Companies that deal with computing in any form will now be familiar with the acronym UPS, which stands for uninterruptible power supply. It is today unimaginable for any organisation that uses a vital load, such as a computer server or a huge external hard drive, to fail to account for power fluctuations or outages.
Uninterruptible power supply systems (UPS) can assist to avoid these issues, and while there are various different varieties of UPS, they all have one thing in common: the UPS battery. The battery is the most important component of any UPS system since it is the final line of defence in the event of a power outage. Most UPS systems aren’t meant to supply extended durations of backup power; instead, they’re meant to allow enough time for systems to safely shut down and prevent damaging the vital load.
What are the most prevalent battery types?
The sealed valve controlled lead acid battery is the most popular battery type in most UPS systems. They were chosen because of their long battery life, which ranges from 4 to 15 years. Even though batteries have such lengthy lifespan, it is common practise to inspect them as part of a system’s yearly servicing.
What factors influence battery life?
The ambient temperature of the space in which the battery is housed is the most harmful element to the battery’s life lifetime. Most batteries are intended to run in normal temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius; however, a 5 degree increase in this temperature over the course of a year will cut a battery’s life in half.
Batteries lose capacity based on how often they are used; for example, if they are used frequently in power outages, the ability of the battery to restore its full charge will be somewhat reduced each time.
How much security is required?
Each important load has a particular power need, thus each installation will require professional guidance on the number of batteries needed to keep the load running during power outages. Because most UPSs employ a string battery system to increase dependability in the event of a power outage, numerous batteries are frequently required.
Disposal and maintenance
As previously said, batteries should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are fully charged and in good working order. Most systems batteries can be simply replaced without the help of an engineer if they need to be replaced (always check with your provider first).
Because UPS batteries contain numerous dangerous compounds, it is critical to properly dispose of them. Many firms provide a free battery recycling service when replacements are ordered.