There are many devices in the medical field that have Valve Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) batteries installed.
Devices include Ambulatory Infusion Pumps, IV Infusion Pumps, Blood Pressure machine, O2 Saturation, Thermometers, Glucometers, Ventilators, Suction machines, Scales, Portable Telemetry, Feeding Pumps, Defibrillators, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), Sequential Compression Devices, Portable EEG/EKG machines, Patient Transfer Lifts, Patient Beds, Ultrasound machines, CDAP/BIPAP machines, and many more.
However, these batteries can vary in technology, voltage and capacity. How do you find the right replacement battery that lasts and is economical?
In this blog, Valen covers off a few points to keep in mind to ensure you make the correct battery replacement choice.
Analyse any issues with the existing battery
Has there been an issue with the existing battery or battery system?
These could be issues with the longevity of the battery run-time, long recharge times, inability to source an exact replacement of the existing battery.
Record any faults or issues you may have had as this will help ascertain that the replacement battery is fit for purpose.
What is the existing battery?
Once you have analysed the existing battery or battery system, if there are no apparent battery issues, it is best to replace the battery system with like for like battery technology, voltage and capacity.
If there is an issue with the existing battery, as mentioned in the first point, you will need to find out a few details on the current battery such as:
- Battery voltage
- Battery capacity
- Battery charger
- Battery connectors
- Battery physical size
- Budget and time limitations
All of these factors will influence the battery replacement. These details are critical to ensure the correct battery replacement is chosen.
I want to upgrade my battery to Lithium technology. What do I need to know?
Understandably in today's world, most devices are looking toward Lithium battery power. However, Lithium batteries are built differently to other technologies and will require more specifications in order to design the battery or battery system effectively.
The following details are required by most Lithium battery designers, in addition to the specifications collected above:
- Machine draw
- Cut-off voltage
- Maximum space available
- Connector and charging port
- Charging method
Most of the specifications will be available in the medical machine's electrical specifications manual.
Still have questions? The team at Valen are here to help!
Ensuring you choose the correct battery for your medical device is critical to ensure the system continues to run! The experts at Valen offer the highest level of technical support. We have comprehensive knowledge of the industrial energy sector.
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