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Parallel Battery Wiring – Introduction, Methods, and Maintenance
When it comes to battery wiring, there are 2 main methods: series battery wiring, and parallel battery wiring. Each one of them has its unique uses, and pros and cons of its own. Therefore, they are used either depending upon the circumstances, or the personal preference of the user.
Parallel battery wiring is commonly used in various domains of our practical life. In some cases, it becomes necessary, but unfortunately, due to lack of knowledge people are unable to make use of it. Therefore, it is necessary for us to understand the specifics and the workings of parallel battery wiring.
What is Parallel Battery Wiring?
Understanding the parallel battery wiring properly is the most important step, if you aim to effectively use it in your lifetime. When you know it thoroughly, you can work your way around any problem.
Understanding Parallel Battery Wiring:
If you wish to understand parallel battery wiring in a simplistic way, it is basically a bunch of batteries powering a single wire, with no battery having a prior link with another battery in the row. For a more nuanced understanding, we can say that the batteries share terminals, with the wires branching out into positives and negatives and being connected to the positive and negative terminals of the batteries.
Features of Parallel Battery Wiring:
Understanding the features of this wiring will give us better insight. Read as follows:
The wire is subdivided into pairs of positive and negative terminals, depending on the number of batteries.
All the batteries connected become one battery (theoretically).
The voltage throughout the circuit remains constant while the current changes.
Uses and Benefits of Parallel Battery Wiring:
The uses are pretty much tied to the unique benefits of parallel battery wiring, so they have been discussed concurrently. The uses and benefits of parallel battery wiring are as follows:
Your circuits get a greater total current but even lesser resistance. It is more efficient.
If one terminal gets damaged, the circuit will still work as other terminals are in order. This will avoid any sort of unprecedented inconveniences or loss of data in the case of computers.
The probability of fires and short-fuses also decreases, significantly.
It is the ideal method to power bigger systems since they demand bigger and more effective load.
Can you Wire different Batteries in Parallel?
It is worth asking if the parallel wiring method for batteries can be applied in all circumstances, or if there are some limitations to this. Moreover, even if it is possible in a particular circumstance, knowing how to implement parallel wiring would be quite important too, because without this piece of information we will be getting nowhere, and would put ourselves in much less.
Limits & Possibilities of Batteries in Parallel
Generally, there should be no issues with connecting batteries in parallel. However, some organizations set their own limits given their circumstances or past experiences. The limits are set as follows:
It is said that you should not apply parallel battery wiring for more than 10 batteries.
The batteries installed in parallel should be of the same capacity, to ensure more coherence in the system.
One should avoid too much wiring and complexity as it would lead to complications within the parallel battery wiring system.
It needs to be ensured that the wires used can bear the load that will be provided to them, to avoid any short circuits and fires.
If all these precautions (discussed above) are ensured, then there should be no problem and parallel batteries can be wired without a problem. Even if you do not follow them, you will still be able to wire them to some extent.
The Method of Wiring Batteries in Parallel:
The method of wiring batteries in parallel is pretty simple. You just have to see where the connection leads to, and from there you will add a component that divides one wire into several, and put the connections accordingly. Just make sure the connections are not loose. You have a parallel battery circuit.
How often do you maintain Parallel Battery Wiring?
You should know that you are not done overall, once you have successfully connected the batteries in parallel. This system, like series one, also requires a lot of maintenance. However, determining how often maintenance is required can be a difficult question to answer. We shall attempt to do so:
Maintaining the Battery
We shall divide the maintenance into 2 sub-conditions. They are as follows:
?When all precautions are followed – i.e., when you have just the right wiring and your connections are tight and accurate, then the system will work properly, given that you are using high-quality wires. Here, you do not have to look after this system as much and will have to only do so when you notice some irregularities or the performance going contrary to the norm.
?When you lack a few precautions – i.e., when some things lack in your parallel wiring system due to financial or other limitations. In such a circumstance, you will have to do your maintenance every now and then to ensure that everything is alright, even if everything is visually alright.
?The specific maintenance has been discussed, but there is also general maintenance where you have to change the wires every now and then because of reduced performance over time.
The Process of Maintenance
The process of maintenance is as follows:
You have to refill the batteries in case they are liquid (e.g., lead-acid) batteries.
You have to tighten up the connections that loosen up due to usage.
You may have to replace the wires because of poor performance or burning.
If you understand the parallel battery wiring well, especially how to maintain it, you will be able to benefit a lot from it. Not only will you increase your productivity, but you will also be able to achieve bigger feats with that setup. Though do look into if parallel battery wiring is indeed the best choice in your given circumstance.