Ways to Care for Your Backup Battery for Your Power Inverter
When the main power grid gets disconnected, a power inverter setup is your lifeline to stay connected. If your inverter battery isn’t ready to go, you and your family will be left in the dark. Therefore, regular power inverter maintenance is crucial to keep this system at peak performance and provide the electrical output your devices need.
Even “maintenance-free” batteries require some upkeep throughout their usage cycle. The live-wire nature also means special care is required or you might damage the battery instead. Our six inverter battery maintenance tips will improve their output and extend their lifespan so your battery backup is always on standby.
1. Use proper loading for your inverter and devices.
Connecting too many devices, or ones that require more power than the battery and inverter are designed for, can overload the battery and significantly shorten its lifespan. Research your inverter capacity and device load requirements in advance to make sure you stay under the limit. When you’re not using a device, disconnect it to reduce battery strain. Using energy-saving devices can also help extend its life.
2. Install batteries in a well-ventilated and dry area.
Power inverter batteries generate a lot of heat when they’re charged and used. The higher their amperage, the hotter they can get. Your batteries should be kept in open, airy or vented locations so heat can disperse instead of building up.
3. Keep the battery away from potential smoke and fire.
You may not be able to fully guarantee protection against fire. But you should still store batteries far away from wood stoves, propane tanks, spark-causing power tools and other safety hazards. The electrolyte is highly flammable and can even explode. Smoke damage will also greatly affect a battery’s performance.
4. Use your battery for your power inverter at least once a month.
If a battery goes unused for an extended period, the charge can start to bleed off, meaning they won’t last as long when you need them. Discharge the battery and then fully recharge it at least once a month – even if there hasn’t been a power outage. Don’t drain it completely, though, as this can damage the battery cells.
5. When refilling the battery, only use distilled water.
The water in your inverter battery will need to be topped off regularly. However, tap water has impurities that can affect the battery’s charge capacity. Check the water level every two months and keep distilled water on-hand for when refills are needed. Make sure the water never falls below the line indicating the minimum level.
6. Clean the battery terminals and surface regularly.
Corrosion, dust and other impurities all negatively affect performance. Before cleaning it off, remember to disconnect the battery for your safety. Inverter battery terminals can be cleaned using a hot water/baking soda mixture and scrubbing with a toothbrush. Rubbing petroleum jelly on the terminals can also prevent corrosion and build-up. For the battery surface, use a dry cotton cloth to wipe the surface clean.
With these tips for maintaining your battery for your power inverter, you’ll get the most out of every backup or off-grid setup. The Inverter Store has a variety of inverter batteries for sale, including deep cycle and LiFePO4 batteries for every personal or business need.