TECH BRIEF

Falcon adds tough batteries to UPS

Rugged batteries take the heat, last for years

Falcon Electric today announced that it has added some rugged features to its SSG Series industrial-grade uninterruptible power supply (UPS) product line.

Now the UL-listed UPS includes long-life, high-temperature batteries rated to 10 years at room temperature and four years at 50 degrees Celsius. Standard batteries, in comparison, last less than a year at 50 degrees Celsius, Falcon said.

The company added that most batteries are eventually undone by ambient heat, which the SSG UPS is shielded from by its design.

The batteries are designed for settings such as factory floors, desert environments and computer racks, where temperatures typically exceed 40 degrees Celsius, Falcon said.

One battery pack fits into all three models of the UPS. The batteries are also hot-swappable, meaning that the user doesn’t have to bring the load down to maintain the UPS, the company said.

The combination of long life batteries able to withstand high temperatures and the SSA Series’ heat-shielding design makes for longer stretches between UPS maintenance cycles, said Paul Newman, director of manufacturing-engineering at Falcon Electric. “This will translate to significant cost savings, in terms of time, money and manpower that is involved with something as simple as replacing a dead battery, especially in remote locations,” he said. “A typical Falcon customer manages hundreds of devices and replacing UPS batteries is a huge headache.”

Prices for the SSG Series start at $1,999 for the 1.5kVA model.

For more information, visit www.falconUPS.com.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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