[lug] UPS Recommendation

Tom Martin toms_jeep at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 28 08:32:17 MDT 2013

I bought a few batteries from Gruber Power Services and have not had any issues during the year I have had them and they had reasonable prices.
I bought them through EBAY but you can also buy directly from them.

>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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