INVERTERS AND TIPS ON MAINTAINING THE BATTERY
Many complain that their inverters don’t last long. Do you fall into that category? Let’s dive into this article together to see how that can be managed.
What’s an Inverter?
An inverter is a power electronic device that changes direct current to alternating current. The battery is the live wire of an inverter, so the life span of the inverter is solely based on how the batter is used and maintained.
What exactly do we mean by inverter batteries?
Battery is the backbone of an inverter system. The performance and life of an inverter largely depend upon the battery quality.
Inverter batteries are designed to provide a small amount of current consistently for longer durations of time, It’s basically designed to better handle the power requirements of a power backup supply system.
Types of Inverter batteries
- Lead Acid Batteries: Lead acid batteries are the most common inverter batteries. These are rechargeable in nature and produce large amount of current. They are light in weight and most economical, most times they last for 3-4 years but they require regular maintenance.
- Maintenance Free batteries: Maintenance free batteries are the sealed lead acid batteries that do not require electrolyte level check and topping up. They are fit and forget type of batteries and they are safer compared to normal lead acid batteries.
- Tubular Batteries: Tubular batteries are the most popular and efficient inverter batteries. They have a complex design, great efficiency, longer operational life most times above 7 years and requires low maintenance.
Having adequate knowledge about the various types of inverter batteries will help you to manage it better.
Useful tips on how the batteries can be taken care of;
- Keep your battery away from fire and smoke
- Make sure the inverter battery is installed in a well-ventilated area.
- Ensure proper loading of devices. Do not connect loads greater than what the inverter was designed to carry unless it will damage the battery gradually.
- Even if there is no power outage, make sure that inverter is still used at least occasionally.
- When your battery is damaged, do not manage it, changed immediately.
- Always remember to keep the surface and sides of the inverter clean and dust free.
- From safety point of view, install the inverter at safe places in your homewhich is out of the reach of children or a less used area.
- Keep your battery terminals corrosion free and rust free, but if it eventually happens, use a toothbrush to clean the tip
The above procedure needs a lot of effort and precautions. So If you own an inverter and you really want the batteries to last long for many years, just like your other appliances follow the above steps.
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