Before determining the advantages and disadvantages of gel batteries and their impact on you, it is important to understand the exact meaning of gel batteries. Gel batteries are very similar to traditional lead-acid batteries. Silica is added to the electrolyte to form a gel-like substance.
This thickening of the electrolyte means that the gel battery can be installed in various positions and does not emit smoke.
How Does It Work?
Gel batteries (commonly called gel batteries) are lead-acid batteries regulated by a valve. When the electrolyte is mixed with sulfuric acid and silica, it becomes a relatively fixed gel substance.
This gel mixture allows the battery to utilize acid and electrolyte in the same way as a traditional lead-acid battery without additional maintenance.
Maintenance-free: Since the battery is composed of gel instead of liquid, it can keep the battery working normally without maintenance.
No leakage: Even if the wet battery is sealed in a plastic box, there is still a possibility of leakage. Gel batteries are also sealed, but there is a valve to eliminate excess pressure. This means that there is nowhere for the mixture to go between the gel mass and the pressure relief.
Install them anywhere: The advantage of gel batteries is that they can be used almost anywhere, because they will not leak and generally require no maintenance. This greatly increases the number of applications available for gel batteries.
Minimal risk: When the traditional lead-acid battery is damaged, you will face a large-scale dangerous cleanup (not to mention the impact on the battery acid that may be exposed in the process). If the casing is damaged, the gel battery will not leak, thus reducing the risk of injury to the device and eliminating the danger.
Anti-vibration: One of the biggest complaints of wet batteries is that they are very susceptible to extreme vibration and other shocks. Gel batteries absorb shock and vibration, making them excellent batteries for four-wheeled vehicles and other items.
Smokeless: Because these batteries are composed of gel material, they produce very little smoke during use. This means that the need for ventilation is reduced, which increases the potential uses for gel batteries and makes them easier to charge anywhere.
Discharge resistance: When using a wet battery, please do not discharge the battery too much. This is very important. Otherwise, it will never be able to charge. Gel batteries are not like that. They are deep-cycle batteries, which means they can discharge more and still be charged like new batteries.
Price: Although the benefits of gel batteries are obvious, so are the price tags. Many people want to switch from wet batteries to gel batteries, which is the biggest disadvantage.
The challenge of charging: When charging a gel battery, you need to plan to give it more time. The charging cycle of these batteries is very slow, but you cannot leave it and leave it. Because it is a gel and not a liquid, it needs to be removed from the charger immediately after completion. Leaving it on may cause electrolyte voids, which is irreversible damage.
Thermal control: This is indeed a disadvantage for most batteries, and gel batteries are no exception. Heat is one of the fastest ways to shorten battery life. By controlling the battery's exposure to heat, you can extend its life and keep the battery running like a new battery.
Gel batteries are worthwhile because their performance has been optimized throughout their lifetime. Its internal design provides you with a dome-shaped power output curve. You don't have the drop voltage common to other batteries. Your application benefits from many deep loops that provide enough power for each accessory.
These peak levels are achieved through the advanced design and unique structure of the gel material. When your core problem is top-notch performance, no other battery can provide the same reliability.