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Why Is It Important to Monitor Your UPS Battery?

For Professionals - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 2/17/2023

Ups backup with a SLA Battery

A UPS unit offers a valuable source of backup power when the electricity goes out. One important thing to keep in mind though is that a UPS is only as good as the battery inside it. If your battery goes dead, the whole backup system is useless. That's why it's important to test your UPS battery regularly and replace it when it's no longer viable. Learn more about how you can partner with Batteries Plus to help ensure your UPS is powered up and ready for your next emergency.

How Often Should a UPS Battery Be Replaced?

The lifespan of your UPS battery will depend what type of battery you're using and the environment in which you're using it. A standard SLA battery will typically last between three and five years, while a high-rate SLA battery can last upwards of ten years. Keep in mind that these are only averages. UPS batteries can fail even sooner if they are used in particularly hot or humid environments.

What are Your UPS Battery Replacement Options?

Most UPS units rely on several batteries at once, which have to be connected to one another in parallel pairs. Not only is this complicated, it's time-consuming too. To help speed up the process, Batteries Plus offers these convenient UPS battery replacement options.

Batteries Plus Builds Battery Packs

Batteries Plus can save you the hassle of replacing UPS batteries yourself with our professional battery replacement service. Not only will our experts build your battery pack, we can also rebuild UPS battery trays and even install them in small units that are brought into the store.

Batteries Plus Offers UPS Replacement Battery Cartridge Kits

A replacement battery cartridge kit (also known as an RBC kit) is a pre-kitted, drop-in solution for UPS systems. With an RBC kit, all of the batteries are already combined to fit your system perfectly, so there are no complicated connections to worry about. Just plug the cartridge into your system and it's ready to go.

How Do I Know If My UPS Battery is Bad?

Most UPS systems will alert you when your battery needs to be replaced. Typically, this is done with some kind of alarm or indicator light. While these indicators are usually reliable, it is possible for them to fail, which is why it's important to set up a preventative maintenance schedule.

How Do You Maintain a UPS Battery?

Ideally, you'll want to have your UPS batteries tested twice a year to make sure they're functioning properly. For smaller units, you can test them yourself by unplugging the device(s) your UPS is connected to and seeing if the UPS kicks in.

Other larger UPS units require special equipment to load test the bank of batteries. Many Batteries Plus locations can handle this for you. Ask your local Batteries Plus owner if they offer UPS maintenance service.

Batteries Plus Offers Additional UPS Solutions

Batteries Plus also offers a number of replacement UPS units from CyberPower and APC. If you're looking for surge protectors, we can help with that too.

Are you looking to get the best possible deal on your replacement UPS batteries? Sign up for one of our free business accounts  . Once you do, you'll receive discount volume pricing on thousands of battery and lighting products, available through our Distribution Center. Our additional benefits include fast, local delivery, free on-site needs assessments and access to your own dedicated advisor, who can answer your question and help point you towards the best solution for your needs.

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