Wet Lead Acid Batteries

Wet Lead Acid batteries are the most common batteries
used in energy systems because of their price, local availability,
and ease of recycling. A properly maintained lead acid cell will last about
ten years. This type of battery will deliver about 1000 full charge-discharge
cycles. The drawbacks of Wet Lead Acid Batteries include the following:

  • They need to be equalized about every month
  • The water needs to be replenished
    often
  • The batteries corrode — contacts need to be cleaned frequently
  • The
    batteries are not freeze-tolerant and they need to be in a warm environment
    or need to be insulated
  • The batteries release gases while charging so
    they need to have an exhaust vent leading outside

Good Brand of Lead Acid: Surret or Trojan

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