UPS batteries such as the ones from C & D Technology are designed to perform discharge and recharge cycles up to their maximum capability. They function well until the time that they need to be replaced. Typically, a UPS battery when in use has a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years.
But, what are the factors that affect the life of a UPS battery? Below are some of the things to consider:
UPS batteries have the ability to store and provide power due to their chemical compositions. But this capability gradually reduces over time. There will come a time that you must replace the batteries regardless of the maintenance and proper usage you follow.
For every application you need, it is vital that you use the correct battery. Otherwise, you will find yourself with serious problems. For example, do not use a UPS battery from C & D Technology in a telecom application, as this will cause the battery to run longer than it is designed to do. Also, when you discharge a UPS battery for a long period, the plate may deflect and overheat.
The operating temperature of 25°C determines the rated capacity of a lead-acid battery. If there are any changes in this ambient operating temperature, it can shorten the life expectancy of the battery and disrupt its performance.
Several things can happen to your UPS battery without proper maintenance. For example, premature failure, improper loading, heat resistance at the terminals, or reduced protection. Regular maintenance will help you make the most of the battery usage until it reaches the estimated life or replacement schedule.
The uninterruptible power supply runs on battery power during an outage. As soon as the utility power is running, the UPS battery is recharged to be used again in the future. However, every time there is a discharge cycle, the capacity of the battery is slowly reduced.
In spite of the estimated 3-5 years usable life of a C & D Technology UPS battery, how you use them and the operating environment are also contributing factors. So, proper inspection and monitoring help ensure the life of your battery will last as expected.
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