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Uninterrupted Power Supplies, known as UPS, utilize batteries to store energy to be used during the event of a power interruption. UPS systems are typically used to protect computers, data centers, medical equipment, and other electrical equipment that needs a consistent power supply to function properly. To ensure proper UPS function, the batteries need to be properly maintained and kept at the right temperature.
However, after a few years of working, the battery will likely need to be replaced. Typically, it is suggested that you purchase a UPS replacement battery every three to four years.
Most modern UPS run periodic battery checks and have an alarm that will warn you of a battery that needs replacement. Battery replacement is important because a faulty battery can cause issues, such as leakage, corrosion, or swelling caused by thermal runaway. This occurs when there is an issue with the battery, likely caused by age or electrical and mechanical damage. This may cause the UPS to read the battery incorrectly, which will result in overheating. As the battery gets hotter, the charger will provide it with more and more power, which often results in cracks and leaks. If a battery leaks, it may cause damage to the rest of the UPS system.
After removing the old battery and installing a new UPS replacement battery, the old battery will need to be properly disposed of. In many states, careless disposal of hazardous materials is a criminal offense that can lead to heavy fines. As these batteries contain acid and lead materials that post a threat to the ecosystem, they should never just be thrown out.
Many UPS manufacturers have battery recycling programs that can help with proper, legal UPS battery disposal. The non-profit Call2Recycle also has a UPS recycling system that can be used for your old batteries.
If you have questions about obtaining the correct UPS replacement battery for your needs, whether you work in manufacturing or medicine, be sure to give us a call or contact us through our website.