The battery bank provides the storage capacity to power your system entirely or to provide power when the main power source goes down. They can also be used to power part of a system, such as the lights and plugs in a house, while leaving the items that use more power such as geysers, kettles, electric stoves running on the main grid supply. The battery bank capacity is measured in Amp hours (Ah). This refers to the amount of energy it can supply: for example a 100Ah battery can supply a constant 10A for 10 hours, or would be able to supply 5A for 20 hours. Solar batteries (often referred to as deepcycle batteries) differ from those used for vehicles in that they are designed to be discharged and recharged (ie cycled) on a regular basis. Vehicle batteries are designed to be kept fully charged and give large amount of power over a short period of time – such as starting a car. As such, they can never be interchanged.
We stock a range of 12V lead acid and AGM /gel batteries for small applications. For larger systems, see our page on lithium ion batteries.
Recycling your batteries at the end of their lifespan could save you between 5% and 7.5% of the cost of a new battery bank. We can assist with the recycling of batteries so call us to find out how
Reasons for recycling:
- Lessen the amount of waste that goes into landfills as both the lead and the plastic are recycled to manufacture new batteries
- Reduce the amount of toxic chemicals absorbed into the earth
- Significantly reduce manufacturing costs and energy consumption
- Get value for your “scrap”