Gel Technology is one of the most recent developments in the field of solar power technology and today we are going to walk you through its detailed analysis. A Gel battery is a fully sealed, valve regulated lead acid deep cycle battery that uses electrolyte as a gel form immobilized. Gel batteries are built tough and completely maintenance free. Gel Batteries range of Tubular Gel home ups/Solar batteries are designed to perform maximum possible energy density per unit of volume or weight. They use the latest technology and material high-performance VRLA gel maintenance free batteries that can be used in many different applications like UPS & Solar energy storage system.
How are Gel Batteries Made?
Gel batteries have a very distinct chemical process which is used in their making. The process begins with a lead-acid battery which has a predetermined quantity of electrolyte and is combined with sulphuric acid and silica fumes. This chemical reaction results in an immobile, gel-like mass giving these batteries their name. Gel batteries are virtually maintenance free as they use one-way open valves that allow the internal gasses to recombine into water, hence removing any need to check the top for distilled water or monitor the water level.
Now that you know, it’s making, it is also important to know of its benefits. Gel batteries are extremely robust and versatile. They are safe to be installed in places where ventilation is limited, due to fact that they have a very low (virtually zero) gas/fumes production, which means these are the best fit for your homes.
Apart from being extremely easy to handle and maintenance free; gel batteries also come in two variations, Silicone batteries, and AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) batteries. Silicone batteries are formed when silica dust is added to the electrolyte to form a thick putty-like gel” and AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) batteries feature fiber glasses between the battery plates which serves to contain the electrolyte. Both designs offer advantages and disadvantages compared to conventional batteries and sealed VR wet cells, as well.
The gel cell is similar to the AGM style because the electrolyte is suspended, but it’s different because technically the AGM battery is still considered to be a wet cell. The electrolyte in a gel cell has a silica additive that causes it to set up or stiffen. The recharge voltage on this type of cell is lower than the other styles of the lead-acid battery. This is probably the most sensitive cell in terms of adverse reactions to over-voltage charging. Gel Batteries are best used in VERY DEEP cycle application and may last a bit longer in hot weather applications. If the incorrect battery charger is used on a gel cell battery, poor performance and premature failure are certain.
So now that you know the how, why and whats of Gel Batteries, it’s easy for you to choose the battery which best fit your energy requirements. So chose wisely and use sustainably.