[lug] UPS Recommendation

William D. Knoche bill.knoche at gmail.com
Wed Aug 28 07:53:16 MDT 2013

I have had modest success with replacement batteries for my APC UPSs from

Interstate All Battery Center 

12650 W. 64th Avenue Unit C
Arvada, CO 80004
(303) 463-6300

A lot less expensive than from APC. They have been pretty good at 
providing technical information on the batteries they supply.


On 08/27/2013 10:23 PM, Jed S. Baer wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:57:44 -0600
> Sean Reifschneider wrote:
>> On 08/24/2013 07:57 AM, Jed S. Baer wrote:
>>> This particular UPS is several years old, and I replaced the battery
>>> just a couple years ago. I'm highly skeptical that the battery itself
>>> is bad.
>> "just a couple years ago"?  What is the rated life of those batteries,
>> because a couple of years sounds about right to me.  You can,
>> apparently, get 10-year rated batteries, but they are a lot more
>> expensive from what I've heard.  A 2 to 3 years is about as much as I
>> get from APC batteries before the self-test starts showing them as bad.
> Well, it turns out the battery was bad. I was surprised by this, as the
> first battery (I think it was a Yuasa) certainly lasted a lot longer than
> that. I did try to find info on the rated life, but the web is flooded
> with sales info claiming "long life" etc., so the best I could find was a
> 3-year warranty, which is a good proxy for rated life, or that's my
> understanding from automotive batteries anyway. The replacement was, and
> is, a "Werker".
> This old UPS doesn't have any snazzy metering. I suppose I can set an
> alarm in my phone so I start looking for a better replacement in 2 years
> or so. With more time to shop, I should be able to find a Yuasa at a
> cycle or scooter shop.
> The landlord suggested I just get a SLA automotive battery. Wouldn't fit
> in the case, but wiring is easy.
> So anyway, rule #1: check your assumptions!
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