Electronic devices are astoundingly complex. If the UPS is the ‘skeletal system’ of the backup power setup of your device, the Dell battery is the ‘backbone’ of that system. Additionally, the system’s backbone may comprise batteries of various types.
However, with time, the capacity of all UPS batteries (regardless of the ones you select) to retain and provide energy will remain the same. Even if you abide by all storing, maintaining, and using instructions, UPS batteries will still require replacement regularly to work at their best.
Lead-acid UPS batteries, Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries, and Lithium Ion batteries are the three primary types of UPS batteries available in the market. Every battery type has preferred use in particular settings. Let’s learn all about them.
Types of UPS Batteries
There are three basic categories of UPS batteries, each with a varied price range, lifespan, and upkeep needs.
Data centre managers can choose the optimum UPS battery type for their company’s needs by weighing these three considerations.
Lead-Acid UPS Batteries
Lead-acid UPS batteries are a tried-and-true, dependable, and affordable option for UPS systems. For a fair price, they provide a lot of storage.
Nevertheless, compared to other more recent UPS battery technology, they are bulkier, frequently need more upkeep, and have a shorter usable life.
There are two varieties of lead-acid UPS batteries:
- VRLA UPS Batteries or Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid Batteries: Sealed batteries are another name for VRLA UPS batteries. To stop any acid leakage, they are generally sealed with polypropylene plastic. Additionally, they have a valve that opens whenever the gas pressure within the battery increases too much. The typical lifespan of VRLA UPS batteries is five years. They could be user-replaceable and hot-swappable, which makes maintenance easier.
- VLA UPS Batteries Or Vented Lead-Acid Batteries: VLA UPS batteries, also known as flooded batteries, are incredibly dependable and usually have a far longer lifespan than their VRLA counterparts. Nevertheless, they raise certain safety issues and must be kept apart from other IT gear in a battery compartment, which could end up making them challenging to employ in some settings.
NiCad (Nickel-Cadmium) UPS Batteries
For UPS applications in places with extremely high temperatures, NiCad batteries are a great choice. They are quite tolerable of heavy discharges and come with a 20-year life span.
The cost of NiCad batteries is a drawback; they are pricey. They also include poisonous compounds, which raise certain safety issues and make composting and dumping more difficult.
Li-Ion Batteries for UPS Systems
Among the most recent UPS battery technologies, lithium-ion batteries have several benefits.
Although the upfront price is higher, the total ownership expense is frequently lower. This is because lithium-ion batteries have a lifespan of at least twice as long as VRLA batteries. They can function at higher temps with less ventilation and necessitate fewer repairs.
Lithium-ion batteries are more portable, lightweight, and quicker to replenish for longer runtimes. These batteries are highly trustworthy for avoiding downtime because they include built-in tracking features for monitoring and assessing Dell battery conditions.
A Li-ion battery is better than the other two types. The cost of production of Li-on batteries is about 40% higher than for nickel-cadmium cells. Compared to other battery types, they require less frequent replacement. Li-ion batteries are tiny and lightweight, costly compared to flooded cell or VRLA batteries, minimal for operating expenses, and can function in higher temperatures.
They are appealing in non-traditional UPS applications, including grid pooling and industrial control assistance, due to their high discharge and charge rates and rapid recharging rates.
Now, you will have a proper idea of all the types of UPS batteries available in the market. So, it’s fair to assume that you won’t find any hassle or trouble finding the correct battery within your budget and needs.