Many people don’t know the benefits of owning an inverter battery. Below are 25 reasons why you should own one. An inverter battery will help you save money on your energy bill, provide backup power in case of a blackout, and make your home more eco-friendly. If you’re still not convinced, keep reading to learn more about the benefits of inverter batteries.
1) Low Maintenance
No more adding water or checking electrolyte levels. This is especially important if you live in a cold climate that does not allow easy batteries access. The sealed design keeps out contaminants, preventing corrosion and longer life expectancy.
2) Virtually Zero Self-Discharge Rate
Unlike conventional batteries, there’s practically zero self-discharge rate, which means you can store them for more extended periods without the worry of discharging below their safe operating voltage.
3) No Special Handling Required
No special handling is required because no hazardous materials are used in the design or construction of an inverter battery.
4) Approved for Partial State Of Charge Operations
Inverters that support the partial state of charge (PSOC) require a maintenance-free battery to prevent over-discharge and subsequent sulfation during extended idle periods. Inverters that support PSOC topologies help extend battery life by minimizing deep discharges whenever possible.
5) No Protection Circuits Needed
Conventional batteries require a protection circuit to prevent voltage from going too high or low. Inverters that operate directly from the storm have built-in fuses for over-current and thermal protection, negating the need for expensive external circuitry.
6) No Additional Inverter Board Required
Inverter batteries don’t require you to install an additional inverter board to monitor voltage, current, or temperature because they already have these features built-in. This makes installation more straightforward than figuring out how to wire up a standard battery.
7) High Rate of Discharge (Up To 80% Depth of Discharge)
Unlike a standard battery which can only be discharged down about 50%, inverter batteries can be discharged down to 80% depth of discharge without damaging the battery. This is a massive advantage if you need to use your system for short, high current events such as starting a motor.
8) Supports High Current Applications
Inverters that support higher current drawing capabilities require a power source with a high amperage output capability and lots of reserve power. Inverter batteries can provide both.
9) Higher Power Density Than Standard Batteries
Power density refers to the amount of power delivered about its volume or mass (bulk). Inverter batteries have more power per pound than conventional deep cycles battery designs like L-16s and golf cart batteries. So when you are looking for the highest power output in the smallest size possible, an inverter battery is your best option.
10) Maintain Optimal Operating Temperature
Most deep cycle batteries have to be stored in a cool place because high temperatures can damage them and cause permanent loss of capacity. Some batteries store enough electrolytes inside the case that they can be stored in moderate temperatures with no ill effects. Still, most manufacturers recommend keeping them in an environment no higher than 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
11) No Charging Required After Installation
Unlike other types of vehicle-based deep cycle batteries like L-16s and golf cart batteries, you don’t have to worry about charging them after installation. Since inverter batteries are designed for maximum performance when discharged completely, they can be installed immediately without assessing them first.
12) Common Battery Platform To Learn On
Using an inverter battery in your system is like having two systems in one because you can also use it with any DC power tool or appliance that requires a standard deep cycle battery. This will give you more options when designing your power system because common appliances like blenders, drills, saws, microwaves, TVs, and radios operate on 12V DC power.
13) Standard Batteries Can Be Used As A Backup Power Source
If AC power is interrupted, many inverter systems can switch to battery power and continuous operation for a few hours. Inverters with an “auto-transfer switch” make this process very seamless because they seamlessly move from AC to DC or vice versa without causing any interruption in operation.
14) A Single Battery Can Be Used To Drive Multiple Inverters
Some batteries like Crown’s Dual Pro XP series are designed to support multiple inverters so one 12V DC source can send power to multiple devices simultaneously without causing an excessive drain on the battery. This isn’t possible with standard batteries because their voltage has to be kept relatively close together, which would defeat the purpose of having two separate inverters in the first place.
15) High Current Output Capability
Suppose you need to start a motor or operate another high-res current device. In that case, inverter batteries provide the ideal power source because they can deliver up to 10x the amperage of regular deep cycle batteries. This is important because it allows for very efficient transfers of power, which means less heat generated, more extended performance, and minor wear on your equipment.
16) Less Waste Heat than Conventional Batteries
The electrolyte in an inverter battery creates no chemical fumes when used, so there’s much less heat generation during operation. The absence of any significant amount of corrosive acid vapors also makes inverter batteries much safer to work with than conventional lead-acid designs. Since there’s no liquid involved, they can be completely sealed off, which helps them to last longer.
17) Longer Life Span
When you use an inverter battery, you’ll get at least twice the life out of your system than if you used a conventional deep cycle battery, which will be less expensive in the long run. One key reason for this is that inverter batteries are engineered with better plate materials and performance characteristics, so they get damaged less during operation by running at high currents.
18) Lower Lifetime Cost
Since an inverter battery lasts an average of 8-10 years under constant use (up to 15 years in some cases), it’s much more cost-effective over time because there are no replacement costs involved. That’s a considerable saving compared to the average 4-6 year lifespan of a standard deep cycle battery which would need to be replaced at least twice as often and with a hefty price tag in most cases.
19) Less Maintenance Required
An inverter battery is sealed, so it doesn’t need to be filled with water regularly or have its electrolyte levels checked like other batteries. It also doesn’t contain any toxic acids. You have to worry about spilling if they were overfilled or punctured during installation, so maintenance tasks are straightforward and convenient.
20) Higher Power Density
Most DC appliances and power tools operate on 12V DC power which means their power requirements are much lower than other household appliances that use 120V AC. This makes inverter batteries ideal for temporary or emergency backup power sources because they can quickly start motors, welders, and other heavy-duty equipment designed to run off 12V DC power.
21) Extended Run Time
Inverter batteries have exceptionally high available capacity ratings, so if you need your motors or tools to run constantly without having to recharge them, an inverter battery can provide many hours of uninterrupted service before it needs to be renewed again. Regardless of what kind of work you do, there will always be a need to run heavy-duty tools and equipment for long periods without having to stop recharging batteries.
22) Easier Storage
Inverter batteries don’t generate any explosive hydrogen gas when overcharged due to their sealed design. Even when fully charged, they can be safely stored, which is not the case with standard deep cycle batteries. This makes inverter batteries ideal sources of backup power for emergency systems or remote locations where charging stations are difficult or impossible to access, like underground bunkers, abandoned buildings, and other military installations.
23) Less Weight and Volume
Compared to standard deep cycle 12V DC setups that require multiple conventional lead-acid batteries, an inverter battery is much more compact and lightweight, which means it can often be installed in areas where space is minimal. Since they’re also fully sealed, inverter batteries don’t require special ventilation or safety precautions when used indoors or in other closed spaces.
24) Protection from Overcharging
When a battery charger senses that a battery is already fully charged, it will automatically turn off the current to protect the battery from damage due to overcharging, which is not possible with conventional deep cycle batteries because there’s always some residual current flowing into them as long as they’re connected to power sources.
25) Improved Safety
Inverter batteries are inherently safer than standard deep cycle batteries because they don’t use any flammable electrolytes or contain any hazardous materials, which means there’s no risk of acid spills, corrosion or explosions even if damaged during installation, transport, or storage. Whether you need to install it or how much space is available, an inverter battery will always provide more hours of reliable power for running equipment and tools wherever you go.