Uninterruptible power supplies carry 12-year VRLA batteries


Uninterruptible power supplies carry 12-year VRLA batteries

Falcon Electric, an award-winning manufacturer of Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPSs) and power conversion solutions, announced that it will now include 12-year rated valve-regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries in their popular SG Series UPS product line. The SG Series is the company's award-winning power protection solutio n for IT, network and laboratory applications. The SG Series features a dual-conversion, on-line topology that is designed to provide automated systems, instruments, computers and other sensitive electronics superior power protection during a power outage. The wide-temperature batteries are designed to operate at -20°C to 50°C. Standard UPS batteries are rated for operation from 0°C to 40°C. By operating at a wider temperature range, the batteries have an exceptionally long life - up to 12 years - at room temperature and 4 years at 50°C. "We typically get calls for battery replacement anywhere from 4 to 6 years with standard batteries," said Paul Newman, V.P. of Manufacturing at Falcon Electric. "These long life batteries are designed for military and industrial applications and as such now give our IT and laboratory users the exceptional value proposition of not replacing UPS batteries for 10 years or longer, which represents a significant savings in time, money and the environment." Since a typical UPS battery is housed in a line-interactive UPS - requiring battery power to keep the UPS output within specifications - the battery life is cut in half requiring replacement every 2 to 3 years. By using a double-conversion on-line UPS with wide temperature batteries, maintenance cycles can be extended to 10 to12 years, saving resources, time and costs. Falcon's SG Series offers users the latest communications options allowing attached devices to receive signals and notifications of alarm conditions when the UPS is on battery power. For example, a typical supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system may need a simple "dry-contact" signal. In this case, Falcon offers an optional dry-contact card. Traditional computer network applications require unattended OS shutdown and easy monitoring of the UPS system. Falcon's UPSilon® shutdown and management software supports Windows® platforms, including Windows 7, Vista, as well as Novell NetWare® 5 & 6, LINUX and FreeBSD to meet these requirements. For remote management, users may purchase an optional SNMP/HTTP agent board - the more secure IPv6 version - that installs directly inside the UPS and provides a TCP-IP addressable, 10/100 Ethernet communications for remote monitoring and management. The 12-year life batteries are also standard in Falcon's SSG® Series Industrial-Grade UPS. Falcon will start this upgrade on March 1. Pricing for the SG Series starts at $1,499.00 for the 1500VA model (SG1.5K-1T). Falcon Electric