[LUNI] Slightly OT -- UPS batteries?
ericgate at imagestream-is.com
Fri Mar 1 16:31:13 CST 2002
> Sorry this is kinda OT, but I was wondering if anyone has any ideas about
> this particular case I'm dealing with. I've got this UPS, an APC Smart
> UPS 1400. I plugged it into the wall, and got no power to the unit at
> all. Can't turn it on. I tried to pull the batteries, and found that
> the batteries are swollen to the point that I needed to physically bend
> the frame of the unit in order to get them out. I tested the batteries
> with my VOM, and got absolutely no voltage out of 'em.
I had the same problem with a SmartUps 1000. Won't turn on, battery was
swollen... made it a pain to remove!
I talked to APC's tech support and they told me that if the battery was
completely dead the unit would not power up. I verified this by borrowing
the battery out of a new UPS at work. (It's battery is still under
warranty.) Sure enough it powered on just fine.
Ordered myself a new battery, returned the old one to their recycling center
and everything works.
I did know that this unit was failing, wouldn't run over 3 seconds during a
power outage with load attached. I took it out of service and got around to
checking it out 3 months later. Since I put the new battery in place it's
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