APC and RBC Batteries
APC (American Power Conversion) is a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies and other data center products. Their business efforts are focused on four main areas:
- Home/Home Office
- Business Networks
- Access Provider Networks
- Data Centers and facilities
APC UPS models generally use Sealed Lead Acid Batteries or Replacement Battery Cartridges (RBC) which consist of said type of batteries.
Are you thinking about replacing your APC UPS Battery or the batteries in the RBC? If yes, you should read on as we reveal important tips on replacing your battery.
Check Battery Specification and Size
You should note down the specification of the existing battery before you purchase a new one for the UPS system. The replacement battery should be of the same size as that installed in the back up power system. You may have to take out the battery from the unit to confirm the size, shape, and power rating of the battery.
This step is important as it will ensure that the purchased battery fits your UPS system. You should never make any assumption about the UPS battery specification. If you do not confirm the battery specification, you may have to bear the cost of returning the battery in case it is not compatible with the UPS.
Buy a UPS Battery from Reputable Retailers
Another important tip to ensure that you purchase the best battery for your UPS system is to purchase the APC UPS battery from a reputable and well known retailer. A large number of companies sell APC RBC batteries. You should focus on purchasing a high quality, durable battery that lasts for a long time and is designed to handle the required UPS loads.
So, how can you know if you are purchasing the battery from a reliable retailer? One way to ensure about reliability of the retailer is reading online reviews of customers who have purchased from the same store. Another way to gauge the reputation of the retailer is to determine the time the retailer has been in operation. Retailers who have been operating for a long time are generally more reputable as compared to those who have recently commenced their operation.
Buying APC/RBC batteries from a reputable retailer gives you the peace of mind that the battery you purchase from the store will last for a long time and does not damage your power supply system.
Dispose of your old RBC Batteries properly
Proper disposal of RBC batteries is very important. It is illegal to dispose of a RBC or any SLA battery in the garbage. There are acids and leads in these batteries, which poses a risk to you and the environment if disposed inresponsibly. It is not worth the risk to dispose of a battery improperly, as it is an offense that often times, carries a fine. Luckily, there are many companies that offer safe battery disposal.