Today you hear most solar system users in Nigeria saying their solar system didn’t last for them, but they never tell you what they did that it came about that way. For everything we do as humans, if we don’t do proper maintenance it will not last and the same goes for your solar batteries.
As a solar battery owner, it’s your responsibility to maintain them, for them to give serve you for a long time. And today I am here to give you some few tips that can do to make it possible. Some of the things you can do include:
Do not fast charge your battery: When you charge your battery too fast, you put it at the risk of overheating which puts it in great danger of getting damaged.
Do not overcharge your battery: Just as you should never fast charge your batteries, you also should never over discharge them. To be on the safe side, wait until they show the low battery signal which is the allowable depth of discharge (DoD) and also doesn’t wait until the charge is completely gone before your charge your batteries as it will destroy the batteries’ life span.
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Do not Mix different makes of batteries: You should be cautious of how you use the batteries. As rule of thumb, you should never mix different batteries. The best way of going about it is by using batteries of the same capacity, brand, and chemistry. Mixing will result in them damaging each other.
Use the Charge controllers with the battery capacity: You should always make sure to get the best quality charge controllers for your batteries and never use charge controllers with higher voltage or lesser voltage than your battery’s voltage if you use large voltage it will burn your solar system and if you use less voltage charge controller, your batteries will never charge. Therefore you should always use charge controllers with the same voltage or within the same voltage range as your batteries.
Drain your battery once every few months for optimum performance: Once every few months, you should drain your battery fully and recharge it. This is to prevent the battery from forming sulphating or crystals growth which can result in damage to the batteries.
Always charge batteries even when not in use: You also should regularly charge your solar batteries when not in use even if it’s once a month, leaving it idle will kill the battery. You should note that when you don’t use the battery units for long, crystals begin to form.
These are tips on how to maintain your rechargeable batteries, keeping them in great shape and giving you the opportunity to enjoy your money worth, but to increase the chances of the battery lasting for a longer time, always invest in high-quality batteries that will serve you for at least three years without you changing them.
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