5 Most Important Factors In UPS Battery Life

5 Most Important Factors In UPS Battery Life

by Isaac Prakash May 11, 2021

A reliable UPS is a critical component of any modern IT system in Australia. Without emergency power, an unexpected blackout can cause a host of problems, including data loss and hardware failure. But what factors have the most influence on the battery life of your UPS?

  1. Temperature 

    The ambient temperature will affect your UPS battery life. The capacity figures you see for specific models (which you can find using our UPS battery finder) will be based on how that battery performs at a constant temperature of 25°C. Higher ambient temperatures can lead to significant drops in performance: at around 33°C-35°C, you can expect a 50% drop in the usable life of UPS batteries for each discharge cycle. For more information on the effect of temperature on battery life, feel free to contact us at any time.
  2. Maintenance 

    Many UPS batteries are sealed, and advertised as being maintenance-free, but this doesn’t mean you should simply install a UPS and forget about it. Regular maintenance, including the removal of dust and a thorough visual inspection, is recommended to ensure maximum performance over time. Many companies across Australia – from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, to Darwin, Adelaide and Perth - choose us to supply and maintain their UPS battery backup solutions because of our in-depth experience in this field.
  3. Charge/discharge cycles 

    Every time a battery is fully discharged and charged, its performance decreases slightly. Even if you follow best practices on how to charge UPS battery banks in commercial systems, they still have a limited useful lifespan. However, you can reduce performance degradation from cycling by minimising discharge depth. If critical systems can be backed up and switched off as soon as a power loss is detected, it will be possible to limit the depth of each discharge cycle.
  4. Storage procedures 

    If you keep a stock of spares for UPS battery replacement purposes, it is important to charge these batteries every six months or so. Failure to do so will result in significant capacity loss before they are deployed in live systems. As UPS specialists, we help thousands of businesses across Australia to keep their batteries in the best condition possible.
  5. Usage

    Any application for which you require a UPS battery backup should be analysed carefully before deciding on a particular solution. Trying to draw too much current from a solution that is designed for less demanding electronic devices will negatively affect the life of UPS batteries. In order to maximise the useful lifespan of all your UPS batteries, we recommend consulting a professional before deciding which makes and models to purchase.

If you would like to learn more about UPS battery life and what you can do to prolong it, feel free to check out our FAQs. We serve commercial clients in many different industries and geographical locations, and have a team of experts who specialise in this field. You can see what we have worked on recently by visiting our recent projects page.

For specific tips on how to check UPS battery health or information on any aspect of commercial UPS solutions that you can’t find on our website, you’re welcome to call or email us. And if you need new UPS batteries or complete UPS solutions, you can order them right now via our online store.

Isaac Prakash
Isaac Prakash


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