APC UPS

I have a APC Back-UPS Pro 280 thats about 4-5 years old. When its on, the only light that is on is the green one, meaning that its functioning ok. If I pull the plug or the power goes off, it goes dead immediately that second. The battery light never comes on telling me that the battery needs to be replaced.  It connects via serial port to my PC and in Windows XP there is a built in power supply data area for UPS. When I cut off power to the UPS, and plug it back in, Windows XP lists the battery supply as 0% and slowly starts building up. It will eventually build up to 100% after a few hours.. pull the plug or the power goes off, and the power supply goes off immediately and the battery status is listed at 0% when i plug it back in. You get the picture.

Ok based on all that, Should i assume the battery is dead (its provided 5 years of great service *tear*) and I should replace it even though the battery status/warning light never comes on..  Just wonder if anyone has any similiar experience or knows for sure before I pay to ship this 20lb battery back to APC.

Thanks
p20Asked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi p20,

Yes, I have had the same problem, changing the battery solved it for me.

Greetings,

LucF
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Btw, check if you really want to buy a replacement battery from APC, they're pretty expensive, you could use motorcycle batteries also.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Desktops

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.