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APC Battery question

shopperuvdealz 5,860 2,836 November 9, 2015 at 05:06 AM
I've tried searching google but can't seem to find an answer to this.Would appreciate if someone could help me out.
I have one of those APC 8 plug battery back up things.The battery has been dead for a while now, is it safe to leave the battery in the unit while using the unit for surge protection only or do I need to remove the battery or will removing the battery make the surge protection not work?Will rep for some help.

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It might vary by model, but the surge-only plugs should continue working without the battery. It's worth noting that the actual surge protection provided by most UPS's is pretty weak compared to an actual surge protector though. I would suggest either replacing the battery with a new one, buying a new UPS or replacing the UPS with true surge protector.
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Yes your not hurting anything by doing it this way. Know that the unit will continue to make noises letting you know you need to replace the battery. You can buy after market batteries for usually $20-30 for most consumer UPS if you want to get it back up and running.
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Yes your not hurting anything by doing it this way. Know that the unit will continue to make noises letting you know you need to replace the battery. You can buy after market batteries for usually $20-30 for most consumer UPS if you want to get it back up and running.
It stopped making the replace battery noises after awhile .Once in awhile I'd wake up to a loud neverending continous beep with my computer in kind of a limbo mode but that stopped happening after awhile too.Its been silent for a long time now.I really only need surge protection so since the other poster said a regular surge protecter is better I'm just going to plug my stuff into these Alphaline surge protecters that I got at Kmart on a deal last year.Thankyou guys for all the help.
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I recommend replacing the battery. Here in CALIFORNIA we have a store called "The Battery Place" The batteries cost about $50.00 each

If you do not replace the battery or just leave the old one in the UPS you run the risk that it may leak the electrolyte out of the battery enclosure. The electrolyte is caustic/acidic and if it comes in contact with the UPS circuit board or carpeting/anything else its going to be ruined.

I think that if you remove the old battery you should be able to continue using the surge protected outlets but your mileage may vary depending on the manufacturer. Please note I have never tried to do this.

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It stopped making the replace battery noises after awhile .Once in awhile I'd wake up to a loud neverending continous beep with my computer in kind of a limbo mode but that stopped happening after awhile too.Its been silent for a long time now.I really only need surge protection so since the other poster said a regular surge protecter is better I'm just going to plug my stuff into these Alphaline surge protecters that I got at Kmart on a deal last year.Thankyou guys for all the help.
Personally I would trust APC more than a brand I have never heard of. Surge protectors of all type are kind of best effort. It's better than nothing but don't always work.
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