FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT INVERTER BATTERIES
Remember: All batteries contain acid and can cause injury if not regarded as dangerous. 1. Wear proper eye and skin protection. 2. Connect the positive cable to the positive terminal of the discharged battery. 3. Connect the other end of the same cable to the positive post on the boosting vehicle’s battery. 4. Connect the negative (black) cable to the negative post of the booster battery. 5. Make final jumper cable connection to the engine block of the stalled vehicle. 6. Start disabled vehicle and disconnect cables in reverse order, taking precautions to keep all hands, clothing, hair and cables out of all moving parts.
All batteries contain acid and can cause injury if not regarded as dangerous.
1. Wear proper eye and skin protection.
2. Charge only in an area where ventilation is adequate and the battery is unlikely to be disturbed.
3. Never attempt to charge a frozen battery.
4. Always keep vent caps in place while charging.
5. Never allow anyone to smoke around a charging battery.
6. Unplug charger before connecting the battery. Be sure to observe proper polarity when connecting charger leads to the battery.
7. Refer to the charger manufacturer’s instructions for safe charger operation.
Battery life will vary from vehicle to vehicle based upon many factors. If you experience unsatisfactory performance from the vehicle’s starting system, or an instrument panel indication is that there may be a malfunction, take the vehicle to have the electrical/ starting systems checked. Consider an upgrade to a battery with higher cranking performance if you experience insufficient performance from your vehicle’s current battery.
Modern automotive batteries need little attention. If your battery has removal vents, checking the water level and adding good drinking-quality water as necessary to maintain the level at the bottom of the vent wells will help extend the life of the battery. (Be careful never to overfill, as this will cause acid to be expelled from the vents during normal battery cycling.) Check both terminals regularly for corrosion and tight connections. (If necessary, clean with baking soda and water.)
Heat is the number one cause of battery failure. Extreme heat causes the water in the battery’s electrolyte to evaporate. Further, heat causes a battery’s positive plate grids to corrode more rapidly. Both of these conditions are detrimental to the long-term life of a battery.
Cold temperatures dramatically reduce the effectiveness of chemical reactions within the battery, while increasing the battery’s internal resistance. Both of these cause a reduction in cranking power as temperatures drop. Batteries left in a discharged state are also susceptible to freezing, which damages internal components and containers. Cars require an increased amount of cranking power in cold weather, due to the fact that motor oil is thicker and makes engines harder to crank.
A modern automobile’s vehicle’s charging system consists of 3 major components:
Alternator – Mechanical device driven by the engine accessory belt. It provides continuous voltage to replenish the battery while the engine is running.
Voltage Regulator – Monitors the battery’s state of charge and adjusts alternator activity as necessary to charge the vehicle’s battery and provide power necessary to run accessories.
Battery – An electrical reservoir used to store electrical energy until it is needed by the vehicle’s starting system to crank the engine and power the fuel and ignition systems.
Heat, vibration and malfunctioning vehicle electrical systems are the largest contributors to battery failures.
A battery’s group size is simply a measure of the physical dimensions of the battery. This measure has no relation to the battery’s electrical capacity. Regardless of group size (physical dimensions), two batteries are equal in power if the RC and CCA ratings are the same.
A battery’s Reserve Capacity represents the length of time the battery can maintain the vehicle’s electrical needs in the event the alternator fails. Battery Council International defines Reserve Capacity as a measure of the time (in minutes) a lead-acid battery can deliver 25 amps at 80 degrees F and maintain terminal voltage of at least 1.75 volts/ cell.
Similar to CCA; Cranking amps is a measure of the number of amperes a lead acid battery at 32 degrees F can deliver for 30 seconds and maintain at least 1.2 volts per cell. (CA ratings are more commonly used in climates where temperatures rarely drop to 0F.)
This industry rating measures the cranking power a battery has available to start a car’s engine at 0 degrees F. Battery Council International defines it as the number of amperes a lead acid battery at 0 degrees F can deliver for 30 seconds and maintain at least 1.2 volts per cell.
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You may also consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual. It will provide the vehicle manufacturer’s group size and CCA rating requirements for your car.
Remember: Never use a battery with a CCA lower than the manufacturer’s recommendation. Also, whenever available, a battery with a higher CCA is more capable of providing for the electrical needs of older vehicles, and will not adversely affect the vehicle’s electrical system.
Lead acid batteries are 100% recyclable. Lead is the most recycled metal in the world today. The plastic containers and covers of old batteries are neutralized, reground and used in the manufacture of new battery cases. The electrolyte can be processed for recycled waste water uses. In some cases, the electrolyte is cleaned and reprocessed and sold as battery grade electrolyte. In other instances, the sulfate content is removed as Ammonia Sulfate and used in fertilizers. The separators are often used as a fuel source for the recycling process.
OPL inverter batteries come with a Water Level Indicator installed by the service engineer at time of installation of your battery. When the indicator moves down towards the red marking we have to add DM water (Demineralized water) untillthe indicator moves up to the green marking on the indicator. Be careful not to add any excess.
Follow our simple maintenance tips to further ensure trouble free performance and longevity of battery life.
Mtek batteries are specifically designed with our group company Microtek, the leader in the inverter industry, which can be used in conjunction with Microtek inverters to further increase their performance and life.
An OPL battery can remain in storage for a period of 3 months after which it requires a freshening charge which will bring up the battery to its optimum performance level.
Batteries should be stored at temperatures between 32 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit and recharged monthly to maintain their charge. Extreme temperatures are not friendly to storage batteries. Extreme cold will reduce the power available, and will make the battery case brittle and easily broken. Extreme heat will result in electrolyte loss due to evaporation.
Batteries should be kept clean and dry. Moist accumulations of dirt on a battery may cause it to lose its charge due to current flowing through the moist dirt from one post to the other.
• Battery capacity (how many amp-hours it can hold) is reduced as temperature goes down, and increased as temperature goes up. The standard rating for batteries is at room temperature – 25°C (about 77°F).
• Battery charging voltage also changes with temperature. It will vary from about 2.74 volts per cell (16.4 volts) at -40°C to 2.3 volts per cell (13.8 volts) at 50°C.
• Even though battery capacity at high temperatures is higher, battery life is shortened. Battery capacity is reduced by 50% at -30°C (-22°F) but battery LIFE increases by about 60%. Battery life is reduced at higher temperatures for every 10°C over 25°C, battery life is cut in half. This holds true for ANY type of Lead-Acid battery, whether sealed, gelled, AGM, industrial or whatever. This is actually not as bad as it seems, as the battery will tend to average out the good and bad times.
• One last note on temperatures – in some places that have extremely cold or hot conditions, batteries may be sold locally that are NOT standard electrolyte (acid) strengths. The electrolyte may be stronger (for cold) or weaker (for very hot) climates. In such cases, the specific gravity and the voltages may vary.
Pro-rata warranty is a kind of partial warranty that is used for non-repairable products like tires and batteries. Under Pro-rata warranty, if a product fails before the end of the warranty cycle, the manufacturer replaces it at a cost that depends on the age of the item at the time of complaint. In this type of warranty only a part of the initial cost is covered. However, the replaced product is then covered by an equal new warranty.
If your battery fails in the pro-rata warranty cycle then depending on the value of the battery, you will get discount on the current price of the newly replaced battery. The pro-rata warranty is counted from the date of purchase to the date of complain.
For example if a battery has 12+12 (free of cost + pro-rata) months of warranty, and it fails in the 18th month, then 75% (as 75% of its duty cycle is over) value of the battery will be deducted from its current price at that point of time. And you will get 25% discount on the MRP of the newly replaced battery.
The warranty includes all physical and technical manufacturing faults in the batteries.
Warranty duration varies with brand and type of battery. Find a list of warranty durations on all OPL batteries here. Irrespective of warranty period, OPL batteries are made to serve for many more years consistent with our guiding promise “Okaya ka vaada, life double se bhi zyaada!”
The capacity of a battery to store charge is often expressed in Ampere hour (1 Ah = 3600 coulombs). If a battery can provide one ampere (1 A) of current (flow) for one hour, it has a real-world capacity of 1 Ah. If it can provide 1 A for 100 hours, its capacity is 100 Ah. Battery manufacturers use a standard method to determine how to rate their batteries.
The battery is discharged at a constant rate of current over a fixed period of time, such as 10 hours or 20 hours, down to a set terminal voltage per cell. So a 100 ampere-hour battery is rated to provide 5 A for 20 hours at room temperature. The efficiency of a battery is different at different discharge rates.
You may purchase an Okaya , DigiPower or Mtek battery from any authorized dealer or distributor near you. You may also avail our new service, which allows you to place an order online and have your battery delivered at your doorstep at no extra costs.
Okaya has served the battery industry for over a decade and now provides a full range of batteries to meet the different needs of every consumer. OPL uses the most superior technology and each brand promises unique features to provide maximum choice to the consumer. We provide long warranty periods and customer friendly and prompt after sale services in tune with our commitment to quality.