Lead-acid batteries have witnessed a slight change ever since late19th century, though improvements in production methods and materials continue to improve the battery service life, energy density, and reliability. All lead-acid batteries come with flat lead plates engrossed in a pool of electrolytes. Adding water regularly is necessary for most kinds of lead-acid batteries, while low-maintenance batteries have extra electrolytes designed to compensate for loss of water all through a normal battery life.
Regardless of their chemical composition, all batteries will self-discharge. The discharge rate of these batteries depends on the operating temperature or the storage. At 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the battery will self-discharges about 4 percent every week. A 125 amp hour rating will self-discharge at about five amps a week. With this in mind, if a 125 Ah battery were stored in the winter for about four months without charging, it would lose 80 amps of its 125 amp capacity. It will have strong sulfation, leading to additional capacity loss. So, preserve your lead-acid batteries charged when not in use.
Lead-acid Battery Discharge Curve Equation
The ideal discharge curve of a lead acid battery is on a flat discharge curve, the amount of current that the battery can deliver remain more or less constant for quite a while and then drop off rapidly when the limit of it capacity has been reach. The total battery capacity in amp hours x time multiple by the current is ampere hour, is the area under the curve. The bigger and more massive the battery, the greater the area under the curve, the important characteristic is that the will be large enough to operate the equipment it wanted to. It will have a declining discharge curve. The amount of battery current you can get decline more or less right from the start which is not a good thing. Most battery design for cell phones and battery computer, the engineers are taking pains to enjoy you have a flat discharge curve and not a declining discharge curve.
The perfect discharge curve for a lead-acid battery is on a flat discharge curve, the amount of current the battery can deliver remains less constant for a long time and then rapidly decreases when it reached the limit of its capacity. The total battery capacity in amp-hours x time, multiply by the current is the ampere-hours. The bigger and massive the battery, the more area under the curve, the important characteristic is that the battery will be big enough to power the equipment you want. It will have a declining discharge curve. The amount of current from the battery may decline more or less from the beginning and this is not good. For most battery designs for cell phones and battery computers, the engineers strive to ensure you have a flat discharge curve and not a declining discharge curve.
The lead-acid battery discharge curve equation is given by the battery capacity (in ah) divided by the number of hours it takes to discharge the battery. For illustration, a 500 Ah battery capacity that theoretically discharges to a cut-off voltage in 20 hours will have a discharge rate of 500 amps / 20 hours = 25 amps. The battery discharge curve equation allows you to determine the operating time of the battery by finding the inverse slope of the line. This works because the watt-hours divided by the watts give you the runtime hours.
Putting this concept in equation form, you can write E = C x Vavg for the power E in watt-hours, C is the capacity in amp-hours, and Vavg is the average voltage discharge. The Watt-hours offer a suitable way to convert from discharge energy to other forms of energy because multiplying a watt-hour by 3600 to get a watt-hour gives you energy in units of joules.
Lead-acid Battery Voltage Discharge Curve
Learning to look at the discharge curve of lead-acid batteries is an important basis for the selection of lead-acid batteries. It is obvious how long the capacity of a lead-acid battery can be discharged at a certain discharge current, and its termination voltage.
For example, a discharge curves with a capacity of 120AH. If discharge with a current of 120A, the power supply time is about 40 minutes, and the final voltage is about 11.6-11.7V. That is to say, when the battery reaches such a voltage value, it will be very difficult if the battery continues to discharge. It is easy to scrap the battery. It is obvious that the lower the discharge current of the battery, the higher its termination voltage.
Sealed Lead-acid Battery Discharge Curve
Sealed lead-acid batteries are sometimes referred to as VRLA (Valve Regulated lead-acid). The discharge capacity of this battery varies and depends on the discharge current. Sealed lead-acid batteries are generally rated with a 20-hour discharge rate. That is the current that the battery can provide in 20 hours discharged to a final voltage of 1.75 volts per second at a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. The discharge capacity of a sealed acid battery fluctuates and is dependent on the discharge current. The faster a battery is discharged, the less capacity it will deliver.
A sealed lead-acid battery can be stored at room temperature without charging for about a year when it is at its maximum capacity, but it is not recommended. Sealed lead-acid batteries should be charged at least every 6 to 9 months. A sealed lead-acid battery discharges 3 percent each month. If the battery is allowed to discharge to a certain point, it can end up sulfated and render the battery useless, without getting the intended life span of the battery.
If you are to store sealed lead-acid batteries without charging them, it is suggested that you store them at 50 ° F / 10 ° C or below. It is also suggested that you charge the batteries from time to time when the battery is stored for a long time. The top charge will be 20-24 hours with a constant voltage of 2.4V per cell. 6V sealed lead-acid batteries have 3 cells up to 7.2V while 12V sealed lead-acid batteries have 6 cells which are up to 14.4V. A flat discharge curve is advantageous, as this means that the voltage remains stable while the battery is used up.
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