Tips To Take Care Of VRLA Batteries

VRLA Battery

VRLA Battery or value-regulated lead acid battery commonly known as Sealed Lead Acid Battery is a type of lead acid battery that is characterized by a limited amount of electrolyte absorbed in a plate separator or formed into a gel, proportioning of the negative and positive plates so that oxygen recombination is facilitated within the cells and the presence of the relief valve that retains the battery contents independent of the position of the cells.

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Types of VRLA batteries

  1. ABSORBANT GLASS MAT (AGM):- AGM or Absorbent Glass Mat is an advanced lead-acid battery that provides superior power to support the higher electrical demands of today’s vehicles and start-stop applications. AGM batteries are extremely resistant to vibration, totally sealed, and maintenance-free.      
  2. GEL CELL BATTERY: – A gel cell battery is a battery that uses sulfuric acid that has been mixed with fumed silica to create a gel-like substance that is immobile. Because of the GEL CELL, the battery does not have to be kept upright and the electrons can flow between the plates without the threat of spilling.

Tips to take care of VRLA batteries

  1. SIZE YOUR BATTERY CORRECTLY: –

The most important step when sizing a battery system is to determine the required or desired amount of energy storage — most often using a measure of kWh-per-day. The minimum kWh-per-day value can be calculated based on the wattage and runtime of all potential loads to be supported by the system.

  1. PERIODICALLY CHECK THE VOLTAGE OF YOUR BATTERIES:

You can program your data logger to periodically measure, record, and transmit the battery voltage. Storing a daily minimum battery voltage is an excellent method of monitoring battery health. In fact, you can program your data logger to count the number of times the voltage drops below a certain value.

  1. NEVER TRY TO CHARGE ALKALINE BATTERIES:-

Alkaline batteries are NOT rechargeable, and the battery manufacturers do not recommend attempts at recharging them. If you need backup power, use a user-supplied sealed rechargeable battery instead.

  1. PREVENT ALKALINE BATTERIES FROM LEAKING:

Keep alkaline battery within the -25 degree to +50 degree temperature range. Don’t mix new and used alkaline batteries.

  1. TAKE CARE WITH PARALLEL CONNECTION:

Two batteries that have different amp hour ratings should not be connected in parallel.

  1. GIVE VRLA BATTERIES BREATHING SPACE:

VRLA (valve-regulated lead-acid) batteries should not be put in an enclosure that doesn’t allow emitted hydrogen gas to be dispersed. Hydrogen gas emitted from VRLA batteries could accumulate and form an explosive mixture.

  1. DO NOT LEAVE LEAD ACID BATTERIES IN A DISCHARGED STATE: –

If a lead-acid battery is left in a discharged state for extended periods, large sulfate crystals can grow and negatively affect battery performance. To prevent this type of irreversible, recharge your stored batteries every few months.

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