A good UPS system with healthy batteries can prevent data loss and hardware damage caused by power failures — ensuring that your IT systems remain online at all times. However, if your UPS battery is in poor condition, the backup power that you are relying on may not actually be there when you need it.
Rather than waiting for a power failure to test whether your batteries are still in good working order, we recommend checking their health now, especially if they were installed some time ago. This blog will walk you through how to check the state of your UPS battery as well as tips and tricks for improving your UPS battery health.
The following tips will help you to monitor the health of the batteries installed in your UPS facility and determine when and whether they need to be replaced. Many modern systems include software applications that alert technicians when battery condition appears to have deteriorated to a point where they need replacing but if you have an older system or you just want to be sure, we recommend the following procedures.
You will notice that none of the above recommendations includes actual testing of your batteries. This is because your system should be configured to perform automatic testing every 24 hours to check the internal condition of each battery. There are various tests, such as impedance tests, that can be performed annually but we’d recommend calling a technician if you feel these need to be done.
You should be able to extend the lifespan of your UPS batteries by adhering to the best practices outlined below:
For more tips on how to check your UPS battery health or advice on how to tell if a UPS battery needs replacing, please don’t hesitate to contact us — we provide high-quality UPS systems for many organisations in Australia, across a wide variety of industries — and are always here to help.