For the last couple of days I was in the process of replacing my existing inverter set up with a new one. Finally, today I got the new set up installed in my home. Detail of the new set up:
1. Inverter: Exide Home UPS pure Sine Wave 850 VA (warranty 2 years)
2. Battery: Exide IT500 (3 years replacement warranty, and 1 year prorated warranty)
3. Inverter trolley.
Total cost of the whole set up is Rs.21,500. After trading off my old Invaqueen 100 AH battery (Pl note battery is in non-working condition) I paid Rs.20,300.
I wanted to share pros and cons of this new set up and here it is: Pros:
The inverter has some extra features compared to the other popular brands like microtek, Luminous, Su-kam etc. The inverter has a nice small LCD panel which shows information like
1. Main input voltage.
2. Whether main is on or off.
3. Battery charging voltage.
4. Battery voltage.
5. Load on the inverter in %.
This inverter has a provision for electrolyte level sensor input, which can be used to monitor the electrolyte level of the battery. For this we need one electrolyte level sensor which can be connected to the battery and the inverter. If the electrolyte level goes down, the LED in front panel of the inverter blinks.
Normally other inverters have only 2 modes of charging i.e. normal current and High current. But this Exide home UPS has 3 modes of charging normal, enhanced and high current. Also this inverter has one additional output socket for emergency use. Cons:
Sometimes I can hear the noise of fan running inside the inverter, it is not continuous. It rarely comes.
The input voltage range is 100 – 280 V. whereas other inverters have input voltage range 100-300 V. So, this inverter is not ideal if you are facing high incoming voltage problem.
Now, some pics of the set up: 1. Whole setup 2. Front panel of the inverter. 3. LCD panel shows main input voltage. 4. LCD panel showing mains cut during EB power cut. 5. LCD panel showing battery voltage while running on battery. 6. LCD panel showing load on UPS 7. LCD panel showing battery charging voltage 8. Water level low indicator