Kariba Batteries
Battery Application Guide

Kariba Batteries
Battery Application Guide

Kariba batteries is committed to honesty and integrity combined with top service. This goal has been integral to the company since it was first established as a family-run business in Port Elizabeth over 60 years ago.

When the company changed ownership a decade later, the customer promise remained the same and still holds true today.

Since its establishment, Kariba Batteries has built up a loyal client base in the Nelson Mandela Bay area.

This has been driven by our experienced branch managers who insist that no battery is to be fitted or supplied unless it is necessary, and who also ensure that a battery is only replaced following thorough testing with modern electronic methods to ensure that battery failure is not due to other components.

Kariba batteries was established by the Onions family who came from Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in the 1950s, bringing along their machinery and technical know-how. Their popular payoff line at the time was “We know our Onions”, and know their onions they certainly did.

Their machinery enabled the Onions to produce and assemble batteries onsite, from producing the lead parts, connectors and grids, to undertaking the ’pasting’ process, casing and sealing with bitumen. In those days, it was possible to rebuilding batteries with a bitumen seal.

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