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Get More From Your Inverter: Increase The Battery’s Efficiency

  • 28 May
Get More From Your Inverter: Increase The Battery’s Efficiency

You know, the heavy duty batteries that let you run all your appliances, power tools, electronics and more when off-grid or during outages. Life savers right?

But here’s the cold hard truth – not all inverter batteries are created equal in the efficiency department. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a glorified brick that can barely handle running your bare essentials for a couple hours.  

No, we want maximum battery capacity and full electrical capacity from inverters. Enough to keep those lights on, that fridge chugging, and charge up all our devices for days on end when needed. 

If you’re ready to take your Daewoo Electronics inverter setup to its full potential and maximize those battery run times, you’ve come to the right place.

The Lead Acid Battery Family

When it comes to the big batteries used in inverters and power stations, you’re basically working with three main varieties from the lead acid family:

Flooded Lead Acid

– The classic battery most are familiar with

– Uses an actual liquid electrolyte solution

– Pros: Cheapest option upfront, readily available

– Cons: Requires periodic refilling to maintain electrolyte levels. Potential leaking/corrosion issues. Limited lifespan of 2-3 years typically  

Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM)

– A more modern, premium lead acid option  

– Electrolyte suspended in ultra-fine glass mats rather than liquid

– Pros: No refilling needed since electrolyte can’t leak. More resistant to vibrations and extreme temperatures. Longer lifespan of 3-5 years or more

– Cons: Costs 25-40% more than standard flooded batteries

Gel Cell

– Another premium lead acid variation 

– Electrolyte is a gelified substance rather than liquid or absorbed glass mats

– Pros: Maintenance free, can handle extreme temps and conditions very well

– Cons: Most expensive lead acid option. Not ideal for super deep discharge use

For most hybrid solar inverter/power station setups, you’ll be looking at either quality deep cycle AGM batteries, gel cell batteries, or potentially even upgrading to lithium ion batteries which we’ll cover in a bit.

Flooded lead acids can technically work for inverter duties. But they’re more meant for shallower cycling, require frequent refilling, and just aren’t as robust overall compared to AGM or gel cell batteries.

Amp Hour Upgrades

So now that we’ve covered the basic battery breeds, let’s dig into one of the primary numbers for measuring inverter battery performance – the amp hour (Ah) rating.

In simple terms, the amp hour rating tells you the amount of discharge current a battery can continuously supply for a 20-hour period of use until fully depleted. Higher Ah means more total battery capacity and longer run times.

For example, a standard 12V 100Ah AGM battery could theoretically supply about 5 amps of current for that full 20 hour discharge cycle. While upgrading to a 200Ah battery would yield double that capacity and 10 usable amps for 20 hours.

Now in reality, you’ll never want to completely drain an inverter battery to 100% capacity like that. It’s best to keep your discharge cycles in a more conservative 30-50% range to preserve the battery’s overall longevity.  

But the point is, upgrading to a higher Ah rated battery means more total amp hours of juice for your money. And that equals seriously increased run times and capacity. Enough to easily power that fridge, lights, TV and more through an extended outage or off-grid situation.

Pay Attention to Reserve Capacities  

Beyond just amp hours though, you’ll also want to consider the battery’s reserve capacity (RC) rating as well. 

The RC gives an estimate of how many minutes a fully charged battery can deliver a constant 25 amp load before being fully discharged and requiring a recharge. So a higher RC lets the battery supply higher burst currents over shorter periods of time.

This is especially important if you’ll regularly need to crank up power-hungry tools/appliances, electronics, or have lots of accessories and lights running off your inverter system simultaneously. A battery with solid RC will ensure you get those high current capabilities covered.

Essentially, amp hours and RC ratings together give you the full picture on a battery’s total capacity and output capabilities. It’s worth investing in models with goods specs in both departments for optimum inverter performance.

Future Proof With Lithiums?

Of course, while robust AGM and gel batteries are proven and reliable options for inverter systems, the cutting edge in battery tech has moved into lithium ion lately.

Key advantages of lithium batteries include:

– Significantly higher usable capacity/power density than lead acid per pound

– Able to discharge to a much lower level before recharging (down to 20% in some cases)

– Deliver more efficient charging cycles and faster recharge times

– Longer lifespan of 5+ years and over 2000 cycles before needing replacement

– Environmentally safer and more compact/lightweight design

The main drawbacks are that lithium batteries come with a hefty premium price tag initially. They also require dedicated lithium chargers, specialized battery management systems (BMS), and have somewhat more finicky operating parameters.  

But for an all-out high performance upgrade to futureproof your inverter system, it may be worth stepping up to lithium ion technology. The cost per cycle and total energy output efficiency will outpace traditional lead acid in many situations.

 

Pro Battery Efficiency Tips

Regardless of whether you stick with AGM/gel batteries or upgrade to lithium, there are some general tips to keep in mind for maximizing performance and lifespan:

– Only discharge down to about 50% max capacity before recharging if possible to prevent over-discharging

– Ensure inverter settings and chargers are matched to the battery’s specific voltage and charging profiles

– Add battery warmers/insulators if operating in very hot or cold temps

– Make sure batteries are properly vented to avoid hydrogen gas buildup

– Inspect terminals and connections regularly for cleanliness and corrosion

– Recharge fully after each discharge cycle as soon as possible

– Consider upgrading to a high efficiency charger/inverter to reduce wasted energy

– When possible, reduce battery drain and accessory loads to increase runtime

By upgrading to higher capacity/reserve batteries and following best practices, you can absolutely push your inverter setup to pump out way more efficient, reliable power for longer periods of time. Never be left powerless again!

There you have it folks – all the insider tips, product knowledge, and upgrade paths to get the most efficient, hard-hitting Daewoo India battery performance from your inverter or power station setup.  

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