Battery Monitoring Ensures Your Stand-by Batteries Are Doing Their Job


Investing in Battery Monitoring systems is a no-brainer when businesses and individuals rely heavily on critical systems and require the protection of UPS and battery banks.

For perfect peace of mind, it makes sense to have Battery Monitoring in place to ensure that your stand-by batteries are doing just that – standing by!

To know that your batteries are in a good working condition and never stop monitoring is all-important. This is one way of ensuring your business and systems of your enterprise are protected from power failure; these could involve dips and spikes in the utility supply or black-outs and brown-outs, which we seem to be privy to in the past decade or so.

PHD Powerhouse supplies state-of-the-art Battery Monitoring Systems that are advanced and cost-effective, managing stand-by battery banks at all times ensuring your batteries perform at their peak as and when required.

Battery Monitoring identifies weaknesses and faults in battery banks early on to avoid maintenance and emergencies can be carried out in an organised fashion.

Battery Monitoring ensures the battery bank is kept in peak working condition to guarantee performance is maximised.

Battery Monitoring is important in that it will certify that there is sufficient battery capacity to uphold systems for allocated time slots in the event of power outages, brown-outs and black-outs.

The main benefits of Battery Monitoring are numerous, including avoiding down-time which is a costly exercise and will protect businesses from unnecessary losses.

PHD Powerhouse – What are Gel Batteries

Gel batteries are best suited to deep cycle applications and are fast becoming the favourite type of battery used for solar systems.

Gel batteries use one-way open valves that permit the internal gasses to recombine into water, and by doing so they remove the need to top up or the necessity to check on water levels. These batteries are robust and maintenance-free, plus they are extremely versatile.

The advantages of gel batteries are numerous. They can be safely installed in places where ventilation is limited, as they emit very low (almost zero) gasses and fumes, which means you can also install the batteries inside your home.

When selecting chargers for gel batteries, special consideration should be given as they get charged at lower voltages than other batteries.

Over-voltage can easily lead to reduced performance of your battery or even failure altogether. The term GEL cell commonly describes sealed, maintenance-free batteries and marked as a setting on charge controllers. This can be misleading and could lead to selecting the incorrect chargers or incorrect settings while charging.

The many advantages for using gel batteries for solar applications are listed below:

  •         Gel batteries, for the most part, are maintenance-free.
  •         Gel batteries are spill-proof.
  •         They are perfect for deep-cycle applications.
  •         They enjoy longevity – their life is usually in the 500 to 5 000 cycle range.
  •         Gel batteries enjoy lowest cost-per-month and lowest cost-per-cycle.
  •         These batteries are not only robust – they are also vibration-resistant.
  •         Gel batteries are safe as they cause fewer sulphuric acid burns.


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