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30
MAR
2016

Enersys 16V Front Terminal UPS Battery in short supply

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Enersys 16V Front Terminal UPS Battery in short supply – read more about what this means for users…

  • DataSafe 16HX550F-FR
  • DataSafe 16HX800F-FR
  • DataSafe 16HX925F-FR

Enersys introduced the world’s first 16 volt front terminal UPS battery several years ago. This battery has many advantages over typical 12V batteries, chief of which is a high power density in a very small footprint.  Your typical UPS runs on a 540V DC Buss which consists of (40) 12V batteries connected in series. With the Enersys 16V battery, you only need (30) batteries to make up one string. Also – the Enersys battery is narrow in the front, but deep, further reducing space. In order to take advantage of the smaller footprint, special, smaller battery cabinets were designed specifically for the 16V Batteries.

While all of this is good news for greater power density, it is not without a downside that can be disastrous if you’re not aware. None of the other major battery manufacturers have jumped on the 16V battery bandwagon, so currently Enersys is the only manufacturer offering this battery. This means that you will pay a premium for replacement batteries every 4-5 years. You are also at the mercy of factory lead times, so if the current lead time is 17 weeks (which it was in April 2016 for the 925’s) there is nothing you can do about it.  If you opt for a different battery, you will need to replace your UPS battery cabinets in order to switch over.

If you are in an emergency situation and need to replace your 16V batteries, 24/7 Technology can work with you to engineer an alternative solution to the Enersys 16V battery. We also work with customers to pro actively replace their UPS battery systems with standard sizes and models that are readily available and cost effective. The key is to be proactive and not get caught in a dangerous situation where your batteries are failing, and the lead time for new ones is 4 months.