Lithium-Ion Battery Backup
Back IT Up
Lithium-Ion UPS battery backup systems are designed to provide twice the life expectancy of traditional VRLA batteries. Through fewer battery replacements, ability to withstand higher temperatures, and quick recharge cycles, these systems are ideal for protecting your critical infrastructure in edge or distributed IT environments.
What is a Lithium-Ion Battery Backup UPS?
Uninterruptible power supply, or UPS, is a device that provides power backup to IT equipment when power completely fails or drops low enough. Some types of uninterruptible power supply provide just enough time for a computer to save what the user is doing and power down while some can provide electricity for over an hour.
Traditional UPS are manufactured with lead-acid (or VRLA) batteries. Lithium-Ion battery technology has only been around since the 1980’s. It has only been in the past two decades that the technology has been applied to uninterruptible power supply. Luckily the technology has improved enough to allow smaller businesses and IT solutions organizations to implement in everyday applications.
Industries Using Lithium-ion UPS
Retail Edge deployments are an ideal fit for Lithium-Ion UPS technology. Many large retailers are incorporating these systems into individual store locations across the country where they have increased digital needs and require reliable backup in case of an outage, and don’t have to support the maintenance that is required with traditional VRLA systems.
- Remote retail sites
- Warehouses and distribution
With the increased requirements of education to rely on technology for remote learning, schools need to ensure their systems stay up and running. Many schools are seeing the benefit of lithium-ion UPS systems in their deployments due to the total cost of ownership and reduction of maintenance with each unit.
- K-12 Schools
- Higher Education
Manufacturing floors are continuing to further advance their technologies, and the IT to support the production lines needs to be close to the equipment it is supporting. Oftentimes, this results in IT infrastructure being put in places that weren’t traditionally designed for it. Manufacturers are continuing to adopt Lithium-ion UPS systems because they can withstand higher temperatures without degrading the battery.
- Manufacturing floors
- IT rooms at a manufacturer
From hospitals to local and remote offices, healthcare IT teams are being asked to support more demand than ever on their networks. The industry is turning to lithium-ion UPS systems to support the need for added runtime, reduction of maintenance, and overall efficiencies.
- Private offices
- Hospital IT rooms
Lithium-Ion Battery Backup UPS Advantages
Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Taking into consideration the initial investment of a VRLA system in addition to the battery replacements and services that aren’t needed with lithium-ion UPS, you are able to reduce your total cost of ownership of your UPS system by 50%.
Longer Life and Runtime
The life expectancy of a Lithium-Ion UPS is 8-10 years, which is 4x longer than comparable VRLA systems. When the Lithium-ion battery needs a recharge, it can be complete in less than four hours.
In instances where your racks are exposed to higher temperatures, such as manufacturing floors, lithium-ion batteries are a great option. These UPS systems can withstand higher temperatures without degrading compared to VRLA batteries.
For a much better performance, lithium-ion batteries are 40% to 60% lighter than VRLA counterparts. On top of being lighter, they are 40% smaller too. This makes lithium painless to install, easier to maintain, and significantly more flexible. Also, while typical lead acid batteries take 12 hours to charge to 90% full runtime capacity, lithium-ion only requires 2 to 4 hours.
Interested in learning more?
In this webinar, Vertiv discusses the different types of Lithium-Ion UPS and how they compare to lead acid batteries, answer questions around Lithium-ion battery backup safety and evaluating total cost of ownership (TCO) of lithium-ion UPS equipment.
Calculate How Much Lithium-Ion Will Save You
Utilize our Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator to find your savings.
In the example below, you would see the following savings when purchasing a Lithium-Ion UPS.
18% Savings Versus VRLA
2200 VA over 5 Years
Standard VRLA UPS purchase of $960
1 Battery Replacement
Estimated Cost per Battery of $315
Estimated Cost per Battery Replacement $200
The Backup for Your Backup
Services and Warranties for PSI5 Lithium-ion UPS products.
The Vertiv Liebert PSI5 Lithium-Ion UPS is backed with a 5 year standard warranty on the UPS and the battery.
Let us manage your equipment with the Power Assurance Package. This all-inclusive package includes everything from power startup to emergency services.
Upgrade VRLA to Lithium-Ion Battery Backup
With the Vertiv Trade-In Program
If you have been considering upgrading your legacy UPS systems in order to take advantage of the higher reliability, capacity, and energy efficiency of today’s newest UPS technologies, now is the time. With the Vertiv Trade-In program, you can trade in almost any aging single-phase UPS unit*—Vertiv or a competitor’s brand—and choose to upgrade to a new Vertiv GXT or Liebert PSI UPS system, including the Vertiv Liebert PSI5 Lithium-Ion UPS.
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