There has been a growing trend to increase our dependency on alternative energy solutions such as wind turbines that produce power from wind energy and solar generators. Solar power promise to help us save the environment and save on our energy bills. The photovoltaic cells in the solar panels capture the suns rays and then it is converted into electricity used by appliances in your home or office. These solar cells are only useful when the sun is visible. Otherwise, energy is provided by another source, such as a local electric grid or a battery bank.
More and more people are moving away from the electricity grid and relying on battery banks for their nighttime energy needs. These banks are loaded with a set of rechargeable batteries that can provide enough power to take care of your energy needs when the sun isn't available.
Mighty Max Battery provides top quality, deep cycle, 12V, SLA AGM batteries to ensure your energy needs are met when your solar panel system is not in production mode. The deep cycle capability means that the batteries can be used longer between charges without negatively impacting the lifespan of the batteries.
Advantages of AGM Solar Generator Batteries
- Mature technology that's considered safer than lithium
- Significantly more cost effective
- Large variety of sizes and specifications
- Supported by many existing battery banks
- Deep cycle performance offers longer usage without harm
Caring For and Replacing Solar Panel Generator Batteries
The purpose of a solar panel installation is to power some or all of the lighting and appliances in a home or office. Once there is a drop in power output and lighting or appliances are no longer being properly powered, it might be time to replace the batteries in the solar panel generators battery bank or solar battery pack. Many solar panel installations have monitoring and display tools that can be used to gauge the quality level of the batteries and inform of any required replacements. If a monitoring system is not included in the solar installation, then the easiest option is to bring the batteries to a shop or request the service of an expert that is equipped with the proper tools to provide a thorough analysis. The average lifespan of properly maintained batteries is approximately 3 years, but can work without replacements in some cases as long as 5 - 7 years.
There are several important factors to take into consideration for proper care and maintenance of the solar panel batteries. These are storage environment, charge voltage, and power output requirements.
SLA batteries must be stored in a cool and dry environment. The hotter the temperature within the area the batteries are stored, the shorter their lifespan becomes. Having the temperature becoming too cold can also negatively impact the battery life. Moisture can corrode the terminals that connect the batteries to the generator. These are factors that must be considered if the batteries are stored in an environment that is not protective and temperature controlled or in areas where there are extreme weather changes.
Charge voltage is dependent on the temperature as well. If there are temperature fluctuations due to seasonality, voltage might need to be reduced during the warmer seasons and increased during the colder seasons. Most charge regulators can be programmed for temperature compensation. This can prevent out-gassing, a permanent loss of internal water, or extended periods of low charge state.
Power requirements will dictate the number of solar panels as well as the number of batteries that will be needed for the installation. Having too few solar panels can result in consistently low charge states for the batteries, which can then result in the batteries having a significantly shorter lifespan. Having too few batteries will result in unnecessarily deep discharge cycles, which can also significantly diminish the lifespan of the batteries. In both cases, this may result in insufficient power output for lighting and appliances or batteries that need to be replaced too often.