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Understanding Field Service Reports Part 1: UPS Batteries

We are all familiar with going to the doctor to get a check up on our health.  At the end of our visit, we typically receive a summary of what the doctor discussed with us, any tests they did, and recommendations they have for us related to those test results. A field service report (FSR) for your UPS system maintenance is similar to a health check for the unit, giving information on the condition and reliability of the UPS. Most UPS field service reports should include the unit information and location, a job description of what is being inspected, what actions were performed and their results, and the recommendations as the result of the job. In the coming weeks, we will break down a UPS service report and cover some of the main items that you should look for.

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Toshiba SCiB Batteries: UPS Lithium-Ion Technology

Managers responsible for critical IT loads or other high demand applications want to make sure that their equipment is protected by the most reliable, efficient technology possible. This is especially true when it comes to UPS battery back-up technology. There has been great interest recently in Lithium-Ion battery technology and the UPS Lithium-Ion Battery market is rapidly expanding. Toshiba launched their own battery technology called SCiB (Super Charge Ion Battery)  back in 2008.  While this technology has been available for many years, it’s introduction into the UPS system has been fairly recent. The newest iteration of this battery is showcased in the Toshiba G9000 series UPS unit.  We will discuss the make-up of the SCiB and also some of it’s main advantages compared to similar battery technologies. Continue reading “Toshiba SCiB Batteries: UPS Lithium-Ion Technology” »

N1 Critical Lithium Ion UPS

QPS Announces New Lithium-Ion Line of UPS Systems

Quality Power Solutions is excited to announce a new line of Lithium-Ion UPS systems from N1 Critical Technologies! N1 Critical is a Wisconsin-based company focused on the research and production of Lithium-Ion UPS systems and battery solutions. N1C Lithium-Ion UPS systems are rugged and long-lasting, able to withstand up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and are one of the first UPS systems to offer a lifetime warranty.

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UPS Battery Monitoring Basics

As much as 65% of all UPS back-up system power failures are battery related. That’s a staggering number, but is easier to understand when you consider all the potential issues that can affect UPS batteries. Power anomalies, overheating, improper charging or low electrolyte levels for certain types of batteries can all cause serious issues for the UPS.

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Wet cell UPS batteries

Getting to Know Your UPS Batteries II- Wet Cell Batteries

The second battery on our “get to know you” list is the Wet Cell, or Flooded Cell battery. UPS Systems are used in a variety of applications and, as a result, may require a wide variety of run time requirements or discharge characteristics. The battery cell is comprised of a hard plastic enclosure, typically Polycarbonate or Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN) Plastic, lead plates and an electrolyte that allows the flow of current. A single wet cell battery Continue reading “Getting to Know Your UPS Batteries II- Wet Cell Batteries” »

VRLA (Valve regulated Lead Acid) UPS batteries

Getting to Know Your UPS Batteries: VRLA

Now that we have a better idea of our UPS battery options from our previous article, we can take a look at these options individually in more depth. We will start with the most popular option currently, the VRLA UPS battery.

VRLA, or Valve Regulated Lead Acid UPS batteries, are also sometimes called “maintenance free” batteries. This term is a misnomer, as VRLA batteries still require cleaning and regular functional testing. The term “maintenance free” comes from the fact that you are not able to add fluid to the battery. The term “valve regulated “means these batteries limit the inflow and outflow of gas to the cell.

In a standard UPS configuration, VRLA batteries are typically set up in internal or external strings that can range from 1 to 40 batteries, depending on the application they are being used for. You may also see either single or multiple strings running in parallel to each other.

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