Batteries have a manufacturer specified design life, in float charge mode, at 25°C. A 5-year battery may need replacement after 4 years and a 10-year life battery after 7-8 years. This is subject to the cyclic use (discharge/charge cycles), depth of discharge and operating ambient temperature. Although larger UPS systems offer automatic, programmable battery testing, this is a general test of the battery bank and not a test of each battery separately. A visual inspection and individual block measurements is the best way to ensure the health of your battery bank.
Identifying one or two faulty blocks at an early stage, will save you having to replace all batteries in your UPS. This reduces cost significantly and prevents UPS failure during a power disturbance due to a weak or faulty battery.
Our engineers offer battery site testing, not only for Digicom supplied battery banks, but of equipment from other suppliers / manufacturers.
Battery testing involves:
• Visual inspection for leakage or corrosion, plate or pole growth causing block deformation.
• Measurements of DC float voltage for a battery bank, a string and individual blocks / cells.
• Deep discharge measurements (GE UPSs only).
• Cleaning of all batteries, pole greasing and torque measurement of nuts & bolts.
• Check battery room conditions, such as temperature, humidity, the presence of water, rodents and other environmental conditions.
• Site reports are issued after each visit.
• Digicom can test and replace any battery bank on site and provide the required warranties.
A service is also provided for battery bank assembly and installation with intercell connections and all required DC cables and fuses, in cabinets or racks.
Digicom has a battery recycling plan in place, where faulty batteries are transported to a Government certified recycling facility, for disposal according to EU environmental directives.