How To Store Inverter Battery When Not In Use
Batteries and other energy storage devices store energy so that it can be used when needed. In a stand-alone power system, the energy stored in batteries can be used when energy demand exceeds the output from renewable energy sources like solar and wind energy. Inverter battery is a type of battery designed to better handle the power requirements of a power backup supply system. It is different from a normal car battery. Although a car battery can be used with an inverter it is not ideal.
Battery is the backbone of an inverter system. The performance and life of an inverter largely depend upon the battery quality. The next question is “how much back up will an inverter provide?” or for “how many hours it can run all of your equipment?”. This is what is called the battery capacity. It is the battery capacity that decides the back up hours. It is expressed in Ah (Ampere Hours).
Inverters and other energy conversion devices turn energy from one form to another. An inverter in a grid connected renewable energy system converts direct current (DC) electricity from solar panels or a wind turbine into alternating current (AC) mains power.
The following information will be useful in storing of inverter batteries.
The battery should be topped up with water to the max level mark and be fully charged before disconnecting it from the inverter.
Clean the terminals properly and apply petroleum jelly on the terminals to prevent corrosion from exposure. Now store the battery in a cool (preferably zone temperature should not exceed 30 / 35 deg C) and dry place. Try to give a refresher charge & check electrolyte level every 3 months. You can reuse the battery after storage. These precautions are required due to the following reasons.
You must observe the following steps in proper storage of inverter battery;
1.Charge the battery 100%.
2.Then drain all the electrolyte out of the battery(rinse with the help of water another time). The objective of doing this step is to keep the battery chemical-reaction free during storage. Note: You cannot do this yourself. Get a battery electrician and get this done by paying 100–200 bucks.
3.Once the battery is free of any liquid inside it you could store it for as long as you want.
4.After 3 years, get a battery servicemen and tell them to fill the battery with 1230–1250 = gravity electrolyte. Charge it and start using it again.
5.If the battery is a “sealed type” that you cannot open or drain, then the best bet is to charge the battery 100% before you move it to storage. While in storage, you will need to charge it to 100% every 5–6 months.
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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