Tips for Shopping for a Battery
The solar power system is finally up and set up in your home, but that essential component is still missing; a deep cycle battery that will power up the whole system and enable you to use the sun’s energy at all hours of the day. It is imperative that you choose the right battery for your specific needs. Walking into a shop completely ignorant of what you need might leave you very frustrated. That is why there are a few basic easy to know tips that will help you bring home the best deep cycle battery to last you for a very long time.
One of the first things to look at should be the storage capacity. The storage capacity goes hand in hand with the type of solar system one has. If it is an extensive system, then the capacity of the battery should be big enough to cater for it. If it is a small system then there is really no need to get a very huge one. There are also other factors to be considered in the choosing of the battery size and capacity. The amp hours of storage required is one other such factor that should be considered too. The hours without sunlight and the machines and devices that will be using that storage also change from home to home. There are places that receive very minimal sunlight in a normal day depending on the season. Such homes should invest in batteries with bigger capacities since they will need backup for the no-sun days. Those with a lot of machines that will be using up the energy will also require that more storage be set aside. Since capacity generally corresponds to size and weight of the battery there is quite a variety to choose from.
Weight of the battery
A deep cycle battery can range anywhere between ten to two hundred pounds. This means there are small enough to be portable and there are those that will require some serious man power to install. It is all up to your specific needs and affordability. Just remember to invest on what is right for you in the present and in the future. It should be looked at as a long term business arrangement. Once you have the right battery for your needs, then you are done worrying about that for years to come. You can then sit back and enjoy the benefits of solar energy and its’ unique storage system.