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What Batteries Are Best For Your UPS?

What Batteries Are Best For Your UPS?

October 21, 2021

Whether you are sourcing replacement batteries for your commercial UPS system or choosing batteries for a new system that is yet to be installed, there are several key points you should consider. The best battery for UPS systems that are designed to power commercial IT server installations can most easily be chosen by thinking carefully about your industry-specific requirements before you contact a supplier.

In this blog, we will delve deeper into the key factors to consider when you’re choosing batteries for your UPS device.

 

What should I look for when choosing the best battery for my UPS system?

As the experts in the design, supply and installation of commercial UPS systems, here are our top 5 factors to consider when choosing batteries for your UPS:

  • Maximum power draw

     — It is important to calculate the maximum power draw for the equipment that your UPS system is intended to support. When choosing from the various UPS battery types and models that are currently available in Australia, you need to make sure you choose batteries that are capable of handling the maximum power your system may require at any given time.
  • Actual power consumption

     — Your system components will not draw maximum power most of the time, if ever, so the next point you need to consider is how much power they draw under normal operating conditions. This figure, combined with the results of the calculations you perform when considering the next point, will help you to determine the best UPS battery solution for your facility.
  • Required runtime

     — Before you can decide on the number, type and capacity of the batteries you should install in your system, you will need to decide on the runtime you expect from your UPS. A UPS that only needs to keep your systems running until they can be shut down in an orderly fashion will require far less power than one that is designed to ensure your systems stay online until the main power supply is restored.
  • Type and number of batteries in your system

     — The best UPS battery types for systems that need to support a large IT infrastructure are usually supplied in cartridges, with several batteries in each cartridge. However, if you choose batteries in cartridges that feature embedded software, you should bear in mind that you will not be able to replace individual batteries when they fail. Instead, you will have to replace the whole cartridge in which the battery or batteries are located.
  • Cost

     — More powerful batteries are generally more expensive, which is something you should take into account when deciding on the required runtime for your UPS. It’s always wise to include spare capacity in your calculations but if you include too much, you could increase the overall cost of your system by more than is really necessary.

Reach out to the UPS experts

At UPS Solutions, we specialise in the design, supply and installation of commercial UPS systems in Australia. Many companies choose us to meet their UPS needs because they know we have the knowledge and experience to design a system that is perfect for their requirements. If you would like us to help you choose the best UPS battery models for a new or existing system, contact us now to discuss your needs with one of our experts. You can also check out our FAQs page and try our online Battery Finder tool.