Battery types for your UPS system

Why does the correct battery matter?

Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems are critical components of any organization's IT infrastructure. They provide emergency power to keep servers, switches, and other critical equipment running in the event of a power outage. UPS systems use batteries to store the energy that will be used in case of a power failure. Selecting the right battery for your UPS system is crucial to ensure that it can perform its function reliably. In this blog post, we will discuss some important factors to consider when choosing the right battery for your UPS system.

Choosing the correct UPS battery

  1. Battery type

There are two main types of batteries commonly used in UPS systems: valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries and lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. VRLA batteries are the most common and cost-effective option. They require little maintenance, have a long service life, and are reliable. However, they have a relatively low energy density, which means they may not provide as much backup power as other battery types.

Li-ion batteries, on the other hand, are more expensive but have a higher energy density. They are also smaller and lighter, making them ideal for applications where space is limited. They also have a longer service life than VRLA batteries, and they require less maintenance. However, Li-ion batteries require more advanced charging and monitoring systems, and they can be more sensitive to temperature changes.

  1. Battery capacity

Battery capacity refers to the amount of energy a battery can store. It is measured in ampere-hours (Ah) or watt-hours (Wh). The capacity of the battery you choose will depend on the amount of backup power you need and the runtime you require. The higher the capacity of the battery, the longer your UPS system will be able to provide backup power.

  1. Battery runtime

Battery runtime refers to the amount of time a battery can provide backup power. It is dependent on the battery capacity and the power requirements of the equipment being powered. To determine the runtime you need, you will need to calculate the power consumption of your equipment and estimate how long you will need backup power in case of a power outage. You should choose a battery that can provide enough runtime to keep your critical equipment running until power is restored.

  1. Battery voltage

The battery voltage you need will depend on the voltage of your UPS system. Most UPS systems use 12V or 24V batteries, but some systems may require higher voltages.

  1. Battery maintenance

Different battery types require different levels of maintenance. VRLA batteries require very little maintenance, while Li-ion batteries require more advanced monitoring and maintenance. You should choose a battery that fits your maintenance requirements.

If you are looking for batteries for your UPS system or unsure on the type and specifications for what you require. Get in touch, we are happy to help.

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