If you are interested in an off-grid alternative energy system, what you will need to deploy a battery bank. Thi sbattery battery has to have deep cylce batteries.
It is widely known that lead acid batteries are reliable, affordable. Other than that, they are able to repeatedly and deeply charge and discharge. As a result, they are most common employed in off grid energy systems.
However the most concerned matter is that how long they can last if they regularly charge and discharge in deep ? A lot of stress are put under those deep cycle batteries.
Some say that all you need to do is to take proper care of those batteries. But not so many people know exactly what to do. The aim of this article is to teach you tips and tricks on how to keep your deep cycle battery last for years.
Within the scope of this writing, i’ll present to you the 7 easy ways to prolong the lifespan of your lead acid batteries…
In addtion to that, we will let you know the most common mistakes that people make when lead acid batteries are used in off grid energy system.
Why The Battery Bank is The Most Important Part of Any Solar/Off-Grid/Wind Energy Systems ?
First of all, you have to know the importance of this information…
• Battery bank are the most expensive element in your off grid system
• Among other parts, if something wrong happens, the batteries mostly like will be failed the first.
The most common reason leading to a dead batteries is improper care. This makes the lifespan of batteries much shorter than being specified in their spec. You have no choice but buying new batteries and they are expensive. Your system will be crippled until you install new batteries.
Needless to say, taking care of batteries properly is very important to save your off grid energy system. This also means to prevent your batteries to be aged quickly.
Quick tips: If the worst case happens to your batteries and new batteries are unaffordable to you, there will be two things you can do:
– Buy old cheap batteries or even get them for free ( only if you know where to find )
– Recover your dead batteries back to original condition
7 Easy Ways To Prolong The Lifespan Of Any Lead Acid Batteries
#1) Buy High Quality Batteries
Obviously high quality batteries are pricey but they are manufactured by branding companies. They are guaranteed by someone standing behind their business.
Many people find cheap China batteries as an option. I won’t say all of them are poor quality but most of the time “ you get what you pay for”. You may not know this but their are two production lines in most of China companies.
One for buyers who care only about price first and the other are for people who care about quality first. Interestingly, the price difference between them are not much.
The typical lifespan of a flat plate battery is from 10 to 12 years. High quality batteries could last from 20 to 25 years. If your battery dies after 5 years of using, you must buy a wrong one or you don’t know how to take care of it properly.
Paying more money to get brandy batteries seems expensive but this will pay off in the long run. I mean you will save yourself from a lot of frustrations and money of a failing off grid energy system.
For those who have a tight budget but still interested in using brandy batteries, you can get used ones and recover them back to original condition.
If you don’t know exactly what battery is best for your energy system, read this article
Corrosion and acid leaking are two common reasons for poor performance batteries. Those problems will shorten the lifespan of even best quality batteries.
As a result, you need to individually cover the terminals, nuts, wire lugs and bolts with a non hardening sealant.
In addition to that, you can apply a thin coating of petroleum jelly to provide an extra protection to those components.
Finally, exposed wire needs to be sealed with submersible rubber splice tape.
You have to remember that all of this has to be done before assemply. The reason of this is that it helps all of parts to be protected equally. If your protection are applied after assembly, there is a high chance that dirt will stick in small gaps of parts which makes them not to be coated properly.
#4) Fully Charge Your Battery One Time After 3 Weeks Of Using
If you want your battery to be healthy, you have to fully charge it every 3 weeks.
#5) Working Under Temperature Extremes Is Harmful For Your Battery
Nothing causes your battery deteriorate faster than temperature extremes. It is advisable to place your battery where the temperature condition is stable.
#6) Wiring More Than Three Batteries in Parallel Is NOT Recommended
You may not know this but the chance of losing equalization is high if you wire more than 3 batteries strings in parallel. In other words, this results in failing for all cells prematurely.
If you have no choice but using more battery in your energy system, limit the number of battery cells to three connected in parallel.
#7) Energy System Digital Monitor is Useful For Your System
The performance over time of your renewable system is very important. The worst thing could happen is that when you need it the most, it fails to function. This is especially important when you live in a remote area. You cannot rely on anyone but yourself.
Regular check via monitoring system will make sure everything working all the time. In addition to that, you can identify the small issues before any of them gets bigger, which in turn, lead to something that you cannot handle.
Plus, it will be costly if you detect the problem too late. Batteries could be dead and this costs you a fortune to replace them.
Extra Tips To Help The Lifespan Of Your Deep Cycle Batteries Last Longer
If you’re looking for professional tips, you can check out the following course. It has all methods to keep the life of your battery much longer. The program is named EZ Battery Reconditioning Program.
For those who are in tight budget, you can get old high quality batteries at the dirt cheap price and then recover them. The method is also presented in EZ Battery Reconditioning Program.