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Exide Solar Tubular Battery – Pros and Cons

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Exide has very wide range of Solar Tubular Battery models in its products line-up. Now many of our blog readers are posting queries about Exide Solar Tubular Batteries.

Many people have doubts about using Exide solar tubular batteries with normal home inverters instead of IT500 or other tubular batteries. In this article we are going to clarify your doubts about solar batteries.

Here we come up with some useful information’s about Exide Solar Tubular Batteries.

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Advantages of Exide Solar Tubular Batteries

These Batteries are specially designed for Solar Photovoltaic application.

These batteries Performs consistently, even under severe weather and atmospheric conditions.

Battery discharge rate is specified as C 10 whereas other normal inverter batteries are rated C 20 (c10 is better than c20, you can enjoy extra backup)

Very Low water Loss – Spine tubes casted with low antimony content results in very low % of water loss – which means low maintenance

Very Low self-discharge – Battery will never go empty, even if left idle for long time ( only 3% charge loss as self-discharge per month- so no more worries when going for vacation)

Rechargeable with very low charging current

Full tubular Design results in quick charge acceptance even after very deep discharge.

Battery is built with TORR Tubular Technology.

Spine Tubes are very thick, made with HADI machine using high pressure casting (100 bar) method to ensure void free build quality.

Spine Tube or Positive Plate corrosion results in battery failure, the extra thick spine tubes in this battery ensures very long life and reliability to the battery.

Life expectation under prescribed condition

8 to 10 years for battery models ending with ‘L’ and prefix TT

5 – 6 years for other models

CYCLE LIFE decides the battery life, charging a battery to its full level and using it completely until the inverter beeps and shuts down is called one full cycle (80% depth of discharge dod).

If you charge a battery to its full capacity and use only half of the current and start recharging the battery again, it will be considered as one cycle with 50% depth of discharge. If you continue to use your battery like this without draining it completely, you could enjoy extended battery life like 2 or more years extra.

Exide Solar Tubular Cycle Life @ C10 discharge rate

1500 cycles to 80% Depth of discharge

3000 cycles to 50% Depth of discharge

5000 cycles to 20% Depth of discharge

Now you could understand how a battery in an online UPS system in Banks and corporate environment lasts for more than 10 years. They discharge it to only 20 %, so they get more battery life.

Comparison of Exide Solar Tubular with Exide IT500 Tall Tubular

Exide Solar Tubular Battery

Exide IT500 tall tubular

Cycle Life

1500 cycles of deep discharge

1000 cycles of deep discharge

Discharge Rating

C10 (better)

C20

Life expectancy

5 to 10 years

4 to 5 years

Can I Use Exide IT500 for Solar Inverter? Reasons to choose a Solar battery for solar application.

Yes, Of course, you can use IT500 for solar PV application.

But a solar Tubular battery has certain advantages over IT500 in using it for solar photovoltaic application.

Solar Batteries have a discharge rating of C10, which is better than C20 rating of normal tubular batteries used for inverter application.

Exide solar tubular batteries are rechargeable even with very low charging current. The current we produce from solar panels will not be consistent throughout the day, you may notice some up’s and down’s.

In such condition a Solar Battery is capable of recharging with very little current available from solar panels. But a normal inverter battery could not match the solar tubular battery’s ability to recharge with very little current available from solar panels.

Cons

Exide solar tubular batteries are not available for online purchase through Exide official website.

These batteries are rare in the small towns and small dealers in metros.

Battery dealers are not aware of the advantages of Solar Tubular Batteries.

Some dealers are fixing their own prices and making it unaffordable for normal people.

Prices should be transparent and need to be published in official website

Batteries should be available at all authorized Exide outlets to meet the demand and to avoid the price hike by creating an artificial demand.

Can I install Exide Solar Tubular Battery with my Normal Inverter/UPS?

Yes, this battery is designed to operate with solar hybrid inverter systems, which charges the battery using both grid power and solar power according to the availability.

Solar batteries are 100% compatible with normal inverters.

If you have plans to add solar panels to your normal inverter in future, it’s better to go for exide solar tubular battery instead of normal batteries.

Exide solar batteries are best partners for Solar hybrid inverters like Sukam Brainy .

Models available

Exide solar tubular battery is available in 11 different models.

Nine models in 12 v range and two models in 6 volt range.

Ah range – 20 ah to 150 ah (12v)

I hope this long article is little bit boring for many, but I could not edit any portion as I feel all the above information is useful for readers who plan for installing solar home ups system in their home or office.

If you have any question regarding this article, feel free to drop a comment, I’m sure I will get back to you within few hours with all possible solutions.

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