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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.

  • 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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  • 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

  • Welch Allyn 4200 Spot Vital Signs Replacement Battery

    Welch Allyn 4200 Spot Vital Signs Monitor

    The Welch Allyn 4200 Spot Vital Signs monitor is powered by a sealed lead-acid (SLA) 6.0 volt, 4.5 amp-hour battery.  The battery supplies all power to the device.  An external power supply charges the battery and can operate the Spot Vital Signs at the same time.  This internal battery should be replaced after heavy use or when the battery no longer charges.

    A fully charged battery supports 130 typical blood pressure determinations taken at 7-minute intervals. The battery is 90-100% charged after 12 hours of charging. The battery will automatically charge when the Spot Vital Signs is powered through AC power. The battery charges faster when the instrument is not in operation.

    Replacement battery for Welch Allyn 4200 Spot Vital Signs monitor from Batteryheads.comBatteryheads.com offers a replacement battery for the Welch Allyn 4200 Spot Vital Signs monitor (OEM part number 4200-84).  This battery (part number LIF11277) is designed and manufactured to meet or exceed the quality and performance of the battery provided by the medical device manufacturer.  Each battery will be manufactured at the time of your order to ensure a fresh battery for your valuable equipment.  Special order batteries usually ship within 3-5 business days. Continue reading

  • Nikon D3200 Review

    Nikon D3200: A simple, starter camera

    Nikon D3200 Image courtesy of Nikon.com

    For those looking to move from a basic point-and-shoot or a cell phone camera, the Nikon D3200 is a basic, simple DSLR camera.  The D3200 offers six automatic "scene" modes on the mode dial.  For more options, the Guide mode, can offer more step-by-step camera settings for beginners.  The D3200 has been called a great "learning" camera. Continue reading

  • Winning Cameras at World Press Photo 2016

    World Press Photo announced the winners of its 2016 contest on February 18, 2016.  Photojournalism's biggest prize honors the best news photos captured in 2015.Canon EOS 5D Mark III winner at World Press Photo 2016

    This form of journalism uses images alone to tell a news story.  In a world where a picture is said to be worth 1,000 words, the unbiased photograph can capture the essence of the news story.  The best photojournalists are able to convey the truth of a news report through a single, powerful photograph.

    Ranging from issues, to stories, to daily life, nature, sports, and news, the World Press Photo awards honor the photojournalists and the power of photography. Continue reading

  • Tips for Great Spring Break Pictures

    Make the most of your pictures during this Spring Break.

    Tips for taking great spring break pictures from Batteryheads.com Bring both cameras

    Sure, your smart phone camera works great most of the time, but you may want to have a good quality photo that you can print out. Having a digital SLR will make for higher quality images.

    Make sure your camera has lots of storage space on the memory card.  If you bring along a spare memory card and a spare battery, you won’t have to worry about running out of storage space on your camera and have to delete pictures to make room for new ones.  Remember to bring along your camera battery charger if you don’t have a spare battery.Tips for Taking Great Spring Break Pictures from Batteryheads.com

    Visit Batteryheads.com to pick up a new battery for your camera or a battery charger.  We have what you need and our friendly and knowledgeable customer service department can help you find the right battery or charger for your camera, and at a great price too! Continue reading

  • Quality Replacement Laptop Batteries: Part 2

    You get what you pay for with replacement batteries.

    Last week we addressed the topic of whether a replacement laptop battery was as good or better than one from the laptop manufacturer.  When you need a replacement battery, it is always wise to buy one that meets or exceeds the manufacturer's original specifications.

    What to look for in a replacement laptop battery.What to look for in a replacement battery. High quality replacement batteries from Batteryheads.com

    When shopping for a high quality battery, be sure to look at the following areas: Continue reading

  • CASMED 740, 750 Vital Signs Monitor Replacement Battery

    The CASMED 740, 750 Vital Signs Monitor is compact, lightweight and portable, allowing it to be easily carried and used in a variety of clinical settings. The monitor is powered by AC line power or by a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable battery pack. The internal battery pack charges when the monitor is plugged into a power source (AC line power or +12 VDC).

    CASMED 740, 750 Vital Signs Monitor Replacement Battery from Batteryheads.com CASMED 740, 750 Vital Signs Monitor Replacement Battery from Batteryheads.com

    The monitor is equipped with a 7.2 Volt battery pack that, when fully charged, is capable of taking 100 NIBP readings when the monitor is set in the 5-minute automatic mode.  The battery is charging whenever the monitor is plugged into a power source.  The Battery Power Visual Indicator, located on the front panel, indicates the status of the battery.  Battery will self-discharge when they are not used.  CAS Medical Systems (CASMED) recommends that the monitor be connected to a power source whenever possible to maintain full battery charge. Continue reading

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