Just 10 minutes are left for the final match of the Champions’ League to start. You have gathered all the beer and chips that you need for the first half. You’re just about to settle down in your snug couch when the power goes out. The tension is killing. Your nerves are taut. Will you miss the game? Every second now seems like eternity. In five seconds flat, the power comes back on. You breathe a sigh of relief. The investment was worth it. Your inverter. Your saving grace. Silently charging in the background, the inverter happens to be a vital cog in your electrical appliance setup. With an inverter, you’d always be sure about a well made cake in the microwave or a good Sunday siesta under the AC while the rest of the locality sweats it out during the nagging power cut. But how exactly does an inverter work? What powers it? The answer is pretty simple for a layman. It works on a rechargeable battery. Which is responsible for the good performance and long life of your inverter. Therefore regular maintenance and care of the inverter battery is very crucial.
Here are Some Inverter Battery Maintenance Tips:
- Always use a well ventilated area for inverter installation. The inverter battery gets heated up during charging and operation. An airy place reduces the heating up of the battery. It also reduces the frequent water topping requirement. An inverter battery in India is susceptible to wear and tear much more, given the weather and the frequent power cuts. So maintenance becomes all the more important.
- After installation use the inverter battery on a regular basis. If the power cut does not occur, discharge the battery completely once every month and then recharge it.
- Check the water level of battery every two months. Ensure that the water level is maintained between the maximum and minimum water limit. Always top up the battery with distilled water. Do not use tap water or rain water as it contains excess minerals and impurities which affect the life and performance of the battery.
- Always keep the surface and sides of battery clean and dust free. Use cotton cloth to clean these surfaces.
- Keep the battery terminals corrosion free and rust free. If the terminals get corroded pour hot water and baking soda solution on the corrosive area or use a tooth brush for cleaning. This will remove the corrosion. Once the terminals become corrosion free; apply petroleum jelly or Vaseline on to the terminals, nuts and bolts to avoid future corrosion. Rusting and corrosion are very bad for battery performance. Rusting in terminals reduces the current flow to and from the battery. This restricted flow of current results in slow battery charging which ultimately reduces battery life.
- Be careful that the vents around inverter batteries are dust free and open. Blocked vents lead to hydrogen gas accumulation, which may lead to bursting of battery.
- From safety point of view, install the inverter at safe places in your home which is out of the reach of children or a less used area. But at the same time make sure that it is airy and properly ventilated.
- Replace inverter batteries if they are dead or damaged. Regular inspection will keep you updated on your inverter and battery conditions.
Please keep in mind the following safety precautions for installation of inverters:
- Place the inverter on a reasonably flat surface, either horizontally or vertically.
- The inverter should not be installed in the engine compartment, due to possible water/oil/acid contamination, and excessive heat under the bonnet, as well as potential danger from petrol fumes and the spark that an inverter can occasionally produce. It’s best to run battery cables to a dry, cool mounting location.
- Keep the inverter dry. Do not expose it to rain or moisture. DO NOT operate the inverter if you, the inverter, the device being operated on, or any other surfaces that may come in contact with any power source are wet. Water and many other liquids can conduct electricity which may lead to serious injury or death.
- Avoid placing the inverter on or near heating vents, radiators or other sources of heat. Do not place the inverter in direct sunlight. Ideal operating temperature is between 10° and 30°C.
- In order to properly disperse heat generated while the inverter is in operation, keep it well ventilated. While in use, maintain several inches of clearance around the top and sides of the inverter.
- DO NOT use the inverter near flammable materials.
- DO NOT install inverters in unvented battery compartments