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Distilled Water: The Best Choice for Inverter Batteries 

 July 31, 2021

By  Phil Borges

Did you know that distilled water is the best choice for inverter batteries?

It's true! Inverter batteries are typically more extensive, more expensive, and require more care than conventional car batteries. The wrong type of water can actually damage your inverter battery and shorten its lifespan.

If you are not sure what type of water to use for your inverter battery, continue reading this article to give you an idea of the perfect match and its importance for your inverter batteries for better performance at home or on the go.

Distilled Water: The Best Choice for Inverter Batteries

When it comes to taking good care of an inverter battery distilled water is a great choice. Inverter batteries need pure water in order to function correctly and last as long as possible.

Distilled water is the best option to maximize battery life because it has fewer impurities like organic compounds or dust particles, interfering with chemical reactions.

It does not even contain ions than regular tap or spring waters, which means it is excellent for replenishing inverter batteries. It is also cheap and easy to find.

The Right Amount Of Water For Your Inverter Batteries

It is essential to know the right amount of water your battery needs for it to function properly.

Most inverter batteries need distilled water at a level between 50-75%, with an average fill rate of about 48 ounces per day. If unsure how much this translates into, measure out two quarts (about one liter) for every 50 amp-hours. A water level indicator can help you measure it out and make sure that the water stays consistent.

Inverter batteries need to be topped off with water as often as possible in order to work efficiently and last longer.

If your inverter battery has been sitting idle or unused for an extended period of time without being replenished, it may have lost some of its water levels. When you turn the battery back on, there will be a moment where the inverter is drawing in more water than usual, which can temporarily affect performance.

This is because your batteries were already dehydrated and are now trying to replenish themselves as quickly as possible. It would help if you topped up with distilled water as soon as possible to avoid any problems.

Ways To Top-Up Water In Your Inverter Batteries

  1. You should check your water levels to know how much distilled water you need for its use. The lower red mark shows an empty tank, while the green upper one indicates when there are plenty available.
  2. The red mark on the water level indicator lets you know when it is time for a refill. Before starting, make sure that your inverter and power socket are off so nothing can go wrong. Twist the water topping vent plugs in a counterclockwise direction to remove them.
  3. After you pull the vent plug, insert a funnel into the hole to create an easy way to pour in water. Slowly fill up with distilled water, and allow some time for it all to settle.
  4. Fill all the chambers with distilled water if you need to fill them up. Measure how much each chamber holds by filling it until the green mark is reached and place your vent plug back in its hole.
  5. The last step is to clean the battery, vent plugs, and water level indicators. Cleaning these parts ensures that they will not corrode or malfunction when you turn on the power back.

Proper Care for Inverter Batteries: Some Important Reminders

  • You must use distilled water for your inverter battery. This will keep the batteries in good condition, as well as prolong life use.
  • Check on them every month and fill up when necessary because it can be easy to forget about this important detail if you are busy or distracted with other things.
  • Wear gloves when doing the refill process and have notifications set, so they remind you at regular intervals how much fluid levels need topping off again.
  • Do not fill too little or overfill the battery. If you do not want your inverter to explode, be careful not to under-fill it and make sure not to overload it with distilled water either.
  • Do not allow any of that water to leak out as this may cause an electrical hazard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I use regular water for my inverter batteries?

Distilled water has been specifically designed to work with these types of batteries, and doing so will extend its lifespan. Regular water has impurities and minerals, which can cause the battery to malfunction.

Can distilled water be used in other types of batteries?

If you are using a deep-cycle or AGM battery, then it is recommended that you use distilled water instead of regular tap water. Distilled water will help keep your batteries working efficiently for longer periods of time while maintaining a healthy life.

What do the different color lines on the battery indicate?

The top line indicates when there are a decent amount of fluid levels left in your inverter batteries, while the bottom one shows that they are empty. The red mark tells you to refill them as soon as possible.

What will happen if there is an overspill in the battery?

An overspill in the battery can cause an electrical hazard such as a spark. This will be dangerous for your inverter and any electronic devices connected to it, so be careful when filling up with water.

What are some ways I can make sure my battery stays healthy?

One way of taking care of your battery is by cleaning it often. This will help to keep the parts from corroding or malfunctioning when you turn on the power again after a refill. Just remember to use a distilled water whenever your battery needs a refill.

What do I need to do when the battery doesn't work after the refill of water?

If the battery does not turn on even after refilling it with distilled water, you may need further tests. This may require a battery replacement or more in-depth maintenance work from an electrician.

Why do I need to wear gloves when doing this process?

When you are refilling your inverter batteries, make sure that you are wearing some protective gear, such as a set of gloves. This will help prevent skin contact with chemicals in the distilled water, which could cause skin irritation.

Taking good care of your inverter battery will help them last longer and prevent any expensive or dangerous mishaps from happening. Ensure that you are constantly checking the battery levels every month and topping them up with the right amount of distilled water when necessary.

About the author

Hi, I'm Phil Borges.. thanks for reading.. My wife says I can't shut up about batteries so to save my marriage I've started this blog .. where I'd be ranting about batteries! Please leave a comment if you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

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