Tips to maximise the life of your UPS

Tips for Properly Installing, Operating and Maintaining the UPS

Tips to maximise the life of your UPS

A UPS's batteries have a predetermined lifespan of 3 to 5 years when operating under specific, recommended conditions.

But what are these conditions and to what extent can they actually affect your UPS's battery life? Even more important is the question of how you can make sure that the life cycle of the UPS device itself is maximized.

The location of the UPS unit, temperature, as well as the frequency of discharge cycles are three factors of paramount importance for the life expectancy of UPS and their batteries. Following some simple tips will make sure you're getting the maximum performance of your device.

Mounting the UPS Unit

The UPS unit should not be placed near open windows or areas with high humidity levels. The environment should be clean of dust and corrosive fumes. Also, the ventilation openings on the front, side and rear of the UPS should not be blocked to allow proper air circulation and prevent overheating of the appliance.


Based on the technical specifications, most UPS systems have a recommended operating temperature between 0°C-40°C. However, while many people feel confident that their device will not go outside the preset temperature limits, they ignore the fact that there are ideal, recommended conditions for the UPS, which include temperatures from 15°C to 25°C. A general rule to still remember, is that for about every 10°C above 25°C, the life of both the UPS and its battery is reduced by 50%.

Discharge cycle

When a power outage occurs, the UPS automatically switches the power supply to your devices from the mains to the battery. By resetting the central power supply, the UPS immediately starts recharging the battery in order to be ready again in case of a similar incident. This process is also known as the battery discharge cycle. The more frequent the occurrence of discharge cycles, the sooner your device's battery will run out.

Although the process of recharging is unavoidable for the operation of a UPS, it is important to be aware of it in order to identify any unnecessary and abnormal discharge cycles. The above tips need attention, since the UPS that have a longer duration of operation are those that are subject to proper management and maintenance, which is recommended to be done every year. Providing optimal oversight of your devices is simple, and all it takes on your part is a proactive plan to maintain them.

In case you need help or have questions, you can contact the experts of Tescom Hellas to help you.