Tubular Batteries to the Rescue - Helping You Break Out of the Inverter Battery Quagmire
Tubular Batteries to the Rescue - Helping You Break Out of the Inverter Battery Quagmire
   Nov 14, 2017   1 Comments

Let’s talk tubular batteries. While tubular batteries are getting gradually known among inverter users in Nigeria, they are yet to command the respect and popularity they deserve. Knowing that they offer far more value than the popular SMF (sealed maintenance free) battery type, you’ll probably wonder what’s robbing them of their shine.

Knowledge. People haven’t really understood the tubular batteries and what they offer. Users sort of stick with the devil they know. Unfortunately, that is denying them of joy and benefit they could easily appropriate.

So, let’s pick the gauntlet and begin to spread the word about tubular batteries. That’s because battery users really deserve a better lot and urgently need the liberating knowledge. It will save them a lot of money and certainly the agony that often comes with early battery death.

But let’s quickly add a background to all this.

Inverters have grown in usage in Nigeria, as possibly the best power backup solution to manage the continued supply shortage from our public power system. Though the cost of components (mainly the inverter and required batteries) has risen in line with the general price levels, inverters are still arguably the most viable response to our power outages, at the basic usage levels. Those who use an inverter will certainly attest to the improvement in personal comfort and quality of life that comes with it, not to talk of the huge savings in avoided cost of running generators.

It turns out that batteries are at the heart of any inverter setup. Batteries take the higher chunk of acquisition cost. Batteries can also prove the weak link, when wrong choices are made. While the machine can be repaired if there is a fault, battery failure, most times, is final, with no remedy. When that happens, the burden of replacement cost could be traumatizing.

To truly enjoy your inverter, you need to get the battery component right. So, you wonder: what battery, then? The answer is the essence of this post. So read more.

There are many battery types. But more popular around us, for the use of inverters, are the sealed, maintenance free (SMF) batteries. Inverters came into the Nigeria market on the back of the SMF, so to speak. So, the SMF has dominated. But that has been at a hefty cost. There are some good brands, no doubt, but, generally, their technology is not as rugged as that of tubular batteries. Unfortunately, old habits are hard to kill. So, the Nigerian user has stayed stuck to the old habit of using SMF batteries.

As stated, the cost has been high. That’s because their technology generally does not equip them to withstand the kind of heavy and, in many instances, abusive usage batteries are exposed to in our environment. Here, batteries are undercharged: no public power supply to charge, and many generators may not charge adequately, or are not run long enough, to save on petrol. Yet, the undercharged battery is driven to do more than they ought to. Inadequate charging, long hours of use and resulting deep discharge on a frequent basis are the best combination for killing batteries. When battery quality figures in, you find batteries failing in months. There goes the money.

Tubular Batteries Can Save the Day

Well, our thesis here is that tubular batteries are more resilient, perform much better and deliver more durability. In effect, if habits change and Nigerians use more of quality tubular batteries, less of scarce resources will go into changing batteries, users will derive more mileage from their investment in batteries and inverters will give more joy. Of course, sellers will have more peace, as there will be fewer unsatisfied customers.

So, What are Tubular Batteries?

Typically, tubular batteries are recognisable as tall and large (often called tall tubular battery), which turns out to be one of their advantages, because they contain more volume of the active material, having more space. But the main distinction is in their internal construction. Tubular battery technology seals the active material in polyester tubes called gauntlets, unlike other batteries that paste it on the surface of the plate. The tubular approach results in minimized corrosion or shedding of the battery plates. For you the user, it all translates to far longer battery life. And more enjoyment!

Tubular batteries are flooded batteries (wet cell), which require water (distilled) topping and therefore have capped vents. Unfortunately, that’s typically what is misunderstood by potential users who think they are cumbersome to maintain and unsafe.

Not at all. One of the features of tubular batteries is that they require low maintenance. The required maintenance is to top with distilled water. The water topping is an infrequent exercise: 4 times in a year (quarterly) is enough. For some tubular battery brands, as low as twice in a year is recommended. Not really any hassle! It’s really difficult to get why anybody will lose sleep over such minor and very occasional activity, especially if that process guarantees a lot of benefit.

As to safety, batteries, like many other devices used in the home or office, have hazard issues that can be properly and safely managed. The cooking gas has some hazard potentials. Electricity has. Many other things around us do. When well-handled, though, you are generally safe. You can do further research, but what we know is that if tubular or other battery type is kept in ventilated location, they are safe in the home. There are no emissions of any scale to cause hazard, from our research. Provided batteries don’t have overcharging issue, there is no cause to worry. If they have (which means an inverter fault) and some hydrogen sulfide is produced due to overcharging, there will be a warning (rotten egg) ordour. If that should happen, simply turn off and ventilate and let the odour clear. Then resolve such charging problem. With normal charging, your battery should be safe for your environment, in a ventilated corner.

Overall, the safety concern is overblown and their use is generally safe. Otherwise their production and distribution will not be approved across the globe.

Benefits of Tubular Batteries

If you condition your mind for checking and maintaining your battery, four times in a year at most, and you come to terms with the worries about safety, the tubular battery is where to put your money. We will itemize the benefits:

  • They are Capable of operating at extremes of temperatures (high temperature is the bane of some battery installations)
  • Tubular batteries are better able to withstand extensive load-sheddings
  • Tubular batteries are better suited for high cyclic applications
  • They can support heavy loads and applications, far more than SMF
  • Though flooded, tubular battery has low loss of water and so, low maintenance
  • Tubular battery technology achieves faster battery charging
  • Overall, tubular batteries are more reliable and longer lasting
  • Yes, tubular batteries are better for demanding usage environments like Nigeria

Now, these are general technology benefits. Certainly all tubular batteries are not equal. In buying, you still need to pick through brands. You still need to try to get the best product your money can buy, knowing that these tubular batteries are made by different manufacturers and some will surely outperform others. But on the whole, they work better.

So, the ball is in your court. If you have agonized about battery durability and performance, muster the courage and try out the tubular type. Not much to lose, because tubular is unlikely to give anything worse than you can get from the SMF. In effect, the odds are in your favour, if you choose to try. That is a healthy condition for experimentation. We encourage you to do it, because we know.

If you want to discover an easy and proven way to save money, enjoy extended power supply and long battery life and experience all the comfort and happiness that comes with regular power in your home or office, make the switch. You’ll love the results and you will be glad you chose to try.

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      NANFWANG DABIRING
      Dec 1, 2017

      I am using this battery for second time, in fact at a gas station in a village called Doemak in Quanpan local govt of plateau state. There\'s no electricity supply in that area. The charging system is Solar panels off course, the inverter is a 2kv pro star (12v) with 20 (150w) polly solar panels, two luminous 220ah tubular batteries. I am happy I made the choice of using these batteries

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