Today, an inverter is as important as your refrigerator or your washing machine. Given our dependency on electricity, a black out of even a few hours can be frustrating. Inverters help fight this by providing reliable power backup. But, an inverter alone cannot do much. You also need to connect your inverter to a battery. Of the many types of batteries available for home use, a tubular battery is the best choice.
What is a Tubular Battery?
Inverter batteries can be categorized as flat plate and tubular batteries based on their internal structure. As the name suggests, flat plate batteries have a series of plates while tubular batteries are constructed as a series of tubes. The electrolyte needed for the battery is stored within these tubes. On the other hand, flat plate batteries are designed with the electrolyte pasted on the plates. As a result, the electrolyte used in tubular batteries has lower exposure and the battery is more efficient. Let’s take a look at some of the ways using a tubular battery can be beneficial to you.
Longer Standby Life
Unless you live in a city with daily power cuts, you will need the inverter only once in a while. Inverter batteries are charged while when there is electricity and then hold this charge until needed. However, with time, a certain amount of power stored in the battery is discharged. Tubular batteries can retain charge for much longer than flat plate batteries because the electrolyte does not interact with any reinforcing agents. Thus, with a single charge, the battery is primed to offer the backup you need.
Faster Charging and Slower Discharging
Tubular batteries discharge at a very slow rate. As a result, they can hold stored power for much longer and do not need to be charged frequently. When they do need to be charged, tubular batteries charge at a much faster rate as compared to flat plate batteries. Thus, if you have just a few hours between long power cuts, a tubular battery will be able to provide power backup for much longer than a flat plate battery of the same size.
Tubular batteries can perform optimally in the extreme summers as well as extreme winters. They can stand up to rough usage indoors as well as outdoors. This is because the internal structure is sturdier and not as affected by weather fluctuations as flat plate batteries. Their reliability in terms of performance makes them suitable for all kinds of appliances including heavy appliances and sensitive appliances.
Lower Maintenance Needs
Inverter batteries anyways have minimal maintenance requirements. They have only 2 requirements – the battery must be kept clean from outside so the terminals are clean and free from corrosion and the battery water needs to be topped up from time to time. As compared to flat plate batteries, tubular batteries require top-ups less frequently. However, you must ensure that you always use distil water to top up an inverter battery. To keep the battery clean, wipe it down with a cloth once a week.
Every battery has a limited lifespan. There are two factors determining the lifespan of a battery – the technology used by the battery and the way it is maintained. For example, if you use regular tap water instead of distil water to top up your battery, it’s lifespan will be greatly reduced. In terms of technology, tubular batteries are considered sturdier than flat plate batteries and have a longer lifespan. While a flat plate battery may been to be replaced in 7 or 8 years, a tubular battery should last for at least a decade as long as it is maintained according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
How to Buy a Tubular Battery ?
The price tag for tubular batteries is slightly higher than that of a flat plate battery. That said, the above points demonstrate how it is a much better choice. In the long run, even the price tag is not an issue since you will need to replace a flat plate battery sooner than you will need to replace a tubular battery or solar panel battery. When you buy inverter batteries, always choose batteries from reliable brands. These brands have a quality standard to live up to and hence will use better quality components. They also offer better after sales service. You also need to pay attention to the capacity of the battery. If the capacity is much lower than your requirements, it will not give you the backup you need. On the other hand, if you choose a battery with a much higher capacity than your needs, the battery may never be fully discharged and hence may not function as optimally as it should. Based on the number of lights, fans and appliances you need, you can calculate your home’s power requirements on your own or ask the sales representative to help you out.