Frequently asked Questions
I'm a coach working mainly with players of average ability. I've seen no other battery-operated ball machine that equals the ball speeds that your models can deliver. But do I need these speeds?
We would say yes. There are several reasons for this:
It would then be annoying if the ball machine couldn't keep up with newly achieved ability levels or cater to higher standards.
I've found that, for instance, the LITE battery performs distinctly better than the batteries in basic-level competitor models. But you still don't claim longer playing times. Why's that?
Unfortunately there's no standard that states under what conditions ball machine playing times should be measured. Usually the maximum playing time quoted by manufacturers is for the lowest ball speed that can be set – and this can vary a lot.
The target user group for TenEquip ball machines ranges from youth and adult beginners to semi-professional players. Accordingly, the lowest ball speed is 25 km/h. Quite a number of battery-operated ball machines tend to cover the lower ability range and thus start with speeds of 10 to 15 km/h – which is fine for, say, coaching children at beginner's level. Delivering speeds like this, machines of this kind can of course run for quite a long time, even if they have only small batteries. But this is not comparable with the figures we quote for maximum playing times given a basic setting of 25 km/h.
You'll also notice that we always quote a range, e.g. 2.5 – 5 hours for the SPORT and the PRO. The first figure is the playing time typically achieved in a demanding training session for a good to very good tennis player. The second value is for a ball speed of 25 km/h.
In your brochure, you talk of batteries that are optimized for use in ball machines. Can't I simply compare batteries by their Ah (ampere-hour) ratings?
Ampere-hour ratings refer to a battery discharging at an even rate over 20 hours. Due to internal losses in the battery, the number of ampere-hours greatly decreases at higher rates of discharge. But precisely this is typical of operating conditions for ball machine batteries.
The batteries we use deliver 20%-30% more ampere-hours under average playing conditions than other types of the same nominal size and weight that you'll find in competitor products. At the same time, the maximum number of charge cycles is 30% higher than that of standard types.
That's the reason we use these batteries despite their higher price. In the long term, they're the most economic.