Not all batteries are made equal. Did you know every battery type serves a specific functionality? The two main battery types are stationary batteries and “starting” batteries. It is very important that you find the correct battery for your particular application, as the wrong choice can affect both the battery’s efficiency as well as its lifespan.
Regular preventative maintenance, such as capturing battery temperatures, can spot problematic batteries before they fail. Monitoring this factor along with monitoring charger functionality can reduce the potential for thermal runaway or a catastrophic system failure.
Failure modes for stationary power Vented Lead Acid (VLA) batteries and the cause of failure in Valve Regulated Lead Acid batteries (VRLA) have been increasingly understood as the industry has continually utilized them in Telecommunications, UPS, and Utility applications at a growing rate.
The most critical aspect of evaluating true health of a battery are the measurements of the internal cell conductivity of each individual battery. Correctly and accurately capturing these measurements for gathering of historical battery information to predict the health and service life of a battery must be of topmost importance.
Congratulations! You know how vitally important it is to maintain your stationary batteries. You test your batteries with a handheld analyzer on a regular schedule. You monitor conductance, voltage, temperature, current, and strap resistance with a battery monitoring system.
There is so much terminology related to stationary batteries that it is hard to know what everything means. We recently received a question through our FAQ section asking what the difference is between jars and straps, so we thought it would be a good time to discuss this.