Another thing to remember is that you ought to ensure your solar power unit does not overcharge the batteries, and additionally, that your backup batteries do not overcharge under the very same conditions.
If your solar power installation is in an exposed area, extremes of temperature may negatively affect your batteries.
If temperatures rise high, the amount of liquid inside a lead-acid battery can go down, and this not only directly affects battery functionality, but it could also directly harm your battery. There are lead plates in the battery, and the electrolyte, that is to say, the liquid in the battery (that can be lipoic acid) is assumed to cover those direct plates, both during charging and discharge of the battery.
The easiest way to deal with these problems is to add a lot of insulation into the battery.
Most solar power installations or backup power units tend to use lead-acid batteries, and while those are a very hardy and reliable way to store power, there are certainly ways in which you may make them last longer.
This isn’t quite as much of a problem these days as it was as there is typically a cut-off circuit that will prevent the batteries from overcharging in many modern units. However, you need to check with your manufacturer that there’s indeed such a cut-off circuit – and when there is not you need to manually stop the batteries.
Adding insulation into the batteries of your solar energy installation or backup power unit can vastly improve the performance of your batteries.
If push comes to shove, you can always place your battery installation underground. The ground offers the best insulation, you’ll find their performance vastly enhanced, and if the batteries are also, and in a pit or basement covered with insulation. They will also last a fantastic deal longer.
We talked about decreasing amounts of electrolyte, that is to say, of the liquid inside the battery.
Not only does overcharging damage the electrons, but there’s also a release of hydrogen gas, which generates explosive mixtures with air, and is a positive threat to your home and also to any gear you have in the vicinity. So, prevent overcharging and remain safe.
One great maintenance process is to check your battery every week or every fourteen days or so, and top this up liquid using distilled water. You want to be certain you only use not acidity and distilled water, or even tap water that is ordinary. Doing so can prolong the life span of your battery a lot more than you could imagine.
Likewise, extremely low temperatures can affect battery performance negatively and can cause a lot of issues with how well the battery works.
If temperatures are high, and the level of the liquid falls drastically, the consequent vulnerability of the lead plates during the charging and discharge process can cause irreversible damage to the battery life.