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7 Ways To Prolong The Life Of Deep Cycle Lead-Acid Batteries

If you use an off-grid alternative energy system, you will need a battery bank with deep cycle batteries.

The most common deep cycle batteries used in off-grid energy systems are (deep cycle) lead-acid batteries because they’re reliable, affordable, and able to repeatedly deeply discharge and recharge.

But a lot is asked of deep cycle lead-acid batteries in off-grid energy systems. The regular deep discharging then recharging they have to perform puts a lot of stress on the batteries.

But if you take proper care of the batteries …and also do a few tips and tricks we’ll teach you in this article, you can maximize the lifespan of your deep cycle batteries.

In this article, we’ll not only show you our top 7 ways to prolong the life of your lead-acid deep cycle batteries…

We’ll also point out some of the most common mistakes we see people making when they use lead-acid deep cycle batteries in their off-grid energy system (so you don’t make the same mistakes)!

The Battery Bank Is The Achilles Heel Of Solar/Wind/Off-Grid Energy Systems

Before we give you our top 7 tips and tricks, we want you to know why this information is important…

One the most expensive parts of an off-grid energy system is the battery bank.
And the batteries are typically one of the first things to fail in a system.

Solar Battery Bank With Reconditioned BatteriesImproper battery care often kills the batteries in the battery bank well before their time. This forces people to buy new expensive batteries and also cripples their off-grid system until they replace the dead batteries.

So proper care is critically important so you prevent premature aging of your batteries and maximize their lifespan.

Quick Tip: If your deep cycle lead-acid batteries do die …or if you just want to save money on your battery bank, you can:

Get old batteries for free (or dirt cheap if you know where to look)

Recondition them back to 100% of their original working condition

And build your battery bank with those batteries instead of new pricey batteries.

7 Ways To Extend The Life Of Lead-Acid Deep Cycle Batteries
#1) Use High Quality Batteries

So this tip probably seems obvious, but the old adage ‘You get what you pay for’ holds true for most deep cycle batteries.

Cheap off-brand batteries from China are flooding the market right now and you want to avoid using these. They generally have a much shorter lifespan compared to quality batteries that you pay a little more for upfront.

High quality flat plate batteries can last between 10-12 years. The more expensive tubular plate batteries can even last as long as 20-25 years if maintained properly.

Paying for higher quality batteries upfront that last 10-25 years may seem expensive but it actually ends up being more expensive to buy cheap batteries …then replacing them every couple years (because they die early).

If you want to save money on your battery bank don’t buy “cheap” batteries, instead get quality used batteries and recondition them back to their original condition.

Don’t know what batteries to use? If you don’t know what kind of batteries to get for your off-grid energy system, read our article about the 3 best batteries for off-grid energy systems.
#2) Proactively Prevent Corrosion

Even if you use the most expensive, high-quality batteries in your battery bank, it won’t be of much use if the batteries aren’t cared for and corrosion or acid is on them.

Extend lifespan of lead-acid deep cycle batteriesBefore you assemble all of the components of your battery bank, make sure to individually coat the terminals, wire lugs, nuts and bolts with a non-hardening sealant.

You can also apply a thin coating of petroleum jelly to the battery terminals for some extra protection.

Lastly, seal exposed wire at a terminal lug using submersible rubber splice tape or something similar.

The reason all of this has to be done before assembly is because it ensures that all of the parts are equally protected. If you apply protective substances after you finish assembling the system, there is a good chance that dirt will get into small spaces that weren’t properly coated.
#3) Make Sure That the Battery Bank and PV Array are Correctly Sized

If you’re using a solar panel or wind power system, you should make sure that your battery bank is big enough to carry six to ten days of load.

This ensures:

You’ll always have a nice back-up supply of power.
And you’ll also be able to use your batteries a little more gently so you don’t have to consistently drain them.

#4) Fully Charge The Batteries Every Three Weeks

Lead Acid Battery MaintenanceAt the very least, make sure to fully charge your batteries every 3 weeks.

This reduces corrosion on the inside and ensures equalization.
#5) Keep Your Batteries at an Ideal Temperature

Because temperature extremes cause batteries to deteriorate much faster, it is important that you keep your batteries in a place where the temperature is relatively stable.

Aside from enclosed above-ground structures, you can also create a structure that is partially underground. This way the temperature in the structure will remain the same no matter what the weather is like outside.

In addition, make sure that the charge controller or inverter system has a built in temperature compensation feature. This is necessary because the charge voltage limit of a battery increases as temperature drops and decreases at temperatures increase.
#6) Don’t Install More Than Three Parallel Battery Strings

Ideally, your battery bank should only be made up of a single series of cells. The more cells that are included, the higher the chance of there being random defects. There’s also a greater chance of losing equalization, resulting in cells failing prematurely.

If you can’t stick to just a single series of cells in your battery bank, limit it to three parallel battery strings.
#7) Install a Renewable Energy System Digital Monitor

A renewable energy system monitor will help you keep track of the performance of your system (including the battery bank).

It will also help you troubleshoot any issue that comes up with your system so you can troubleshoot it before it turns into a bigger problem.

This will be particularly important if you are relying on the power from your off-grid power system and living in a remote area.

It will also help you maintain your batteries so you don’t have any surprise repairs that are costly and could have been avoided.

What else can you do to make your lead-acid deep cycle batteries last longer?

There are additional ways you can extend the life of your deep cycle lead-acid batteries. We cover all of these methods in the EZ Battery Reconditioning Program.

Reconditioning 12v deep cycle lead-acid BatteryAdditionally, you can also bring old or dead lead-acid deep cycle batteries back to life again with the EZ Battery Reconditioning program.

This will allow you to give your old batteries a “2nd life” so you don’t have to buy new pricey batteries for your battery bank.

Or you can even build an entire battery bank with used batteries that can get for free (or dirt cheap), that you recondition with our system.

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Cell phone charger

Can You Use Any Charger With Any Cell Phone, Laptop, Camera, or Tablet?

Every cell phone, laptop, and tablet seem to come with their own charger. If you’re like me, you’ve probably compiled quite a few chargers over the years. So the question becomes: is it safe to use a charger with your phone, laptop, camera, or tablet that isn’t the original manufacturer’s charger that came with the device?
Types of Chargers

In this article, we will focus on three types of chargers: laptop chargers, micro USB chargers (these are used with phones, tablets, and cameras), and Apple Lightning Connectors. While some devices have chargers with a slightly different head or charging cable, these are the most common.

Can you swap phone chargersLaptop chargers are fairly specific to the device they come with. However, there may be some generic chargers that boast the ability to be interchanged between laptops. This always requires changing of the charger “head” and may not be the optimal charging amperage or voltage for your device.

Micro USBs are theoretically designed to be interchangeable, and are standard in most smartphones, Android devices, and tablets. Micro USB chargers typically have the same voltage, but may draw different amps. I’ll explain this further later and how to know if the charger is safe to use (depending on its listed amps and voltage).

Apple Lightning Connectors are standard on all new Apple devices, including iPads and iPods. For older devices with a 30-pin charge port, a connector can be used to charge with the Lightning Connector.
The Plugs Must Be The Same

Can You Use Any Charger With Any Cell PhoneIn order for a charger to be used on a different device, it’s important that the plug of the charger (the “head”) fit securely into the charging port of the device. Micro USBs are the same across the board as far as charging heads, while laptop chargers are often specific to both make and model. However, the plug fitting securely is only one part of the equation.
How Voltage and Amperage Matter

Somewhere on the power brick of the charger you will find a label with the charger’s voltage (V) and amperage (A). For laptop chargers, this charging brick is often halfway down the charger and typically looks exactly like it sounds – a brick. For other types of chargers, like a smartphone charger, this information is usually found at the base of the charger, where it would meet the wall. For the device you are trying to charge, the voltage and amperage required will be found on the battery that came with the device or on the manufacturer’s website.

Use the correct charger for phone, laptop, camera, and tabletVoltage is how much power the charger will draw into the device, or how much is being “pushed” into the device by the charger. A phone will usually pull up to around 5V, while a laptop can pull up to 25V. A charger must equal the voltage required by the device. This is important: drawing too high a voltage could short out the device and potentially even start a fire, while too low a voltage will fail to charge the battery.

Amperage is how quickly power is “pulled” into the device, or how much power is used by the device. The amount of volts will never change, but the amount of amps that the device pulls may change depending on how hard the device is working. The number that you find on the battery that came with your device will be the max amount of amps that can be pulled by the device. The number found on the charger is how many amps can be pulled at once. In order to exchange chargers, the amp number on the charger must equal or exceed the amp number listed on the device’s battery. If a device is paired with a charger that cannot support the amp requirement, it can burn out the power supply and kill the device.

So if you have a modern USB device (smart phone, tablet, or camera) you can plug into a high-amperage USB port and enjoy faster charging (as long as the voltage is equal). *Site Note: if you have an older device, it may not work with USB ports that employ the new Battery Charging Specification.
If The Micro USB Charger’s Voltage Is Not 5v…

Some devices may have their voltage listed with a plus/minus on it like this: 5v +- 5%. If this is the case, you can use a charger rated at 4.75 to 5.25v because that rating is telling you is that the device can take 5v minus 5% of 5v = 4.75 volts OR 5v plus 5% of 5v = 5.25 volts. So this means anything between 4.75 t0 5.25v is safe to use (as long as the amperage of the charger is equal to or higher than the device’s listed amperage).

An interesting thing to note is all chargers supply a higher voltage than the batteries they charge. That is pretty much how they work. There has to be a voltage differential to produce the necessary current flow in the correct direction to charge the battery. If you look at your car, it has a 12V battery, but typical alternators provide 13.8 to 14.4V charging voltage to the battery.

Stay Away From Cheap Knockoff Chargers

Use different laptop charger with laptopThe problem with knockoffs, particularly cheap knockoffs, is that they often don’t support the power requirements of the device, or are not built to maintain a steady flow safely. This can cause damage to the device but can also pose a safety/fire hazard. Overall, it’s best to stick with the charger designed for the device you are using.
Now You Know How To Safely & Effectively Swap Chargers

I hope this article was able to help you. Now you know how to safely and effectively use a charger that did not come with your smart phone, laptop, camera, tablet, or other device. Make sure you follow what we said and you should be good to go!

But what happens if you battery ages and isn’t performing well anymore? Well, you have to use other methods and actually recondition it! And that’s what we show you how to do in the EZ Battery Reconditioning program. So if your phone, laptop, car, truck …or any other type of battery is aging or dead, check out this video to learn how you can easily reconditioning your batteries yourself… at home!

How to pick the best battery

How To Pick Out The Best Battery For a Solar Panel System, Battery Bank, or Off-Grid System

Have you ever wondered how to pick out the best battery(s) for your solar panel system (or off-grid energy system)? Or have you wondered what makes one deep cycle battery better than another? If so, this article will answer these questions and give you specific things to check on before buying your new battery (to ensure you get the most bang for your buck)!

When choosing a battery (or batteries) for your solar panel system, there are three categories of batteries that work best. So in this article we will:

Part 1) Quickly compare the three main types of solar batteries (lead acid, saltwater, and lithium).

Part 2) Compare the components of batteries, such as: depth of discharge, capacity and power, efficiency, battery life, and manufacturer.

By the end of this article you will know exactly how to pick out the best battery for your solar system! So let’s get started…
Part 1) The Three Best Types Of Batteries For Solar Systems:

The best type of battery for your solar panel system will depend on what you’re looking for. There are three battery types that work exceptionally well; however, each battery type has pros and cons. So the first decision to make is the type of battery that will fit your system.
Lead Acid Batteries

Lead acid batteries are among the longest-used and most reliable batteries in existence. They are the cheapest option but you trade cost for battery life and depth of discharge. But for homeowners needing lots of storage for a lower cost, or if you are just making the move to a solar system, lead acid may be a very good option.
Saltwater Batteries

Saltwater batteries are more expensive than lead acid batteries, but also have a greater lifespan. Unlike lead acid batteries, saltwater batteries are essentially brand new to the market and remain both somewhat untested and harder to come across. Of the three types of batteries, saltwater has the greatest depth of discharge, so you’ll get the most output per charge before needing to recharge.
Lithium Batteries

Lithium batteries are the most expensive and the longest lasting of the three types of solar batteries. Their depth of discharge is less than that of a saltwater battery, but more than that of a lead acid battery. Comparing all three options, the lithium battery is probably the highest rated, but also the least accessible cost-wise.
Part 2) Compare the components of batteries

Once you’ve picked the best battery type for your solar panel or off-grid system (that meets your system’s needs), there are components to explore to find the ideal battery for your system.
Cost

Cost is probably one of the more obvious components. But the old saying, “you get what you pay for” holds true when buying batteries as well. In some instances though, certain batteries may be overkill for your system so the most expensive battery may not be the best choice always.
Battery Life and Warranty

For most systems, a battery will cycle daily, meaning it will charge and drain regularly. With each cycle, the battery’s ability to hold the same charge lessens slightly. So one component to consider is the warranty on the battery that guarantees a certain number of cycles of useful life.
Depth of Discharge

Depth of discharge is how much you can drain the battery down before needing to recharge the battery without harming its life. Certain solar batteries can be depleted further than others, allowing for more use between charging. Essentially, a battery with a 90% depth of discharge per cycle will provide more battery power per charge than a battery with less.
Capacity and Power

Measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), capacity is the amount of energy a battery can store over time. More literally, capacity is how much energy (measured in kW) a battery can store over time. The more capacity a battery has, the more power it can store.

Power is how much energy a battery can provide at a given moment. A battery with both a high capacity and high power can run a large system for several hours; a battery with low capacity and high power can run a large system but only for a short time.
Efficiency

Efficiency is the amount of energy used compared to the amount of energy it took to store said energy. Batteries require power to charge and efficiency compares the energy taken to charge a battery with the amount of energy that the charged battery produces. The higher the efficiency, the more cost-effective the battery.
Manufacturer

This may not be a component most would consider, but it is something to pay attention to. As with other technology, there are both trusted brands and start-up brands. A trusted brand comes with known flaws and benefits; a start-up brand can perhaps have better technology, but can also have yet unknown technological issues. Depending on your system needs, you may decide to go with a well-reviewed company or one that is brand new to the market.
Part 3) What happens when your solar batteries start to die?

If you follow this article you should be able to compare batteries and pick out the best battery for your solar system’s needs.

But your new solar batteries won’t last forever. So what can you do? …and what can you do when your batteries actually die? Well, that’s where our battery reconditioning course comes in! You can use it to bring nearly any type of dead battery back to life again – including solar batteries, marine batteries, car batteries, forklift batteries, plus many other types. If you’d like to watch a new presentation about our course, you can see it here for a limited time

How to tell if a battery is dead or about to die

How to tell if a battery is dead or about to die

How to tell if a battery is dead

or about to die

It’s vital knowing how to tell if a battery is dead or about to die because a lot of other issues would be avoideed if we have this knowledge handy. A car can’t simply function without a battery. It’s an embarassing thing and most inconvinient if your car suddenly stops in the middle of the road, with some passerby drivers looking at you glaringly and annoyingly as if something out of the ordinary just fell down from heaven. Trust me i have been there before and it wasn’t a good experience to recount. I felt like the ground would open up and hide me inside. Especially when i realised it was a situation that could have been avoided if only i took notice of my battery dying signals.

The good thing is that there are numerous ways of knowing if your car battery is about to packup and should be replaced. In this write up we’ll learnhow to tell if a battery is dead or about to die and ways to recondition batteries.

First and foremost let us understand that a battery’s condition is very crucial to the overall good functioning of a car and its durability. The essence of a good working car including its engine depends on a good battery. a non-maintained car battery often results in so many car problems that could have been avoided. Let’s examine these 7 signs, it’s also imperative to note that when having issues with your car battery, check to see that the battery connection and cables are properly in place because sometimes a larger problem could be as a result of a faulty connection.

1) A sure sign to tell if a battery is dead or about to die is its Slow Cranking sign

If your car takes a while to start when turning on the ignition or it turns over for longer than usual. This often means your battery is dead or going bad. A consistent reoccurence of this sign means its time to get a new battery or refurbish the old one. Learn how to never waste money on a new battery again and how to bring back a dead car batteryThis could come handy or be a life saver especially when the car stops in the middle of nowhere due to a suddenly dead battery.

how to tell if a battery is dead or about to die

2) Dashboard Battery Warning Light

how to tell if a battery is dead

The check light is a good sign of how to tell if a battery is dead or about to die. A weak battery often triggers the check engine light. When the check engine light is on, it’s a sure sign that the battery is weak, or about to die. The engine light or battery warning light only lights up when there is a problem with the car battery, as in weak. Sometimes the dashboard doesn’t light up at all when the battery is totally dead. In a situation like this check that the battery is contacting well by tightening up the battery contact wire. If the sign persists then its time to recondition the battery and give it a new life or get another battery which is not necessary if you can do this.Ez battery reconditioning

3)Lifespan of a battery

The age of your battery is another way of knowing how to tell if a battery is dead or about to die because the closer your battery gets to its full life span of 4 to 5 years the more you should be prepared to either replace it or recondition it to become new again, and ready for another five years life circle. How to give the battery a new life span.

4 Electrical Gadgets

If the electrical gadgets of your car are finding it difficult to function well. A malfunctioning electrical gadget is how to tell if a battery is dead or about to die. Gadgets like the wipers, power locks, windows, windshield wipers, lights and so on. All of these are a way of showing that the battery is weak and needs a replacement or refurbishment.

5)Malformed Battery Cover or case

Another sign that shows how to tell if a battery is dead or about to die is a malformed Battery Cover or case. When a battery case becomes swollen up, bloated or malformed in any way. This usually happens when temperature affects the chemical components of the battery, therefore, shortening its lifespan

6) Smell

Smell is a strong indication of how to tell that a battery is dead or dyingThe smell of a burnt wire is often an indication of acid leaking batteries. This could be hazardous to other engine components if not rectified quickly. What you should do anytime you notice this sign, is to get a mechanic check your battery or use this quick and effective method to quickly get your battery fixedDo it yourself battery reconditioning steps.

7) Car jump starting is how to tell if a battery is dead or about to die

Jump start car batteryIf needed to jump your car battery to get it started for like three two to times a week, then its about time to replace or recondition your battery. recondition it.
Note that if you have to continue jumping your battery to get it started, it may eventually affect other parts of your car. To extend your car battery lifespan, a regular maintenance should not be overlooked. use this simple method to extend your car battery lifespan.
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    Tim Saras

    Reply Reply June 13, 2017

    This article is an eye opener that my batterywas almost dead.I had to use your battery steps to revive my battery again thank you very much!. 🙂

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