Do you wonder why your modular inverters aren’t working as efficiently as they should?
Did you know that it could be because of its batteries?
It’s because most inverters have lead-acid batteries powering them.
These batteries are essential and useful for all your power needs. However, there is a problem with them. There is a high chance of the batteries ‘dying’ earlier than expected.
If you notice this happening with your inverters, and are troubled with it, then it’s better to know the possible reasons behind it. Once you know these reasons, you can adopt some proactive measures and help prolong battery life.
1. Battery usage
Your battery usage style goes a long way at deciding your battery and inverter life. It’s because most lead-acid batteries can safely undergo hundreds of charge and discharge cycles.
But there is a chance of the battery dying out earlier than expected once you exceed these limits.
However, if you are careful about how you use your modular inverters. And if you make sure you do not use them much, you can practically ensure yourself a longer-lasting battery.
In short, it’s better to work at reducing the inverter or battery usage as much as possible. While you may experience some discomfort, it helps maximize your life.
2. Battery overcharge
While it is essential to keep your inverter battery charged, overcharging them can also cause problems. Overcharging is dangerous for inverter batteries because it eventually corrodes the battery plates.
Once the plates corrode with time, it is not long before it dies and stops functioning.
Now you may wonder how you will know if the battery is adequately or overcharged. All you have to do is touch the inverter.
If you find that it is getting hot, then it is most probably getting overcharged.
3. Poor maintenance
Most lead batteries do not need that much of a maintenance regimen. However, this doesn’t imply that you can entirely neglect them.
For example, some flooded lead batteries especially need regular maintenance. When you speak of routine maintenance, it means that you should always top up the cells with distilled water.
You will have to check the cells’ water levels periodically, perhaps once a fortnight. You may even have to check it earlier if you use your industrial power inverters more and for a more extended period.
This is very important because if the water levels aren’t maintained, then the battery and inverter may not work correctly. You will end up with dead batteries if the water goes dry!
In addition to topping off water, you should also keep the inverter and batteries always clean.
4. Battery quality
Like everything else you may use, quality is the most crucial factor determining your inverter battery life.
While you may have to spend a little more for top quality products, it’s worth the investment. They are made of better quality materials and thus last much longer.
So though you may have to spend more, you can expect better emergency power from industrial power inverters with high-quality lead batteries.
5. Charger quality
You not only need to invest in high-quality batteries. You also need to use a good quality charger to charge your modular inverter batteries.
If you set about buying a charger, you will notice various types available like stage 2 and stage 3 chargers.
It is better to invest in good quality chargers like stage 3 chargers that prevent your battery from running out faster than it should. You can extend your battery life even further if you also use a good quality UPS with it.
Now that you know the common reasons for lead-acid batteries ‘dying’ earlier than expected, you can now take the necessary steps to extend its life.
You basically have to start using good quality chargers, UPS, and batteries, maintain your inverter, use it well, and not overcharge the battery. A well maintained and functional battery will in turn give you longer lasting modular inverters.
Your Exeltech executive will guide you in the proper maintenance of your inverter battery to help prolong its life and work efficiency.