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Taking Care of Your UPS: Battery Monitoring

Published by Lee Kelly on 19 February 2020

There's a reason so many businesses and organisations rely on a UPS or uninterruptible power supply: It is uninterruptible. With a UPS as part of a business's power supply infrastructure, there is no need to suffer any anxiety or worry over power outages, downtime, or other mishaps.

As long as you take care of your UPS and keep up with maintenance on your batteries, your UPS system should last for a long while.

Critical Power Supplies - Batteries for a UPS system

Why Do You Need to Monitor Your Batteries?

As a business owner, it is crucial that you remain up to speed and on top of all of the systems and structures within your organisation. When it comes to UPS batteries, this need is particularly acute. This is because of:

  • Downtime - If your batteries fail when you need them most, this is going to cause major problems for your business.
  • Danger to personnel - A poorly maintained battery may not behave in the way that you expect it to, and it could even cause harm to you, your team, or anyone else who may come into contact with it.
  • Costly maintenance and replacement - If you wait until your battery system has a serious problem before acting, you could find that this problem costs you a lot of money in either maintenance or full replacement. Monitoring can avoid this cost by keeping on top of defects and issues.

How Should You Test Your Batteries?

There are a number of ways to test your batteries. While all of these tests are geared towards the same results, it is still important to understand the differences between each method before you deploy it within your business.

  • Temperature - First and foremost, the temperature is a great way to assess the health of your battery. Healthy batteries will operate a consistent and predictable temperature, which will fall within a particular range.
  • Impedance - One of the key concepts of electronics is resistance, or impedance, measured in ohms. Examining impedance can help to identify areas of corrosion within the battery or mechanical defects.
  • Direct current and voltage - Testing the output of the battery in DC or in volts can give you some idea of its health and its current operating capacity. However, this data alone will not tell you everything you need to know about your battery.
  • Coulombs - There are a number of ways to measure electricity, and one of the most important is the charge, measured in coulombs. One coulomb is equal to the quantity of electricity transported in a single second by a current of one ampere. And, it is a useful measurement regarding your battery's health.

Critical Power Supplies - Engineer testing batteries

The Latest Concepts in Testing

  • Integrated battery management systems - An integrated battery management systems can bring together data from a number of testing methods to give accurate insight into battery health.
  • Real-time data streaming - A battery system, when in use, is designed to operate around the clock. This means, if you need to use your batteries, you need to monitor them in a way that reflects this. Real-time data streaming provides the insight you need, with no delay or gaps in coverage
  • Remote monitoring - Organisations need a way to effectively keep on top of the health of their batteries, wherever they are based. This is particularly true with larger organisations, with larger and more complex systems of batteries, who need accurate remote monitoring across all locations.

To learn more about why keeping on top of your battery health is so important, and to understand how testing and other vital assessment and maintenance tasks work, get in touch with our team on
0808 164 0608 or drop them an email here.