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  • How Often Should I Replace My UPS Battery?

    What is the Lifespan of a Typical UPS Battery?

    The typical time frame for replacing a UPS battery is between 3-5 years.  However, sometimes the answer is "it depends".

    How often should I replace my UPS battery? Buy your UPS and SLA batteries at Batteryheads.comThe kind of load that the UPS battery is subjected to and the conditions can make a difference.  Sealed lead-acid batteries (SLA) are typically damaged by a full drain.  If you do regular load tests that drain them most of the way or if you have lost all power for extended periods of time, causing the battery to automatically switch on to power the server, then it may be a smart idea to replace them at 3 years.

    If they have generally stayed above the 80% charge for their entire lifetime, in a location with a nice even temperature, you can expect them to be functioning well closer to the 4 or 5-year mark.

    Don't Guess - TEST

    How often should you replace your UPS battery? Buy your UPS and SLA batteries from Batteryheads.comFollowing the manufacturer's instructions, create a maintenance plan for your UPSs.  The UPS batteries that last the longest, and provide the best performance, are those that are being managed and cared for.  Make sure your plan is simple, consistent and proactive.

    Testing will offer the best way to get an accurate picture of the fitness of the UPS.  While sealed-lead acid (SLA) batteries are called "maintenance free", this only means that you no longer have to add water to them.  Maintenance and regular testing are still recommended.

    SLA batteries will self-discharge.  Full capacity may not be possible is if the battery is not recharged periodically.  Typical monthly discharge is 3% per month.  A good idea is to check and recharge your unused SLA every three months.


    How often should you replace your UPS battery? Buy your UPS and SLA batteries from Batteryheads.comA swollen battery is a sure sign that your unit needs to be serviced.  Overcharging a battery may result in a swollen battery.  When excessive current flows into the battery after the battery has reached a full charge, the battery will heat up and cause it to expand.  A swollen battery should be removed from the system as soon as possible.

    Inspecting the battery regularly will also help you notice when leads may be starting to corrode.  Those can be cleaned, or the battery can be replaced.

    You may also enjoy Tips to Prolong the Life of Your UPS Battery and How to Find a Quality UPS Replacement Battery from Batteryheads.com.

  • October Photo A Day: Free Printable

    October Photo A Day Idea Suggestion Sheet

    If you are looking for a way to improve your photography skills, a photo a day challenge is a great tool.  Photo prompts invite you to interpret the suggestions in your own way with your own creativity.  To be a better photographer --- take pictures often and regularly!

    If you missed our other monthly suggestion sheets, you can find them all on our blog.  Save them in a Google Doc so you can access them anywhere, even from your phone.  Print them out and keep them in your camera bag.  Then when you have time to practice, you have ideas to spark your creativity.

    Other Photo A Day sheets from Batteryheads.com:

    October Photo A Day: Free Printable photo suggestion sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Download the October Photo A Day Photo Suggestion sheet.

    You may also enjoy the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, Photography Assignment Series on Flickr.  Find a link to one of her many photography assignments here and the Photography Assignment Flickr Group here.

  • Tips to Prolong the Life of Your UPS Battery

    Increase the Life of Your UPS Battery

    Tips to prolong the life of your uninterruptible power supply-UPS battery Single Server

    The typical lifespan of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery is 3 to 5 years. This silent hardware is found in server rooms everywhere protecting data centers from electrical interruption downtime.

    The type of load and conditions that the UPS battery has been put under will make a difference in how long it will continue to optimally perform. If the charge stays above 80% their lifetime and it doesn't experience many full drains, you can expect that they will last closer to the 4 to 5-year time frame.

    If you have lost all power for extended periods of time, and the battery has had to empty to compensate for that, it may be a good idea to replace the unit after 3 years.

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  • September Photo A Day: Free Printable + Tips for Photographing Autumn Leaves

    September Photo A Day and tips for photographing autumn leaves

    Why do you take pictures?  Taking photos provides you with a daily diary of sorts.  You can catalog your personal history through images.  Time goes by so quickly.  Capturing memories with your photos is an opportunity to hang on to those moments and relive them again.  Taking a photo a day helps to teach you to really "see" things around you. Photographs can transport you to another time and place.  While we generally take pictures of things that are important to us, trying a Photo A Day challenge can give you the opportunity to see beauty and creativity in everyday things around you.  Give it a try!

    If you are just joining us, you can find our other monthly sheets at the following links:

    The September Photo A Day inspiration sheet is available here.

    September Photo A Day Free Inspiration Sheet from Batteryheads.com September Photo a Day Inspiration Sheet

     Tips for photographing fall colorsTips for Photographing Autumn Leaves

    We have rounded up some tips for getting the most out of your fall photography.  Autumn is a beautiful time to get outside and take pictures of the lovely colors that accompany the change of seasons.

    10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage from Nikon

    Photographing Fall Foliage from Digital Photography School

    12 Ways to Capture the Colors of Fall from Digital Photography School

    8 Essential Tips for Autumn Color by Landscape Photographers Network

  • August Photo A Day: Free Printable

    August Photo A Day and tips for taking photos on bright sunny days

    The August photo a day sheet is available below.  This list will give you some ideas to keep taking photos 365 days this year and improve your photo scene in 2016.

    Summer is flying by.  Hopefully, you have spent some time working on your photography skills.  If you want to be a better photographer, the key is lots of practice.  If you wanted to be a good piano player, you'd take time each day to practice.  Photography is the same.  If you spend just 10 minutes a day taking pictures, of anything, your skills will improve.  Even if it is only a picture of the plant in your kitchen window sill!  Using a photo a day sheet will give you ideas of what you can practice taking pictures of each day.

    With the summer shining brightly in August, we have some links below with some tips for shooting photos on bright sunny days.  Because sometimes lots of light doesn't always equal great pictures!

    Download the August Photo a Day Inspiration Sheet here.

    August Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet from Batteryheads.comLight is usually the friend of photographers.  Sometimes, however, a bright sunny day does not always help your photos to turn out the best.  Between shadows and squints, the bright sun can cause some problems.  Here are 5 tips for Shooting on Bright Sunny Days from Digital Photo Secrets and 3 Tips for Shooting Portraits in Bright Sunshine from Digital Photography School.

  • July Photo a Day: Free Printable

    July Photo A Day and 5 tips for improving your summer photography

    Presenting the July photo a day sheet!  This list will give you some ideas to keep taking photos 365 days this year and improve your photo scene in 2016.  :-)

    Summer is a great time to relax and spend some time making memories.  We also have some links below with some tips for improving your summer photography.

    Download the July Photo a Day sheet here.

    July Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Digital Photography School shares 5 Tips for Improving Your Summer Photography.  Also, check out Tips for Summer Photos at Digital Photo Secrets.  You may also enjoy How to Take Summer Photographs.

    Summer Photography Tips at Batteryheads.com
  • June Photo A Day: Free Printable

    June Photo A Day Sheet and Organizing Photos

    We are back with your June photo inspiration sheet.  Use the prompts for each day as a way to get your creativity flowing.  Summer is a great time to get outside and work with your camera.

    Download your June Photo a Day sheet.

    June Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet: Free Printable from Batteryheads.com

    If organizing your printed photos is a project that is still hanging around on your to-do list, Kristin at The Gold Project challenged herself to get them all organized in 4 weeks.  She has a weekly task list that you can follow to get those photos organized, containerized, and easy to find.  Check out her June Challenge!

    Organizing pictures
  • May Photo A Day: Free Printable

    Looking for more photo prompts?  Here is your May Photo A Day inspiration sheet.

    Hop on board any time!  Start back at the beginning or just begin in the middle.  The Photo A Day inspiration sheets are a way to give you ideas for your picture taking adventures.

    Sometimes it may be difficult to find something you want to take a picture of on the specific day.  Give it a shot and you may surprise yourself with how good it turns out.  Practice may not make you perfect, but it will make you a better photographer!

    May Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet: Free Printable from Batteryheads.com

    May Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet: Free Printable {PDF}

  • GE MAC 5500 Resting ECG System Battery

    MAC 5500 Resting ECG System Battery from Batteryheads.com image courtesy of GE Healthcare.com

    The innovative MAC 5500 Resting ECG System is a premier ECG system from GE Healthcare. Recording the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time, the MAC 5500 can be powered by AC power and a user replaceable battery available from Batteryheads.com.

    The rechargeable NiMH battery is a 18V, 3.5Ah battery with a typical capacity for 100 single page reports or 6 hrs. continuous display without printing.  Typical charge time is approximately 4.5 hours from total discharge with the display off.

    GE - Marquette Medical Systems MAC 5000, MAC 5500, MAC 5500 HD, MAC PAC, MAC Stress Battery Continue reading
  • Canon PowerShot S110 Review

    Canon PowerShot S110 image courtesy of Canon.com

    Canon PowerShot S110 users say it is an easily portable camera when you don't want to carry your heavy DSLR.  At under $400, the PowerShot S110 has a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with a 5X zoom.  While small and easy to use, it is full of state of the art features including a wifi feature to upload photos right to your phone or computer.

    It takes great pictures in low light and is an excellent choice for someone who wants a high quality compact camera instead of just using a cell phone camera.  Lightweight and small, it will fit easily in a pocket or purse.  With a dedicated movie button, the PowerShot S110 will take beautiful 1080p full HD video.  Many users indicate that they use the video feature to make videos for their YouTube channels.

    Canon PowerShot S110 Battery

    The Canon PowerShot S110 and the Canon PowerShot S100 require the NB-5L rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack.  The NB-5L battery is easily rechargeable with a travel battery charger or desktop battery charger from Batteryheads.com.  It is also suggested that you have an extra battery and a charger, as the battery life has not been a strong point with the S110 or the S100. Continue reading

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