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An inverter battery is the backbone of any inverter. It is responsible for your inverter's extended efficiency and long service life. Routine battery servicing and maintenance not only ensure optimal performance of your power back-up system but also ensures the safety of your home. Battery contains high amount of electric charge and also hazardous chemical components, inside. Following are some tips for safety arrangements during the following activities.
1. Check Battery Only When Fully Charged
To conduct a maintenance check on inverter battery for home, it needs to be fully charged. For the same, it is necessary to ensure that the battery has been charged for 10-15 hours with a suitable inverter or an external charger before undertaking a battery health check regime.
2. Check the Acid Level
To check the acid level, look at the float indicators. The acid level should be equal in all the cells for proper working of the inverter battery. Open the float indicator & top up the inverter battery with DM water upto the specified limit, if necessary. Ensure batteries are not over filled.
3. Clean the Battery Terminal Area
Inverter battery produces lead sulphate, which gets deposited at the interconnection region of the battery & inverter (battery terminal) during normal operation. Lead sulphate increases the electrical resistance of current-conducting path and deters current flow from the inverter to the converter. Clean the battery with warm water and a nylon brush if there is any lead sulphate accumulation.
4. Keep the Battery Surface Spotless
To ascertain the proper functioning of a battery, you should check for any deposition of dirt on its surface. If you find dirt, try to clean it with a dry cloth. This way, you will be able to keep the battery clean
5. Damaged Wire Affects Performance
Lastly, test the battery wires for any crimp, break, and insulation melt. Damaged or tampered battery wires not only reduce battery output but can raise the risk of short circuits and other dangers in your house.