If you operate a communication or computer systems anywhere on the planet, you need a reliable source for an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). In fact, a UPS device comprises the most important and most vulnerable component of this system. Rather than face a catastrophic – or at least damaging failure of your systems, it is important to institute all possible preventive measures. In many cases, this is as simple as putting into place a regular UPS battery maintenance schedule. In Wisconsin, this is a given for all who want to protect their data and/or want to prevent any loss of material and economically costly downtime if a power failure occurs.
Batteries are available in different sizes and shapes. Only a few are capable of powering up UPS systems. Essentially, two basic types prove to be useful:
- Nickel Cadmium: The more expensive option, it is best for low voltage and/or hostile environment applications
- Lead Acid: The most common type, it falls into three categories:
a. Wet Cell
b. Maintenance Free
c. Sealed Maintenance Free/Valve Regulated
The selling point of the batteries in states such as Wisconsin and Maine “maintenance free.” Yet, without some form of UPS battery maintenance, serious issues can occur.
UPS Battery Maintenance
No operator doubts the need to service a nickel cadmium or wet cell UPS battery. They will top up the water and ensure equalizing charging takes place. However, where proper measures fail to materialize is with those batteries called “maintenance free.”
In reality, such batteries are really “low maintenance” not “no maintenance.” To ensure them a long life, it is crucial to check them periodically – to make certain the battery interconnects remain tight. It is also essential that an equal charge flows across the entire battery pack. Proper UPS battery maintenance is key to making sure all UPS systems are ready to perform optimally in your Wisconsin facility.