Solar Batteries

A fundamental part of any Off-Grid or Hybrid solar system that requires backup power Solar Batteries can store electricity for immediate use in the home or business.

The Main Solar Battery Types

Lead-Acid

The oldest option available the Lead-Acid battery has been in solar system for many years, there are variations under the Lead-Acid family.

AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) is the latest Lead-Acid technology available, they are better than the traditional Flood Lead-Acid option.

They are maintenance free,  they don’t leak acid or fumes because they are completely sealed  making them very stable.

The low discharge rate means they lose less power, ideal for regular or semi-regular use.

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Lithium-ion

A far more efficient battery the Lithium-ion technology is cleaner, lasts longer and wastes less compared to Lead-Acid Batteries.

Completely maintenance free and with a greater DOD (Depth Of Discharge) you will get  up to 80%  compared to Lead-Acid which is 50%.

 Their lifespan is around 10 – 12 years with around 5000 – 7000 cycles , this makes Lithium-ion a better investment long term.

We highly recommend Lithium, the Pylon range is great value.

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Overall Solar Batteries are only important if you need backup storage if are looking for a Hybrid or Grid-Tied system you can rely on the grid to provide electricity when the sun goes down.

If you opt for the low end of the battery range it can be a maintenance nightmare, if you invest Lithium however it will save you a lot hassle with the added benefit of being cleaner and longer lasting.

This doesn’t come without a high cost though, just make sure that you are utilising the backup power on a regular basis to make it worthwhile.

 

Pros

Power backup for the evenings

Can be completely independent (Off-Grid)

Cons

High cost

Potentially high maintenance