The expectant life span of a battery is between 3 to 5 years, and experts recommend replacing the battery once every 3-4 years to avoid UPS outages. For the UPS system to offer maximized battery service life, it is recommended to achieve the ideal operating conditions for the UPS and Batteries including frequency of discharge cycle and temperature. Read on to find out more details about the optimized conditions required to extend the life of a UPS battery.
Placement of the UPS Unit
A UPS unit has ventilation openings on its front, back and sides, and it is important that air circulation around these openings be provided to avoid over-heating of the battery. Care must be taken to ensure that the UPS unit is not placed too close to the windows nor in the open air where moisture content and dust may be high. The use of corrosive substances anywhere near the unit must be prohibited.
UPS users often ignore the need to check for the optimal operating temperature simply because they are too confident that their usage can never surpass the maximum limit. However, it is recommended to check during the time of purchase or while Eaton UPS service is being performed and talk to the technician about the recommended temperature which is generally between 30 degrees Fahrenheit and a little over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the power goes off, the UPS system automatically switches to the battery power to support the attached load. Once the power is back, the UPS battery begins to recharge itself and gets prepared for the next power outage period. This process is called discharge cycle, and when the frequency of the discharge cycle is more frequent, the battery has a higher chance of quicker depletion. Cycling of the UPS battery is unavoidable, but the user must be able to control frequent or abnormal discharge cycle if the life of the battery is to be prolonged. Opt for UPS models that automatically allow regulation of voltage sags and other transient factors that induce frequent power trips. By controlling the intermittent supply of voltage, usage of battery capacity is reduced and therefore its life is extended.
UPS systems that perform the best throughout a considerable number of years are the result of proper management and regular Eaton UPS service. A proactive and comprehensive approach to the UPS system helps the user to get the best out of the UPS battery.