If you are looking to use battery power for your home, make sure to follow these steps for longer lasting batteries. Batteries can be a great source of energy, especially for off-grid homes, but poor maintenance practices could kill your batteries when you need them most!
1. Don’t forget to water your batteries. Wet-cell batteries need water regularly, usually every two to three months.
2. Give your batteries only distilled water. Any other kind contains minerals that glom onto the plates, permanently taking up precious surface area.
3. Try never to discharge your batteries below 50 percent. A good battery meter, such as a TriMetric Meter, will keep constant tabs on your batteries’ state of charge.
4. For big loads of long duration, such as filling a cistern, use a generator.
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This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™ Fall 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.