Of all the components of a critical power protection system, the weakest link is the battery. Over one-third (37%) of all problems associated with loss of load relate to the battery.
How do you prevent this?
Protecting the integrity of the battery begins with a comprehensive battery maintenance program. Many preventative measures can be taken and it is key to look for potential problems before they happen.
Knowing that conditions are kept at the optimal level is important. Battery maintenance involves a visual inspection, verifying the connection to each battery and measuring the voltage and the internal resistance of the battery. Once a problem or potential problem is identified, this needs to be corrected immediately to mitigate risk.
When you understand the critical role batteries play within your power system, you quickly realize yearly inspections are not enough to ensure business continuity; power interruption in any business means lost money.
A backup system is only as strong as its weakest point. Many factors, including overcharging, undercharging, manufacturing defects, environmental conditions, and aging, will increase the internal resistance of a battery and decrease capacity. The good news is, you can detect a failing battery long before it compromises your system’s integrity.
Battery service technicians, with experience, and degreed electrical engineers should be an important part of your team. Additionally, outsourcing battery maintenance can save 20 to 30 percent, or more, of annual expenses. Regardless of how you perform these responsibilities, no one should argue the importance of battery monitoring and maintenance.
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