UPS: What About Batteries?

An uninterruptible power supply can be a lifesaver when a power outage hits and the batteries kick in to help save data and equipment, but the power cells in a UPS arent like the batteries in a flashlight or radio.

Most UPS products on the market use sealed lead acid batteries, according to Falcon Electric Inc., a maker of UPS based in Irwindale, Calif. “These types of batteries can deliver a large amount of current if shorted, and as such can be very dangerous if not handled correctly,” the companys Web site notes.

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