Choosing solar batteries for your solar panel system can be a difficult task. There are many different types of solar battery technologies to choose from, and choosing the right solar battery will depend on what your needs are.
In this article, we will discuss 5 tips that you should keep in mind when selecting solar batteries for your solar panels.
1- Tip: Solar Panels Voltage Requirements
Select solar batteries based on the solar panel’s voltage requirements. Solar panels produce DC power, which means that they will always have a certain solar battery requirement (usually around 12 or 24 volts).
A solar system with two solar panels is unlikely to need more than one solar battery in order to provide energy storage for both of them, but if you are installing three or four solar panels then it would be preferable to install two separate solar batteries instead of just one large-capacity unit because this will help prevent overloading and give each panel its dedicated energy storage.
2- Tip: What is Your Budget for Your Solar Panels With Batteries?
Consider your budget when selecting a solar battery as there are many battery types on the market today.
Depending on what type of property you live on, how much backup power you need, and how much solar energy storage -reliable backup- capacity your system needs will depend on the type of solar battery that is right for you.
The more budget-friendly options are lead acid batteries which have a lower price point but require regular maintenance (e.g., watering), while lthium-ioni batteries last longer with little to no maintenance required and can provide higher amounts of solar power when paired with solar panels or wind turbines than their lead-acid counterparts.
3- Tip: Research Solar Batteries Technology
Understand what different types of solar battery technologies & energy storage options are there before making a purchase decision.
There are three main categories currently available on the market - nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries, and lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
NiMH solar batteries are more affordable but have a lower energy storage capacity than Li-ion solar batteries, which means that if you want to store enough solar power for the winter days when there is not as much sun then you will likely need to install additional solar panels and purchase two or three lthium-ioni solar battery packs.
4- Tip: Don't Forget the Charge Controller System!
Purchase solar battery inverters with an integrated charge controller system. Charge controllers protect your solar panel from being overcharged and can prevent damage in case of any problems with your home’s electrical wiring (e.g., faulty breakers).
Inverters produce AC current while chargers provide DC currents; thus, they work together to ensure that every product in your solar panel system is protected.
5- Tip: Its Electricity! Make Sure Your Solar Energy System Is Set Up Correctly
Choose solar batteries with the right voltage, amp hours, and wattage rating for your solar panels to maximize efficiency. If you have solar panels that produce 24 volts of power then you will need a battery system with at least 60-65 amp hours in order to get the best energy storage capacity from them.
For solar systems that require 12 volts of power, on the other hand, a deep cycle AGM (absorbed glass mat) or gel cell battery would be better than lead acid because they can provide higher amperages while still being able to withstand deep discharges without damaging their cells like lithium-ion batteries are prone to do when discharged too much; however, if you want more solar power then you might want to consider solar panels with a 24-volt output and purchase two solar batteries instead of one. Please explore the different solar batteries before you purchase one. Make sure that you have all the necessary information and know how to use your solar battery before you buy it. For more information about solar panels and energy storage systems, reach out to our team today to get your questions answered and receive a free estimate for solar panels for your home or business.