Where do I find a replacement battery for my medical device?
There are many devices in the medical field with batteries; Ambulatory Infusion Pumps, IV Infusion Pumps, Blood pressure machines, 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, CPAP/BIPAP machines, and many more.
Batteries utilised in this medical equipment can vary in technology, voltage, and capacity. So how do you find the correct replacement battery that lasts and is economical?
The Valen experts cover a few points to bear in mind to ensure you make the correct battery replacement choice in this blog.
ANALYSE ANY ISSUES WITH THE EXISTING BATTERY
Firstly, has there been an issue with your existing battery or battery system? The problem could be with the longevity of the battery runtime, 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?
After analysing the existing battery or battery system, if there are no apparent battery issues, it is best to replace the battery or battery system with the same battery technology, voltage and capacity.
Should there be 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 Technology
- Battery Charger
- Battery Connectors
- Physical size
- Budget and Time limitations
All these factors will influence the battery replacement options.
I WANT TO UPGRADE MY BATTERY TO LITHIUM TECHNOLOGY. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Understandably, most devices are looking toward Lithium Battery power in today’s world. However, Lithium batteries are built differently from other technologies and require more specifications to effectively design the battery or battery system.
The following details are required by most Lithium battery designers, in addition to the specifications mentioned above;
- Machine Draw
- Cut-off voltage
- Maximum space available
- Connector and charger port
Most of these specifications will be available in the medical machine’s electrical specifications manual.
If you still have questions, the team at Valen are here to help. Reach out to the team today; we look forward to hearing from you!
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