Power cuts still happen. We all know how irritating they can be after a long work day. Therefore, it is necessary to take care of the maintenance of your home UPS battery. Power inverters keep supplying electric current to the electrical and electronic devices during power cuts. The home UPS battery is the backbone of your inverter. It requires regular maintenance for effective operation. Here are the top 5 ways in which you can extend the back-up of your home UPS battery –
- Rust is Battery-Cancer. Keep it away.
Keep the battery terminals corrosion-free and rust-free. They are cancer for a battery. Rusting depreciates the performance of battery by reducing the current flow in and from the battery. This ultimately reduces the battery life which in turn effects your inverter back up. To cure corrosion and rusting pour a solution of hot water + baking soda on the terminals. Once cured, apply petroleum jelly on the terminals to avoid future corrosion.
- Don’t Overload the Battery.
Home UPS battery uses the energy already stored in them to supply current to gadgets and appliances during power cuts. The more load during power failure, lesser the backup period. Therefore, disconnect devices that heavily consume energy to run. Only connect devices and appliances which you can’t do without. You will see a significant increase in the backup of your Home UPS battery once unplugged from the extra load.
- Use Energy Saving Appliances and Gadgets.
Use energy saving devices to reduce power consumption from your Home UPS Battery during those irritating power cuts. For example, you can use a CFL or LED bulb instead of an ordinary bulb. The latter uses 75% more energy than CFL or LED bulb. Also, like bulbs, fans too can by tuned to use lesser energy. A ceiling fan with better wiring consumes lesser power than a fan with poor quality winding.
- Keep the water level in check.
Check the water level in your Home UPS battery every two months. Keep the water level between the maximum and minimum water limit. Make sure to top up the battery with refined water. Do not use tap water as it contains minerals and contaminations that can affect the performance and life of the battery.
- A Battery worn outs too. Change it.
To keep the backup levelled, change the batteries of your invertor when they wore out. Batteries lose their capacity over time which in turn reduces the backup. Also, always buy good quality batteries as the poor ones not only fail prematurely but they do not offer a sufficient backup. Sealed batteries are best suited as they are maintenance free and do not leak electrolytes.
Other batteries, like Lithium can be used for your home UPS as well. But if you are looking for the most efficient battery, go with the tubular batteries. Their complex design offers great efficiency. Not only this, they have longer operational life (of about 8+ years) and low maintenance.