Extend the back-up of your inverter battery with these 3 useful guidelines!

inverter battery maintenance guide

Power inverters keep supplying electric current to electrical and electronic devices and keep them running during power cut. The performance and back up of an inverter depends largely on its battery. A battery is the backbone of an inverter. It is responsible for the good performance and long life of your inverter. Just like any other home appliance your inverter and its battery require regular maintenance for effective operation and longer backup life.

Below are some useful tips and guidelines to increase the back up of your inverter:

Disconnect extra load when not required

Increase the backup of inverter battery

Power inverters utilize the energy stored in batteries and supply current to the electrical and electronic devices to keep them running during power cut. The more load or devices you use during power failure, more power will be sucked out of batteries and shorter will be the backup period. So, disconnect the extra loads when not required to extend the backup of inverter.

Use energy saving devices

Energy saving devices

Go for energy saving devices to reduce power consumption from inverter batteries. For example, an ordinary bulb uses 75% more energy than a CFL or LED bulb to provide the same amount of light. Similarly a ceiling fan with better copper wiring consumes lesser power than a fan with poor quality winding ( poor quality copper winding increases the resistance and increases the load on inverters).

Take good care of inverter batteries

Taking care of inverter battery

  1. Keep the battery terminals corrosion free and rust free. Rusting and corrosion are bad for battery performance. Rusting in terminals reduces the current flow to and from the battery. This restricted flow of current results in slow battery charging which ultimately reduces battery life and eventually effects your inverter back up. If the terminals get corroded pour hot water + baking soda solution on the corrosive area or use a tooth brush for cleaning. This will remove the corrosion.Once the terminals become corrosion free, apply petroleum jelly  on to the terminals, nuts and bolts to avoid future corrosion. Refer to “Why do inverter batteries die earlier than expected”.
  2. It is very important to charge the inverter batteries correctly in order to maintain the back up. After installation use battery on a regular basis. If the power cut does not occur, discharge the battery completely once every month and then recharge it.
  3. Check the water level of battery every two months. Ensure that the water level is maintained between the maximum and minimum water limit. Always top up the battery with distilled water. Do not use tap water or rain water as it contains excess minerals and impurities which affect the life and performance of the battery.
  4. Change the batteries of your inverter if they are worn out. Over time batteries lose their designed capacity  thus reducing the backup. Buy good quality batteries that will last longer and also guarantee the correct charge storage capacity. Poor quality batteries fail prematurely and do not offer sufficient backup. Maintenance free or sealed batteries are best suited as these won’t leak the electrolyte. There are other types of batteries as well like lithium batteries which can be used for back up. Tubular batteries are the most efficient batteries. They have a complex design, great efficiency, longer operational life (8+ years) and low maintenance.
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For more information on inverters and their battery maintenance refer to “8 useful tips to take care of your inverter battery”  and “How to choose the right inverter and battery for your home”

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10 Comments

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    I hav filled my batterry by underground water and from then bayterry losses its backup ..what to do ..plz help me

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    Good tips on the maintenance of battery that will increase the life of battery.
    If terminals of battery is corroded then clean it by using baking soda and water. In this process spread some baking soda on terminal and then dip brush in baking soda water and then rub on the terminal. avoid using only water for cleaning purpose.
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    Good tips! Especially when storing your battery it is important to make sure it is fully charged. Or, if possible, to keep it connected to a charger. This will prevent it from discharging and keeps it in a good condition. Proper maintenance can even extend your battery its lifespan.

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