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Paralleling UPS Batteries

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Battery Guy - ReplacementUPSbattery.com, Oct 31, 2007.

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  1. Generally, paralleling the batteries is not a problem. As the other
    poster pointed out, the charging time will increase. Should you
    experience a power outage and run the batteries down, it will take
    longer to get back up to 100% charge, but for most locations with
    "typical" power quality, this set up would be just fine. One important
    note on this subject is to not let the batteries drain down to less
    than 20% charge. These are sealed lead acid batteries and should be
    thought of as a mini car battery. We all know that if you leave your
    lights on and drain your car battery more than 6 times in the life of
    a battery, you permanently affect the lifespan of the battery. Most
    UPS manufacturers have a setting in the software to set the minimum
    battery charge percentage.

    R. Jessen
    ReplacementUPSbattery.com
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    Your UPS uses gel type batteries. DO NOT use liquid acid batteries, such
    as car batteries for your UPS. The charger for the UPS was designed for
    a particular type of battery with a specific charge current range. The
    charging circuits sense the battery load during charge.

    With a liquid acid battery, there is a chance of it being over charged,
    and thus can cause boiling! This is very dangerous. Liquid acid
    batteries must be used in a well ventilated area. They can easily give
    off some sulphuric acid fumes which are very corrosive, and they also
    give off hydrogen gas. This is not a very good situation for indoors.
    The so-called seal on these batteries are mainly to prevent acid spill
    if the battery is briefly tilted.

    --

    Jerry G.


    "Battery Guy - ReplacementUPSbattery.com"
    Generally, paralleling the batteries is not a problem. As the other
    poster pointed out, the charging time will increase. Should you
    experience a power outage and run the batteries down, it will take
    longer to get back up to 100% charge, but for most locations with
    "typical" power quality, this set up would be just fine. One important
    note on this subject is to not let the batteries drain down to less
    than 20% charge. These are sealed lead acid batteries and should be
    thought of as a mini car battery. We all know that if you leave your
    lights on and drain your car battery more than 6 times in the life of
    a battery, you permanently affect the lifespan of the battery. Most
    UPS manufacturers have a setting in the software to set the minimum
    battery charge percentage.

    R. Jessen
    ReplacementUPSbattery.com
     
  3. msg

    msg Guest

    In my experience, the charge current limit for the native batteries is
    far lower than the larger automotive or marine deep cycle types folks
    sometimes use as replacements and undercharging is the problem.
    The VRLA charge profile from the UPS is usually 0.1C to 0.3C during
    charge below Vmax followed by Vmax constant as trickle charge. The charge
    controller may shut down when it sees that the battery is not following
    the VRLA profile if using wet cells also.

    Regarding paralleling of batteries, it may be wise to isolate each battery
    (group of cells) with diodes (of appropriate current capacity) when making parallel
    connections between batteries of varying age and capacities to prevent internal
    current loops. Heat sink the diodes if dissipation ratings require.

    Using marine deep-cycle batteries with an external charger is sometimes a
    good strategy for a UPS, especially if the UPS is robust enough for extended
    runtimes such a strategy would permit.

    Regards,

    Michael
     
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