A battery is a collection of one or more cells which is used to flow the electrons in a circuit. In simple words, a battery provides the power to the external devices for smooth working. It is a very crucial part of electrical devices and appliances that we use in our everyday lives. They are used in cars, remote controls, inverter, etc. There are various kinds of batteries that are used in day to day life. To know more check the points below.
Types of Household Batteries
Nickel Cadmium Batteries: These batteries are rechargeable and made up of nickel oxide hydroxide and metallic cadmium. The partially charged Nickel Cadmium Batteries witness a lower capacity when you recharge it.
Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries: They are similar to the Nickel Cadmium Batteries at the positive electrode while at the negative electrode, they are a bit different. These kinds of batteries are rechargeable.
Lithium-Ion Batteries: These are one of the most popular rechargeable batteries. They are used in smart devices, mobile phones, and in some other appliances.
Lead Acid Batteries: These types of batteries are used in the non-portable appliances due to its heavy size. They are used in vehicles, inverters, solar-panel energy storage devices, etc.
Five Common Misconception About Batteries
We usually get various tips on how to select the perfect accumulator for any appliances or how to prevent and protect our batteries from dying. But among all those tips, some are true and some are just the misconception spread by people. So, here, we are busting some of the myths related to household, inverter and UPS batteries. To know these misconceptions, have a look at the points given below:
Fully Charge the Battery Before Using it for the First Time: It is a myth that you should charge the battery completely before its first use. Though you can, it is not mandatory to follow it. There are some accumulators that require the calibration process i.e. letting know the device how the accumulators work. But most of the batteries are self-calibrating. So, they don’t need to be fully charged prior to its first use.
Discharge the Battery Completely Before Recharge: Another misconception that people have is that they should fully discharge the battery before recharging it. People also believe that this process would extend the life of the accumulators. It is not true at all. On the contrary, it can actually harm the battery. It does not increase the battery life. It is just helpful in understanding that when you should recharge the battery or after what time it would be discharged.
Storing Batteries in Fridge Extends its Life: When it comes to increasing the lifespan of the battery, we think that putting the battery in the refrigerator can extend its life. However, it is not true. Keeping the batteries in the fridge can be a little dangerous too due to the chemicals it has. If you live in a very warm climate then it can somewhere help you otherwise it would not make much difference.
Batteries Don’t Lose Charge when they aren’t in Use: Your battery will lose its charge even if you do not use it and leave it unused. In this situation, the battery releases the charge between the terminals. So, if you are not using the battery, leave it with a little charge i.e. less than half charge (40%) and store it in a cool place. In this way, this issue can be reduced.
Disposable Alkaline Batteries have more Capacity than Rechargeable Batteries: The statement that the rechargeable batteries have a lower capacity and disposable alkaline batteries have more capacity is not at all true. The capacity of a battery depends on various factors. The electronic devices such as cameras, laptops get more power and work for a long time with the rechargeable batteries than the alkaline batteries.
These are the myths that people may have about household batteries.
Tips to Take Care of Household and Inverter Batteries
People have some common questions like, how to store household batteries? How do I prolong the life of my battery? Etc. Here are some of the tips and tricks to prevent your battery.
- You should store your batteries in the original packaging and keep it in the room temperature.
- To reduce the accumulation of gases, you should fill the batteries with distilled water.
- To prevent the battery from the electrical conduction, keep it away from the metal.
- Keeping the lead-acid batteries in the discharge state may affect the battery negatively. So, avoid doing so.
- Try to check the voltage of the batteries periodically.
Hopefully, this blog will help you out to understand the misconceptions about the household batteries and how you can keep your batteries safe.