Unfortunately, while lead-acid batteries are the most affordable, they don’t last as long as some other batteries. Still, you can get the most out of them by treating them right. Here are some important issues to avoid to get the most lifecycles out of your Nature’s Generator power pod!
1. Extreme Temperatures
Like all batteries, extreme heat or extremely cold temperatures will damage your Nature’s Generator. The ideal operating temperatures are between 32F (0C) and 104F (40C). You should have no trouble using it outside in moderate temperatures, but if it’s above 90F, try to keep it out of direct sunlight.
In the winter, keep your Nature’s Generator inside if possible. Long-term storage in freezing temperatures will damage your system.
2. Storing With a Discharged Battery
The internal battery needs to maintain a charge of 50% or more during storage.
Remember that the 12 Ah sealed lead acid battery is similar to what’s in your car. It can only hold a charge for a maximum of 4 months. We recommend charging it once every 2 months while in storage for the best results.
3. Charging Too Fast
Unfortunately, charging your system too quickly will result in damage. Fortunately, the system can only handle up to 200W of solar panel input at a time (300W for Nature’s Generator Elite), which is a reasonable amount. Still, the slower, the better, in most cases.
4. Physical Damage
Every portable generator has an outer shell that holds the battery. On this portable power station, the sealed lead-acid battery has its own chamber. Prevent water or anything else from getting in there by keeping the system intact.
If the seal is broken, it can lead to corrosion, wasted electrical energy, and even toxic fumes.
5. Overloading Output
The power inverter and the battery are the key components of Nature’s Generator. If you overload their surge output wattage (1800W), then you could damage both of them. Pay attention to the LCD display screen on the front of the unit and don’t overload your AC outlets, USB ports, or other charging options.
How Long Will My Nature’s Generator Last?
With proper care, you can get over 800 life cycles out of your Nature’s Generator before losing substantial capacity. That makes it a perfect option for occasional users, especially for such a low price! Still, once the system fails, you’ll only need to order a replacement battery for a fraction of the price. Just avoid these harmful practices and keep your system running for as long as possible!
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