When you test batteries using load banks, what type of equipment do you use? A battery load tester comes in many forms. Typically, a battery load tester is a portable solution available in capacities to 600 kilowatts. Many battery load testers can be carried or pushed on wheels.
NERC standards requires that Vented Lead-Acid and Nickel Cadmium systems be discharge tested every six years and Valve Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) batteries be tested every three years. IEEE recommends load testing stationary flooded / vented lead-acid and Ni-Cad stationary batteries every 5 years and VRLA batteries every 12-18 months.
In addition to batteries, DC equipment includes power supplies, thermocouples, solar modules and many consumer digital electronics. Some generators also function using direct current. Testing any of these components requires a DC load bank.
You should look for battery load testers that enable maximum flexibility during testing. A compact and portable solution will simplify operation. Other meaningful features include easy-to-read meters, easy operator controls, over-temperature protection, cool-down period elimination and a master load control switch that allows for instantly applying or removing loads.
Download ComRent’s Latest eBook…
For a detailed discussion on load bank solutions and building commissioning, download ComRent’s latest eBook – “Using Load Bank Solutions to Optimize Building Commissioning.” This resource discusses the commissioning process and how it is used to validate that the installation and operation of new equipment is performing as required before it supports a critical load.
ComRent’s team of experts is ready to help ensure your system is successfully commissioned. We are offering a complimentary consultation to review your project and propose the right load bank solution for your requirements. Contact us today.