Nature’s Generators are some of the best options on the market for affordable solar generators, offering clean and portable power on the go! As of mid-2022, average gas prices stand at a record high of $4.60 per gallon, leading consumers to look for alternatives.
If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint and saving money on fuel, then look no further than Nature’s Generator. If youreally want to save money, then here’s how to keep your Nature’s Generator running for the long haul!
How Long Do Nature’s Generator Batteries Last?
On average, Nature’s Generators last for between 600 and 800 lifecycles. This means that if you drain the battery and recharge it every day, you should expect it to last for two years or more. This is because the system uses a lead-acid battery similar to a car battery, which usually lasts between 3 and 5 years without dropping significantly from its original capacity. Feel free to read our full review for more information.
However, this isn’t a big deal for most consumers, as Nature’s Generator and Nature’s Generator Elite are two of the cheapest models on the market, especially for their high output and unique charging options. Regardless, you want to get the most out of what you paid for, so let’s talk about how to make them last.
1. Prevent Overheating
Heat can destroy your battery, especially over time. If you notice that your Nature’s Generator is getting too hot, try to bring it to a cooler area and, if possible, stop using it or limit its use until it cools down.
If you are inside, keep it next to an air conditioner (if available) during the winter and away from any heaters during the winter. If you are outside, try to keep the system out of direct sunlight if possible, and try to limit its input and output as much as you can on hot days.
2. Charge Slowly
Batteries that charge too quickly will also burn out too quickly. This is a recipe for overheating and causing internal problems with the lead-acid core.
A completely discharged battery (empty) can safely handle higher amps, but only for a short period of time. We recommend using the 20% rule and never charging your system with more than 20% of its capacity at a time. Since the Nature’s Generator is rated for 720Wh, we’d recommend using 144W or less at a time.
We highly recommend charging your Nature’s Generator slowly in a well-ventilated area. Charging your system with solar panels in the shade is a great way to do this, and it’s even free!
3. Keep It Charged
When a battery is deeply discharged, the internal plate can be mechanically damaged by the formation of sulfur crystals. This undermines the material’s cohesion. Over time, the material loosens and begins to fall away. This process will happen anyway as the battery ages, but deeply discharging a battery greatly accelerates that aging process.
When you store your battery, try to keep it fully charged at all times. If it’s in storage for months at a time without use, recharge it every 2 to 3 months. Failure to fully recharge often can result in significant battery damage over time.
Keep Your Nature's Generator Running
Now that you know how to take care of your Nature’s Generator, put these tips to use and keep your system running for as long as possible. No batteries last forever, but you can greatly extend their lives with proper care.