When you’re shopping for solar batteries, you’re likely to encounter a lot of unfamiliar terms. While you’re going to have to do quite a bit of research to understand all of those terms and make the best choice for your system, this article will give you more information on the term PCC. Keep reading to get some basic information on what a PCC battery is and its benefits in a solar power system.
What Does PCC Mean?
PCC stands for partial charge carbon. However, the most important thing to know about them is the fact that PCC is another term for AGM, or absorbed glass mat batteries. So, if you see batteries with these terms, know that they are actually the same battery type. But what type is that, exactly?
PCC batteries are a variety of lead acid batteries that include a glass mat within the battery’s structure, which helps improve the battery’s charge rate and efficiency. Now that you know a little bit about what a PCC battery actually is, keep reading to learn the benefits.
Faster Charging Times
As mentioned above the glass mat in a PCC battery helps to improve the charging rate of the battery. This means it can recharge much more quickly so that you don’t have to worry about the battery sitting in a partially charged state for an extended period of time; this can actually damage the battery if it happens too often. By improving charging times, the PCC battery also ensures that it has energy available for you when you need it.
Higher Charging Efficiency
PCC batteries also offer greater efficiency when charging. All batteries will lose a little bit of power in the charging/discharging cycle. PCC batteries, however, lose much less power than other varieties of lead acid batteries. This means that you get more usable power out of your system than you would get with many other types of solar battery.
Finally, PCC batteries also offer a longer lifespan than most lead acid batteries. This is thanks in part to its rapid charging times; by preventing sulfation and other damage caused by undercharging, PCC batteries are able to last much longer. And, of course, the less often you have to replace your batteries, the more cost effective your investment will be.
If you’re adding a solar battery bank to your solar system, it’s important to thoroughly research all the different types of batteries and their benefits so you can make the best choice. It may be a good idea to consult with a professional to determine if a Sol-Ark PCC battery is the best choice for your system.