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After a battery system has been installed, it is vitally important to verify it is actually ready to be placed into final service. Connection tightness and integrity, proper cell polarity, and initial charge are just a few of the checks that need to be done to ensure the battery will deliver power when called upon. All too often, these and other pre-operational checks are never performed, leaving the end user wide open for potential failure of the very system that is expected to work when everything else fails. This paper will discuss typical commissioning requirements and pitfalls users need to avoid. Applicability is focused on both VLA and VRLA batteries.