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UPS batteries are arguably the most critical part of a UPS system and are the number one cause of UPS failures. Our range of battery services make sure that your batteries are maintained at optimum performance levels so that your UPS works as it should when you need it most.

UPS batteries are a crucial part of your backup solution but unfortunately don’t last forever and deteriorate over time. Our comprehensive range of services, all carried out by our in-house team of factory trained battery engineers ensure that your UPS operates as reliably and efficiently as it is designed to.

Here at Specialist Power Systems, we can look after every stage of your battery ownership. From replacing old batteries with the industry leading brands that we work with, testing and monitoring of batteries to disposing and recycling of your old UPS batteries. Browse the categories below or give us a call today on 01234 851155 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your UPS battery requirements.

 

Battery Replacement

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To complement our extensive range of Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries we also offer a battery replacement service. Here are some of the key features of our replacement services but read on for full details on how we can help. 

  • In hours or out of office hours service available
  • Installations completed by experienced, qualified battery engineers
  • UK nationwide coverage
  • Ability to re-configure or modify existing DC installations as required

We cover more details about our battery replacement services below. We explain how we can help no matter the size or configuration of your battery setup and how, along with our other battery services we can supply, replace, and dispose of all UPS battery brands and types.

But if you would rather speak to one of our experts, call us today on 01234 851155 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your battery replacement requirements.

Avoid Any Risk to Your Power Backup

Batteries are critical for any UPS system to work and fundamental for power to continue running in the event of a mains failure.

Although regular maintenance and inspections can extend the working life of UPS batteries, they will eventually need replacing. Specialist Power Systems offer a comprehensive battery replacement service to suit you.

We can design your battery installation ensuring that the systems employed take in to account all key aspects of your battery requirement. Considerations will involve:

  • Space Planning
  • Autonomy time
  • Environmental conditions
  • Battery Type
  • Electrical Design infrastructure & protection
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What Our Experts Say....

All lead acid batteries are prone to natural decay and depending on your make and model, most batteries have a design life of between five and ten years. To avoid any unnecessary and costly downtime should you get a mains power failure, our experts recommend changing batteries as follows:

  • Every 4 years for a 5-year battery life
  • Every 8-9 years for a 10-12 year battery life

We Offer All Major Battery Brands

When the time comes to replace your UPS batteries, we can offer batteries from all major UPS battery manufacturers. We are happy to supply only, or we can take on all elements of the project from de-commissioning of old to installation of new batteries from the following brands.

  • Yuasa
  • Exide
  • Fiamm
  • C&D Technologies
  • EnerSys
  • CSB

 

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Complete Turnkey Battery Replacement Services

Here at Specialist Power Systems, we have a team of in-house battery safety trained engineers who can replace the batteries in your UPS with minimal disruption to your business. With out of hours scheduling available for replacements, we manage the complete process from start to finish.

We start with a site visit to obtain all battery information and configurations and evaluate the site access and location for our engineers to perform a seamless replacement. We will carry out a full site survey and provide a detailed risk assessment and method statement before work commences.

Our backup support team will arrange delivery of the new batteries which can then be positioned and installed into your battery rack after the old batteries have been safely removed. If necessary, we can arrange for a new rack or cabinet to be installed.

Once positioned, our engineers will connect the batteries to the UPS and perform all necessary tests to make sure everything is in working order.  Our engineers will clean up the area and pack and remove all the old batteries from site for recycling and correct disposal, providing a hazardous waste disposal certificate.

If required we will perform a system load bank test, discharging the batteries whilst monitoring battery performance and leave with your new batteries fully operational.

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Battery Disposal

As part of our ISO 14001 environmental management accreditation, we are committed to ensuring that all batteries are disposed of in accordance with the Environment Agency regulations. As a certified waste carrier, we will ensure all batteries are disposed of and recycled with a full audit trail and ability to provide certificated disposal.

 

So, if you are looking to replace your UPS batteries or interested in any of our other battery services, get in touch with us today on 01234 851155 or email [email protected] to discuss how we can help.

Impedance & Conductance Testing

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To help identify early signs of weakness or general deterioration in individual battery blocks, we offer a nationwide battery impedance and conductance testing service. This will detect early battery failures and highlight any necessary battery replacements.

Catching battery issues before they become a major problem to any critical power system is crucial to keep costs down and allow you to plan for any future battery upgrades.

Depending on the type and size of battery we will carry out either a conductance or impedance test to best suit your requirements.

Here are some of the key features of our impedance & conductance services but read on for full details on how we can help.

  • Testing is carried out using the industry leading Franklin Electrics – Celltron Advantage Tester
  • Detailed reporting of cell float voltage, internal block resistance/conductance and inter block connections.
  • Traffic light warning graph is provided following on-site testing.
  • Provides early identification of batteries deterioration.

We cover more details about our battery impedance & conductance services below. We explain what the difference is between an impedance test and a conductance test, how both help understand the condition of your batteries and of course the benefits of regular battery testing.

But if you would rather speak to one of our experts, call us today on 01234 851155 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your battery requirements.

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Battery Testing and How It Works

Testing of individual battery blocks is a proven way of detecting and preventing potential battery failures by identifying early signs of weakness or general deterioration in individual battery blocks. 

Each battery block in a string can and will behave differently to each other. A single battery block can fail before its expected manufacturers design lifetime whilst the battery blocks around it are ok.

This can put stress on the whole battery string and cause bigger and more costly problems. Regular testing from new will act as a battery health check or history of a batteries overall condition.

For impedance testing, an AC electrical current is passed through probes attached to the block terminals, with the internal impedance measurement taken and recorded in milliohms. For conductance testing, the DC current is drawn out of the battery with the internal conductance measurement taken and recorded in millisiemens.

Once every battery cell is checked, this is then recorded and plotted on a graph which indicates the general condition of the batteries, without placing any undue stress on their functionality.

Battery problems evolve over time and as batteries get older, their internal impedance (or resistance) increases until it reaches a manufacturer-defined critical threshold where replacement of an individual battery or set of batteries is recommended to reduce the likelihood of complete failure. 

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The Importance of Regular Testing

Batteries are the core of your UPS system and if there’s an unrecognised fault, it can mean your system failing when you need it most.

Battery testing is crucial in determining the status of the batteries against the original manufacturer’s specification. The data, once completed, can be downloaded to a computer for detailed analysis.

We recommend regular testing every 6 to 12 months to enable you to build up a history of the battery condition. Comparing batteries against previous tests makes it possible to accurately forecast end of design life predictions and calculate when proactive battery replacement is necessary.

By comparing the values with other batteries, and with those we monitor on previous visits, those batteries with issues can be identified and replaced before complete failure occurs.

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Keeping Costs Down

Impedance and conductance testing are both non-intrusive services yet highly effective. The UPS does not need to be shut down and the readings can be undertaken on a live working battery system and completed in just a few hours.

Whilst most uninterruptible power supplies available today will be able to monitor the voltage, they do not monitor single blocks which can mean replacing a whole set of batteries and not just the single bad block.

Therefore, regular testing of the batteries is important for keeping costs down and to make sure your batteries are working as efficiently as possible.

Entire battery replacements can be expensive, and testing is a cost-effective way to determine whether this is necessary. We offer a reliable low-cost solution to check the status of your batteries before important decisions to replace all batteries are made.

We can impedance test your batteries as part of one of our UPS service and maintenance packages or as an ad-hoc battery inspection.

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If you think you could benefit from a UPS battery impedance test to keep your business running smoothly, call Specialist Power today on 01234 851155 or alternatively email us at [email protected] to discuss how we can help.

Battery Monitoring

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If your business depends on a UPS system to protect power to any critical applications, then you may want to think about remotely monitoring what can be the least reliable component of a UPS - your UPS batteries.

Around 70% of UPS power failures are due to undetected faulty batteries. Batteries are an important part of your UPS setup therefore regular testing and maintenance is essential to keep a long life cycle of your batteries.

Specialist Power offer a UPS battery monitoring service to ensure your battery system is under constant review. This acts as an early warning system to any potential battery failure to individual blocks or whole strings.

Here are some of the key features of our battery monitoring services but read on for full details on how we can help.

  • 24/7/365 battery monitoring
  • Early detection of weak batteries enabling preventative intervention
  • Avoid costly full battery replacements
  • Daily reporting on the health of your UPS batteries
  • Performance dashboard for regular data analysis
  • Monitor sudden changes in environmental conditions
  • 24/7 alerts of any potential issues via SMS or email 

We cover more details about our battery monitoring service below. We explain the importance of regular testing and monitoring and what the implications are with battery faults.

But if you would rather speak to one of our experts, call us today on 01234 851155 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your battery monitoring requirements.

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The Advantages of 24/7 Battery Monitoring Over Routine Testing

We know how integral batteries are to any UPS system. That's why we offer around the clock 24/7 battery monitoring solutions to support your business and make sure there are no hidden problems with your battery system.

Unfortunately, batteries can fail at any time in their lifecycle and can fail quickly with little or no warning. Regular maintenance and impedance / conductance testing are important and will provide you with an extensive health check over time. This will allow you to predict when batteries will need to be replaced.

Failures Happen Quickly and Often Undetected

However, when failures happen quickly and go undetected, this can then result in a complete battery replacement which can be costly. 

For example, an air conditioning failure in the plant room could result in a sudden increase in room temperature which could be detrimental to your UPS batteries. With 24/7 battery monitoring we will alert you to these changes and immediate action can be taken to address the issue.

Our qualified engineers can, as part of our service and maintenance packages, perform routine onsite battery inspections. However, our battery monitoring will remotely monitor all UPS batteries continuously, making sure all faults are immediately reported back to you.

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How Our Monitoring Services Work

Our battery monitoring services will perform what our engineers carry out on a site visit but continuously 24/7/365. We will provide you with a dashboard so you can analyse the data and make educated decisions based on battery health and trends over time.

You will have remote access to your UPS systems and can track and log the voltage levels of each single battery cell, providing a good assessment of the overall health of the battery string.

Extensive Monitoring

We would monitor several elements including:  

  • Voltage changes over time
  • Ambient temperature
  • Float voltage
  • Large power fluctuations
  • Power anomalies
  • Internal resistance values versus Ohmic baseline values

Monitoring the above will help you better understand how your batteries are working over-time and most importantly alert you if you have any issues.

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The Importance of Battery Monitoring

As we mentioned earlier, the life expectancy of UPS batteries can be affected by many things such as:

  • Room temperature
  • Charge voltage and charge current
  • Overcharging
  • Frequent discharge cycles
  • Loose connections
  • Strained battery terminals

Knowing when a single cell is affected by any of the above is critical for any backup power system.

A single bad cell can have a huge effect on an entire string of batteries, if you don't catch it early. Any failing batteries can have a significant knock on effect to the rest of the battery string. Your UPS will be compromised if your batteries aren't working properly, leaving you susceptible to mains deviations and power interruptions.

Summarising Our Battery Monitoring Services

  • 24/7/365 battery monitoring
  • Early detection of weak batteries enabling preventative intervention
  • Avoid costly full battery replacements
  • Daily reporting on the health of your UPS batteries
  • Performance dashboard for regular data analysis
  • Monitor sudden changes in environmental conditions
  • 24/7 alerts of any potential issues via SMS or email 

If you want to know more about UPS battery monitoring simply get in touch today on 01234 851155 or alternatively email us at [email protected] to discuss how we can help.

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Battery Disposal & Recycling

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To protect our environment there are strict rules in place to regulate how you must dispose of old electrical equipment which both Uninterruptible Power Supplies and UPS batteries adhere to.

As part of our ISO 14001 environmental management accreditation, Specialist Power Systems are committed to ensuring that all batteries are disposed of in accordance with the necessary Environment Agency regulations.

As a certified waste carrier, we will ensure all batteries are disposed of and recycled with a full audit trail and certificated disposal.

Here are some of the key features of our battery disposal and recycling services but read on for full details on how we can help.

  • ISO 14001 accredited
  • Certified Environment Agency waste carriers’ licence
  • Full audit trail and certification
  • All makes and models of Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) and Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad) disposal capabilities
  • Environmentally Friendly

We cover more details about our disposal and recycling service below. We explain why electrical equipment must be disposed of in accordance with Environment Agency regulations and how our services fully adhere to those regulations.

But if you would rather speak to one of our experts, call us today on 01234 851155 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your battery disposal requirements.

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Complete Battery Disposal and Recycling Service

Our battery disposal and recycling services make it easy for you to protect our environment, and to protect yourself from the penalties of non-compliance.

As we have mentioned in our battery replacement section, VRLA or lead acid batteries will typically have a design life of between five and twelve years depending on the make and model.

Our battery experts recommend changing batteries every 4 years for a 5-year battery life and every 8/9 years for a 10-12 year battery life. However, one of the main components of any VRLA battery is lead and sulphuric acid, both extremely toxic if mishandled.

Throwing Away Old Batteries Is Not an Option

Replacing batteries therefore requires disposing of the old batteries and the necessary recycling. We have the knowledge, experience, and government accreditations to be able to offer the complete battery replacement service from start to finish.

Simply throwing away old batteries is not an option. It is harmful to the environment; it is illegal and comes with severe penalties to organisations that fail to adhere to the strict disposal regulations.

Where split, damaged or leaking batteries are identified, disposal bins will be delivered to site to facilitate the safe transfer of the failed batteries. This ensures that no battery leakage can occur during the transport process and eliminate the potential risk to the environment.

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We Can Dispose of Both Intact and Damaged Batteries

UPS batteries are a crucial part of your critical power system but unfortunately don’t last forever and will deteriorate over time. During the life of any UPS, it will be necessary to carry out at least one or two battery replacements.

These will usually be identified as part of your ongoing preventative maintenance plans. Routine replacements normally result in batteries that are considered ‘intact’ with little or no defects or visible leakages.

However intact batteries are still considered hazardous goods and therefore require the necessary disposal requirements.

As a result of a failure in the battery strings - swelling, cracks or worse case fire damage can occur to individual battery cells. These are considered ‘damaged’ batteries and are subject to stricter disposal requirements due to the risk of battery acid leakage which is both harmful and dangerous to the environment.

As a fully certified waste carrier we can responsibly remove any intact or damaged batteries from your site as part of a replacement or any ad hoc battery issues you may have.

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What Happens With Old Batteries

Once removed from site, the batteries are sent to a specialist Waste Transfer Station where they are stripped down into their separate components for recycling.

  • Plastic cases
  • Metal plates
  • Copper / Aluminium terminals
  • Acidic electrolyte

Our UK Environment Agency issued Waste Carriers’ licence authorises us to legitimately remove all batteries from your site for delivery to an accredited waste transfer station.

We can remove, transport, and dispose of your electrical waste in accordance with the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) directive, which sets out the responsibilities of Electrical and Electronic Equipment producers for the collection and recycling of their products at the end of their lifecycle.

Full Audit Trail & Disposal Certificates

As a certified waste carrier, we will ensure all batteries are disposed of and recycled with a full audit trail and provide the necessary certificates on completion.

Specialist Power Systems can authenticate the disposal and recycling of your old UPS batteries, giving you the peace of mind that all your hazardous waste will be removed and recycled safely and thoroughly following the government guidelines.

 

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What You Need to Know About ISO 14001

Businesses face increasing pressure from customers, regulators, and governments to reduce their environmental impact.

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an EMS (environmental management system). It helps us improve our environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste.

The goal of ISO 14001 is to create an environmental management system capable of identifying and controlling the environmental impact of our activities, products, and services and to continually improve our environmental performance.

More information about the ISO 14000 family can be found here.

If your business is looking to replace your UPS batteries or interested in our battery recycling and disposal services, get in touch with us today on 01234 851155 or email [email protected] to discuss how we can help.

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