A batter is the backbone of an inverter and without an efficient battery, an inverter is a worthless device. Most of the inverter users know this fact but, fail to realize the fact that the lifespan of an inverter could be increased if the inverter battery and the inverter are cleaned and maintained regularly.
Most users assume cleaning and maintaining an inverter battery to be a challenging task. If you have such an assumption, you would rethink it after reading the tips and steps mentioned below. Even if an inverter battery does not add any aesthetics to your household, it is imperative that you clean and maintains it in the right way.
Tips to Tack Care of Inverter Battery
- Always mount the inverter and the batteries at a place that is well ventilated. This does not mean that you should leave it in an open space, but, if you are installing it in a room. Ensure, the room has adequate airflow. Better airflow reduces heating and also prevents moisture build-up.
- Once you have installed the inverter, you must use it at least once a month. Remember, even if there is no power cut, you should turn off the main switch and allow the inverter to discharge the battery completely once in a month at least.
- All lead acid inverter battery will have battery water in it, most of them would have water level indicators on it. Check the indicators twice every month to ensure the battery has optimum water in it. If the battery water level falls under the optimum level, refill the battery. Remember to use distilled water. If the inverter brand recommends a specific brand or type of distilled water, then make sure you are using it.
- The inverter battery and inverter should be left open, never cover it with anything. Some people tend to cover it with cloth or plastic. This is dangerous, do not do it. Keep it open so that there is maximum airflow.
- Clean the inverter and the battery regularly to remove the dust and dirt on it. You could simply use a broomstick to wipe off the dust if the broom does not help, use a cotton cloth.
- Always check the inverter battery terminals. No matter the brand or quality, battery terminals are prone to rust and corrosion. There is no perfect solution to avoid it. The only way is to clean them as they form. Check regularly, if you find any rust or corrosion on the terminal, use hot water and baking soda solution to remove the corrosion or rust. The best way is to prepare a semi-fluid mixture and with a brush rub this mixture on the terminal. Remember, not to touch the positive and negative terminal together. Maintain the distance and clean them separately. Do not hassle when cleaning the terminal.
- Corrosion or rusting of the battery terminal could reduce the flow of current to the inverter, which could ultimately result in a reduced battery lifespan.
- Petroleum jelly or Vaseline could be used to reduce the corrosion or rusting of the terminals. After cleaning the corrosion or rust on the terminals, you should apply Vaseline or petroleum jelly.
- Hydrogen could be produced by the battery and it is a natural phenomenon. It commonly is dissipated into the air; therefore, the vents should not be blocked, blocked vents could lead to hydrogen accumulation that could eventually lead to explosion and accidents.
- Inverter and inverter battery should be installed away from the children’s reach. At the same time, the battery should not come in contact with water or too much moisture.
- Check the inverter battery regularly, if you find any damage to the seal or any damage to the exterior casing of the battery, then consider replacing the battery. Never try to repair the battery yourself, if you need to repair the battery, get help from an expert.
- Each inverter and inverter battery are designed to serve a specific maximum load. If you try to load more than this specific maximum load, then remember, it could reduce the battery lifespan. The same could also fry the inverter circuit boards. Therefore, do not try to overload the inverter battery under any circumstances.
- If you have more than one battery in your inverter system, you must give equal importance to each battery. Never consider combining old and new batteries without knowing the condition of the old battery. Every time you replace a battery from such an inverter system, check the old battery and make sure it is fit for use. Remember, if the old battery is inefficient then it could put more load on the new battery, which, in turn, would eventually kill the new battery or reduce the lifespan of the new battery. All the batteries in an inverter system should have equal efficiency.
- Do not allow the inverter battery to drain completely frequently, this could kill the battery in the long run. It would be better to turn off the inverter before the battery is completely drained. Do this only if there has been frequent draining of the battery.
- If you find your inverter battery to be draining very soon, then there could be an issue with the inverter or with the battery. Get the system checked as soon as possible. If you let it discharge and recharge completely, it could eventually destroy the entire system. If it is just the battery at fault, you could save your inverter and vice-versa.
- Always keep the inverter battery on a flat surface. Do not try to keep it on an inclined surface. At the same time, do not lift the battery alone or do not shake the battery too much.
If you follow all the tips and instructions mentioned above, you could increase the lifespan of an inverter battery and at the same time, improve the efficiency of the inverter.