Once you sign, that is it; you are now property of Uncle Sam. If you even get a tattoo now you can be court marshaled for destruction of government property. So really think over your decision before you ever sign a paper. Once they have that piece of paper, yore recruiter gives two shakes about you. They just made quota for the month!