The last thing you look forward to at the end of a tiring day is a power cut. Unfortunately, you never know when you may have to face the predicament. That’s why the best thing to do is to invest in adequate emergency power backup like industrial power inverters.
The problem, however, lies in the fact that it’s not enough to just invest in inverters. They have to be maintained well because they work for only as long as their UPS battery is in perfect working condition. You also have to get the most for your money by ensuring the inverter serves you for an extended period.
There’s help in the way through these tips that show you how it’s possible to increase your modular inverters’ battery life.
1. Keep rust away
Rust is the worst thing that can form in an inverter and which unfortunately forms really quickly in poorly maintained inverters. Rust is bad for your industrial power inverters because it reduces the current flow, battery life, and working efficiency. Reduced battery life, in turn, leads to an inefficient inverter.
Pouring a solution of hot water and baking soda to the battery terminals and then applying petroleum jelly to them helps keep the terminals rust and corrosion-free all the time.
If you don’t have the time to do this, you can always depend on your friendly Exeltech technicians to take care of it for you.
2. Do not overload the batteries
Inverters depend on their stored electricity to provide emergency power during an outage. You only end up its backup period by overloading the inverter and batteries during a power failure.
The best way to avoid this is to buy as big an inverter as necessary to power all your required equipment during a power outage. In case you buy new equipment or cannot afford a large inverter, at least disconnect the devices that require lots of electricity.
Or you can connect only the important devices to your modular inverters and, in the process, increase your battery backup.
3. Batteries need replacement
Batteries are most like to go through the maximum wear and tear in inverters. With time they tend to lose their capacity, which in turn reduces their backup potential.
This means you end up with modular inverters which do not work at their maximum potential during an outage. The best and only remedy then is to replace the batteries.
And while doing so, look for sealed batteries. They are the best for your industrial power inverters because they require minimal maintenance and do not leak electrolytes.
Tubular cells are also a better choice over lithium batteries. They work with better efficiency, last longer, and require minimal maintenance.
4. Maintain battery water levels
Just like your car and motorbike battery levels have to be maintained well for optimal efficiency, you also have to keep your inverter battery levels topped up. You don’t have to check the levels every day or weak.
Doing it every one or two months is more than enough, based on how much the inverter is used.
The battery water levels have to be maintained between their minimal and maximum water limits. Top it up with refined water as required, and do not use tap water.
There is the risk of the minerals and contaminants in tap water affecting the battery and the inverter’s backup power.
5. Switch to using energy-saving devices
If your devices or equipment have aged, then it’s worth investing in new, energy-saving devices and appliances. As the name suggests, they consume less electricity, leading to lower electricity bills.
The money you save through your monthly bills soon justifies your initial investment. Besides, there’s the additional benefit of these appliances not overloading your inverter battery too.
Start making these five changes and you are sure to find a marked improvement in your inverter’s power backup capabilities.