The batteries in your UPS system have a fixed shelf-life. Eventually, they won’t retain charge as efficiently and that’ll have an impact on its performance and reliability. In home UPS systems, it’s easy to notice that the battery is on its last legs and the UPS system will warn you with beeps or flashing lights.
However, the warning isn’t immediately noticeable in commercial properties, especially in isolated ICT rooms. In most systems, this warning comes at the last moment, which gives you very little time to arrange for the replacement battery.
Factors that Influence Battery Life
There are several factors that influence the lifespan of the battery. Even batteries from a single manufacturer produced at the same time would behave differently. That’s because they are influenced by five different factors and they are ambient temperature that surrounds the battery, battery chemistry, battery storage, cycling, maintenance provided to the battery and UPS system, and placement.
These factors will influence battery life. For example, the battery charge would drain faster if the ambient temperature is too high or too low. If you want to extend the life of the battery, you should store it in ideal temperatures.
Lifespan of the Battery and Smart UPS Systems
Most companies will tell you that the battery would last for about 3 to 5 years. That’s the general estimate and doesn’t give you any idea about how long the battery in your UPS system would last. It should last at least 3 years, but what about after that? All predictions are up in the air because your battery could die at any moment after that 3 year mark. There’s a difference of 2 years between the 3 year mark and the 5 year mark and a lot can happen during that time.
Some commercial organisations will keep an inventory of backup batteries and will calculate Mean Time Between Failures or MTBF. Others will replace the batteries before they have a chance to fail. Thankfully, there’s no need for such unreliable methods with the introduction of Smart UPS systems. Here are some of the main features of such systems:
- Smart UPS systems come with Intelligent Battery Management. It’ll offer recommendations regarding battery changes and replacements in real time.
- It’s not a calendar that would recommend changes every 3 years. It’s truly a smart system that will use complex algorithms to calculate when the battery would die. These calculations give you a fairly accurate window and will help you be prepared for the change.
- This system will take other influences like ambient temperatures and battery cycles into account when it makes its recommendations.
- The Intelligent Battery Management feature will auto-detect which individual batteries need to be replaced. You don’t need to manually look for the dying battery.
- This is a very mobile and dynamic system. The calculations are made regularly so the results are current and accurate. For example, if the heat of the summer has an impact on your UPS battery, the new calculations would reflect that.
- You get the notice to change the batter months, if not years in advance. That will have a positive impact on your system’s efficiency and reduce operational costs.
The smart UPS system doesn’t force you to rely on guess work or to replace your UPS batteries before you need to. If you want to know more about benefits of smart UPS online or our custom power products and services, don’t hesitate to contact us at KaRaTec Power Supply Pty. You can give us a call at 612 9808 1127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’ll reply as soon as possible.
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