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.
Vented lead-acid battery electrolyte levels are affected during the charge and discharge cycle due to the chemical reaction taking place inside the cell. A battery that is starved of electrolyte will not perform as expected.
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.
One thing is certain, we all rely on technology to keep our businesses, our homes, and our entire infrastructure operating on ’round the clock demand. Satisfying that demand requires dedicated maintenance, testing and monitoring of operational and backup systems -- particularly in the telecommunications, data center and utility industries.
All it takes is one disaster to reveal the weakness of an emergency backup system in a telecommunications network. A loss of backup power during an outage can cause not only lost business, but also lost employee productivity and costly repairs.
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.