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The PC that you depend on is plugged into the wall when the power goes out. All of your hard work immediately disappears. Learn about how to protect that important piece of technology.
What is a UPS?
UPS, or uninterruptable power supply, is a necessity in today’s digital world. It protects your sensitive laptop, desktop or home theater equipment from power surges, and gives you a few minutes to shut your system down correctly when the power goes out or keeps it running long enough for the backup generator to take over.
These critical pieces of equipment sometimes end up in the landfill when they stop doing their job. Normal aging will cause all UPS batteries to lose power. But you can extend the life of your UPS by replacing the battery regularly.
The battery in your UPS will last longest when it is in an optimal environment. Don’t place it near a heating vent, open window or where it will have sun shining on it. The area should be free of dust or moisture. Make sure the vents on the unit are not blocked so proper circulation is maintained. Keep the temperature in the not too hot, not too cold range with about 77°F being the optimal temperature.
Maintain the Battery
It is recommended that you perform maintenance on your UPS battery every 6 months to make sure they are still operating at their peak. Check to see if the battery case is bulging or bumpy. This might mean that the circuit in the battery that keeps it charged is set too high, or that the heat up and cool down cycles fluctuate too much. It you can, turn off the power and time how long the UPS keeps the equipment running. Reduced time indicates a battery near the end of its lifespan.
UPS Batteries can last between 3 and 4 years, depending on a variety of factors and the number of times it cycles for power outages. Replacing the battery before it fails provides that extra bit of insurance during hurricane or tornado season, or whatever season knocks out your power.
Replace the Battery
A good rule of thumb is to replace your battery when the warranty runs out. The battery is guaranteed to perform at its peak for that period of time. If the equipment you are protecting is important enough to warrant a UPS, it’s important enough to have a battery that will handle the power outage.
UPS RBC battery replacements do not require you to turn off the UPS or the equipment it is protecting to replace the battery. Most can be hot swapped with no damage or danger.
How do I find the correct replacement battery? Find the model number on your UPC and plug it into the search on BatteryClerk.com. We will provide you with all of the UPC replacement batteries that will fit your device.