Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Leisure Batteries: Safety Checks You Should Carry Out to Ensure Your Battery Is in Top Condition

There are some safety checks that you should try to do so that you can keep your batteries in their best condition possible.

Quick Understanding of Leisure Batteries

Leisure batteries are also known as marine batteries or deep cycle batteries. They are created to provide any equipment or device with a stable supply of electricity for long periods of time. This means that you won't need to worry about having to face sudden battery supply outages because this type of battery is designed to maintain adequate electric currents that are able to withstand long periods of time. These products are often used in equipment and devices like television sets, boats and even motors. Here are some of the most important things that you need to remember about taking care of your leisure power source.

Taking Care of Your Leisure Batteries

First of all, you have to make sure that you don't leave your battery completely discharged for a long period of time. Storing items that are completely discharged can definitely cause certain damages. You can store the fully charged battery for a few months, but you cannot do the same for discharged or drained batteries.

Drained products can undergo a process known as sulphation which is a damaging chemical process. Suplhation will cause the formation of damaging lead plates within the battery. If this happens for a long time, you won't be able to charge the entire battery and you won't be able to use it again.

You also should make sure that you do not overcharge them. Overcharging the leisure batteries can definitely heat them up, thus causing their electrolytes to evaluate. This can greatly damage the battery plates and make them less capable of storing and conducting power. With this, you will not be able to use your battery as efficiently and effectively as before.

You also have to make sure that you are able to store them in the right environment, primarily with the right temperature. This will make sure that your batteries will last for a very long time and will not be damaged easily. You should prevent your leisure batteries from being exposed to extreme temperatures or to wet or moist environments.

These are some of the most important reminders that you should definitely know about taking care of your leisure batteries. If you are able to do this, you can ensure that your purchase for your leisure batteries will definitely be worth it. Leisure batteries, if well maintained, can be very efficient when it comes to providing power to various types of equipment and devices.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tents of the Central Asian Nomads

The tents of the Central Asian nomads are a very important part of nomadic life and provide the only form of formalized housing for the peoples. They are extremely durable and perfectly suited for use in the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Each tent itself is a work of art and takes almost 12 months to build using yak wool that is hand spun into yarn.

Building a Central Asian Nomadic Tent

The tents built by Central Asian nomadic tribes are generally mid-sized and are held up by handmade yak wool rope and eight to twelve (depending on the size of the tent) treated wooden poles. The hand spun fabric used to cover the tent is relatively thin and does let in a certain amount of light during daylight hours. The tent is built to include a large opening at the top of the tent that is used as a chimney or smoke hole to release the smoke form a central dung fire stove situated in the tent. During warmer months of the year these holes are also used to allow fresh air and warm sunshine into the living area within the tent. A multitude of Buddhist prayer flags are also attached to the outside of the tent.

The inside of most Central Asian nomadic tents are relatively basic with Spartan features and few belongings. However, there are a few basics that are generally found in all nomadic tents of Central Asia and these include sleeping mats, warm woolen blankets, a dung fired stove, a wooden table of some sort, clothing and food storage areas and religious symbols including a picture of the Dalai Lama and a Buddhist art thangka painting.

Directly outside of the tent traditional Central Asian nomads keep yaks and dogs tied up. The dogs are used as a form of security as well as companionship and the yaks are used for their wool and their dung as a fuel source that is burnt in the ovens found inside the tents.

Central Asian Nomadic Tents in the Modern World

The use of traditional nomadic tents in Central Asia is declining rapidly due in part to the urbanization of parts of the traditionally nomadic peoples of the area, but also because more and more of the Central Asian tribesman are starting to live in mud-brick homes. Currently the only areas of Central Asia that still have an abundance of traditional nomadic tents that people use as a residence can be found in the prefectures of Nagchu and Ngari in Tibet (known in China as the Tibet Autonomous Region) and in the Yushu and Ganzi prefectures of China proper.