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Deep Cycle Batteries and Load Shedding in South Africa: Understanding the Cycle Count Impact

Here in South Africa, where load shedding is a reality, understanding deep cycle batteries and their lifespan is crucial. While these robust batteries excel at handling repeated discharges and recharges, frequent power outages can impact their expected lifetime. Let's delve deeper into this concept:

What are Deep Cycle Batteries and Cycles?

Unlike regular car batteries designed for short bursts of high power, deep cycle batteries are built for sustained discharges and recharges. Each "cycle" involves discharging the battery to a certain depth (e.g., 50%) and then fully recharging it.

How Many Cycles Do They Have?

Each deep cycle battery has a finite lifespan measured in cycles, typically ranging from 300 to 1200 depending on factors like brand, technology, and discharge depth. Deeper discharges typically result in fewer cycles.

Load Shedding's Impact:

South Africa's frequent load shedding forces deep cycle batteries to cycle more often, potentially reducing their overall lifespan compared to areas with minimal outages. Each discharge-recharge event counts as a cycle, accelerating the battery's journey towards its cycle limit.

Navigating Warranty and Timeframes:

While your warranty might be stated in months, it's crucial to understand that many also specify a cycle limit. This reflects the expected lifespan regardless of time. With load shedding, guaranteeing a specific time-based warranty becomes challenging as the actual lifespan depends on how many cycles the battery experiences.

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